An audit by Lithuania's Defense Ministry of three Chinese-manufactured smartphones found security issues with two of them, the Huawei P40 5G and the Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G. The Ministry recommended that users avoid the devices: "Automated sending of messages and its concealment by means of software pose potential threats to the security of the device and personal data; in this way, without the user’s knowledge, device data can be collected and transmitted to remote servers." The Xiaomi phone had a particularly intrusive "censorship mode," the Record reports, which could detect and censor content based on keywords it found there. Censorship mode could be enabled remotely, without the user's knowledge or consent. The audit found no security issues with the third device tested, the OnePlus 8T 5G.
The BlackMatter ransomware privateers are currently active against several targets worldwide, Computing says. The gang's activities aren't confined to the high-profile attack against the NEW Cooperative agricultural organization in Iowa (which according to the Washington Post continues its efforts to recover). One prominent infestation is affecting media-marketing organization Marketron, BleepingComputer reports.
Zscaler has observed a surge in scams surrounding the iPhone 13 launch. As is so often the case, the grifters' come-on is a bogus cryptocurrency give-away.
US President Biden's address to the United Nations' General Assembly yesterday touched on cybersecurity. The President expressed a commitment to building international norms in cyberspace, while also asserting that "We reserve the right to respond decisively to cyberattacks that threaten our people, our allies, or our interests."