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Apple hid a Lightning connector for debugging in the Apple TV 4K’s ethernet port

As it turns out, the Apple TV 4K includes a hidden Lightning port. This discovery was first made on Twitter by Kevin Bradley, better known as nitoTV on Twitter. This could lead to access to the Apple TV 4K’s firmware. – Chance Miller, 9to5Mac.com » https://ift.tt/2MJwmxe [photo: @nitoTV]

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Android-powered Media Streaming Boxes Targeted By New Malware Attack

Researchers at WootCloud have discovered a new malware campaign dubbed Ares that is actively targeting Android media players from at least three brands: Cubetek, HiSilicon, and QezyMedia. They’re under fire because the boxes ship with the Android Debugging Bridge (ADB) enabled. – Lee Mathews, Forbes » https://www.forbes.com/sites/leemathews/2019/08/30/android-powered-media-streaming-boxes-targeted-by-new-malware-attack/#7824ff3137a1 [photo: Flickr/ Scott Ackerman]

MoviePass security lapse exposed customer card numbers

Mossab Hussein, a security researcher at Dubai-based cybersecurity firm SpiderSilk, found an exposed database on one of the company’s many subdomains. The database was massive, containing 161 million records at the time of writing and growing in real time. Many of the records were normal computer-generated logging messages used to ensure the running of the service — but many also included sensitive user information, such as MoviePass customer card numbers. – Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/31YoeiH

Trolls swamp unused Twitch category with pirated shows and porn

Twitch just learned first-hand about the challenges of moderating live video. Trolls have hijacked the site’s largely unused category for Valve’s Artifact (which previously had few if any streamers) to livestream material that most definitely violated Twitch’s terms of service. Motherboard noted that it started out with memes, but on Memorial Day weekend included pirated Game of Thrones episodes, porn and in one case video from the Christchurch mass shooting. – Jon Fingas, Engadget » https://engt.co/2EEtyhU

FTC Warns Consumers About Netflix Email Scam

In a blog post Wednesday (Dec. 26), the FTC shared a screenshot captured by police in Ohio of a phishing email designed to steal personal information. The email claims the recipient’s Netflix account is “on hold” because the company is “having some trouble with your current billing information” and urges the user to click on a link to update their payment details. The phishing scam also listed an international phone number. – Todd Spangler, Variety http://bit.ly/2EPtVaq

Spotify Says It Was Unaware of Personal User Data Shared by Facebook

According to the report, Facebook allowed Spotify, Netflix and the Royal Bank of Canada to read, write and delete users’ private messages, and to see all participants on a message thread, although in Spotify’s case the access was ostensibly provided to enable users to share music via Facebook’s Messenger service. The report says that Spotify could view messages of more than 70 million users a month, although it did not state whether the company had full access to that entire number of users. – Jem Aswad, Variety https://ift.tt/2Ew8T00

First botnet attack on smart TV sets identified

To generate fraudulent impressions, the botnet spoofed real publisher URLs, sending false signals that tell the ad server that the impressions came from a CTV device. DV also reviewed the types of OTT devices where this fraud was perpetrated, and discovered that approximately one-third of impressions were made to look as though they originated from gaming consoles, with the remaining two-thirds from smart TVs. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2PBu2wG

Ajit Pai Knew FCC Cyberattack Was Fake for Seven Months but Kept Quiet

Released on August 8, the IG report found that senior FCC officials had misled Congress and the American public by first announcing, and later defending in letters to lawmakers, a claim that a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack had crippled the commission’s comment system last May, amid efforts by its Republican members to roll back Obama-era net neutrality protections. – Dell Cameron, Gizmodo https://ift.tt/2Bc2dUZ
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