This Week in Tech: 31st December - 4th January

January 4th, 2019 - Duncan McClean

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Iamlittle Tech!

In this week's roundup:

  • Cyber attack disrupts US Newspapers
  • Pair of hackers take over Chromecasts to warn users of security risks
  • Google introducing security feature to Chromebooks
  • WhatsApp Gold message doing the rounds
This Week in Tech: 31st December - 4th January

Cyber attack disrupts US Newspapers

This week a Cyber attack disrupted the distributions of newspapers across the United States.

Tribune Publishing say that the malware which caused the attack was detected on the Friday and on the Saturday, it affected the printing press.

It is believed that the attack came from outside the US.

This Week in Tech: 31st December - 4th January

Credit: TechCrunch

Pair of hackers take over Chromecasts to warn users of security risks

Two hackers took over Chromecasts all over the world this week to demonstrate security flaws in Google's TV firmware.

The hackers played YouTube videos to users and encouraged users to subscribe to YouTube channel, PewDiePie. One of the hackers, also hacked printers a few weeks back to demonstrate security flaws.

The vulnerability is a weakness in the UDP protocol used to cast videos to Chromecasts and similar devices. The bug makes them openly accessible over the internet.

This Week in Tech: 31st December - 4th January

Google introducing security feature to Chromebooks

Google have released a feature to protect security of Chromebooks. The feature will lock down removable drives from being executed while the computer is locked.

A similar feature was released in iOS a few months back.

This Week in Tech: 31st December - 4th January

WhatsApp Gold message doing the rounds

Many users of messaging app, WhatsApp are being told to ignore and delete a message asking users to download a file, which ends up being a virus.

You can read more about it here.


Duncan McClean

Founder of Iamlittle Tech Blog. Duncan writes most of the articles on Iamlittle Tech Blog.

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