Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail

Enlarge A recent phishing campaign targeting US government officials, activists, and journalists is notable for using a technique that allowed the attackers to bypass two-factor authentication protections offered by services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail, researchers said Thursday. The event underscores the risks of 2fa that relies on one-tap logins or one-time passwords, particularly […]

Potentially disastrous Rowhammer bitflips can bypass ECC protections

Enlarge / A DDR3 DIMM with error-correcting code from Samsung. ECC is no longer an absolute defense against Rowhammer attacks. (credit: Samsung) In early 2015, researchers unveiled Rowhammer, a cutting-edge hack that exploits unfixable physical weaknesses in the silicon of certain types of memory chips to transform data they stored. In the 42 months that […]

Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses

Enlarge / Jimmy Johns required employees to sign noncompete agreements, a practice it dropped in 2016 after a lawsuit. (credit: J. Hendron) Tucked into an economic development bill signed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker earlier this month was a little-noticed provision that could have a big economic impact for Massachusetts workers. The language, introduced by […]

Jeff Sessions just announced a massive shift in asylum protections for victims of gang and domestic violence

Joshua Roberts/Reuters Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced broad new restrictions on who can qualify asylum in the United States that effectively blocks most victims of gang or domestic violence.  “Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum,” Sessions said in his […]

America’s Whittling Away of Consumer Protections

Mick Mulvaney has been clear, so very clear, about his vision for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As acting director of the bureau, Mulvaney has already articulated his intention to slow down regulation of the financial industry. On Wednesday, he made good on that promise, in dramatic fashion—effectively ousting all 25 members of one of […]

A sacred mountain & chatty robot: 5 things granted person-like protections (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Human rights are largely considered fundamental standards for the treatment of people, defending against slavery, illegal arrest and persecution. But, some surprising inhuman entities have recently been granted person-like status. From a sacred mountain, to a holy river and a talkative robot, here are five things that have been granted rights similar to that of […]

US Justice Dept repeals transgender workers’ protections

Published time: 5 Oct, 2017 21:16 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo reversing protections for transgender workers previously expanded under the Civil Rights Act. Under the revision, Sessions said discrimination only applies to men and women. “Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass […]

Trump Administration Reverses Transgender Protections

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed a federal government policy that said transgender workers were protected from discrimination under a 1964 civil rights law, according to a memo on Wednesday sent to agency heads and US attorneys. Sessions’ directive, obtained by BuzzFeed News, says, “Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men […]

‘Even gambling addicts have more protections’ than student-loan borrowers

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Borrowers who default on their student loans are pursued aggressively by the Department of Education and private debt collectors, facing garnished wages, withheld IRS tax returns, and decreased Social Security payments, Reuters reported. “We treat struggling student-loan borrowers the same as deadbeat parents and tax cheats,” Seth Frotman, a senior member of the […]