Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker

Security Editor

Zack Whittaker is the security editor at TechCrunch. You can send tips securely via Signal and WhatsApp to +1 646-755-8849. He can also be reached by email at zack.whittaker@techcrunch.com and zack.whittaker@protonmail.com

The Latest from Zack Whittaker

Senate’s encryption backdoor bill is ‘dangerous for Americans,’ says Rep. Lofgren

"You cannot eliminate encryption safely," said the House Democrat.

Homeland Security issues rare emergency alert over ‘critical’ Windows bug

Homeland Security’s cybersecurity advisory unit has issued a rare emergency alert to government departments after the recent disclosure of a “critical”-rated security vulnerability i

How the NSA is disrupting foreign hackers targeting COVID-19 vaccine research

The headlines aren’t always kind to the National Security Agency, a spy agency that operates almost entirely in the shadows. But a year ago, the NSA launched its new Cybersecurity Directorate, w

JupiterOne raises $19M Series A to automate cyber asset management

Asset management might not be the most exciting talking topic, but it’s often an overlooked area of cyber-defenses. By knowing exactly what assets your company has makes it easier to know where

Justice Department charges five Chinese members of APT41 over cyberattacks on US companies

The Justice Department has announced charges against five alleged Chinese citizens, accused of hacking over 100 companies in the United States, including tech companies, game makers, universities and

Here’s everything Apple revealed at its September hardware event

Apple announced a ton of new devices and features today at its September hardware event, but no word on its upcoming iPhones. That’s expected later in the month, maybe next. In case you missed A

HacWare wants you to hate email security a little less

Let’s face it, email security is something a lot of people would rather think less about. When you’re not deluged with a daily onslaught of phishing attacks trying to steal your passwords,

Apple to release iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 and tvOS 14 on September 16

Apple said its latest iOS 14 software will be released on September 16, ahead of the company’s release of the next-generation iPhones. We saw our first glimpse at iOS 14 earlier this year at App

Sternum raises $6.5M Series A on its IoT security bet

If we have learned anything from the mass production of cheap internet-connected devices it is that security was an afterthought. Default passwords are the norm and security flaws aren’t patched

A bug in Joe Biden’s campaign app gave anyone access to millions of voter files

A privacy bug in Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s official campaign app allowed anyone to look up sensitive voter information on millions of Americans, a security researcher has fou

‪CBP seized a shipment of OnePlus Buds thinking they were ‘counterfeit’ Apple AirPods‬

U.S. Customs and Border Protection proudly announced in a press release on Friday a seizure of 2,000 boxes of “counterfeit” Apple AirPods, said to be worth about $400,000, from a shipment

TikTok fixes Android bugs that could have led to account hijacks

TikTok has fixed four security bugs in its Android app that could have led to the hijacking of user accounts. The vulnerabilities, discovered by app security startup Oversecured, could have allowed a

Use ‘productive paranoia’ to build cybersecurity culture at your startup

As any startup grows, getting new products out the door and securing that next round of funding are always top priorities. But security, all too often, falls by the wayside. After all, why would you i

United Airlines’ website bug exposed traveler ticket data

A bug in United Airlines’ website let anyone access the ticket information for travelers who requested a refund. The airline’s website lets users check their refund status by entering thei

Yubico unveils its latest YubiKey 5C NFC security key, priced at $55

Yubico, a maker of hardware security keys, has unveiled its newest YubiKey 5C NFC, which the company says offers the strongest defenses against some of the most common cyberattacks. Security keys prov

How to respond to a data breach

I cover a lot of data breaches. From inadvertent exposures to data-exfiltrating hacks, I’ve seen it all. But not every data breach is the same. How a company responds to a data breach — whethe

Apple opens up — slightly — on Hong Kong’s national security law

After Beijing unilaterally imposed a new national security law on Hong Kong on July 1, many saw the move as an effort by Beijing to crack down on dissent and protests in the semi-autonomous region. So

NSA’s Anne Neuberger to talk cybersecurity at Disrupt 2020

We are thrilled to announce that Anne Neuberger, director of cybersecurity at the National Security Agency, will join us at Disrupt 2020 from September 14-18. The headlines are not always kind to the

Cyber threat startup Cygilant hit by ransomware

Cygilant, a threat detection cybersecurity company, has confirmed a ransomware attack. Christina Lattuca, Cygilant’s chief financial officer, said in a statement that the company was “aw

WhatsApp reveals six previously undisclosed vulnerabilities on new security site

Facebook -owned WhatsApp has revealed six previously undisclosed vulnerabilities, which the company has now fixed. The vulnerabilities are being reported on a dedicated security advisory website that
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