UPnP flaw exposes millions of network devices to attacks over the Internet

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Millions of routers, printers, and other devices can be remotely commandeered by a new attack that exploits a security flaw in the Universal Plug and Play network protocol, a researcher said.

CallStranger, as the exploit has been named, is most useful for forcing large numbers of devices to participate in distributed denial of service—or DDoS—attacks that overwhelm third-party targets with junk traffic. CallStranger can also be used to exfiltrate data inside networks even when they’re protected by data loss prevention tools that are designed to prevent such attacks. The exploit also allows attackers to scan internal ports that would otherwise

Apple pulls podcast apps in China after government pressure

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Apple has removed Pocket Casts, the popular iOS and Android podcast client, from the App Store in China. The Cyberspace Administration of China has determined that it can be used to access content deemed illegal in the country, and has demanded that Apple remove the app as a result. It’s the second major podcast app to be removed from China’s App Store this month.

“We believe podcasting is and should remain an open medium, free of government censorship,” Pocket Casts says in a statement posted to Twitter. “As such we won’t be censoring podcast content at their request.

Affordable wireless audio, done right

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The true wireless earphone space has fast become one of the hottest segments for audio products. Options are available at all price points, but the budget segment is often fraught with products that overpromise and under-deliver. With Xiaomi’s Redmi brand joining the fray, do customers finally have an affordable option that does the job? The Redmi Earbuds S promise to do just that.

We find out if Xiaomi’s latest can deliver high-quality wireless audio freedom at a budget price in the Android Authority Xiaomi Redmi Earbuds S review.

About this review: I used Redmi Earbuds S over a period of

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S20 has mmWave 5G but less RAM

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Samsung released a new model of the Galaxy S20 with support for Verizon’s Ultra Wideband millimeter-wave 5G network last week, but it turns out the device includes some compromises over the standard model.

As spotted by Digital Trends, the Galaxy S20 5G UW has 8GB of RAM, which is 4GB less than the standard Galaxy S20. The Verizon model also does not include a microSD card slot, which allows owners to expand the phone’s storage capacity. “We had to make certain design and hardware decisions to provide a device with the form factor and price point as other

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