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Malware in e-books puts Amazon Kindle at risk

Malware in e-books puts Amazon Kindle at risk

Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with two Kindles.


Amazon Kindle can be taken over with tampered e-books, vaccinated children are given AirPods and authorities warn of attacks on Microsoft Exchange. That and more in today’s digital news.

Amazon Kindle e-book reader was vulnerable to malware attacks from tampered e-books. This is what security researchers at Check Point Research have discovered. Simply opening an infected e-book could lead to an attack that would take complete control of the device.

The attackers could then misuse the e-book reader for their own purposes, such as turning it into a bot or attacking other devices in the same network. They can also gain access to their victims’ Amazon accounts. Check Point Research reported the vulnerability to Amazon in February, and it was closed with an update in April.

AirPods for vaccinations

Young people between the ages of 12 and 17 who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in the US capital, Washington, are receiving a pair of Apple AirPods from the city government. Mayor Muriel Browser announced this. They will also enter a raffle for a $25,000 scholarship or iPads.

NCSC warns of Microsoft Exchange

The NCSC has asked operators of Microsoft Exchange servers to urgently install the latest security updates. The agency wrote on Twitter that hackers are currently looking for vulnerable Exchange servers.

Google was considering acquiring Epic Games

Google is said to have considered acquiring game maker Epic Games. At least that’s what the latter claims in court and relies on internal Google documents, which, however, have been largely withheld from the public, Reports “the edge”. Google wanted to prevent the conflict with Epic from turning into a wildfire. Epic Games is also suing Google over its Play Store standards, although this process has received far less attention than parallel proceedings against Apple.