ITy Bytes 8 August is a short, curated collection of news you may like to know:

  • Intel brings Project Athena to life,
  • HealthEngine (medical booking app) facing multi-million-dollar fines for selling patient data,
  • WhatsApp (a Facebook company) insecure – Check Point,
  • Arlo Pro and Pro 2 now have Apple HomeKit compatibility,
  • Ask OK Google or Alexa to find my ‘Tile’.
  • Speaking of lost – BioTraka you dog,
  • JBL Flip 5 – bigger sound, longer battery life,

ITy Bytes 8 August

Intel brings Project Athena to life

Intel’s Project Athena focusing on ‘mobile performance’ laptops has a ‘brand’ – and it is ‘Engineered for Mobile Performance’. Not as inspiring as the Greek Goddess Athena who represented wisdom, handicraft, and warfare.

The six key experience indicators for these laptops are

  • Instant action: System wake-up in under a second
  • Performance and responsiveness: Core i5 or i7 processors and Optane memory H10
  • Intelligence: Adaptive intelligence with AI on PC
  • Battery life: 16 or more hours of battery life
  • Fast connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3
  • Form factor: Ultra slim and light designs

The first system with the new identifier can be found on the new Dell XPS 2 in 1, with new laptops expected at the end of the year from Acer (Swift 5), Asus, Dell, HP (EliteBook x360 1040 and x360 830), Lenovo (Yoga S940)and Samsung.
You can read more about Athena, sorry ‘Engineered for Mobile Performance’ here.

ITy Bytes 8 August Intel Athena

HealthEngine (medical booking app) facing multi-million-dollar fines for secretly selling patient data

Australia’s largest GP booking app HealthEngine has been selling patient booking information to personal injury law firms and health insurance brokers since at least 2017. More than one million Australians use it each month.

HealthEngine provides a booking system for patients and an online health care directory that lists over 70,000 Australian health practices and practitioners. HealthEngine’s significant investors include Carsales.com.au, Telstra Ventures and Seven West Media. You can read about it here.

“Patients were misled into thinking their information would stay with HealthEngine but, instead, their information was sold off,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.

The information sold included names, phone numbers, date-of-birth, email addresses, GP/practitioner, appointment time, type of health care practice (e.g. GP, chiropractic or dentistry), and/or if the patient had private health insurance including the fund name.

The ACCC has not said how much money the company earned form the arrangement.

The ABC revealed last year that HealthEngine had also boasted to advertisers that it could target users based on their symptoms and medical conditions. Read the ACCC statement here.

If you wish to personal information deleted, send a request to the [email protected]

If the service is free, the service is you! You would think its owners/investors that include large companies with Board representation would have stopped this abomination.

WhatsApp (a Facebook company) insecure – Check Point

If spreading fake news, becoming an attack vector for malware and providing a platform for scammers was not enough the Facebook company Whatsapp has been further found to have significant and dangerous security holes.

CheckPoint says WhatsApp is considered one of the more secure messaging platforms so how could something of this scale happen? Well for starters, don’t believe the publicity and second Facebook are famous for insecure programming and data leaks.

Check Point Researchers identified three possible methods of attack, all involving social engineering tactics to trick end-users. The threat actor may: