Monzo stored banking customers’ PINs in plain text log file


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UK digital challenger bank Monzo has warned that 480,000 of its customers’ bank card PINs were accidentally stored in plain text in log files recording user interactions with two of its mobile app features (The Register).

The log files themselves were encrypted and Monzo says that no one outside the company had access to them, but the logs were accessible to around 100 Monzo engineers who didn’t have clearance to deal with customer PINs. Affected users have been advised to reset their PIN at a cash machine and all Monzo customers should update their mobile apps.

Taiwanese hardware maker HTC has withdrawn all its smartphones from sale in the UK after the company was caught selling phones that breached an intellectual property ruling against it (BBC News). In the UK, HTC is supposed to use a workaround instead of a wireless radio technology that was ruled to infringe the IP of German research and development firm Ipcom. However, Ipcom’s tests found that HTC mobiles sold in the UK earlier this year still included the infringing tech.

Huawei is ready to show off its new Hongmeng OS at its developer conference, which beings on Friday in the Chinese city of Dongguan (The Verge). A report by China’s Global Times says that the first devices to use the potential Android alternative will be the Honor smart TV series, but that a smartphone iteration is in the works in case the US trade war against China results in Huawei being denied access to Google’s Android services.

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