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FTC Blocks US Company From Selling 'Stalkerware' Apps

PC Magazine Security - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 6:50pm
The three apps—MobileSpy, PhoneSheriff and TeenShield—were marketed as products to monitor the smartphone activities of children or employees. But the FTC claims the same apps can be used to spy on unsuspecting users, including people's spouses.
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Hackers Target Avast's CCleaner Again Using Stolen VPN Logins

PC Magazine Security - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 6:32pm
This comes two years after hackers stole trade secrets from high-profile tech firms by rigging version 5.33 of Avast's CCleaner with well-hidden malware, but 'we do not know if this was the same actor as before,' Avast's CIO says.
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Which Countries Are Hit Hardest By Ransomware?

PC Magazine Security - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 9:20am
Ransomware targets businesses and individuals all over the world. Here's a breakdown of which countries are attacked with the most frequency.
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Most Americans Fail in Digital Literacy

PC Magazine Security - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:29am
A Pew survey found that most US respondents could answer fewer than half the questions when quizzed on technology issues. Most challenging were questions on privacy and cybersecurity.
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Feds Take Down Largest Dark Web Child Porn Site, Arrest 337 Users

PC Magazine Security - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:11pm
'Welcome to Video' was selling the videos in exchange for Bitcoin, making it among the first dark web websites to monetize child exploitation videos using the cryptocurrency.
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Scammer Uses Fake iPhone Jailbreak for Fraud Scheme

PC Magazine Security - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 5:52pm
The jailbreaking community is currently working on a legit tool for older iPhones, dubbed Checkra1n. But in the meantime, a scammer is capitalizing on that name with a website that pretends to offer the tool but is really just a click-fraud scam.
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Microsoft Adds 'Tamper Protection' to Windows Defender

PC Magazine Security - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 7:16am
By turning Tamper Protection on, malicious apps are prevented from quietly changing your Windows 10 security settings.
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Postage Provider Pitney Bowes Hit in Apparent Ransomware Attack

PC Magazine Security - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 6:16pm
Pitney Bowes is blaming the disruption on a 'malware attack that encrypted information on some systems,' which is preventing clients from stamping their packages. The same attack has also hit the company's 'presort' mail cataloging service for the US Postal Service.
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LastPass Extension Bug Can Leak Passwords to Malicious Websites

PC Magazine Security - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 6:16pm
If exploited, the bug in LastPass's Chrome extension can expose the last login credential it filled out to a website's background processes, according to a Google security researcher. Fortunately, LastPass has fixed the flaw through an update.
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Google Adds USB-C Model to Titan Security Key Lineup

PC Magazine Security - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 1:05pm
The new model goes on sale Oct. 15 in the US for $40. Google has partnered with security key vendor Yubico, which also offers a similar-looking USB-C key model for $50.
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Private Browsing Won't Protect You From Everything

PC Magazine Security - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 1:05pm
Private browsing gets rid of your browsing history, saved passwords, and field content. But if you think it keeps you safe from malware, ads, and ISP monitoring, think again.
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US Moves to Sanction Shadowy North Korean Hacking Groups

PC Magazine Security - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 1:05pm
The order will force American companies, including banks, to cut off ties and freeze any assets the hacking groups have in the US, and report their activities to federal agencies.
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Hacker Arrested for Stealing Unreleased Songs From Top Artists

PC Magazine Security - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 1:05pm
A UK 19-year-old allegedly targeted 'award-winning international superstars' by breaking into their websites and cloud-based accounts to steal recorded music.
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Hacker Loots Data on 250,000 Users of Dutch Prostitution Site

PC Magazine Security - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 7:31pm
The data breach at Hookers.nl threatens to reveal the identities of the website's users, which includes both customers and sex workers. According to Dutch media, the hacker is selling the data for $300.
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SIM Card Flaw Poses Spying Threat, But US Users Appear to Be Safe

PC Magazine Security - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 7:31pm
A security firm has disclosed a disturbing vulnerability in SIM cards that can be exploited to track a phone's location. But an industry trade group says most carriers no longer use the affected technology.
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Flaw in iTunes for Windows Abused for Ransomware Attacks

PC Magazine Security - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 5:21pm
Hackers behind the BitPaymer ransomware strain used a vulnerability in the Bonjour updater of iTunes for Windows to evade detection from antivirus software, according to a security firm.
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Israeli Spyware Firm Adopts Human Rights Policy Amid Abuse Concerns

PC Magazine Security - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 5:21pm
Watchdog groups claim the new policy rings hollow. NSO Group sells its products to governments, which have allegedly used them to spy on humans rights activists and journalists.
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Feds Arrest 281 for Stealing Millions Via Fake Email Scams

PC Magazine Security - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 5:21pm
The 281 suspects were arrested for 'business email compromise' schemes, which often involve pretending to be a CEO or trusted partner, and tricking the target business into wiring funds to a scammer-controlled bank account.
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These Researchers Want to Save You From Ransomware (for Free)

PC Magazine Security - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:45am
A group of security researchers at Emsisoft, Avast, and elsewhere are developing free tools that can (sometimes) reverse ransomware infections. Here's why they pursue this occasionally dangerous hobby, and how you can get your hands on their tools.
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Scammers Go Phishing With Deepfakes

PC Magazine Security - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:45am
Deepfakes, or doctored videos, have mostly been used to harm the reputations of celebrities and politicians. Now the AI-assisted technology is being used to trick companies out of big money.
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