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by Paul Ducklin Given that we’re getting into peak retail season, you’ll find cybersecurity warnings with a “Black Friday” theme all over the internet… …including, of course, right here on Naked Security! As regular readers will know, however, we’re not terribly keen on online tips that are specific to Black Friday, because cybersecurity matters 365-and-a-quarter
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Protecting your devices with antivirus is a great start, yet it’s only one part of staying safer online. With the way scammers and thieves target people today, you need to protect yourself too—specifically your identity and privacy.  Threats have evolved over the years. While hackers still wage malware attacks on computers, tablets, and smartphones, the
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Meta Platforms is said to have fired or disciplined over two dozen employees and contractors over the past year for allegedly compromising and taking over user accounts, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Some of these cases involved bribery, the publication said, citing sources and documents. Included among those fired were contractors who worked as
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Swiss authorities have apprehended a Ukrainian national wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 12 years for connections with a cyber-criminal group that stole millions of dollars from bank accounts using malware called Zeus. Vyacheslav Igorevich Penchukov was arrested in Geneva on October 23, 2022, and is now pending extradition to the US,
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by Paul Ducklin DON’T LET ONE LOUSY EMAIL PASSWORD SINK THE COMPANY Microsoft’s tilt at the MP3 marketplace. Apple’s not-a-zero-day emergency. Cracking the lock on Android phones. Browser-in-the-Browser revisited. The Emmenthal cheese attack. Business Email Compromise and how to prevent it. Click-and-drag on the soundwaves below to skip to any point. You can also listen
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Monkey in the middle, the beloved playground staple, extends beyond schoolyards into corporate networks, home desktops, and personal mobile devices in a not-so-fun way. Known as a monkey-in-the-middle or man-in-the-middle attack (MiTM), it’s a type of cybercrime that can happen to anyone.  Here’s everything you need to know about mobile MiTM schemes specifically, how to
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A China-based financially motivated group is leveraging the trust associated with popular international brands to orchestrate a large-scale phishing campaign dating back as far as 2019. The threat actor, dubbed Fangxiao by Cyjax, is said to have registered over 42,000 imposter domains, with initial activity observed in 2017. “It targets businesses in multiple verticals including
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Google has announced plans to roll out the initial Privacy Sandbox Beta to Android 13 mobile devices earlier next year. Initially unveiled in February, the project aims to bring new and more private advertising solutions to mobile. “Over the course of 2022, we’ve published design proposals and released a number of Developer Previews,” Android product
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Authored by Oliver Devane  It hasn’t taken malicious actors long to take advantage of the recent bankruptcy filing of FTX,  McAfee has discovered several phishing sites targeting FTX users.   One of the sites discovered was registered on the 15th of November and asks users to submit their crypto wallet phrase to receive a refund. After
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Hundreds of databases on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) are exposing personal identifiable information (PII), new findings from Mitiga, a cloud incident response company, show. “Leaking PII in this manner provides a potential treasure trove for threat actors – either during the reconnaissance phase of the cyber kill chain or extortionware/ransomware campaigns,” researchers Ariel
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State-sponsored actors in the Billbug group (aka Lotus Blossom and Thrip) have tried to compromise a digital certificate authority in an Asian country during a campaign targeting multiple government agencies. Security researchers from Symantec have made the discovery and shared the findings in an advisory published earlier today. “In activity documented by Symantec in 2019,
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Spotify’s Backstage has been discovered as vulnerable to a severe security flaw that could be exploited to gain remote code execution by leveraging a recently disclosed bug in a third-party module. The vulnerability (CVSS score: 9.8), at its core, takes advantage of a critical sandbox escape in vm2, a popular JavaScript sandbox library (CVE-2022-36067 aka
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Code hosting company GitHub has unveiled a new direct channel for security researchers to report vulnerabilities in public repositories. The feature needs to be manually enabled by repository maintainers and, once active, enables security researchers to report any vulnerabilities identified in their code. “Owners and administrators of public repositories can allow security researchers to report
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An overview of the activities of selected APT groups investigated and analyzed by ESET Research in T2 2022 Today ESET Research publishes the very first ESET APT Activity Report, which summarizes the activities of selected advanced persistent threat (APT) groups that were observed, investigated, and analyzed by ESET researchers from May until the end of
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Entities located in East and Southeast Asia as well as Ukraine have been targeted at least since 2020 by a previously undocumented subgroup of APT41, a prolific Chinese advanced persistent threat (APT). Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, which christened the espionage crew Earth Longzhi, said the actor’s long-running campaign can be split into two based on
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Several of Twitter’s C-level security and privacy executives have resigned following the chaos that ensued from the Elon Musk acquisition of the social media platform. “I’ve made the hard decision to leave Twitter,” said the company’s now-former chief information security officer Lea Kissner in a tweet on Thursday. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with
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When you are trying to get another layer of cyber protection that would not require a lot of resources, you are most likely choosing between a VPN service & a DNS Security solution. Let’s discuss both. VPN Explained VPN stands for Virtual Private Networks and basically hides your IP and provides an encrypted server by
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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published a new guide on Stakeholder-Specific Vulnerability Categorization (SSVC). This vulnerability management methodology is designed to assess vulnerabilities and prioritizes remediation efforts based on exploitation status, impacts on safety and prevalence of the affected product in a singular system. SSVC was first created by CISA in collaboration