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A week in security (May 25 – 31)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we published our most recent episode of our podcast Lock and Code, providing an in-depth discussion on web browser privacy, looked at the membership bump for the Coalition against Stalkerware, and dug into EDR solutions. We also looked at twists added to the threat scene by Maze Ransomware. Other cybersecurity news Breac
Publish At:2020-06-01 13:35 | Read:29 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security awis cybrsecurity fake fake news fraud ma

Facebook to alert us if we’ve been exposed to fake coronavirus news

byLisa VaasHas somebody on Facebook tried to convince you that drinking bleach cures COVID-19?If you’ve had that kind of dangerous misinformation coughed up at you on the platform and have liked, reacted or commented on it, expect to start seeing messages in your newsfeed alerting you and letting you know that Facebook has since removed the effluvium.O
Publish At:2020-04-21 07:38 | Read:508 | Comments:0 | Tags:Facebook Fake news Social networks coronavirus COVID-19 fact

WhatsApp new policy limits forwarding of viral messages

WhatsApp implements limitations on message forwarding to curb the spread of misinformation about the Coronavirus pandemic. WhatsApp implements a new policy on message forwarding to curb the spread of misinformation about the Coronavirus pandemic. With COVID19 outbreak the number of fake news that is spreading through social networks and instant messagi
Publish At:2020-04-08 07:42 | Read:350 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Social Networks Fake News Hacking hacking news

“Instant bank fraud” warning spread on WhatsApp is a hoax

byPaul DucklinLast week we wrote about a WhatsApp hoax that was spreading widely, warning people to look out for a cybersecurity catastrophe that simply wasn’t going to happen.That was known as the Martinelli/Dance of the Pope hoax, and it claimed that two dangerous videos are about to come out that will hack or wipe out your phone so it can’t b
Publish At:2020-03-31 05:28 | Read:348 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fake news phishing smishing SMS WhatsApp

How to stay on top of coronavirus scams – and all the others too

byPaul DucklinIt’s not like cybercriminals to take advantage of a world event… and this is a rather large world event.Since COVID-19 hit the headlines, we’ve covered a selection of coronavirus-related scams, phishing attacks and malware campaigns in which crooks have adapted existing sextortion emails, mobile malware and password stealing t
Publish At:2020-03-30 14:17 | Read:332 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fake news Malware Phishing SophosLabs coronavirus COVID-19 m

Hijacked Twitter accounts used to advertise face masks

byLisa VaasAs of Tuesday, hijacked Twitter accounts were spewing out hundreds of tweets hawking a dodgy looking face mask/toilet paper/digital forehead thermometer online store, according to Motherboard’s Vice.When Vice’s Joseph Cox searched for the masks site on Tuesday, he found what he called a “heavy stream” of other accounts that
Publish At:2020-03-26 07:51 | Read:403 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fake news Social networks Twitter bots coronavirus counterfe

Facebook Messenger may ban mass-forwarding of messages

byLisa VaasFacebook Messenger may ban mass-forwarding of messages in an effort to lasso the runaway forwarding of COVID-19 fake news and rumors, it confirmed on Sunday.Facebook has done this before when its other messaging services have gone berserk with forwarding hysterical misinformation – misinformation that led to people getting lynched in the fak
Publish At:2020-03-24 09:55 | Read:814 | Comments:0 | Tags:Facebook Fake news Mobile Social networks chat apps coronavi

WhatsApp “Martinelli” hoax is back, warning about “Dance of the Pope”

byPaul DucklinIf you follow @NakedSecurity on Twitter, you’ll have noticed that we warned last week about an old WhatsApp hoax that suddenly reappeared.The bogus news is generally known as the “Martinelli hoax”, because it starts like this:If you know anyone using WhatsApp you might pass on this. An IT colleague has advised that a video com
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A week in security (March 16 – 22)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we concluded our series on child identity theft. We also looked into threat actors and campaigns that ride the COVID-19 train, namely the criminal group APT36 and threat actors purporting to be the World Health Organization (WHO) but instead spreading malware. Lastly, we have tips for those who are working at home to stay secu
Publish At:2020-03-23 13:16 | Read:336 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security APT36 awis covid-19 emotet fake news mone

Instagram hides ‘false’ content, unless it’s from a politician

byLisa VaasFacebook is expanding its efforts to muffle misinformation on Instagram, which it owns.In 2018, two reports prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee found that when it came to Russia’s misinformation campaign in the 2016 US presidential election, Instagram was where the real action was: researchers counted more Instagram reactions to f
Publish At:2019-12-19 12:37 | Read:674 | Comments:0 | Tags:Facebook Fake news Instagram Social networks fact checking f

A week in security (November 4 – November 10)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we announced the launch of Malwarebytes 4.0, tackled data privacy legislation, and explored some of the ways robocalls come gunning for your data and your money. We also laid out the steps involved in popular vendor email compromise attacks. Other cybersecurity news Bug bounty bonanza: Rockstar Games open up their bounty prog
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:1166 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security awis cyber facebook fake news hacking Mob

Exploring the Online Economy that Fuels Fake News

By Lion Gu, Vladimir Kropotov, and Fyodor Yarochkin (Senior Threat Researchers) “Fake news” was relatively unheard of last year—until the U.S. election campaign period started, during which an explosion of misinformation campaigns trended. But despite its seemingly rampant spread, fake news is just one facet of public opinion manipulation and cyber propagand
Publish At:2017-06-13 14:05 | Read:4500 | Comments:0 | Tags:Bad Sites Social cyber propaganda fake news Public Opinion M

Steer clear of this latest fake iPhone discount news

More than a week after the FBI has decided to drop that case against Apple, it appears that the controversy surrounding all of this continues to keep us riveted to the news. Usually, people go to their favourite online publications; what shady actors behind equally shady news sites do, though, are the opposite. Users with UK IP addresses shouldn’t be s
Publish At:2016-04-06 03:15 | Read:3664 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cybercrime Social engineering Apple fake fake news gamificat

More Fake iPhone Discount News Sites Spotted

We thought we’ve seen the last of the iPhone 6-type scams in 2015. Nothing can be further from the truth. Recently, a fake news piece sporting the all-too-familiar design supposedly belonging to the BBC News is making rounds online, spreading the false word that Apple is now reducing their inventory—specifically, by selling scores of iPhone 6S units for £1 a
Publish At:2016-03-17 10:55 | Read:4799 | Comments:0 | Tags:Online Security fake iphone fake news gamification iPhone

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