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Google Foiled Over 1.9B Malware Installs from Non-Play Sources in 2019

Google revealed that it blocked more than 1.9 billion installations of Android malware from non-Play Store sources over the course of 2019.On 11 February, Google revealed on the Android Developers Blog that it had succeeded in scanning billions of potential malware installations by creating a revamped Play Protect experience in 2019.This built-in malware pro
Publish At:2020-02-12 10:31 | Read:204 | Comments:0 | Tags:IT Security and Data Protection Latest Security News Android

Google Maps: online interventions with offline ramifications

The places where online life directly intersection with that lived offline will be forever fascinating, illustrated perfectly through a recent performance piece involving Google Maps, a cart, and an awful lot of mobile phones. Simon Weckert, an artist based in Berlin, Germany, showed how a little ingenuity could work magic on the ubiquitous Google Maps syste
Publish At:2020-02-07 16:50 | Read:189 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy art vs tech businesses cars crowdsourcing Google goo

Update now – WhatsApp flaw gave attackers access to local files

byJohn E DunnDoes WhatsApp have a lot of vulnerabilities or are there simply a lot of people looking for them?Ask PerimeterX researcher Gal Weizman, who last year set about poking the world’s most popular messaging platform to see whether he could turn up any new weaknesses.Sure enough, this week we learned that he uncovered a clutch of vulnerabilities that
Publish At:2020-02-06 12:35 | Read:203 | Comments:0 | Tags:Google Privacy Security threats Facebook PerimeterX remote c

A week in security (January 20 – 26)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we reported on a Ryuk ransomware attack on The Tampa Bay Times, a newspaper in Florida; unmasked an elaborate browser locking scheme behind the more advanced tech support operations that are currently active; and looked at the latest laws on regulating deepfakes. Other cybersecurity news Cisco’s Talos Intelligence Group
Publish At:2020-01-27 16:50 | Read:349 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security Apple awis blog recap breach facebook phi

Google finds privacy holes in Safari’s ITP anti-tracking system

byJohn E DunnFar from protecting the security and privacy of Safari users as advertised, Apple’s much-vaunted Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) could leave them exposed to a raft of privacy issues, including – ironically – being tracked.That’s the surprising conclusion of a group of Google researchers who this week published a short but sharp
Publish At:2020-01-24 12:45 | Read:279 | Comments:0 | Tags:Apple Apple Safari Google Privacy Web Browsers ad tracking b

Fleeceware is back in Google Play – massive fees for not much at all

byPaul DucklinLast September, we wrote about “fleeceware“, a term we coined to describe apps that charge huge amounts but give you very little in return.Technically, the apps themselves aren’t malware, because the code in the app doesn’t do anything illegal, dangerous, sneaky, snoopy, subversive or surreptitious.The treachery lies in
Publish At:2020-01-14 12:40 | Read:322 | Comments:0 | Tags:Android Google fleeceware Google Play play store

A week in security (January 6 – 12)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we told readers how to check the safety of websites and their related files, explored the shady behavior taking place within the billion-dollar search industry, broke down the top six ways that hackers target retail businesses, and put a spotlight on the ransomware family Phobos. We also broke a major new story when we dis
Publish At:2020-01-13 16:50 | Read:262 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security CES CES 2020 Consumer Electronics Show ed

Hackers backed by foreign states attacked 12,000 Google users

Government-supported hackers tried to steal 12,000 Google credentials in 2019 Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) revealed in a report that they distributed more than 12,000 warnings to users in nearly 150 countries that include the United States of America. The recipients were notified that they have been subject of state-sponsored phishing attempts.
Publish At:2019-12-17 09:15 | Read:449 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile News Security Cybercrime Google Hackers

The little-known ways mobile device sensors can be exploited by cybercriminals

The bevy of mobile device sensors in modern smartphones and tablets make them more akin to pocket-sized laboratories and media studios than mere communication devices. Cameras, microphones, accelerometers, and gyroscopes give incredible flexibility to app developers and utility to mobile device users. But the variety of inputs also give clever hackers new me
Publish At:2019-12-11 16:50 | Read:631 | Comments:0 | Tags:IoT accelerometer Android camera Google gyroscope Internet o

Critical DoS messaging flaw fixed in December Android update

byJohn E DunnFor anyone lucky enough to get them, Android’s December 2019 updates arrived this week, patching a small list of system and Qualcomm flaws across the operating system’s two patch levels.In Google’s estimation, at the top of the urgent list on the 2019-12-01 patch level (see below for explanation) is CVE-2019-2232, a critical flaw affecting Andro
Publish At:2019-12-05 12:35 | Read:554 | Comments:0 | Tags:Android Google Linux Mobile Operating Systems Security threa

Sir Tim Berners-Lee publishes plan to save the web from ‘digital dystopia’

byJohn E DunnWeb inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee is so worried his 30-year-old creation is turning into a “digital dystopia” that he’s proposed a Contract for the Web to rescue it from a headlong plunge into a moral abyss.It’s not an original worry – Berners-Lee has publicly fretted about the web’s direction many times in recent years – and it’s not
Publish At:2019-11-26 12:35 | Read:570 | Comments:0 | Tags:Facebook Google Microsoft Privacy Twitter Contract for the W

DNS-over-HTTPS is coming to Windows 10

byJohn E DunnFor fans of DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) privacy, it must feel like a dam of resistance is starting to break.Mozilla Firefox and Cloudflare were the earliest adopters of this controversial new way to make DNS queries private by encrypting them, followed not long after by the weight of Google, which embedded DoH into Chrome as a non-default setting.This
Publish At:2019-11-21 12:35 | Read:415 | Comments:0 | Tags:Firefox Google Google Chrome Microsoft Privacy Web Browsers

ACCESS Act might improve data privacy through interoperability

Data privacy is back in Congressional lawmakers’ sights, as a new, legislative proposal focuses not on data collection, storage, and selling, but on the idea that Americans should be able to more easily pack up their user data and take it to a competing service—perhaps one that better respects their data privacy. The new bill would also require certain t
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:518 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy ACCESS Act Apple Pages Big Tech Center for Democracy

Data collectors

Who owns data owns the world. And with the Internet taking over much of our daily lives, it has become far easier and faster to receive, collect, and analyze data. The average user cannot even imagine how much data gets collected on them. Besides technical information (for example, about a smartphone) harvested by a manufacturer to patch vulnerabilities, com
Publish At:2019-10-23 06:05 | Read:667 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Publications advertising networks Data Protection F

Google chief warns visitors about smart speakers in his home

byLisa VaasApparently caught off-guard by a question from the BBC, Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh made up a privacy etiquette rule on the spot last week when he said that yes, homeowners should tell guests that they’ve got smart speakers running in their homes.At any rate, that’s what he does, he said.Here’s his reported response after
Publish At:2019-10-22 05:45 | Read:612 | Comments:0 | Tags:Amazon Google IoT Privacy Alexa Amazon Echo eavesdropping Go

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