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Stalkerware’s legal enforcement problem

Content warning: This piece contains brief descriptions of domestic violence and assault against women and children. In the past five years, only two stalkerware developers, both of whom designed, marketed, and sold tools favored by domestic abusers to pry into victims’ private lives, have faced federal consequences for their actions. Following a guilty p
Publish At:2019-11-18 16:50 | Read:33 | Comments:0 | Tags:Stalkerware Al Franken Computer Fraud and Abuse Act cybersta

Stalkerware developer dealt new blow by FTC

Last week, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) interpreted its broad consumer protection mandate to file a first-of-its-kind enforcement action against the developer of three mobile stalkerware applications. The developer was banned from further selling the apps unless significant changes were made in design and functionality. The FTC’s required change
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:84 | Comments:0 | Tags:Stalkerware Capital One consent agreement consent order data

A week in security (October 28 – November 3)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we celebrated the birth of the Internet 50 years ago, highlighted reports about the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filing a case against stalkerware developer Retina-X, issued a PSI on disaster donation scams, looked at the top cybersecurity challenged SMBs face, and provided guidance to journalists on how they can defend t
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:85 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security Adobe Creative Cloud advanced persistent

A week in security (October 21 – 27)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we explored a link between Magecart Group 5 and the Carbanak APT, we discussed the growing rate of robocalls threatening user privacy, and we tipped you off on how to protect yourself from doxing. We were glad to see the BBC raise awareness about stalkerware, much like we did a few weeks ago. Other cybersecurity news
Publish At:2019-10-28 16:50 | Read:337 | Comments:0 | Tags:Week in security avast ccleaner doxing edps Magecart NordVPN

Why all organizations must better protect sensitive data

About two weeks ago, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) kicked off with a new message stressing personal responsibility for users keeping themselves safe online: “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” NCSAM asked users to consider best practices for both securing their own devices and protecting sensitive data. But personal responsibility in cyberse
Publish At:2019-10-17 23:20 | Read:162 | Comments:0 | Tags:Business cybersecurity cybersecurity awareness data security

A week in security (October 7 – 13)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we peered into the possible future of cybersecurity insurance, described the process for securing today’s managed service provider, and provided an in-depth explainer on the business espionage tactic known as “war shipping.” Further, in considering the intersection of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and National Dom
Publish At:2019-10-14 23:20 | Read:227 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security amazon body cams bots chrome cybersecurit

How to protect against stalkerware, a murky but dangerous mobile threat

Last week, we pledged that—in honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness months—we would continue the fight against the online scourge known as stalkerware, or applications used to track and spy on victims without their knowing consent. We told readers that, despite working to protect against stalkerware programs for more th
Publish At:2019-10-09 11:20 | Read:291 | Comments:0 | Tags:Stalkerware domestic abuse domestic violence monitoring moni

A week in security (September 30 – October 6)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, Malwarebytes renewed its pledge to fight stalkerware for National Cybersecurity Awareness (NCSA) and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We also looked into what security orchestration is and reported about partnering with security firm, HYAS, to determine the relationship between Magecart Group 4 and Cobalt, the infamous APT
Publish At:2019-10-07 23:20 | Read:353 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security Adwind RAT APT Cobalt consumer behavior s

The State of Stalkerware in 2019

Introduction and methodology Six months ago, we created a special alert that notifies users about commercial spyware (stalkerware) products installed on their phones. This report examines the use of stalkerware and the number of users affected by this software in the first eight months of 2019. Сonsumer surveillance technology has evolved rapidly in recent y
Publish At:2019-10-02 06:20 | Read:1184 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Publications Cyberbullying Cybercrime Malware Stati

For Cybersecurity and Domestic Violence Awareness months, we pledge to fight stalkerware

Starting today, two hallmark holidays are upon us. No, it’s not Halloween and Thanksgiving. It’s both Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It’s no coincidence these two awareness campaigns overlap. What were once seen as separate realities—the physical and the digital—are increasingly blurred as our offices, schools, and ho
Publish At:2019-10-01 23:20 | Read:182 | Comments:0 | Tags:Stalkerware Browser guard cyberstalking domestic violence do

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