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Lock and Code S1Ep11: Locating concerns of Bluetooth and beacon technology with Chris Boyd

This week on Lock and Code, we discuss the top security headlines generated right here on Labs and around the Internet. In addition, we talk to Chris Boyd, lead malware intelligence analyst for Malwarebytes, about Bluetooth and beacon technology. Last month, cybersecurity experts warned the public about the data collection embedded in the Donald Trum
Publish At:2020-07-20 15:06 | Read:123 | Comments:0 | Tags:Podcast atlas of surveillance blackrock cisa confidential vm

Stalkerware advertising ban by Google a welcome, if incomplete, step

On Friday, July 10, Google announced it would no longer allow advertising for spyware and similar surveillance technology—often referred to as “stalkerware”—on its platform. The change is a welcome step by one of the largest, most powerful companies in online advertising, but a close read of the policy reveals a potential loophole that could allow stalker
Publish At:2020-07-14 12:24 | Read:93 | Comments:0 | Tags:Stalkerware Coalition Against Stalkerware Google Google Ads

Coalition Against Stalkerware bulks up global membership

Today, the Coalition Against Stalkerware brought aboard 11 new organizations to address the potentially dangerous capabilities of stalkerware, an invasive, digital threat that can rob individuals of their expectation of, and right to, privacy. These types of apps can provide domestic abusers with a new avenue of control over their survivors’ lives, granting
Publish At:2020-05-27 12:25 | Read:288 | Comments:0 | Tags:Stalkerware Anonyome Labs AppEsteem Corporation bff Bundesve

IT threat evolution Q1 2020

Targeted attacks and malware campaigns Operation AppleJeus: the sequel In 2018, we published a report on Operation AppleJeus, one of the more notable campaigns of the threat actor Lazarus, currently one of the most active and prolific APT groups. One notable feature of this campaign was that it marked the first time Lazarus had targeted macOS targets, with t
Publish At:2020-05-24 07:11 | Read:229 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Malware reports Apple iOS Apple MacOS APT Data leak

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:468 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security APT36 awis covid-19 emotet fake news mone

MonitorMinor: vicious stalkerware

The other day, our Android traps ensnared an interesting specimen of stalkerware — commercial software that is usually used to secretly monitor family members or colleagues. On closer inspection, we found that this app outstrips all existing software of its class in terms of functionality. Let’s take a look one step at a time. Modern stalkerware What i
Publish At:2020-03-16 08:00 | Read:673 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Malware descriptions Google Android Malware Descrip

International Women’s Day: awareness of stalkerware, monitoring, and spyware apps on the rise

Nine months ago, Malwarbytes recommitted itself to detecting invasive monitoring apps that can lead to the excessive harm of women—most commonly known as stalkerware. We pledged to raise public awareness, reach out to advocacy groups, and share samples and intelligence with other security vendors. Now, for International Women’s Day (March 8), we decided t
Publish At:2020-03-09 13:46 | Read:713 | Comments:0 | Tags:Stalkerware Bureau of Justice Statistics center for disease

Mobile malware evolution 2019

These statistics are based on detection verdicts of Kaspersky products received from users who consented to provide statistical data. Figures of the year In 2019, Kaspersky mobile products and technologies detected: 3,503,952 malicious installation packages. 69,777 new mobile banking Trojans. 68,362 new mobile ransomware Trojans. Trends of the year In summ
Publish At:2020-02-25 07:25 | Read:536 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Malware reports Adware Data theft Malware Statistic

A week in security (November 18 – 24)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at stalkerware’s legal enforcement problem, announced our cooperation with other security vendors and advocacy groups to launch Coalition Against Stalkerware, published our fall 2019 review of exploit kits, looked at how Deepfake on LinkedIn makes for malign interference campaigns, rounded up our knowledge about the
Publish At:2019-11-25 09:50 | Read:865 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security Coalition Against Stalkerware data leaks

Malwarebytes teams up with security vendors and advocacy groups to launch Coalition Against Stalkerware

Today, Malwarebytes is announcing its participation in a joint effort to stop invasive digital surveillance: the Coalition Against Stalkerware. For years, Malwarebytes has detected and warned users about the potentially dangerous capabilities of stalkerware, an invasive threat that can rob individuals of their expectation of, and right to, privacy. Just
Publish At:2019-11-19 09:50 | Read:1005 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malwarebytes news Coalition Against Stalkerware EFF Electron

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:1225 | 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:1355 | 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:1234 | 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:1443 | 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:1666 | Comments:0 | Tags:Business cybersecurity cybersecurity awareness data security

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