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How online ads can endanger your security

Ads are everywhere on the internet. From simple banner ads at the tops of web pages to small ads in sidebars, that you see as you scroll down to a page. From animated ads to pop-up videos, both of which distract you when you’re trying to read to grab your attention. And sometimes ads cover an entire page until you either click them, or find the little
Publish At:2020-05-03 06:42 | Read:346 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security & Privacy ad blockers advertising malware

How social media platforms mine personal data for profit

It’s almost impossible not to rely on social networks in some way, whether for personal reasons or business. Sites such as LinkedIn continue to blur the line, increasing the amount of social function over time with features and services resembling less formal sites, such as Facebook. Can anyone imagine not relying on, of all things, Twitter to catch up on br
Publish At:2020-04-04 16:45 | Read:590 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy advertising Data privacy facebook gated content Link

Facebook sues data analytics firm OneAudience over malicious SDK

byLisa VaasFacebook is suing the data analytics firm OneAudience for allegedly developing a malicious, social-media-profile-grabbing software development kit (SDK) and then paying app developers to embed it in their apps.In a complaint filed in California on Thursday, Facebook charged that the polluted apps – which included shopping, gaming and utility
Publish At:2020-03-02 09:21 | Read:505 | Comments:0 | Tags:Android Data loss Facebook iOS Law & order Mobile Privacy Se

Firefox 52 more privacy oriented with a Tor protection mechanism

Mozilla development team announced a new privacy protection mechanism that will come with Firefox 52, it aims to prevent websites from fingerprinting users. Mozilla announced the introduction of a new privacy protection mechanism to Firefox 52 that prevents websites from fingerprinting through system fonts. The technique is widely adopted by advertising comp
Publish At:2017-01-02 03:20 | Read:5369 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Digital ID advertising Censorship Firefox 52 p

How Fraudulent Advertising Could Be Costly to Your Company

Your company may be losing money because of online advertising. Beyond the success of advertisements when it comes to converting marketing budgets into sales, a singular type of cyberattack threatens to directly affect your company’s accounts. Namely, there exist networks of bots that are used to inflate the number of clicks that ads receive. These botnets e
Publish At:2016-12-30 11:25 | Read:4097 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security advertising bots businesses

Infected firmware spotted in well-known low-cost Android devices

Experts from Doctor Web spotted new Trojans into the firmware of several dozens of low-cost Android smartphones and tablets. Again problems with low-cost Android smartphones and tablets, once again experts discovered certain mobile devices shipped with malicious firmware. According to malware researchers from antivirus firm Dr.Web, the firmware of a large nu
Publish At:2016-12-14 14:15 | Read:4863 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Hacking Malware Mobile advertising

A second backdoor in a week discovered in firmware of Chinese low-cost Android devices

For the second time in a few days, security experts spotted a backdoor in the firmware of low-cost Android devices. Last week, security experts from Kryptowire firm have discovered a backdoor in the firmware installed on low-cost Android phones. The backdoor affects mobile phones from BLU Products that are available for sale on both Amazon and Best Buy. The
Publish At:2016-11-20 18:30 | Read:4428 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Mobile advertising backdoor China Espi

Experts spotted a secret backdoor in Android phones that sends data to China

Experts at Kryptowire discovered a mobile phone firmware that transmitted personally identifiable information without user consent due to a backdoor. Security experts from Kryptowire firm have discovered a backdoor in the firmware installed on low-cost Android phones. The backdoor affects mobile phones from BLU Products that are available for sale on both Am
Publish At:2016-11-16 03:50 | Read:4432 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Mobile advertising backdoor China Espi

Adware turns a tidy profit for those who sneak it into downloads

If you've ever downloaded software, chances are you've experienced an all-too-common surprise: ads or other unwanted programs that tagged along for the ride, only to pop up on your PC uninvited. Turns out there's a highly lucrative global industry making it happen, with "layers of deniability" to protect those involved.That's according to researc
Publish At:2016-08-08 16:10 | Read:3705 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Advertising Internet Fraud Malware

Mobile advertiser tracked users' locations, without their consent, FTC alleges

The privacy settings on your phone don’t mean much if tech companies choose to ignore them. One major mobile advertiser allegedly did just that.The company InMobi was secretly tracking user locations, regardless of consent, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission alleged on Wednesday. The motive: to serve location-based ads over mobile apps.InMobi is headquart
Publish At:2016-06-23 04:45 | Read:3257 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Mobile Government Privacy Advertising

An HTTPS hijacking click-fraud botnet infects almost 1 million computers

Over the past two years, a group of cybercriminals has infected almost 1 million computers with malware that hijacks search results, even when they're served over encrypted HTTPS connections.The click-fraud botnet earns its creators money through Google's AdSense for Search program, according to researchers from security firm Bitdefender. The affiliate p
Publish At:2016-05-16 21:35 | Read:3955 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Encryption Search Malware Advertising

ISPs have built huge data systems to track you with, report says

Web users face an even greater threat to their privacy as large ISPs align themselves more closely with data brokers to track their customers, an advocacy group said.Several large ISPs have either formed partnerships with, or acquired, data tracking and analytics firms in recent years, giving them a "vast storehouse of consumer data," according to a repo
Publish At:2016-03-24 07:10 | Read:4673 | Comments:0 | Tags:Internet Security Advertising Privacy

“Your Android is Expired!”

We’ve seen reports of a dubious URL being served up via mobile advertising over the last day or two. This is certainly the kitchen-sink approach to making a URL look as “legit” as possible: paly(dot)google(dot)com(dot)store(dot)apps(dot)siteadvisor(dot)club/5MBivfkif2mmhxluoImYurMuwz/pl/ The first part is supposed to look like the Play Stor
Publish At:2016-03-21 23:55 | Read:3857 | Comments:0 | Tags:Online Security advert advertising Mobile spam

Google Chrome will flag deceptive download buttons in ads as a security threat

Google is taking another aggressive step towards correcting deceptive practices on the web.The company recently announced Chrome will throw up a warning page if it detects a user heading to a webpage with deceptive download buttons attached to an ad. The new warning is in line with the company’s social engineering policy announced in November, Google sai
Publish At:2016-02-05 00:35 | Read:3404 | Comments:0 | Tags:Internet Security Advertising

Google says it killed 780 million 'bad ads' in 2015

The scourge of spam, clickbait and phishing attempts that has plagued the Web for years is getting worse. Google says it disabled more than 780 million "bad ads" globally last year, a 49 percent increase over 2014, according to a new Google report. The company said it shut down 524 million misleading or potentially harmful ads in 2014 and removed 350 mil
Publish At:2016-01-22 11:05 | Read:3385 | Comments:0 | Tags:Advertising Malware Security

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