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Human Rights Activist Allegedly Targeted With NSO Malware Says His Life Is ‘Hellish’

If a nation state decides to target your phone, they're going to get you...: Hackers likely working for a government targeted two Moroccan human rights activists with malware made by the controversial Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group, according to a new report by Amnesty International. In the report, researchers from Amnesty detail a series of attacks against Maati Monjib, a historian and journalist, and Abdessadak El Bouchattaoui, a lawyer who represented a group of

Twitter transgression proves why its flawed 2FA system is such a privacy trap

I have friends (you know who you are) who refuse to sign up to any service that asks for their mobile number. This doesn't help matters...: If ever there was a surefire way to sour users against a two-factor authentication system that was already highly flawed, Twitter has found it. On Tuesday, the social media site said that it used phone numbers and email addresses provided for 2FA protection to tailor ads to users. Twitter requires users to provide a valid phone nu...

Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers found lying around on the internet

Maybe time to invest in an early warning system like CybelAngel...? TechCrunch reports that a security researcher stumbled across an exposed server on the internet containing databases with a total of more than 419 million records related to Facebook users. According to TechCrunch’s reporting, each database record contains a user’s unique Facebook account ID (from which it’s possible to determine a user name) and phone numbers attached to the account. The treasure trove o

Facebook Drops Default Facial Recognition Tag Suggestions

Perhaps FB is beginning to understand the public's suspicion of facial recognition?... [...] Facebook is giving users more control over a facial recognition feature used by the company to help identify, or Tag, people on its platform. Starting Tuesday, the company said it would allow its users to opt-out of the Tag Suggestions feature, while at the same time the company is attempting to help users better understand what the feature does. Facebook said it will replace the

Google Launches Open-Source Browser Extension for Ad Transparency

If we are living in a world where the 'free' stuff is paid for by advertising, then it's best to be explicit about it...: [...] While there has been consumer pushback when it comes to browser data privacy, Google explains that the content consumed by users of Chrome and other browsers is free only because it’s supported by data-driven advertisers. With this in mind, Google’s Privacy Sandbox initiative bridge the gap between consumers exploring online content for free while k

Mobile Menace Monday: Dark Android Q rises

Android Q, the upcoming 10th major release of the Android mobile operating system, was developed by Google with three major themes in mind: innovation, security, and privacy. Today, we are going to focus mostly on security and privacy, although there are still many potential changes and updates on the horizon that can be discussed. Privacy Privacy has been a top priority in developing Android Q, as it’s important today to give users control and transparency over how th

How to securely send your personal information

This story originally ran on The Parallax and was updated on July 3, 2019. A few months ago, my parents asked a great security question: How could they securely send their passport numbers to a travel agent? They knew email wasn’t safe on its own. Standard email indeed isn’t safe for sending high-value personal information such as credit card or passport numbers, according to security experts such as Robert Hansen, CEO of intelligence and analysis firm OutsideIntel, now

What should a US federal data privacy law ideally include?

In the constant David-and-Goliath struggle between digital privacy advocates and corporate privacy invaders, the question of how to legally protect Americans with a comprehensive, federal data privacy law provides conflicting answers. Advocates want protections, which Big Tech interprets as restrictions. As of today, there is no one digital privacy law to rule them all. While a few state laws exist that protect consumer privacy here in the US, overarching federal legislat

A week in security (July 8 – 14)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at ways to send your sensitive information in a secure fashion, examined some tactics in incident response land, and explored federal data privacy law. We also looked at how security tools can turn against you, and took a deep dive into the rather fiendish Soft Cell attack. Other cybersecurity news The UK government backs facial recognition tech: The controversial trials received the backing of the British government’s home secretary

A week in security (July 15 – 21)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took an extensive look at Sodinokibi, one of the new ransomware strains found in the wild that many believe picked up where GandCrab left off. We also profiled Extenbro, a Trojan that protects adware; reported on the UK’s new Facebook reporting tool, homed in on new Magecart strategies that render them ‘”bulletproof;” identified challenges faced by the education sector in the age of cybersecurity; and looked at how older generations keep up

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