A week in security (August 5 – 11)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:38:31 +0000

The latest cybersecurity news for the week of August 5–11. We touch on problematic backdoors, the grim possibility of the Internet of Thoughts, and smart home improvement. We also released a retrospective report on ransomware.

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What should a US federal data privacy law ideally include?

Credit to Author: David Ruiz| Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:00:00 +0000

What do small, privacy-protective companies think about a federal data privacy law for the US? It turns out, they’re all for it. Here are some of their ideas for US data privacy legislation.

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A week in security (May 27 – June 2)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2019 17:09:55 +0000

A roundup of security news from May 27–June 2, including a look at 2019 ransomware outbreaks in the Unites States, ATM fraud, NIST’s privacy framework, more legal problems for Google and Facebook, and more.

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The top six takeaways for corporate data privacy compliance

Credit to Author: David Ruiz| Date: Fri, 03 May 2019 15:00:00 +0000

Here are Labs’ top six takeaways from our data privacy and cybersecurity law series on corporate data privacy compliance. From emerging startups to burgeoning enterprises, these rules help not just with legal liability, but also user trust.

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Will pay-for-privacy be the new normal?

Credit to Author: davidruiz| Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2019 17:04:22 +0000

As the US considers new data privacy laws, at least two new proposals include calls to exchange money for privacy—an unwelcome bargain for users. Before pay-for-privacy becomes law, privacy as a right should become industry practice.

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Bomb Threat Hoaxer Exposed by Hacked Gaming Site

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:37:06 +0000

Federal authorities this week arrested a North Carolina man who allegedly ran with a group of online hooligans that attacked Web sites (including this one), took requests on Twitter to call in bomb threats to thousands of schools, and tried to frame various online gaming sites as the culprits. In an ironic twist, the accused — who had fairly well separated his real life identity from his online personas — appears to have been caught after a gaming Web site he frequented got hacked.

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Bomb Threat Hoaxer, DDos Boss Gets 3 Years

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2018 01:38:49 +0000

The alleged ringleader of a gang of cyber hooligans that made bomb threats against hundreds of schools and launched debilitating denial-of-service attacks against Web sites (including KrebsOnSecurity on multiple occasions) has been sentenced to three years in a U.K. prison, and faces the possibility of additional charges from U.S.-based law enforcement officials. 

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A week in security (September 3 – 9)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:44:57 +0000

A roundup of the security news from September 3 – 9, including spyware going mainstream, Mac App Store apps stealing and abusing customer data, and Fortnite install concerns.

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Leader of DDoS-for-Hire Gang Pleads Guilty to Bomb Threats

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2018 15:51:13 +0000

A 19-year-old man from the United Kingdom who headed a cybercriminal group whose motto was “Feds Can’t Touch Us” pleaded guilty this week to making bomb threats against thousands of schools. On Aug. 31, officers with the U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested Hertfordshire resident George Duke-Cohan, who admitted making bomb threats to thousands of schools and a United Airlines flight traveling from the U.K. to San Francisco last month.

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