Google: We've blocked 126 million COVID-19 phishing scams in the last week

The Register - Fri, 17/04/2020 - 11:01
240 million daily virus themed spams as 'bad actors' feed on people's fear

In the past week, some 18 million COVID-19 phishing emails were sent via Gmail to unsuspecting marks, according to Google.…

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Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule

The Register - Fri, 17/04/2020 - 07:33
No phone numbers needed – but you’ll need Notifications and Bluetooth on all the time

The European Commission (EC) has published a document describing how it thinks member nations can best built a contact-tracing smartphone app to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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India says ‘Zoom is a not a safe platform’ and bans government users

The Register - Fri, 17/04/2020 - 03:07
Holey vid chat service reveals ‘re-architect’ of bug bounty program to ‘get overall security house in order’

India has effectively banned videoconferencing service Zoom for government users and repeated warnings that consumers need to be careful when using the tool.…

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You're a botnet, you;ve got a zero-day, so where do you go? After fiber, because that's where the bandwidth is

The Register - Thu, 16/04/2020 - 22:44
Two-step attack seen on core systems

Researchers are warning owners of fiber routers to keep a close eye on their gear and check for firmware updates following the discovery an in-the-wild zero-day attack.…

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Bad news: So much of your personal data has been hacked that lesson manuals on how to use it are the latest hot property

The Register - Thu, 16/04/2020 - 13:00
Cyber-crims bone up on methods for fun and profit, but mainly profit

With more people looking to get into the online crime racket and huge caches of personal information cheap and easy to come by, documents describing the process of committing (and getting away with) online fraud are becoming hot commodities.…

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United Nations reportedly tears up Tencent’s invite to its big 75th birthday bash

The Register - Thu, 16/04/2020 - 03:18
Deal announced two weeks ago would have seen shiny new VooV vid chat tool used around the world

The United Nations has reportedly dissolved a deal that would have seen its 75th birthday celebrations conducted using video chat tech from Chinese web giant Tencent.…

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Stuck inside with time on your hands? The US govt would like to remind you it's paying $5m for Nork hacking scalps

The Register - Thu, 16/04/2020 - 01:34
US-Cert issues new report on misdeeds of North Korean groups

The US government's Computer Emergency Response Team (US-Cert) has posted a new report on the latest exploits of North Korea's Hidden Cobra hacking crews.…

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Linksys forces password reset for Smart Wi-Fi accounts after router DNS hack pointed users at COVID-19 malware

The Register - Wed, 15/04/2020 - 20:03
Firm blames successful cred-stuffing attack for customer pwnage

Router biz Linksys has reset all its customers' Smart Wi-Fi account passwords after cybercrims accessed a bunch and redirected hapless users to COVID-19 themed malware.…

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Think before filling in that convenient flight refund form with all your delicious details – there's a scam going about

The Register - Wed, 15/04/2020 - 15:59
Email ruse preying on COVID-19 fears sends data to crims, warns Mimecast

Email security biz Mimecast has warned of a flight refund scam doing the rounds amid a general uptick in coronavirus-related online crime.…

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Another day, another Google cull - Chocolate Factory axes 49 malicious Chrome extensions from web store

The Register - Wed, 15/04/2020 - 08:01
Ongoing Chrome Web Store security saga deftly straddles tragedy and farce

Google has ousted 49 Chrome extensions from its Chrome Web Store because they contained malicious code, a ritual that should be familiar after a decade of purges.…

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Apple: We respect your privacy so much we’ve revealed a little about what we can track when you use Maps

The Register - Wed, 15/04/2020 - 07:24
But we’ve only done it to help governments understand that virus thing you may have heard about lately

Apple has released a set of “Mobility Trends Reports” – a trove of anonymised and aggregated data that describes how people have moved around the world in the three months from January 13th to April 13th.…

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At least someone's making out like a bandit: Scammers have pocketed $13m in Coronavirus fraud from the US this year

The Register - Wed, 15/04/2020 - 03:26
FTC tallies the cost of pandemic rip-offs

Fraud related to the coronavirus has cost Americans $13m and so far counting, according to the US government.…

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April 2020 and - rest assured - your Windows PC can still be pwned by something so innocuous as an unruly font

The Register - Tue, 14/04/2020 - 23:02
Adobe and Intel add their woes

Microsoft has delivered another epic Patch Tuesday, dropping fixes for more than 100 security bugs, and Adobe and Intel have added their dose of misery and security too.…

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