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Secret Sister scam returns in time for Christmas

The festive season may be imminent, but it’s a Facebook Secret Sister (not Santa) you have to steer clear of. Secret Sister has been a mainstay of Yuletide scams since at least 2015, and has come back around once more. But what is it? Your office probably has a Secret Santa scheme in place. You draw names from a hat, and you secretly buy the named person a gift. It’s all pretty straightforward, … [Read more...]

A week in security (October 15 – 21)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we went over how to build your own motion-activated security camera, wondered whether FIDO is the future instrument to replace passwords and usernames, informed you about information operations on Twitter, and released our Q3 Malwarebytes Labs Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques Report (CTNT). Other cybersecurity news: Pentagon data breach puts personal details of … [Read more...]

A week in security (September 24 – 30)

Last week on Labs was a busy one. We discussed how SMS phishing attacks target the job market, issued a warning for TV Licensing phishes, commented on how Apple confused Safari users with recent changes to how OSX handles browser extensions, and elaborated on holes found in Mojave’s privacy protection—deep breath! We also showed how a buggy implementation of CVE-2018-8373 vulnerability is used to … [Read more...]

Millions of accounts affected in latest Facebook hack

Facebook announced earlier today that its social network had been hacked, resulting in 40 million accounts that were directly impacted, while another 50 million were also considered to be potentially affected. Attackers exploited a feature in Facebook called “View As,” which essentially shows how your profile looks to others. The flaw enabled them to get ahold of so-called Access Tokens, which … [Read more...]

A week in security (August 20 – 26)

Last week on Labs, we took a look at insider threats, doubled back on the privacy of search browser extensions, profiled green card scams, revisited Defcon badgelife, and talked about what happens to a user’s accounts when they die. Other cybersecurity news There was an archiving error in Twitch HQ. Unfortunately, that left some private user messages (even those with sensitive info in them) … [Read more...]

A week in security (July 30 – August 5)

Last week, we posted a roundup of spam that may have landed in your mailbox, talked about what makes us susceptible to social engineering tactics, and took a deep dive into big data. Other news: Facebook claimed to have removed accounts that display behavior consistent with possible Russian actors engaged in misinformation. (Source: The Wall Street Journal) Yale University disclosed that they … [Read more...]

A week in security (July 9 – July 15)

Last week, we talked about domestic abuse fuelled by IoT, doing threat intel programs right, blocking ICO fraud, and man-in-the-middle attacks. We also explained why we block shady ad blockers and provided tips to online shoppers for Prime Day. Other news: Reports revealed that low-end Android devices sold in Egypt, Brazil, South Africa, Myanmar, and other developing markets contain pre-installed … [Read more...]

Norwegian study finds Google and Facebook manipulate users to share data despite GDPR

A recent study by the Norwegian government has found that Facebook and Google push users to share private information by using “invasive” and limited default options. The Norwegian Consumer Council’s Deceived By Design report suggests that the tech giants’ privacy updates clash with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). In a statement, the council’s director of digital services, … [Read more...]

A week in security (May 14 – May 20)

Last week, we looked at the deluge of incoming policies caused by GDPR, tackled Adobe Reader zero days, and ran through some iPhone security tips. We also caught some helpline scammers in the act, explored advergaming, got our Senate Bill game face on, and deep dived into Drupal vulnerabilities. Other news Mining apps in Snaps store controversy (Source: The Register) Man identified in spy tools … [Read more...]