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Explained: like-farming

Like-farming, aka like-harvesting, is a method used by commercial parties and scammers alike to raise the popularity of a site or domain. The ultimate dream of every like-farmer is for his post to go viral by accumulating as many likes and shares as possible from all over the world. Like-farmers rely on near-instinctual reactions from users by exploiting hot-button topics such as child rearing … [Read more...]

Ellen DeGeneres giveaway scam spreading on social media

Scammers are pushing multiple fake Facebook profiles of Ellen DeGeneres, popular US TV show host and producer, with the goal of tricking people into jumping through a few money-making hoops. This isn’t a sophisticated scam. It isn’t hacking the Gibson. It won’t be the focus of a cutting edge infosec talk. However, it’s certainly doing some damage—up to a point. This scam is a victim of its … [Read more...]

A week in security (April 8 – 14)

Last week on Labs, we said hello to Baldr, a new stealer on the market, we wondered who is managing the security of medical management apps, discussed the different perceptions of personal information, and we looked at fake Instagram assistance apps found on Google Play that are stealing passwords. Other cybersecurity news German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer says it has been hit by malware, … [Read more...]

A week in security (April 1 – 7)

Last week, Malwarebytes Labs took readers on a brief tour of some of the world’s most notable data privacy laws, explored how gamers can protect themselves against cyberthreats, and offered thoughts about the reports that a 23-year-old Chinese woman gained access to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort while carrying four cellphones, a hard drive, a laptop, and a thumb drive that was … [Read more...]

Facebook’s plain text misstep, and other password sins

Two days after an article by Brian Krebs disclosed that hundreds of millions of Facebook account passwords had been stored in plain text for years, Facebook released a statement indicating they hash and salt passwords, more or less in accordance with industry best practice. Plain text storage of credentials is a fairly egregious security misstep, but there’s a variety of other ways … [Read more...]

A week in security (March 18 – 24)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we touched on the susceptibility of hospitals against phishing attacks, password reuse, the risk of interactive TV shows to side-channel attacks, and Facebook’s new and out-of-character plan to promote privacy in the platform. Other cybersecurity news A study highlighted that 20 percent of Americans do not trust anyone with the protection of their data, … [Read more...]

Facebook’s history betrays its privacy pivot

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proposed a radical pivot for his company this month: it would start caring—really—about privacy, building out a new version of the platform that turns Facebook less into a public, open “town square” and more into a private, intimate “living room.” Zuckerberg promised end-to-end encryption across the company’s messaging platforms, interoperability, disappearing … [Read more...]

A week in security (March 11 – 17)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at the Lazarus group in our series about APT groups, we discussed the introduction of Payment Service Directive 2 (PSD2) in the EU, we tackled Google’s Nest fiasco, and the launch of Mozilla’s Firefox Send. In addition, we gave you an overview of the pervasive threat, Emotet, and we discussed reputation management in the age of cyberattacks against … [Read more...]

Explained: Payment Service Directive 2 (PSD2)

Payment Service Directive 2 (PSD2) is the implementation of a European guideline designed to further harmonize money transfers inside the EU. The ultimate goal of this directive is to simplify payments across borders so that it’s as easy as transferring money within the same country. Since the EU was set up to diminish the borders between its member states, this make sense. The … [Read more...]

Labs survey finds privacy concerns, distrust of social media rampant with all age groups

Before Cambridge Analytica made Facebook an unwilling accomplice to a scandal by appropriating and misusing more than 50 million users’ data, the public was already living in relative unease over the privacy of their information online. The Cambridge Analytica incident, along with other, seemingly day-to-day headlines about data breaches pouring private information into criminal hands, has eroded … [Read more...]