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Data and device security for domestic abuse survivors

For more than a month, Malwarebytes has worked with advocacy groups, law enforcement, and cybersecurity researchers to deliver helpful information in fighting stalkerware—the disturbing cyber threat that enables domestic abusers to spy on their partners’ digital and physical lives. While we’ve ramped up our detections, written a safety guide for those who might have stalkerware on their … [Read more...]

Facial recognition technology: force for good or privacy threat?

All across the world, governments and corporations are looking to invest in or develop facial recognition technology. From law enforcement to marketing campaigns, facial recognition is poised to make a splashy entrance into the mainstream. Biometrics are big business, and third party contracts generate significant profits for all. However, those profits often come at the expense of users. There’s … [Read more...]

Backdoors are a security vulnerability

Last month, US Attorney General William Barr resurrected a government appeal to technology companies: Provide law enforcement with an infallible, “secure” method to access, unscramble, and read encrypted data stored on devices and sent across secure messaging services. Barr asked, in more accurate, yet unspoken terms, for technology companies to develop encryption backdoors to their own … [Read more...]

8 ways to improve security on smart home devices

Every so often, a news story breaks that hackers have made their way into a smart home device and stolen personal data. Or that vulnerabilities in smart tech have been discovered that allow their producers (or other cybercriminals) to spy on customers. We’ve seen it play out over and over with smart home assistants and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices, yet sales numbers for these items … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Changing California’s privacy law: A snapshot at the support and opposition

Last week, the corporate-backed, legislative battle against California privacy met a blockade, as one Senate committee voted down and negotiated changes to several bills that, as originally written, could have weakened the state’s data privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act. Though the bills’ authors have raked in thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from companies … [Read more...]

FaceApp scares point to larger data collection problems

Last week, if you thumbed your way through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, you likely saw altered photos of your friends with a few extra decades written onto their faces—wrinkles added, skin sagged, hair bereft of color. Has 2019 really been that long? Not really. The photos are the work of FaceApp, the wildly popular, AI-powered app that lets users “age” pictures of themselves, change … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]