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How the government shutdown is influencing cybersecurity jobs

As of this writing, the government shutdown of 2019 is the longest ever in America. The only good news about this situation is that, with each passing day, a new group of people in the country seems to rediscover just how essential government services are, now that they’re unavailable. The next likely casualty is the government’s stable of cybersecurity talent. Here’s why—and … [Read more...]

A week in security (January 7 – 13)

Last week on the Malwarebytes Labs blog, we took a look at the Ryuk ransomware attack causing trouble over the holidays, as well as a ransom threat for an Irish transportation company. We explored the realm of SSN scams, and looked at what happens when an early warning system is attacked. Other cybersecurity news Password reuse problems. Multiple Reddit accounts reported being locked out after … [Read more...]

Government shutdown puts Americans in danger

Happy Friday folks! If you are in the United States, then you should know we are on our 23rd day of a government shutdown.  While it is considered a “partial” shutdown, there are still plenty of government workers who are not being paid or have been sent home, furloughed. Last week, TechCrunch posted a concerning story about the shutdown and most importantly, they covered the reporting … [Read more...]

A week in security (December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019)

Last week on Labs, we looked back at 2018 as the year of data breaches, homed in on pre-installed malware on mobile devices, and profiled a malicious duo, Vidar and GandCrab. Other cybersecurity news 2019’s first data breach: It took less than 24 hours. An unauthorized third-party downloaded 30,000 details of Australian public servants in Victoria. It was believed that a government employee … [Read more...]

Using the blockchain to create secure backups

“Oh no! I’ve got a ransomware notice on my workstation. How did this happen?” “Let’s figure that out later. First, apply the backup from a few minutes ago, so we can continue to work.” Now that wasn’t so painful, was it? Having a rollback solution or a recent backup could make this ideal post ransomware–infection scenario possible. But which technology could make this work? And is it … [Read more...]

A week in security (December 17 – 23)

Last week on Labs we looked at Fuchsia OS as a possible alternative for Android, explained all the reasons why cybercriminals want to hack your phone, discussed a flaw in Twitter form that may have been abused by nation states, gave you a Christmas tech scams roundup, revealed why many online quizzes qualify as phishing scams, gave some tips about safely using those smart speakers you got for … [Read more...]

A week in security (December 10 – 16)

Last week on Labs, we took a look at some new Mac malware, a collection of various scraped data dumps, the protection of power grids, and how bad actors are using SMB vulnerabilities.  Other cybersecurity news Millions affected by Facebook photo API bug: An issue granted third-party apps more access to photos than should normally be granted, including images uploaded but not published. (source: … [Read more...]

A week in security (December 3 – 9)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we gave readers an FYI on multiple breaches that affected Humble Bundle, Quora, and Dunkin’ Donuts, to name a few. This follows the announcement from Marriott about a four-year long breach that impacted half a billion of its patrons. We also pushed out the report, “Under the Radar: The Future of Undetected Malware”, wherein we examined current … [Read more...]

A week in security (December 3 – 9)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we gave readers an FYI on multiple breaches that affected Humble Bundle, Quora, and Dunkin’ Donuts, to name a few. This follows the announcement from Marriott about a four-year long breach that impacted half a billion of its patrons. We also pushed out the report, “Under the Radar: The Future of Undetected Malware”, wherein we examined current … [Read more...]

A week in security (November 26 – December 2)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took a look at our cybersecurity predictions for 2019, we explained why Malwarebytes participated in AV testing and how we took part in an joint take down of massive ad fraud botnets, warned that ESTA registration websites still lurk in paid ads on Google, discussed what 25 years of webcams have brought us, and reported about the Marriott breach that impacted 500 … [Read more...]