How to Avoid Spyware

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This post looks at a few ways to avoid getting spyware

Android Spyware Targets Executives

Doctor Chaos

A newly discovered Android spyware believed to be targeting high-level executives, but requires manual installation on devices, according to security firm Skycure. The malicious application was identified as a commercial spyware called Exaspy, which provides an attacker with access to a lot of the victim’s data. The program, Skycure researchers reveal, was installed on an […]. Wireless mobile wireless

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Skygofree Android spyware active since 2014, say researchers

Computer Weekly

Powerful, highly advanced spyware has been targeting Android mobiles for the past four years, security researchers have discovered

Spyware targets North Korean dissidents via social links, says McAfee

Computer Weekly

Researchers at security firm McAfee have confirmed that social networks are being used to target North Korean dissidents with spyware

WhatsApp confirms it’s been targeted by spyware. That’s exactly its customers’ fear

CTOvision

Since WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014, users of the messaging app have long speculated on how secure the platform would be from its new parent company’s data collection practices. What users may not have expected, however, was that their conversations could potentially be tapped by a third party — another company with the means […]. Cyber Security News

WhatsApp attacked by spyware | TECH(feed)

Network World

WhatsApp’s recent spyware hack took advantage of a security vulnerability and allowed attackers to access private, digital communication. In this episode of TECH(feed), Juliet walks through the hack, who was affected and how you can secure your devices ASAP

Notorious iOS spyware has an Android sibling

Network World

Security researchers have uncovered the Android version of an iOS spyware known as Pegasus in a case that shows how targeted electronic surveillance can be. On Monday, Google and security firm Lookout disclosed the Android spyware, which they suspect comes from NSO Group, an Israeli security firm known to develop smartphone surveillance products. Fortunately, the spyware never hit the mainstream.

Reckless abuse of surveillance spyware sold to governments (again)

Network World

We keep seeing a common theme when it comes to spyware sold exclusively to governments, surveillance spyware which is marketed as lawful tools to help governments fight crime and terrorism; those remote intrusion solutions are increasingly used to spy on people who the governments consider to be a threat because those people are revealing the truth to the public.

New Android spyware can record your voice, take photos with your camera, and steal app data

Tech Republic Security

The Lipizzan spyware family, which can record calls and screenshots, was recently discovered and blocked by Google Security researchers

Apple patches iOS against potent zero-day spyware attack

Network World

Apple is issuing patches for three iOS zero-day vulnerabilities known as Trident that have been exploited for years by an Israel-based spyware vendor against a human rights activist, an investigative journalist and others. The attack, called Pegasus, is flexible, letting attackers steal a broad range of data from iPhones and iPads, according to the firms that discovered it. “In

There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

Network World

Has your computer been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that can tell. Luke Jennings of security firm Countercept wrote a script in response to last week’s high-profile leak of cyberweapons that some researchers believe are from the U.S. National Security Agency. It's designed to detect an implant called Doublepulsar, which is delivered by many of the Windows-based exploits found in the leak and can be used to load other malware.

Apple patches iOS security flaws found in spyware targeting activist

Network World

The claims -- from research at Toronto-based Citizen Lab and mobile security firm Lookout -- focus on spyware that targeted Ahmed Mansoor, an activist in the United Arab Emirates. However, inside the message was a link that, once clicked, can infect an iPhone with spyware, using three zero-day exploits of iOS, the research found. To spy on a human rights activist, hackers allegedly connected to a Middle Eastern government used three previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS.

Stealth Falcon group uses custom spyware, fake journalists to target UAE dissidents

Network World

Meet Stealth Falcon, a sophisticated and likely state-sponsored cyberespionage group, which is hell bent on conducting targeted spyware attacks “against Emriati journalists, activists and dissidents.” It’s not “just” spying with custom spyware that leads to dissidents being “arbitrarily detained;” once identified as criticizing the authorities, UAE dissidents can be forcibly disappeared.

Unknown Government Using Advanced Hacking Spyware to Attack Russia and Saudi Arabia

Data Center Knowledge

Data collection and spying continues to make news with a never before seen complex surveillance software called Regin. Read More. Shared

Video: Did your HP laptop come with preinstalled spyware?

Tech Republic Security

Several of HP's laptops have a keylogging problem: The audio driver is actually saving every press you make to an unsecured log file

Verizon's new app launcher brings spyware to all its Android phones, says EFF

Tech Republic Security

Verizon's impending release of a new app launcher for Android called AppFlash has some privacy experts worried, as the launcher collects a lot of personal information for advertising

Google removes malicious browser add-ons from Chrome Web Store after 32 million downloads

Venture Beast

A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s Chrome web browser. Read More. Business Cloud Security Alphabet category-/Computers & Electronics/Computer Security chrome Google Google Chrome

Why CIOs May Be The Company's Biggest Security Risk (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

Post tags: company hierarchies , corporate network , cybercrime , email attachment , firewall , hacker , hackers , job posting , LinkedIn , personal gadget , spear-phishing attack , spyware , viruses. Security company hierarchies corporate network cybercrime email attachment firewall hacker hackers job posting LinkedIn personal gadget spear-phishing attack spyware viruses Your actions may be inviting danger into the company. The world is a very dangerous place.

Using XaaS for your business? Then you need one of these multifactor authentication apps

Tech Republic Data Center

Spyware, brute force attacks, dictionary attacks, and phishing can make circumventing passwords easy. The password simply isn't secure anymore. Here are five tools to add an extra layer of security

The Importance of Security in the Online Space

Doctor Chaos

Many of us would like to think we are not the gullible type but as spyware and scammers become increasingly sophisticated, anyone could be at risk. […]. Image courtesy of Flickr.com While most people would agree that the internet has opened up a whole new world for consumers, its accessibility also creates innumerable potential security concerns.

Israeli court rules in favor of NSO Group in legal fight with Amnesty International

TechSpot

Back in 2018, human rights group Amnesty International sued NSO in an Israeli court, alleging the latter was exporting spyware tools that end up in the hands of clients that have a penchant for abusing them to target certain individuals, including Amnesty activists.

Programs are spies and they like us.

IT Toolbox

I just recently read a news article on how HP sneakily slipped in a spyware program onto recent HP computers under the guise of an update. It seems that the bigger you are the more incentive you have to spy on people for fun and profit. However, it wasn't an update at all but a new program altogether and it sent information back to HP on a daily basis. People have given reports

17 Apps Removed from Google Play for Joker Malware

SecureWorld News

Here is what they had to say about the malware itself: "This spyware is designed to steal SMS messages, contact lists, and device information along with silently signing up the victim for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services.".

Malicious online ads expose millions to possible hack

Network World

Since October, millions of internet users have been exposed to malicious code served from the pixels in tainted banner ads meant to install Trojans and spyware, according to security firm ESET. The attack campaign, called Stegano, has been spreading from malicious ads in a “number of reputable news websites,” ESET said in a Tuesday blog post. It’s been preying on Internet Explorer users by scanning for vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and then exploiting them.

Fed Tech Roundup July 24

CTOvision

Advanced spyware for Android now available to script kiddies everywhere. The following are some of the hot topics in the federal technology ecosystem (from FedTechTicker.com and TopTechTicker.com ): Fed Tech Ticker. How to apply threat intelligence feeds to remediate threats. Hortonworks Named to 2015 CRN Emerging Vendors List; Mitch Ferguson Comments. Federal Lab Explodes, Police Say Evidence Points to a Meth Lab | Mediaite - Mediaite.

Windows Power User Tools

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Google cites progress in Android security, but patching issues linger

Network World

percent of Android devices had installed a " potentially harmful application ," such as spyware, a Trojan, or other malicious software. The chances of you encountering malware on your Android phone is incredibly small, according to Google. By the end of last year, less than 0.71 That figure was even lower, at 0.05 percent, for Android phones that downloaded apps exclusively from the Google Play store.

Technology Context From the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)

CTOvision

They do what it takes to get in, including devising very sophisticated phishing schemes, creating spyware, placing code in RAM, leaving hacker tools, installing rootkits and continually adjusting/re-placing spyware. The report builds a strong case for capabilities that can automate the detection and removal of malicious code including spyware, rootkits and crimeware. By Bob Gourley.

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Appeals court rules Americans have no legal recourse if hacked by foreign governments

Network World

Put aside the matter of Russian interference in our presidential election to instead consider this scenario: If Vladimir Putin ordered his government-employed hackers to plant spyware on your personal computer – stealing all your data and even recording your Skype calls – you would have no access to any legal remedy in the U.S.

Microsoft Word exploit linked to cyberspying in Ukraine conflict

Network World

A previously unknown Microsoft Office vulnerability was recently used to deliver spyware to Russian-speaking targets, in a possible case of cyberespionage. Security firm FireEye noticed the intrusion attempt, which taps a critical software flaw that hackers are using to craft malicious Microsoft Word documents. On Wednesday, FireEye said it uncovered one attack that weaponized a Russian military training manual.

Court blocks American from suing Ethiopia for infecting his computer

Network World

citizen from filing a civil suit against the African country, which allegedly infected his computer with spyware and monitored his communications. An appeals court has barred an Ethiopian-born U.S. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that foreign states are immune from suit in a U.S. court unless an exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) applies.

Download YouTube Videos

Galido

Looking to download Youtube videos in high definition, full quality formats, at fast speeds without visiting third party websites immersed in ads and spyware? Why we like it: No adware, spyware or bundleware. There are many sites out there that offer YouTube download capability, but beware using many of these, as they may trick you to downloading or installing other unwelcome software.

Nuke your computer

Galido

DBAN is also a commonly used solution to remove viruses and spyware from Microsoft Windows installations. DBAN is free erasure software designed for the personal user. It automatically deletes the contents of any hard disk that it can detect. This method prevents identity theft before recycling a computer. DBAN users should be aware of some product limitations, including: No guarantee of data removal (e.g. DBAN does not detect or securely erase SSDs).

Cyber-Security Dangers of Repealing Net Neutrality

Galido

Spyware is a Threat to Sensitive Information. Internet Service Providers will need to install spyware on devices to be able to record your internet browsing. Hackers can take advantage of the vulnerabilities in the spyware and intercept your private details such as passwords.

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How To Stay Safe When Gaming Online

Galido

However, if we illegally pirate such software, there is a possibility that it contains a virus or spyware that will infect our computer. Having an antivirus, as well as some anti spyware application, is important. Information Technology Blog - - How To Stay Safe When Gaming Online - Information Technology Blog. Any action we take online requires being alert and taking security seriously. Whether browsing, downloading any file, sending an e-mail.

The modern guide to staying safe online

Network World

Phishing emails from supposed family members, spyware piggybacking on legitimate apps, well-known sites hijacked with malicious code -- digital safety clearly needs new rules to meet today's evolving threatscape. The internet can be a scary place. Threats come in many forms, lurking in practically any corner. Worse, yesterday’s prevailing advice for staying safe online -- avoid dodgy websites, don’t traffic in stolen or illegal goods, interact only with people you know -- no longer holds.

New algorithm discovers hundreds of Android 'creepware' apps

Mashable Tech

As ZDNet reports , creepware refers to any app that is able to "stalk, harass, defraud, or threaten another person, directly or indirectly," but isn't fully-featured enough to class as spyware. Academic researchers from New York University, Cornell Tech, and NortonLifeLock have discovered hundreds of so-called creepware apps available on the Android Play Store, which Google has since removed.

Google corrects unfortunate ‘Stalkerware’ typo allowing partner-tracking apps

The Verge

Back in July, Google announced a ban on advertising spyware or surveillance technology with a new ads policy which came into force on August 11th, although a TechCrunch report subsequently found ads for these apps after the ban came into effect. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

F-Secure buys Little Flocker to combat macOS ransomware

Network World

It's particularly effective against ransomware, spyware, computer Trojans and other malicious programs that attempt to steal, encrypt or destroy files. With attacks against Mac users growing in number and sophistication, endpoint security vendor F-Secure has decided to acquire Little Flocker, a macOS application that provides behavior-based protection against ransomware and other malicious programs.

Is Malwarebytes Antimalware the Best? Our Review

Galido

This is so because, the presence of online malware, spyware, adware is something that cannot be ignored, hence, the need for more efficient, reliable and supportive antimalware like Malwarebytes was introduced. This action cleans up your system to enable it free from any spyware or malware. Information Technology Blog - - Is Malwarebytes Antimalware the Best? Our Review - Information Technology Blog.

Fed Tech News Roundup

CTOvision

Hacking Team gets hacked; invoices show spyware sold to repressive govts Ars Technica (Today) - A controversial company that sells weaponized spyware has been penetrated by hackers who claim to have plundered more than 400GB worth of e-mails, source code, and other sensitive data—including invoices.

Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2914486

IT Pros Rock!

We also always encourage people to follow the "Protect Your Computer" guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Today we released Security Advisory 2914486 regarding a local elevation of privilege (EoP) issue that affects customers using Microsoft Windows XP and Server 2003. Windows Vista and later are not affected by this local EoP issue.

Maker of web monitoring software can be sued, says court

Network World

The maker of so-called spyware program WebWatcher can be sued for violating state and federal wiretap laws, a U.S. appeals court has ruled, in a case that may have broader implications for online monitoring software and software as a service. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected WebWatcher vendor Awareness Technologies' motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the company. The appeals court overturned a lower court ruling granting the motion to dismiss.