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  • Facebook-shamer outs woman he overheard bragging about infidelity

    Sophos - Naked Security
    "Get yourself gone Dave," he posted, along with details of what she was wearing, a description of her car and its registration number.
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    Sophos - Naked Security
    Here's how you can set up two-factor authentication for your account.
  • Monday review – the hot 19 stories of the week

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    From Zepto ransomware to the Dark Web and much more, here’s everything we wrote about last week. It’s Monday review time!
  • Android users warned of malicious Pokémon Go app

    Graham Cluley
    Security researchers at Proofpoint have discovered a malicious Pokémon Go app that installs a backdoor on Android devices:
    Proofpoint researchers discovered an infected Android version of the newly released mobile game Pokemon GO. This specific APK was modified to include the malicious remote access tool (RAT) called DroidJack (also known as SandroRAT), which would virtually give an attacker full control over a victim's phone.
    The malicious app hasn't sneaked its way onto the official Google Play store, so any victims would need to install it from an unofficial third-party store.
    Although Proofpoint says that it hasn't seen any reports of the malicious app infecting users in the wild, the current mania for Pokémon Go (its international roll-out is apparently being "paused" while Nintendo wrestles with its overloaded servers) may mean that there are some avid gamers who could put themselves at risk.
    The official Android Google Play store doesn't have a spotless record when it comes to keeping malware out, but it certainly appears to do a better job than many of the unpoliced unofficial Android app stores out there.
    If you're an Android user and care about your security and privacy, only download apps from a legitimate store and always pay attention to the permissions they request.
  • That’s MY Facebook account/No it isn’t/Yes it IS! [Chet Chat Podcast 245]

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    Here's the latest episode of our regular security podcast - enjoy!
  • New Mac malware tries to hook your webcam up to the Dark Web

    Sophos - Naked Security
    More proof-of-concept malware than serious threat, "OSX/Eleanor-A" nevertheless tells an intriguing tale of cybercriminality...
  • Baton Rouge database of police details exposed over killing of Alton Sterling

    Sophos - Naked Security
    Names and personal information for 50,000 police were leaked with the hashtags #AltonSterling, #Hacked, and#BlackLivesMatters.
  • Facebook Messenger gets opt-in end-to-end encryption with Secret Conversations

    Graham Cluley
    Facebook has begun to roll out end-to-end encryption for users of Facebook Messenger, following in the footsteps of the likes of WhatsApp.
    Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
  • 1,025 Wendy’s Locations Hit in Card Breach

    Krebs on Security
    At least 1,025 Wendy's locations were hit by a malware-driven credit card breach that began in the fall of 2015, the nationwide fast-food chain said Thursday. The announcement marks a significant expansion in a data breach that is costing banks and credit unions plenty: Previously, Wendy's had said the breach impacted fewer than 300 locations.
  • Apple devices held for ransom, amid massive iCloud account hack rumours

    Graham Cluley
    Steve Ragan of CSO Online:
    "On July 1, Alanna Coca noticed her iPad had started beeping. When she opened the cover, the lock screen had a message displaying a phrase in Russian – "Dlya polucheniya parolya, napshite na email" – followed by a Gmail address."
    "Roughly translated, the phrase was telling her that in order to receive a password, she'll need to email the address displayed."
    Such attacks aren't unusual (you may remember a message from Russian hacker Oleg Pliss popping up on some users' iMacs, iPhones and iPads back in 2014), and are perpetrated by a hacker putting a victim's device into lost mode after breaking into their Apple ID account.
    A message sent by the hacker to the locked device asks for the victim to get in touch to arrange the ransom payment, and may even make a veiled threat that the device's data will be erased if cash is not transferred promptly.
    What spices things up a little more this time is that Ragan reports rumours of a massive data breach at Apple potentially impacting 40 million iCloud accounts.
    That may be nonsense, of course - it's possible that accounts have fallen under the control of hackers because of less sensational reasons - such as poor password choices, phishing or reusing the same password on multiple sites.
    What is clear is that some Apple users are having their devices hijacked by extortionists. So make sure that you have a unique, hard-to-crack, hard-to-guess password protecting your Apple ID account.
    And, if you haven't already done so, I strongly recommend enabling two-step verification on your Apple ID account to make it harder for hackers to break in.
    Read more on CSO Online.

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