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No, Colonel Gaddafi’s daughter isn’t emailing to give you untold riches

It’s not every day you receive a big money offer from someone claiming to sit in political asylum, but here we are. The following missive landed in our spam traps at the weekend. The mail claims to be from the daughter of no less than the late Colonel Gaddafi. Ayesha Gaddafi promises you untold riches if you help her find a home for $27.5...

Google, geofence warrants, and you

Another day, another example of how the data sharing choices we make can come back to haunt us. The Guardian reports a Florida resident finding his bike ride data requested by law enforcement. This is due to his route taking him close to the scene of a burglary a year earlier. According to the report, he had just seven days to put something...

Internet safety tips for kids and teens: A comprehensive guide for the modern parent

When it comes to picking a new device for your child, it’s often difficult to know where to start. Whether you’re looking for a smartphone, a laptop, a gaming device or something else, or even just signing up for an account online, you want to make sure your kids are protected. It’s important to get the basics right, and you also want to...

New Mac malware masquerades as iTerm2, Remote Desktop and other apps

Last week, security researcher Patrick Wardle released details of a new piece of malware masquerading as the legitimate app iTerm2. The malware was discovered earlier the same day by security researcher Zhi (@CodeColorist on Twitter), and detailed on a Chinese-language blog. (For those who don’t speak Chinese, Safari seems to do a fair job of translating...

Microsoft makes a bold move towards a password-less future

In a recent blog Microsoft announced that as of September 15, 2021 you can completely remove the password from your Microsoft account and use the Microsoft Authenticator app, Windows Hello, a security key, or a verification code sent to your phone or email to sign in to Microsoft apps and services. A long time coming At first glance...

Freedom Hosting operator gets 27 years for hosting Dark Web child abuse sites

The wheels of justice have turned, if perhaps a bit slower than you may have expected. A Dublin resident, Eric Eoin Marques, has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison. The reason is the frankly terrifying tally of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) he helped to distribute. Eoin helped to make no fewer than 8.5 million images of abuse available...

A week in security (Sept 13 – Sept 19)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs Why backups aren’t a “silver bullet” against ransomware, with Matt Crape: Lock and Code S02E17The many tentacles of Magecart Group 8Apple releases emergency update: Patch, but don’t panicUpdate now! Google Chrome fixes two in-the-wild zero-daysParts of the Dark Web “awash” with school children’s personal dataPatch...

Facebook’s own research reveals the harm that Instagram can inflict

For years, people have accused social media, and particularly image-driven sites like Instagram, of being bad for young people, particularly young women. It turns that Instagram’s owner, Facebook, agrees. Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse. This was one...

FBI and CISA warn of APT groups exploiting ADSelfService Plus

In a joint advisory the FBI, the United States Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER), and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warn that advanced persistent threat (APT) cyber-actors may be exploiting a vulnerability in ManageEngine’s single sign-on (SSO) solution. The vulnerability Publicly disclosed computer...

What is the Dark Web? The Dark Web explained

You may have seen the Dark Web referenced in popular TV shows and have gotten the wrong idea, or if you already knew about it, you may have snorted in derision. The Dark Web is also sometimes called the Deep Web, when in fact the Dark Web is only a part of the Deep Web. Terminology Surface Web is what we would call the regular World Wide...

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