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By Heimdal Security | The most important cyber security news of the week, hand-picked and summed up so you can stay on top of things at all times.

Is your cellphone number just as valuable as your social security number?

I’ve seen some recent news coverage touting that cell phone numbers are just as valuable to hackers and identity thieves as Social Security Numbers …

Identity Theft

57 percent of internet users are worried about malvertising

According to a new survey by advert filtering company AdGuard, 57 percent of internet users have either fallen prey to advert scammers, or are …

Internet

Watch out for the Android malware that snoops on your phone

Android users have a new strain of malware to worry about – one that sits in the background of infected devices and causes all kinds of …

Google Play

Undetected For Years, Stantinko Malware Infected Half a Million Systems

<b>A massive botnet that remained under the radar for the past five years managed to infect around half a million computers and allows operators to</b> …

Modified versions of nukebot Trojan spotted in wild after code leak

Apparently, different cyber gangs are using modified versions of the Nukebot in wild after code Leak occurred in March 2017.<p>Crooks are adapting the …

But how does our ransomware make you feel?

Psychology of ransomware threats unpickedRansomware crooks have become skilled psychological manipulators in their attempts to fleece victims of …

Ransomware

Cracked Your Smartphone Screen? Think Again Before Buying Aftermarket Replacement

How secure is your smartphone? Do you know what you can do to help the hackers who increasingly see it as a desired and lucrative target?<p>Fortinet’s Threat Landscape Report found that mobile malware as a percent of total malware rose from 1.7% in the last quarter of 2016 to 8.7% in the first quarter …

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Censorship concerns grow in China as WhatsApp file sharing...

After the death of Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo, and days before a politically delicate Communist Party congress, Chinese users of popular messaging …

Liu Xiaobo

Want porn? Prove your age (or get a VPN)

If all goes to plan, from April 2018 anyone in the UK visiting a website deemed pornographic will be asked to verify that they are aged 18 or over …

Privacy

Police bodycams get tech that can identify “faces and people”

Body cameras aimed at Police and other “public safety users” are getting outfitted with new abilities to identify things like stolen bicycles, …

Watchlist

Most Americans reuse passwords, with millennials the worst culprits

A new survey of over 1,000 US adults reveals that 81 percent of people surveyed admit to using the same password for more than one account.<p>Among …

Security

Critical security vulnerabilities enable full control of the Segway miniPRO electric scooter

New IOActive research exposes critical security vulnerabilities found in the Segway miniPRO electric scooter.<p>If exploited, an attacker could bypass …

Information Security

These 10 US states have the highest rate of malware infections in the country - TechRepublic

A new report from Enigma Software Group compared the malware infection rates in all 50 states over the first six months of 2017. Here are the results.<p>…

Cybersecurity

Didn’t get your Oreo cookie shipment? Last month’s global cyber...

More and more details are emerging of the financial impact that last month’s malware attack has had on major businesses.<p>As everyone who works in IT …

Cybersecurity

​Cisco patches critical bug in WebEx plug-in for Chrome, Firefox on Windows | ZDNet

Cisco fixes a security flaw in its widely-used WebEx video conferencing software.<p>Cisco has released a fix for a critical remote code execution bug in …

Information Security

IoT 'Smart' Alarm has Vulnerabilities that Could Help Black Hat Burglars

IoT 'Smart' Alarm has Vulnerabilities that Could Help Black Hat BurglarsAn Internet of Things-based ‘smart’ alarm dubbed iSmartAlarm has several …

It’s Trivially Easy to Hack into Anybody’s Myspace Account

Myspace? More like Everyonespace.<p>If you are one of the almost half a billion people who at some point used to be on Myspace, the hottest social network of the early 2000s, you should know that almost anyone can hack into your account.<p>Myspace offers a mechanism to recover an account for people who …

Security

Elon Musk’s top cybersecurity concern: Preventing a fleet-wide hack of Teslas

“AI is a fundamental, existential risk for human civilization,” Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk said at the National Governors Association summer …

Autos

What can be hacked in 2017

Modern technology is a terrific thing, however, like everything else in this world, it is not ideal.<p>Everything that is connected to the Internet …

Cyberespionage: Your intellectual property under threat

Cyberespionage conjures up nightmare scenarios for private and public organizations. For governments, it might involve the prospect of foreign agents …

Cybersecurity

Samsung Tizen Accused of Being Home to at Least 27,000 Findable Bugs

A purveyor of static code analysis wished to pitch his product to Samsung. What better way, he thought, than to run his product against the Samsung …

How to protect yourself from the Verizon data breach | ZDNet

To be safe, you must change your Verizon PIN.<p>Another day, another major data breach. This time around it's personal. When Verizon was shown to have …

Identity Theft

Watch out for this money stealing macOS malware which mimics your online bank | ZDNet

OSX Dok now attempts to steal money from Apple Mac users -- and could be being prepared for use in further attacks.<p>A recently discovered strain of …

Security

Petya Cyber Attack Likely Done by ‘State Sponsor’

The recent Petya cyber attack targeted Ukraine’s major infrastructure systems and networks. Experts believe state-sponsored actors carried out the …

Cybersecurity

Australia to Compel Chat Apps to Hand Over Encrypted Messages

<b>Social media giants like Facebook and WhatsApp will be compelled to share encrypted messages of suspected terrorists and other criminals with</b> …

“Particle” Chrome extension turns into adware after being sold to a new developer

Particle for Youtube now functions like adware after being sold to a new developer Users who have Particle For YouTube extension installed on their …

Google

'HighRise' Android Malware Used by CIA to Intercept SMS Messages

<b>WikiLeaks on Thursday published a user guide describing what appears to be a tool used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to intercept SMS</b> …

Attackers are increasingly living off the land

Security

Millions of Verizon customer records exposed in security lapse | ZDNet

Customer records for at least 14 million subscribers, including phone numbers and account PINs, were exposed.<p>An Israeli technology company has …

Security