For Cybersecurity and Domestic Violence Awareness months, we pledge to fight stalkerware

It’s time for the cybersecurity community to fight stalkerware with all they’ve got. For National Cybersecurity Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness months, we renew our pledge.

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A week in security (August 19 – 25)

A roundup of the latest cybersecurity news for the week of August 19–25, including Magecart attacks on poker software, a new Bluetooth vulnerability, continuing ransomware attacks on US cities, Bitcoin sextortion, and a look back at one researcher’s DEF CON experience.

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Data and device security for domestic abuse survivors

Many domestic abuse survivors need help before stalkerware strikes. Here, we give basic advice on device security and protecting sensitive data.

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Parental monitoring apps: How do they differ from stalkerware?

What are the differences between stalkerware apps and parental monitoring apps? What is an “acceptable” or “safe” parental monitoring app? And how can a parent know whether they’re downloading a “legitimate” parental monitoring app or instead a stalkerware app merely disguised as a tool for parents?

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A week in security (June 24 – 30)

A roundup of cybersecurity news from June 24–30, including top malicious web campaigns, updates on the GreenFlash Sundown exploit, a Malwarebytes initiative to double down on stalkerware detection and awareness, and more.

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Helping survivors of domestic abuse: What to do when you find stalkerware

Starting today, we’re doing more to protect stalkerware victims than improve our detection capabilities. We’re helping survivors understand how to tell if they’re being watched on their devices—and how to safely get out of the situation.

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Mobile stalkerware: a long history of detection

Does Malwarebytes detect stalkerware? Absolutely, and for good reason. Moreover, we’ve been doing so for a long time—but it’s time to up our efforts.

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WhatsApp fix goes live after targeted attack on human rights lawyer

A fix was rolled out for a WhatsApp vulnerability, which was used to inject spyware into mobile devices and target a human rights lawyer.

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A week in security (September 3 – 9)

A roundup of the security news from September 3 – 9, including spyware going mainstream, Mac App Store apps stealing and abusing customer data, and Fortnite install concerns.

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When spyware goes mainstream

Considering using spyware to surveil a cheating partner or keep an eye on the kiddos? Think again. Not only is it an invasion of privacy, but it’s illegal. Learn the telltale signs of spyware and why this suddenly mainstream malware needs to go back underground.

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