A week in security (November 4 – November 10)

A roundup of important security news from the week of November 4–10, including the release of Malwarebytes 4.0, vendor email compromise, fake news, robocalls, and more.

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ACCESS Act might improve data privacy through interoperability

Data privacy is back in Congressional lawmakers’ sights, as proposed legislation called the ACCESS Act focuses not on data collection, storage, and selling, but on the idea that Americans should be able to easily pack up their data and take it to a competing service. But will this actually protect privacy?

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A week in security (October 7 – 13)

A look at the cybersecurity news from October 7 – 13, including updates on war shipping, managed service providers, and stalkerware.

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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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Good Twitter Samaritans accidentally prevent shoeshine scam

We take a look at how a shoeshine scam nearly took place in real life—until people online trying to help in one way, ended up assisting in quite another.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 investigation shows Russian disinformation campaigns have global reach

In June, investigators released a warrant to arrest Russian and Ukrainian nationals for shooting down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. However, Russian disinformation campaigns have spread about the true cause of the fight’s demise. How can we separate fact from fiction and protect against fake news?

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Cooperating apps and automatic permissions are setting you up for failure

Apps that cooperate and share permissions might seem convenient, but are they worth the security and privacy risk?

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NIST’s privacy framework lets privacy tell its own story

As the Senate sits on no fewer than four data privacy bills that their own members wrote—with no plans to vote on any—and as the world’s largest social media company braces for an anticipated multibillion-dollar privacy blunder, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published what it calls a “privacy framework” draft.

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Governments increasingly eye social media meltdown

It seems problems never quite go away for social media platforms, and more governments of the world are taking keen interest. Will the tech giants be able to sort things out before legislators steps into the fray?

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