Sunday, October 24, 2021

Lily Hay Newman

International Operation Knocks Notorious REvil Group Offline

Plus: Data theft in Argentina, a Sinclair Broadcast Group hack, and more of the week’s top security news.the endless drumbeat of high-profile ransomware attacks continued this week, but Google's Threat Analysis Group also raised awareness of tricky “pass-the-cookie” attacks...

How Hackers Hijacked Thousands of YouTube Accounts

Google has shed light on a spate of attacks that turned creator channels into cryptocurrency scam livestreams.Since at least 2019, hackers have been hijacking high-profile YouTube channels. Sometimes they broadcast cryptocurrency scams, sometimes they simply auction off access to...

Hundreds of Scam Apps Hit Over 10 Million Android Devices

The so-called GriftHorse campaign used clever techniques to avoid detection in Google Play for nearly a year.Google has taken increasingly sophisticated steps to keep malicious apps out of Google Play. But a new round of takedowns involving about 200...

Cloudflare Is Taking a Shot at Email Security

The internet infrastructure company wants to protect your inbox from targeted threats, starting with the launch of two new tools.Cloudflare, The internet infrastructure company, already has its fingers in a lot of customer security pots, from DDoS protection to...

Even the CIA and NSA Use Ad Blockers to Stay Safe Online

Plus: The ransomware scourge continues, a massive botnet gets wounded, and more of the week’s top security news.Everything old was new again this week as ransomware came roaring back into the headlines, hitting a crucial Iowa grain cooperative, among...

Ransomware Isn't Back. It Never Left

A recent wave of attacks belies an apparent lull toward the end of the summer.After months of dramatic escalations, two prominent Russia-based ransomware gangs, REvil and Darkside, went quiet for weeks this summer. The pause came as the White...

Apple and Google Go Further Than Ever to Appease Russia

By removing a voting app from their app stores at the Kremlin’s request, the tech giants have set a troubling new precedent.As voting began on Friday for Russia's lower house of parliament or State Duma, Google and Apple quietly...

A New App Helps Iranians Hide Messages in Plain Sight

Nahoft uses encryption to turn chats into a random jumble of words, and it works even when the internet doesn’t.Amid ever-increasing government internet control, surveillance, and censorship in Iran, a new Android app aims to give Iranians a way...

You Can Now Ditch the Password on Your Microsoft Account

You no longer need a long string of characters to access Windows and Office 365.Though a completely passwordless future is still a ways off, you'll soon be able to take a big step in that direction by nuking the...

What Is Zero Trust? It Depends What You Want to Hear

The cybersecurity world’s favorite catchphrase isn’t any one product or system, but a holistic approach to minimizing damage.For years a concept known as “zero trust” has been a go-to cybersecurity catchphrase, so much so that even the notoriously dilatory...

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