spyware News of 04/01/20
How To Identify And Remove KidsGuard ‘Stalkerware’ From Your Phone
We reported today on KidsGuard, a powerful mobile spyware. Not only is the app secretly installed on thousands of Android phones without the owners’ consent, it also left a server open and unprotected, exposing the data it siphoned off from ...
Facebook’S Use Of Onavo Spyware Faces Questions In EU Antitrust Probe — Report
Facebook’s use of the Onavo spyware VPN app it acquired in 2013 — and used to inform its 2014 purchase of the then rival WhatsApp messaging platform — is on the radar of Europe’s antitrust regulator, per a report in the ...
UN Calls For Investigation After Saudis Linked To Bezos Phone Hack
United Nations experts are calling for an investigation after a forensic report said Saudi officials “most likely” used a mobile hacking tool built by the NSO Group to hack into the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ phone. Remarks ...
Tibetans Hit By The Same Mobile Malware Targeting Uyghurs
A recently revealed mobile malware campaign targeting Uyghur Muslims also ensnared a number of senior Tibetan officials and activists, according to new research. Security researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab say some of the ...
Apple Patches Previously-Fixed Security Bug That Allowed IPhone Jailbreak
Apple has fixed a security flaw for a second time after it accidentally reintroduced an old bug in a recent software update. iOS 12.4.1, released Monday, contains a security fix that was first patched months earlier in iOS 12.3. Apple rolled ...
Facebook Collected Device Data On 187,000 Users Using Banned Snooping App
Facebook obtained personal and sensitive device data on about 187,000 users of its now-defunct Research app, which Apple banned earlier this year after the app violated its rules. The social media giant said in a letter to Sen. Richard ...
Malware Researcher Marcus Hutchins Pleads Guilty, Ending His Legal Case
Malware researcher Marcus Hutchins has pleaded guilty to two counts of creating and selling a powerful banking malware, ending a long and protracted battle with U.S. prosecutors. Hutchins, a British national who goes by the online handle ...
Australia Rushes Its ‘Dangerous’ Anti-Encryption Bill Into Parliament, Despite Massive Opposition
Australia’s controversial anti-encryption bill is one step closer to becoming law, after the two leading but sparring party political giants struck a deal to pass the legislation. The bill, in short , grants Australian police greater powers ...