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Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Say what you may about Apple’s infamous app-approval process. But Google Play Store’s permissive approach is what allows such apps to exists.

Security researchers have found a new kind of government malware that was hiding in plain sight within apps on Android’s Play Store. And they appear to have uncovered a case of lawful intercept gone wrong.

Source: Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Find out more about spyware/malware and some techniques to prevent infection here.

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Donated devices are doxing your data, says new research

This is a common and recurring problem due to lack of awareness and the difficulty of securing data. Think twice before you donate your old devices. At least make an attempt to erase or remove the storage device before doing so.

If you are concern with data compliance, you may refer to
NIST SP 800-88r1 – Guidelines for Media Sanitization. For the rest of us, try to adopt security best practices such as:

  • Full disk encryption
  • Use of dedicated software to wipe, especially those from the manufacturer
  • Physical destruction

In the space of six months, one security researcher found thousands of files from dozens of computers, phones and flash drives — most of which contained personal information. All the researcher did was scour the second-hand stores for donated and refurbished tech. New research published by security firm Rapid7 revealed how problematic discarded technology can […]

Source: Donated devices are doxing your data, says new research

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Govt. to access home devices in security survey – News – NHK WORLD – English

Free vulnerability scan by the government for Japan netizens.

Can’t say it’s a bad idea, if it’s well-managed. The fact is there are a lot of devices out there which have default credentials or unpatched vulnerabilities. These devices usually end up being exploited by threat actors for personal gains. Ability to identify vulnerable devices is a necessary first step towards mitigating potential cyber incidents.

Japan will attempt to access Internet-connected devices in homes and offices to find their vulnerabilities. The first-of-its-kind survey is aimed at beefing up cyber-security.

Source: Govt. to access home devices in security survey – News – NHK WORLD – English

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Android Security Bulletin — February 2019  |  Android Open Source Project

This is a serious one. A vulnerability exists on Android that will allow the phone to be hacked simply by viewing a malicious PNG image.

The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in Framework that could allow a remote attacker using a specially crafted PNG file to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process. The severity assessment is based on the effect that exploiting the vulnerability would possibly have on an affected device, assuming the platform and service mitigations are turned off for development purposes or if successfully bypassed.

Source: Android Security Bulletin — February 2019  |  Android Open Source Project

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Singapore Business & Consumer Email Databases

This is brazen.

Someone is openly selling aggregated databases containing PII (personally identifiable information) of Singaporeans – names, email, mobile, address, company, job title, etc. and even offering a CNY promotion of “only” SGD 688 for a total of 8 databases.

Some of the sample databases – which I won’t embed here – are not properly blurred out – you can even make out the name, email, mobile and address of the individual.

The FAQ says that:

Q: Is It Legal To Purchase Databases?

Yes. It is legal to purchase database for marketing or advertising purposes. All information in our databases are publicly available data which can be found online or offline.

That is blatantly false.

The organization behind this website claims to be SPADB, which doesn’t appear to be a legitimate company. According to archive.org, they seem to have been operating since 2015. It has another similar looking website which sells databases of registered property agents.

The server hosting the website seems to be based in Singapore, so there’s a possibility that PDPC or SingCert can do something about it.

 

Singapore’s most comprehensive business & consumer databases with over 1 million contact list. Buy 1 Get 6 Free. 7 databases For just one low price. 100% Lowest Price Guaranteed!

Source: CNY Promotion | Singapore Business & Consumer Email Databases

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CCPA will hit your dev team harder than GDPR. Here’s why.

The cost of data is not just the bytes that are required to store them. Increasingly laws will target companies for over-collecting, misusing, and not doing enough to protect PII data.

An (incomplete) history of data regulation in California

California recently passed an extremely powerful, far-reaching law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), that will likely drive even more change than the GDPR. Here’s what your dev team needs to know and how to prepare.

Source: CCPA will hit your dev team harder than GDPR. Here’s why.

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If you installed PEAR PHP in the last 6 months, you may be infected | Ars Technica

This is a serious hijack of a toolchain used by developers.

Pear.php.net shuts down after maintainers discover serious supply-chain attack.

Source: If you installed PEAR PHP in the last 6 months, you may be infected | Ars Technica

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Mondelez Lawsuit Shows the Dangers of Attributing Cyberattacks – Bloomberg

This is a case that will test the limits of exclusion in the brave new world of cybersecurity insurance. Basically, the insurance company is refusing to pay for cybersecurity related damages by citing an exclusion clause which states the malware was created as part of a cyber warfare.

What if courts and lawyers actually start believing the cyberwar narrative and acting as if any damage caused to Western companies is uninsurable war damage?

What will happen to the insurance of cyber risks if any attack could potentially be declared part of a war?

Source: Mondelez Lawsuit Shows the Dangers of Attributing Cyberattacks – Bloomberg

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In the New Fight for Online Privacy and Security, Australia Falls:

In a move that has sent shock waves through the cybersecurity and software community, Australia passes new law that could potentially devastate its software industry, by compelling tech companies to help law enforcement break into user’s encrypted data.

Both countries now claim the right to secretly compel tech companies and individual technologists, including network administrators, sysadmins, and open source developers – to re-engineer software and hardware under their control, so that it can be used to spy on their users. Engineers can be penalized for refusing to comply with fines and prison; in Australia, even counseling a technologist to oppose these orders is a crime.

Source: In the New Fight for Online Privacy and Security, Australia Falls:

  1. Response from 1Password
  2. Response from Protonmail
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New form of Google banking scam

A novel way of scamming. Make your phone number appear in Google Maps by claiming it. People who clicks on the result of Google Maps gets directed to you. Profit!

When you see any information listed on a website, your first reaction isn’t to immediately question whether or not that information is accurate. It is to blindly trust the technology that has helped you unfailingly countless times in the past. That is precisely why this scam is so potent.

Source: New form of Google banking scam