Cyber Attacks Don’t Die, They Evolve

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Cybersecurity often feels like taking one step forward and two steps back. An attack will appear, the security community will respond, and eventually the threat will be eradicated. Then, a few months down the road, the threat reappears in a newer and stronger form. Most commonly, it’s evolved to specifically bypass the defenses created to combat it. This has always been true of cyberattacks. The earliest hackers searched for ways to tweak or re-purpose code after encountering a new defense. Or, rather than search for new vulnerabilities, they found new…

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McAfee MVISION to launch in August 2018 with new mobile security product

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McAfee is re-entering the mobile security space with MVISION. The California-based device-to-cloud cybersecurity company recently announced McAfee MVISION. This is a unique portfolio of innovative security features that include ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), endpoint and mobile products. Their new security products have been designed to suit the needs of today’s customers. McAfee MVISION has been created for the purpose of providing a comprehensive and flexible defense system for modern device operating systems and the cloud. It is designed to manage security products based on the needs of customers today and in…

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New Tadoba QR code system to be introduced to prevent fraud

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The new system will validate and check for fake entry tickets into the reserve. The Tadoba QR code system has been designed to help prevent organized fraud that has led to a number of fake ticket bookings for entry into the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). TATR will be the first park in the Indian state to introduce the system. The machine-readable optical label barcodes contain data related to the item to which they are attached. As such, park tickets will feature these codes so that when the ticket holder shows…

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Walmart back-to-school app designed to help people shop in stores

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The discount retail giant launched new app features to improve back-to-school in-store and mobile shopping. The new Walmart back-to-school app feature enables parents to search and shop for their child’s actual school supplies list. They can then use the app to locate the store isle where they can find the item, according a recent announcement from Walmart. Items can also be delivered directly to their homes. For those parents with busy schedules or who simply don’t feel like making the trek to their local Walmart store to buy the items…

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Trend Micro QR Scanner improves QR code scan security

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Android users can safely scan quick response codes. The newly launched Trend Micro QR Scanner, enables Android users to scan QR codes safely and easily. It has been designed to provide the highest quality URL safety checks on every code a user scans. The free QR scanner app helps to protect mobile devices from malicious content. Scanning QR codes is a fast and easy process, which is one of the reasons why quick response codes have grown in popularity over the years. However, this doesn’t mean that every one of…

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World Cup travelers warned their mobile devices are at a security risk

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off with a cyber security warning. Top U.S. counterintelligence official, William Evanina, is officially advising American World Cup travelers heading to Russia for FIFA 2018 to leave their mobile phones and other electronic devices at home, as there is a possibility they could be hacked by the Russian government or cybercriminals, reported Reuters. Any data on an electronic device can be hacked. It does not matter what electronic device World Cup travelers take with them to Russia. Any data, especially personal identification information, on…

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Facebook software bug makes private posts public

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As many as 14 million Facebook users were effected in May. Due to a recently discovered Facebook software bug, up to 14 million users may have posted private information to the public between May 18th and 22nd, said the social media giant. Even users who had previously selected a more restricted sharing option were effected. The Facebook software bug reportedly set posts to be shared with “everyone,” even if a user had selected stricter account privacy settings in regard to who can see their posts. After the glitch was discovered…

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Research finds Android mobile shopping apps lack security

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Android users beware – US mobile commerce apps aren’t as safe as you think Recent security testing conducted by mobile security companies Appknox and SEWORKS reveals an estimated 40 of the top 50 Android mobile shopping apps in the United States have high-level vulnerabilities. The apps were tested across 34 different security testing categories. Almost all apps are vulnerable to hackers. The “Security Status in m-Commerce” report from Appknox and SEWORKS found that over 84% of the shopping apps tested had a minimum of three high-level security vulnerabilities. What’s more,…

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If you haven’t changed your Twitter password in the last few days, now’s the time

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This may also be seen as an opportunity to review higher security such as two-factor authentication. A new Twitter password is the latest recommendation for every one of the social network’s users. In fact, Twitter itself has made this recommendation. Following a bug in their system, all users are urged to create a completely new password. That said, Twitter and online security experts also see this as an opportunity for people to use upgraded security. Twitter recently released an important security announcement. Ironically enough, it occurred on National Password Day.…

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iPhone QR code security flaw corrected by new iOS 11.3.1

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Apple launched a new patch for its operating system – the fifth this year – correcting the quick response code issue. Apple has announced that the iPhone QR code security flaw that made headlines in March has been repaired. QR Code Press first reported on this issue on March 29, in the article “iPhone QR code reader issue sends users to malicious sites.” The issue was repaired in 2018’s fifth security patch update for the Apple operating system, iOS 11.3.1. macOS was also updated for the QR code security flaw,…

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Android app tracking improperly follows children, study

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Despite Google’s strong privacy track record, it has allegedly allowed thousands of apps to track kids. Google, known for its positive track record with personal data security, has allegedly allowed improper Android app tracking of children. This does not imply that the company itself has been gathering data about kids. That said, it has not prevented third parties from doing it through apps running on its mobile operating system. In that area, Google has a far less impressive track record for protecting its youngest users. This is not the first…

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