#Privacy: FTC approves final settlement with stalking apps developer

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has alleged that the developer of three “stalking” apps violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.  The FTC has given its final approval to a settlement with the developer of the apps, MobileSpy, PhoneSheriff and TeenShield – Retina-X Studios, over allegations that the company and its owner failed to secure […]

#Privacy: Over 40m Iranian Telegram user IDs exposed online

Security researchers have discovered 42 million records from a third-party version of messaging app Telegram online.  The Comparitech team and Bob Diachenko discovered the exposed data on March 21, after it was posted on an Elasticsearch cluster with no password authentication.  After contacting the hosting provider on March 24, the cluster was deleted a day […]

#Privacy: Banking Trojan resurfaces amidst global pandemic

Following a three year hiatus, the Zeus Sphinx banking Trojan is back, appearing in a coronavirus-themed phishing campaign. First seen in August 2015, Sphinx is based on the leaked source of the Zeus banking trojan. IBM X-Force researchers Amir Gandler and Limor Kessen explained that Sphinx’s main capability is to harvest online banking credentials.  Following […]

#Privacy: ICO announces that mobile tracking is legal during pandemic

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced that the UK government can use mobile phone tracking data to combat the spread of COVID-19. In a statement, ICO’s Deputy Commissioner Steve Wood explained that location data would be used to help tackle the coronavirus crisis, and as the data will be anonymised, no individual will be […]

#Privacy: Threat actors targets home routers

Researchers have uncovered a new cyber attack whereby at least 1,193 victims have been targeted in a matter of days. Discovered by Bitdefender researchers, threat actors are now targeting home routers and changing their Domain Name System (DNS) settings to redirect victims to a malware-serving website. In a blog post, Bitdefender explained that amidst the […]

#Privacy: Domain registration companies take steps to combat fraudulent COVID-19 websites

US domain registration companies are taking action against coronavirus related fraud.  One of America’s largest US domain registry companies, GoDaddy has revealed that it has taken down numerous fraudulent websites as part of its “human review process.” A GoDaddy spokesperson said: “We do not tolerate abuse on our platform and our Universal Terms of Service […]