New ransomware attacking Android mobiles by tricking Reddit users

ESET researchers discover a new Android ransomware family that attempts to spread to victims’ contacts and deploys some unusual tricks. NOTE: Users with ESET Mobile Security receive a warning about the malicious link; should they ignore the warning and download the app, the security solution will block it. After two years of decline in Android … More New ransomware attacking Android mobiles by tricking Reddit users

Instagram expands 2FA and account verification

The move is part of a three-pronged plan that is intended to bolster user trust and safety on the photo-sharing platform. Instagram has announced that its users will soon be able to secure their accounts with third-party authentication apps. Prior to the announcement of this much-anticipated change, the photo-sharing platform supported only SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA). Text … More Instagram expands 2FA and account verification

Britain’s tax authority reports takedown of record 20,000 fake sites

Not unlike the Irish Revenue scams, that we’ve covered extensively, UK’s Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is “consistently the most abused government brand”, according to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The United Kingdom’s tax collection authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), initiated the removal of as many as 20,750 websites masquerading as the … More Britain’s tax authority reports takedown of record 20,000 fake sites

What are the risks of allowing people to use their smartphone at the bank?

From time to time, our readers raise questions or issues related to topics that concern, or simply interest them. One such issue was brought up recently by a Twitter user, who asked us: “Do you have any posts discussing the risk to banks when people use their cell phone inside them, ignoring the security guards?” … More What are the risks of allowing people to use their smartphone at the bank?

WhatsApp bug: Messages ‘can be intercepted and read’

A WhatsApp ‘security issue’ has been identified, meaning third parties may be able to both intercept and read encrypted messages, according to new research. Discovered by Tobias Boelter, a security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, the flaw is said to contradict the company’s assertion that no-one is capable of deciphering messages sent between … More WhatsApp bug: Messages ‘can be intercepted and read’

Northern Irish police release kids’ texting codes to worried parents

A few days ago the PSNI released a list of “secret texting codes your kids could be using”: Many parents appear worried about not understanding their kids’ “secret language” and fear inappropriate or illegal activities may be concealed behind seemingly innocent abbreviations. Although texting abbreviations have been around ever since texting and messaging itself, the … More Northern Irish police release kids’ texting codes to worried parents

I can see your texts: SMS/messaging clients, security, and privacy

My mother text me the other day about cycling and performance components. No one other than myself really wants to read that. Looking at the multitude of different types of SMS users out there, however, there is a very high probability that there is someone who wants to read or gain access to another user’s … More I can see your texts: SMS/messaging clients, security, and privacy