Microsoft Reports Nation-State Political Attacks | Avast

Plus, a new malware framework hits Chrome and Firefox, a new phishing scam targets AmEx cardholders, and data is breached at Sprint and Evite. Microsoft has notified political organizations more than 780 times in the past year that they’ve been targeted or compromised by nation-state attacks. “This data demonstrates the significant extent to which nation-states continue to rely on cyberattacks as a tool to gain intelligence, influence geopolitics or achieve…

July 19, 2019
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Is FaceApp Safe to Use? | Avast

Pop stars, athletes, and millions of others posted photos of themselves edited with the app – but what are the much-publicized privacy risks? FaceApp can make your face look old – but does it also invade your privacy? In the past week photos from the app – and fears about cybersecurity issues – have swirled through social media with more distortions than clarity. 

July 19, 2019
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Avast appoints Jaya Baloo as CISO

Avast announced it has appointed Jaya Baloo to the position of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), effective October 1, 2019. Jaya Baloo joins Avast from KPN, the largest telecommunications carrier in the Netherlands, where she held the position…

July 16, 2019
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Garry Kasparaov Asks Can AI Be Evil? | Avast

It’s always a great pleasure to talk with one of the founding fathers of cybernetics and computation. One of the benefits of AI and robotics being relatively young fields is that many of the people who created them are not only still alive, but are still very active participants. It’s as if we can discuss democracy with Thomas Jefferson or physics with Albert Einstein, and we should never miss the…

July 13, 2019
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GDPR Fines Handed Down in Europe | Avast

In the first year of GDPR enforcement, just a handful of major fines were handed down – making two big ones in the UK this week stand out The threat of big fines made businesses take GDPR regulations seriously two years ago – but would they ever really happen? Now those big judgments are rumbling like thunder across Europe. 

July 13, 2019
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Agent Smith Malware Hits 25 Million Android Devices | Avast

Also in this week’s news, Mac Zoom users are exposed to webcam spying, vulnerabilities are found in hospital anesthesia machines, the U.S. Coast Guard warns shipping vessels about cyberattacks, and U.S. mayors vow no more ransomware payments Bad actors have pushed variants of the Agent Smith malware to users through unofficial Android app stores, infecting up to 25 million devices, Bleeping Computer reported. Security analysts identified over 360 different dropper…

July 12, 2019
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Avast Observes Surge in DNS Hijacking in Brazil | Avast

Phony websites were part of a cybercrime ploy to hijack traffic away from companies including Netflix and large banks Avast has blocked more than 4.6 million attempts to send users to malicious sites so far this year in Brazil, part of a cybercrime ploy to hijack traffic away from websites that include Netflix and large banks.

July 11, 2019
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