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Google’s ad ban won’t stop stalkerware apps from promoting themselves

Google has announced that from August 2020 it will be prohibiting ads for stalkerware products and services.

But a loophole means that the companies behind creepy stalkerware apps will still be able to advertise themselves.

Smashing Security podcast #181: Anti-cybercrime ads, tricky tracing, and a 5G Bioshield

Police are hoping to stop kids becoming cybercriminals by bombarding them with Google Ads, phishers rub their hands in glee at the NHS track and trace service, and just how does a nano-layer of quantum holographic catalyzer technology make a USB stick cost hundreds of pounds?

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast.

Info on NHS Coronavirus app leaks out via Google Drive snafu

Sensitive documents about the UK’s Coronavirus-tracing app have reportedly been carelessly leaked via a publicly accessible Google Drive link.

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Cybercriminals are using Google reCAPTCHA to hide their phishing attacks

Security researchers say that they are seeing cybercriminals deploying Google’s reCAPTCHA anti-bot tool in an effort to avoid early detection of their malicious campaigns.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #176: Hacking hacks and university attacks

Journalists spying on their rivals, the NHS rejects Apple and Google’s approach to Coronavirus-tracing, and universities are hit by an old-fashioned sexy lady attack.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Rik Ferguson.

Google declares war on Android fleeceware scamming users through sneaky subscriptions

The Google Play Store has announced new policies that aim to kick out “free trial” Android apps that you use underhand techniques to trick unsuspecting users into signing-up for expensive subscriptions.

Smashing Security podcast #169: Burglaries, breaches, and bidets

How one guy’s exercise routine made him a burglary suspect, how multi-factor authentication can cause headaches as well as stop hacks, and how Virgin Media got itself in a pickle over its sloppy data security.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

Smashing Security podcast #166: What the Dickens! Ad ban thank you scam

How to stop dick pics on Twitter, and a new way bad guys are extorting money from websites earning cash from Google ads.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

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2FA is being pushed out to all Google Nest users to better protect their accounts

If a Google Nest account is compromised by a malicious hacker that’s not bad news for the legitimate owner of the account, it’s also bad news for Google.

So that’s why they’re trying to do something about it…

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.

Dashlane password manager’s Chrome extension has disappeared

The Dashlane Password Manager browser extension was suddenly removed from the Chrome web store this weekend.

Win $1.5 million hacking an Android phone

If you can crack the security of the Titan M chip found on the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 4 smartphones, you could be in for a big reward…

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Millions of Android phones may be vulnerable to camera spying vulnerability

Security researchers have uncovered a vulnerability in Android smartphones that could allow an attacker to secretly take photos and record videos without any permissions being granted.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #154: A buttock of biometrics

The UK’s Labour Party kicks off its election campaign with claims that it has suffered a sophisticated cyber-attack, Apple’s credit card is accused of being sexist, and what is Google up to with Project Nightingale?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by John Hawes.

Smashing Security podcast #151: Frankly, sometimes paying the ransom is a good idea

Remember how the City of Baltimore was badly hit by ransomware earlier this year? Turns out that wasn’t the end of their problems. Also, Carole takes a look at how smart speakers can be hacked to trick you into giving criminals your passwords or even credit card details. And we discuss the findings of the LastPass global password security report.

All this, and much much more, in the latest “Smashing Security” podcast.

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Alexa and Google Home devices can be exploited to eavesdrop on users, phish passwords

Researchers have shown just how easy it is for third-parties to exploit the so-called “smart” speakers that many home owners have purchased to eavesdrop on conversations and even steal passwords and credit card details.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.

Smashing Security podcast #145: Apple and Google willy wave while home assistants spy – DoH!

Apple’s furious with Google over iPhone hacking attacks against Uyghur Muslims in China, DNS-over-HTTPS is good for privacy but makes ISPs angry, and concern over digital assistants listening to our private moments continues to rise.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by journalist John Leyden.