Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


End of an Era – Microsoft is Ending Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Original release date: October 17, 2019

Personal note:  Windows 7 has been, and may always be, my favorite operating system of all time.  I have come to respect Windows 10, and of course I use it every day, but I have ...

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The Increasing Use of Mobile Spyware Apps

Never in human history has there been a platform for tracking, eavesdropping, reconnaissance, and surveillance like the smartphone.  With the right malware or phone store app, a marketing company, suspicious spouse, parent, nation-state cyber-spy, or your own government or law enforcement agency can easily spy on anyone carrying a smartphone.  Mobile devices often provide a bridge between a target’s personal life and professional ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Detecting Credit Card Skimmers

Modern credit card skimmers hidden in self-service gas pumps communicate via Bluetooth. There’s now an app that can detect them:

The team from the University of California San Diego, who worked with other computer scientists from the University of Illinois, developed an app called Bluetana which ...

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Hack Turns iPhones and Android phones into Ultimate Surveillance Tool

If you visited certain websites with your iPhone (or Android or Windows device**) over the last two years, it is possible that your iPhone downloaded and installed malware that allowed attackers to intercept and record everything you did and everywhere you went with your iPhone.  This includes real-time location information, all your emails and messaging (including encrypted versions such ...

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Guest Post – What Map Apps Track (and How to Get Them to Stop) – Part 2

A lot of very specific location information is being collected about you, me, and every other smartphone user.  The image at left shows everywhere I have been in the last four years, courtesy of Google location services.  If you would like to find out what is being collected about you, and how to make it stop, the last article and this article will ...

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Guest Post – What Map Apps Track (and How to Get Them to Stop) – Part 1

A lot of very specific location information is being collected about you, me, and every other smartphone user.  The image at left shows everywhere I have been in the last four years, courtesy of Google location services.  If you would like to find out what is being collected about you, and how to make it stop, the next two articles will help.  Today ...

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Guest Post – Don’t Let Your Phone Stalk You

The idea of someone tracking your whereabouts and eavesdropping on your conversations can be unsettling. Yet, more than 58,000 Google Android users had this happen to them. That’s because these individuals had stalkerware installed on their smartphones.  Stalkerware is legal but often considered unethical. Find out what stalkerware is and how it can get on your smartphone.

Stalkerware is not limited to Android phones. It can be installed ...

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