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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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 – 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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Weekend Update

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


Cyber war meets real war.

Israel Responds To Cyber Attack With Air Strike On Cyber Attackers In World First

And from Bruce Schneier and Wired.


Microsoft Releases Security Updates to Address Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Original release date: May 16, 2019

Microsoft has released security ...

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Weekend Update

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


Russia accused of massive GPS spoofing campaign

Russia has been hijacking signals sent by Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) systems such as GPS, researchers claim.


Spycam sex videos of 1,600 motel guests sold to paying subscribers

1,600 guests were filmed with hidden webcams that live-streamed the action. The site also sold videos.


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Personal and Business Uses for Keyloggers.

Would you like to use a keylogger to spy on your spouse?  How about your kids?  Is it legal?  Can an employer use a keylogger to monitor employee computer activity in the workplace?

Usually, when I am discussing keyloggers, it is the kind of keylogger a cyber-criminal would use, and how to keep them off our computer.  Today we are looking at this from another angle.

A keylogger, if you don’t know, is ...

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Smartphone Malware Exploits On The Rise

Lately there have been a spate of incidents involving smartphone apps for the iPhone and Android phones that were discovered to be malicious in various ways.  The important commonality in these revelations was that cyber-criminals had actually modified legitimate apps by hijacking several developer’s credentials, including their “Developer Certificate.”  The developer key provides a digital signature that validates the app as being the ...

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A Timeline of Russian Cyber-Exploits

We have been investigating Russian cyber-attacks this week.  Today we publish a timeline of Russian cyber-activities.  In the interest of space, I am publishing just the timeline with little descriptive content.  I have included a download link to a PDF and spreadsheet of the timeline with more detail, and links to sources.

Notice how these cyber attacks started out in 2004 as small, unsophisticated ...

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Russian Active Measures for the Internet Age.

Is Donald Trump Putin’s Revenge?

Was the election of Donald Trump the result of the successful application of “active measures” by Russia? Did the massive Facebook and Twitter campaigns by the Russians change public opinion enough in the final days of the Presidential campaign to move the needle and help Trump win?

According to Retired KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin, former Director of Foreign Intelligence ...

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