Google purges malicious Android apps downloaded up to 21 Million times.

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Malware hidden in the Android apps can force your phone to send text messages to fraud services and steal your money.

Even though Google removed the apps from its store, if you downloaded one, your device is still infected.

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-removes-android-malware-downloaded-up-to-5-9m-times/

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5 billion devices are vulnerable to BlueBorne

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More than 5.3 billion devices with Bluetooth signals are at risk of a malware attack newly identified by an internet of things security company.

Nearly every connected device out there has Bluetooth capability. Your phones, laptops, speakers, car entertainment systems — the list goes on and on to even the most mundane gadgets.

With BlueBorne, all hackers need to spread malware is for their victims’ devices to have Bluetooth turned on, said Nadir Izrael, Armis’ chief technology officer.

And once one device has been infected, the malware can spread to other devices nearby with the Bluetooth turned on. By scattering over the airwaves, BlueBorne is “highly infectious,” Armis Labs said.

“We’ve run through scenarios where you can walk into a bank and it basically starts spreading around everything,” Izrael said.

https://www.cnet.com/news/bluetooth-devices-vulnerable-to-hack-blueborne-armis-labs/

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Equifax data theft affects nearly 50% of us.

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Hackers stole a treasure trove of financial data from a top credit-reporting company, potentially exposing the personal information of roughly half the US population.

Equifax said Thursday that thieves stole customer names, Social Security numbers, birthdates and addresses The data taken affected as many as 143 million people.

https://www.cnet.com/news/equifax-data-leak-hits-nearly-half-of-the-us-population/

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You say the Russians could have never hacked the 2016 Election?

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Defcon hackers find it’s very easy to break voting machines

“Voting is at the foundation of every democracy. Hackers find it’s on shaky ground thanks to shoddy technology.”

https://www.cnet.com/news/defcon-hackers-find-its-very-easy-to-break-voting-machines/

http://www.newsweek.com/hackers-breach-usvoting-machines-90-minutes-def-con-competition-643858

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Is your wireless provider putting you at risk?

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A flaw in wireless networks lets hackers pretend to be you.

There are calls and text messages coming from your phone number that you never made. Meet the “ghost telephonist.”

https://www.cnet.com/news/an-exploit-between-lte-and-2g-lets-hackers-pretend-to-be-you/

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Don’t be fooled, your Mac is not Safe!

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Mac ‘Fruitfly’ malware variant still lurking in the wild.

The Mac malware, originally discovered back in January, creates a “backdoor” that allows the controller of the malware to take over an entire computer.

https://www.cnet.com/news/mac-fruitfly-malware-variant-still-lurking-in-the-wild/

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Petya Not Ransomware?

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Ransomware or International Intrigue?

It now appears last week’s Petya attacks were not really targeting you. Most of the damage done was to innocent 3rd parties and was “collateral damage”. It was actually part of some type of international inter-government intrigue and not a real ransomware attack like the one of a few weeks ago.

https://www.cnet.com/news/ransomware-attack-goldeneye-petya-cover-data-destroy-nation-state/

https://www.cnet.com/news/russia-behind-new-ransomware-attack-says-ukraine/

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