Security News This Week: Norton Put a Cryptominer in Its Antivirus Software

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this week, we reported that Signal has moved ahead with its controversial cryptocurrency integration. All users of the encrypted messaging app now have access to MobileCoin, a privacy-focused cryptocurrency that the US exchange still does not offer. The intention is to provide monetary transactions with the same protection from surveillance that Signal brought to messaging. But skeptics worry that introducing a financial element would bring unwanted complexity and regulatory scrutiny to Signal, an app that millions of people have come to rely on.

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In hacking news, criminal operations have killed thousands of victims in over a hundred countries, which in itself is not all that unusual. Microsoft fixed a vulnerability exploited by attackers nearly a decade ago. Problem: The patch is optional, and most users wouldn’t know where to get it, even if they wanted to. If anything, it’s surprising that it took so long for someone to take advantage.

It’s a new year, which means it’s a great time for some refreshers on how to stay safe online. We saw how to send automatically disappearing messages on various chat apps. And we told you about some ways to completely remove from internet, should this opportunity take a call.

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As part of this year’s Virtual Wired HQ at CES, we had an extensive chat with former Congressman Will Hurd about the future of cybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, the metaverse, and more.

and that’s not all! Each week we round up all the security news Nerdshala didn’t cover in depth. Click on the headlines to read the full story.

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Norton, what are you doing! As author and digital rights activist Corey Doctorow noted earlier this week, several months ago the antivirus giant inserted a cryptominer into its consumer software. The main thing is that you can choose to have Norton Mine cryptocurrency on your computer when you are not using it; The software will also set up a secure wallet for you, deducting only 15 percent of all income. To be clear, you shouldn’t do this at all. Not only is cryptomining a drain on the environment, it introduces complexity and potential security issues for users who might not know what they are doing. some norton customers issues have also been reported With the feature turned off after they’ve been selected.

Over the years, the publishing world has been surrounded by a sophisticated javelin that has resulted in the theft of hundreds of unpublished book manuscripts. This week, the FBI arrested 29-year-old Filippo Bernardini in a case accusing him of wire fraud and identity theft. Bernardini himself served as a rights coordinator for publishing giant Simon & Schuster UK, a role that gave him insider knowledge that reportedly helped him craft more convincing phishing emails.

In 2021 alone, nearly a thousand schools were hit by ransomware attacks. But 2022 saw 5,000 school websites shut down after ransomware operators hit third-party website provider FinalSite. The company took many of those sites offline to stop the spread of malware, and losing access to an online portal for a few days isn’t nearly as bad as spending straight ransomware money. Still, it’s yet another reminder of just how much damage ransomware gangs can do when they kill widely used software-as-a-service companies rather than individual targets.

The wave of NFT theft has underscored the tension in decentralized markets. Platforms like OpenSea can help victims in some cases, but only through mechanisms that show how centralized things really are. In other words, the promises of web3 are not really as advertised, says Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of Signal. expresses better than anyone so far right here, Long story short: Meet the new web just like the old web.


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