A week in security (February 4 – 8)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took a closer look at the technical and reputational challenges for Facebook as it tries to integrate secure messaging across Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. We explored Google’s latest attempts to change how the public sees—literally—web browser URLs, gave some of our best tips on how to safely browse the Internet at work, and detailed a unique spam campaign involving ebooks, the Amazon Kindle web store and… John Wick? Yep.
Other cybersecurity news
A Motherboard investigation found that bounty hunters purchased extremely precise location data for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers. The telecom companies originally sold the data—meant for 911 operators and first responders—to data brokers, who then sold it again. (Source: Motherboard)
Cybersecurity company Agari discovered that several Business Email Compromise (BEC) scammers had leveraged a Gmail feature to expand and simplify their fraud attempts. (Source: Dark Reading)
Developers for the cryptocurrency Zcash discovered and patched a bug that could have resulted in… [checks notes] …an “infinite amount of counterfeit Zcash.” (Source: Fortune)
Google revealed two zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS. (Source: ZDNet)
An Australian cybersecurity researcher said her government did not renew a permit allowing her and her university to continue to collaborate internationally on cryptography research. (Source: Computerworld)
Unidentified threat actors attempted—and failed—to hack into the Australian parliament’s computer network. (Source: BBC)
Apple removed the Do Not Track feature from its Safari browser, a feature that, many agreed, was largely ineffective. (Source: Engadget)
Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, Washington Post owner, richest man in the world, and potential risqué-text-hacking victim, accused the National Enquirer of extortion and blackmail. (Source: The New York Times)
Facebook began rolling out a feature in its Messenger app for iOS and Android that lets users delete messages up to 10 minutes after sending. (Source: Gizmodo)
A Canadian bitcoin exchange lost $145 million after the death of its CEO, who was the only person with access to the company’s offline storage. (Source: The Hacker News)
Stay safe, everyone!
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