A week in security (January 1-8)

New year, new threats, as 2018 gets underway.
On our blog, we had dubious searches aplenty for those hunting for Malwarebytes information, and we also covered the huge Meltdown/Spectre bug, affecting hardware going back to 10 years.
Other news
Coin miners are at it again, with a proof of concept for hacking public Wi-Fi and injecting cryptomining code into browsing sessions. (source: The Register)
Around 240k people have been tied up in a “privacy incident” over at the DHS. (source: DHS)
Browser makers are looking to mitigate risks from Meltdown and Spectre. (Source: Help Net Security)
36 rogue apps wound up on the Google Play store, reminding us to be extra vigilant even when on an official site. (Source: Trend Micro)
Yet another cryptominer doing the rounds, this time dragging Linux machines into a cash spinning botnet. (source: F5)
Face recognition: nice idea, but being fooled by photographs is a bit much. (source: Naked Security)
A well put together phishing mail is causing headaches for those who may have purchased items from retailer Debenhams. (Source: South Wales Argus)
Unusually, you may be able to reclaim money lost to wire fraud scams, regardless of where you live. This doesn’t happen often, so check it out if you’ve been stung! (Source: Birmingham Mail)
Malware-laden emails laced with more malware are being used to steal data related to the Winter Olympics. (Source: BBC)
Stay safe, everyone!
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