A week in security (March 4 – 11)

Last week, Malwarebytes Labs released its in-depth, international data privacy survey of nearly 4,000 individuals, revealing that every generation, including Millennials, cares about online privacy. We also covered a novel case of zombie email that involved a very much alive account user, delved into the typical data privacy laws a US startup might have to comply with on its journey to success, and spotlighted the Troldesh ransomware, also known as “Shade.”
Other security news
The National Security Agency allegedly shut down an invasive telephone record surveillance program just months before its legal authority would expire. No word yet on whether this will actually prevent the warrantless spying that invades Americans’ private lives. (Source: The New York Times)
The RSA Conference swept into San Francisco last week, bringing the infosec community together to talk machine learning, domestic abuse, and the ultra-weak security behind ultrasound scanning. (Source: ThreatPost)
Speaking of conferences, New York Times front end developer Natalya Shelburne asked why more conferences don’t provide childcare services for their speakers. (Source: The New York Times “Open,” a project on Medium)
Motherboard investigated the intricate world behind “dev-fused” iPhones—pre-jailbroken devices that are rare in supply and coveted by iOS hackers around the world. (Source: Motherboard)
Google discovered, disclosed, and fixed a zero-day vulnerability in its Chrome browser that could have allowed threat actors to control victims’ machines. (Source: The Hacker News)
Security researchers discovered an unprotected MongoDB database that included more than 800 million email records. (Source: Bleeping Computer)
A Verizon study revealed that one in three businesses suffered a compromise because of a mobile device in the past year. (Source: CSO Online)
The US President referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple,” and Cook later responded by changing his Twitter display name, inserting an apple emoji after “Tim.” (Source: The Hill)
Stay safe, everyone!
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