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Looks Like Russian Hackers Are on an Email Scam Spree

For years, costly email grifts have largely been the provenance of West African scammers, particularly those based in Nigeria. A newly discovered “business email compromise” campaign, though, appears to come from a criminal group in a part of the world better known for a different brand of online mayhem: Russia. ...

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How to Passcode Lock Any App on Your Phone

You are, we hope, already protecting your phone with a PIN, a fingerprint, or a face (or all three), but sometimes you’ll want to add an extra barrier to particular apps—if you’re lending your phone to a friend, say, or if your kids or partner are always borrowing your phone ...

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Encryption-Busting EARN IT Act Advances in Senate

It’s not often that you see a new strain of Mac-targeted ransomware, but this week researchers dug into ThiefQuest, also called EvilQuest, a malware strain that keeps on giving—or taking, as it were. ThiefQuest appears to be Mac ransomware, but it doesn’t seem like its developers have any intention of ...

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The Worst Hacks and Breaches of 2020 So Far

Well, what can we say about 2020 so far? Between a deadly pandemic whose reach and scale is unprecedented in our lifetimes, the corresponding global economic downturn, geopolitical strife around the world, and widespread civil rights uprisings, the first six months of the year have been remarkable in every way. ...

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New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears

The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven’t been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple’s Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. So when Dinesh Devadoss, a malware researcher at the firm K7 Lab, published findings on Tuesday about a ...

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How to Switch to Signal and Bring All your Texts With You

Signal is your best choice for text messaging if security and privacy are your most important priorities. It’s growing in popularity and gaining more useful features over time, and it’s easier than ever to get your existing messages into Signal—and to move them between phones if you upgrade to a ...

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