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HP May Have Installed Spyware In Your PC: Here's What It Does And How To Remove It

HP installed a telemetry client that essentially functions as spyware to its computers without requesting permission from users. Fortunately, the software, which also affects performance, can be easily found and removed.

Security November 29, 2017

Spyware Apps On Google Play That Secretly Recorded Audio, Took Photos Without Permission Now Removed

A security firm was able to identify a malicious family of spyware apps called SonicSpy, three of which were able to make it onto Google Play. These apps, which have now been removed, were capable of spying on its users.

Security August 14, 2017

Verizon Has No Plans To Install Spyware On All Android Phones Or Track Data

Following the outrage caused by reports of Verizon’s plans to install spyware on Android phones, the carrier has now clarified a few things. The spyware won’t be installed on all Android phones, and it’s possible to opt it, Verizon confirmed.

Security April 2, 2017

Verizon AppFlash Launcher Baked Into Its Smartphones Is Basically Spyware, Warns EFF

Verizon teamed up with Evie for a new app launcher called AppFlash, which will be preinstalled on Verizon devices. U.S. privacy advocate EFF warns that AppFlash is essentially spyware and deals a heavy blow to user privacy and security.

Apps/Software March 31, 2017

Watch Out For SpyNote RAT, Poses As Netflix App To Steal Your Data

A new spyware dubbed SpyNote RAT mimics the Netflix app with the purpose of stealing user data. Using the spyware, hackers can eavesdrop on a user's conversations, view contact lists, and files stored on the mobile device.

Security January 27, 2017

Compromised WordPress Sites Spread Spywares And Potentially Unwanted Applications: What You Should Know

Over 2000 WordPress sites are compromised and are spreading potentially unwanted applications, as well as spywares. The spyware and PUAs are being sent to users through fraudulent browser plugins and bogus Flash update messages.

Internet September 28, 2015

Hacking Team Hacked: 400GB Data Dump Exposes Dirty Secrets Of Governments

Hacking Team, a spyware and surveillance company that sells its services to governments around the world, has itself been hacked - with a huge 415GB database of information being dumped online.

Legal July 11, 2015

Snowden: NSA And Allies Planned To Use Google And Samsung App Stores To Spy On Smartphones

Intelligence agencies from the U.S., Canada, U.K., New Zealand and Australia planned to infect smartphones with malware using their connection to the Google Play and Samsung App Stores. Details of the plan are outlined in the latest document leaked by NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

Internet May 21, 2015

Gemalto Claims SIM Cards Are Safe. Experts Disagree

Security experts challenge Gemalto’s results of its “thorough” investigation of the Edward Snowden assertion that millions of SIM cards were breached by the GCHQ with help from the NSA.

Business February 26, 2015

Superfish Not So Super: Lenovo Laptops Have Preinstalled Adware That Compromises Your Privacy

After being called out by customers, Lenovo stops shipping hardware preinstalled with what it calls potentially unwanted programs. Some users claim the software goes well beyond injecting ads into search results and generating pop-ups.

Apps/Software February 19, 2015

Meet Equation Group, The Most Advanced Hacking Group: Here's What They Can Do And Here Are Their Victims

Kaspersky names what it calls the most sophisticated hacking group in the world. The hackers are believed to have deep ties with the U.S. government.

Internet February 18, 2015

Chinese City Spends $24,000 to Buy Trojan Horse Software to Spy on Smartphones

A Chinese police department buys spyware for thousands of dollars and makes a public announcement about it.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 8, 2015

Regin Malware May Have Been Spying on Computers Since 2008: How Did It Escape Detection?

A highly advanced and sophisticated piece of malware is discovered by security researchers to have been lurking in computer systems around the world. It is believed to be the work of a government, but which government no one can tell.

Computers November 24, 2014

Darkhotel hackers target traveling executives on motel Wi-Fi networks

Known as Darkhotel, a ring of hackers is targeting business executives and political leaders via hotel Wi-Fi networks. The attacks have been going on for years and are increasing in frequency.

Business Tech November 10, 2014

Free apps like Flashlight can spy and steal personal data: Protect your smartphone with these tips

Flashlight and other free apps may be designed to spy and steal sensitive and personal user data. Here are some simple tips for protecting your smartphone.

Apps/Software October 28, 2014

Rental firm Aaron's to pay $24.8 million settlement for spyware allegations in California

Aaron's is accused of allowing its franchises to secretly install spyware within laptop computers that the stores rent out to their customers.

Business October 14, 2014

ComputerCOP is a spying software handed out by police as Internet safety tool

ComputerCOP is a software endorsed by law enforcers and advertised as a tool to promote child safety on the Internet. It was recently discovered, however, that the program also contains spyware features.

Internet October 5, 2014

Arrest of StealthGenie CEO first ever case involving marketing, sale of mobile spyware

U.S. authorities have arrested Hammad Akbar, CEO of InvoCode, for selling, conspiracy, and marketing a surreptitious interception device. InvoCode is the developer of StealthGenie, which is allegedly used for spying on target users.

Apps/Software October 2, 2014

Security company McAfee names Jimmy Kimmel the ‘most dangerous celebrity’

Computer security company McAfee labeled comedian and late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel as the most dangerous celebrity of 2014.

Movies/TV Shows October 1, 2014

Spyware targets iPhone, iPad users participating in Hong Kong democracy protests

A computer virus is said to be spying on Apple devices of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The attacked devices are the iPhone and iPad.

Apps/Software October 1, 2014

Stalking app creator arrested in first mobile spyware prosecution

In the first case of its kind, the maker of a spying and tracking app called StealthGenie has been arrested. The app allows people to spy on and track someone else's phone calls, texts and more without their knowledge.

Legal September 30, 2014

Should makers of spyware be legally responsible for stalking crimes?

The CEO of a private Pakistani company was indicted in Virginia for selling an app that allowed users to monitor their spouses.

Geek September 30, 2014

StealthGenie CEO arrested: Feds say real-time spyware app for catching 'cheating' spouses is illegal

StealthGenie CEO Hammad Akbar is indicted for allegedly selling a spyware app that stalkers and abusers use to track their victims.

Apps/Software September 30, 2014

Report claims Facebook Messenger app packed with spyware

Blame Snowden but now everybody is overly concerned about online security. How will people feel then that Facebook Messenger is apparently tracking everything they do.

Apps/Software September 21, 2014

iPhone next to impossible to hack, says surveillance firm

Secret documents from Gamma Group, a global surveillance company, were anonymously leaked. The documents talk about the iPhone’s anti-spying feature which shall remain true unless it gets jailbroken.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 13, 2014

Governments may exploit iOS, Android devices to spy on you: Report

Two separate reports by Kaspersky Lab and Citizen Lab uncovered RCS malicious software implants developed by Hacking Team. The RCS uses Trojans for several surveillance functions on selected targets.

Internet June 25, 2014

Made in China smartphones come preloaded with spyware, says security firm

Made in China smartphones may pose as a security threat to users. A German security firm has found a Chinese smartphone pre-installed with spyware.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 18, 2014

Apple vows to protect iPhone users from NSA snooping programs

Apple said it will take all steps to "defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who's behind them," in response to reports that NSA enjoyed 100 percent success rate in hacking the iPhone and implanting spyware.

Business December 31, 2013

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