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A week in security (February 3 – 9)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at Washington state’s latest efforts in providing better data privacy rights for their residents, and we dove into some of the many questions regarding fintech: What is it? How secure is it? And what are some of the problems in the space?

We also detailed a new adware family that our researchers had been tracking since late last year and pushed out a piece on performance art’s impact on Google Maps and other crowdsourced apps.

Other cybersecurity news

  • A type of malware called Lemon Duck has successfully targeted countless IoT devices running on Windows 7. Quack! (Source: Threatpost)
  • Despite years of warnings that technology will not save us, the Iowa Democratic Party relied on a rushed, faulty mobile app to report caucus results. Bedlam ensued. (Source: Motherboard)
  • In an ongoing antitrust probe, the European Commission is scrutinizing Facebook’s use of Onavo, an app that tracked users’ behavior. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)
  • It’s hard to say this any better than the Gizmodo headline already does: “Oops! Google Might’ve Leaked Your Videos to Another Person.” (Source: Gizmodo)
  • A man who twice breached Nintendo security—first when he was a teenager, then later as an adult—pleaded guilty to hacking charges. (Source: ZDnet)
  • Cybersecurity researchers discovered a vulnerability in Phillips smart lightbulbs that would allow hackers to spread malware. (Source: HackRead)
  • Facebook released a new tool to give users more control into whether the company associates outside data with user accounts. (Source: CNET)

Stay safe, everyone!

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