This week on Lock and Code, we discuss the top security headlines generated right here on Labs. In addition, we speak to Malwarebytes senior security researcher JP Taggart about the importance of trusting your VPN.
You've likely heard the benefits of using a VPN: You can watch TV shows restricted to certain countries, you can encrypt your web traffic on public WiFi networks, and, importantly, you can obscure your Internet activity from your Internet Service Provider, which may use that activity for advertising.
But obscuring your Internet activity—including the websites you visit, the searches you make, the files you download—doesn’t mean that a VPN magically disappears those things. It just means that the VPN itself gets to see that information instead.
Tune in to hear about what your VPN can see, why it is important for that information to be secured, and how you can safely transfer your trust to a VPN, on the latest episode of Lock and Code, with host David Ruiz.
You can also find us on the Apple iTunes store, Spotify, and Google Podcasts, plus whatever preferred podcast platform you use.
We cover our own research on:
- Report goes “behind enemy lines” to reveal SilverFish cyber-espionage group
- Six social media safety sins to say goodbye to
- The human impact of a Royal Mail phishing scam
- Software renewal scammers unmasked
- How to enable Facebook’s hardware key authentication for iOS and Android
- Safe Connections Act could help domestic abuse survivors take control of their digital lives
- When contractors attack: two years in jail for vengeful IT admin
- Slack hurries to fix direct message flaw that allowed harassment
- Perkiler malware turns to SMB brute force to spread
Other cybersecurity news:
- Hades ransomware has been linked to the Evil Corp cybercrime gang who uses it to evade sanctions. (Source: BleepingComputer)
- Researchers discover two dozen Chrome extensions that are being used to serve up unwanted adds, steal data, and divert users to malicious sites. (Source: DarkReading)
- An advisory for two high-severity flaws has been issued by the OpenSSL project. (Source: SecureBlink)
- A $50m ransomware demand made against PC manufacturer Acer by the REvil/Sodinokibi cyber crime syndicate sets a nw record. (Source: ComputerWeekly)