Anglo African weekly news wrap on trending cyber-attacks, to keep you alert

November 7, 2019

Light Commands, a new attack that lets an attacker inject arbitrary audio signals into voice assistants by using light from a very long distance. Security researchers from the University of Electro-Communications & Michigan discovered the new class of the injection attack dubbed “Light Commands” a vulnerability in MEMS microphones that allow attackers to inject inaudible and invisible commands into voice assistants.

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Even after Facebook locked down its Groups API in April 2018 to keep developers from accessing user data – including the names and profile pictures of people in specific, sometimes secret, groups – roughly 100 developers might still have gotten at that user information, the platform said on Tuesday. Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s director of platform partnerships, said in a News for Developers post that the access has inappropriately been left open and that data may have been accessed by some developers for over a year. “At least” 11 partners accessed group members’ information in the last 60 days, he said.

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49 Disguised Adware Apps With Optimized Evasion Features Found on Google Play. We recently found 49 new adware apps on Google Play, disguised as games and stylized cameras. These apps are typical adware, hiding themselves within mobile devices to show ads and deploying anti-uninstall and evasion functions. These apps are no longer live but before they were taken down by Google, the total number of downloads was more than 3 million.

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Cloud services and networking are driving the concept of digital businesses, yet traditional networking and cybersecurity architectures are far from meeting the demands of the digital business. Gartner’s “The Future of Network Security Is in the Cloud” report spells out the potential for the transformation of networking and security in the cloud, built upon a new networking and security model. That model is called Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), a term coined by Gartner’s leading security analysts Neil MacDonald, Lawrence Orans, and Joe Skorupa.

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The total number of phishing sites detected in July through September 2019 was 266,387. This was up 46 percent from the 182,465 seen in the second quarter of 2019, and almost double the 138,328 seen in Q4 2018. “This is the worst period for phishing that the APWG has seen in three years, since the fourth quarter of 2016,” said Greg Aaron, APWG Senior Research Fellow and President of Illumintel. In addition to the increase in phishing volume, the number of brands that were attacked by phishers in Q3 was also up notably. APWG contributor MarkMonitor saw attacks against more than 400 different brands (companies) per month in Q3, versus an average of 313 per month in Q2.

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