Banning Surveillance-Based Advertising

Schneier on Security

The Norwegian Consumer Council just published a fantastic new report: “ Time to Ban Surveillance-Based Advertising. A ban on surveillance-based advertising does not mean that one can no longer finance digital content using advertising.

Banning Surveillance-Based Advertising

Security Boulevard

The Norwegian Consumer Council just published a fantastic new report: “ Time to Ban Surveillance-Based Advertising. From the Introduction: The challenges caused and entrenched by surveillance-based advertising include, but are not limited to: privacy and data protection infringements.

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A New Way to Advertise Online | Avast

Security Boulevard

The Avast team has been interested to learn about a recent proposal put forth by politicians in the US House of Representatives which calls for an end to targeted advertising, AKA surveillance advertising.

Grindr fined £5.5m for selling user data to advertising companies

CyberSecurity Insiders

million for selling user information to advertisement firms without the consent of its users on a respective note. The leaked info includes age, gender, advertising ID, HIV status and HIV testing dates, IP address, GPS Location, and their se$ual orientation.

Telegram launches advertising program for public channels

Bleeping Computer

Telegram has launched a new advertising program dubbed Ad Platform and offering the opportunity to display sponsored messages on the instant-messaging platform. [.].

Instagram Anti-Abuse Tool, Apple Advertiser Restrictions, Terrible Passwords

Security Boulevard

to restrict tracking by advertisers, and a discussion about why people continue to choose terrible passwords. ** Links mentioned on the show ** Instagram debuts new tool to stop abusive message salvos made through new accounts [link] Apple […].

FBI Takes Down a Massive Advertising Fraud Ring

Schneier on Security

The FBI announced that it dismantled a large Internet advertising fraud network, and arrested eight people: A 13-count indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Aleksandr Zhukov, Boris Timokhin, Mikhail Andreev, Denis Avdeev, Dmitry Novikov, Sergey Ovsyannikov, Aleksandr Isaev and Yevgeniy Timchenko with criminal violations for their involvement in perpetrating widespread digital advertising fraud.

Grindr fined for selling user data to advertisers

Malwarebytes

million fine by Norwegian regulator Datatilsynet for sharing data with advertisers. Grindr disclosed information about a user’s GPS location, IP address, mobile phone advertising ID, age and gender to several third parties for marketing purposes.

Advertising Plugin for WordPress Threatens Full Site Takeovers

Threatpost

Vulnerabilities Web Security adning Advertising critical bug RCE remote code vulnerability security vulnerability unauthenticated attackers WordFence Wordpress pluginThousands of vulnerable websites need to apply the patch to avoid RCE.

Ragnar Locker ransomware gang advertises Campari hack on Facebook

Security Affairs

?Ragnar Locker Ransomware operators have started to run Facebook advertisements to force their victims into paying the ransom. ” The advertising campaign has begun on the evening of Monday, Nov.

Apple Privacy Update And Advertisers | Avast

Security Boulevard

Now, in this post, we'll be presenting the advertiser’s perspective of the situation at hand. While advertisers may think the sky is falling, the full-on Chicken Little scenario might not be happening. Last week, we described the privacy changes happening within Apple’s iOS 14.5.

Iranian developer advertised BlackRouter RaaS

Security Affairs

An Iranian developer is advertising on Telegram a Ransomware-as-a-Service called BlackRouter. The same expert advertises other malware and is believed to the author of another ransomware called Blackheart. Copyright (C) 2014-2015 Media.net Advertising FZ-LLC All Rights Reserved -->. Copyright (C) 2014 Media.net Advertising FZ-LLC All Rights Reserved -->. The post Iranian developer advertised BlackRouter RaaS appeared first on Security Affairs.

Facebook Is Using Your Two-Factor Authentication Phone Number to Target Advertising

Schneier on Security

From Kashmir Hill : Facebook is not content to use the contact information you willingly put into your Facebook profile for advertising. Hill again: They found that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user's account, that phone number became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks.

UK Ministry of Defense publishes an advertisement for a SAS Hacker

CyberSecurity Insiders

In the third week of August this year, UK’s Ministry of Defense posted an advertisement for a role to be filled by a SAS hacker who will earn £33,000 a year and will work for the secretive Computer Network Operations Exploitation Unit.

Firefox improves advertising tracker blocking in private browsing

Bleeping Computer

Mozilla says that Firefox users will be better protected from advertising trackers (like Google Analytics scripts) while browsing the Internet in Private Browsing mode and using Strict Tracking Protection. [.].

Musk-Themed ‘$SpaceX’ Cryptoscam Invades YouTube Advertising

Threatpost

Beware: The swindle uses legitimately purchased YouTube ads, real liquidity, legitimate DEX Uniswap, and the real wallet extension MetaMask to create an entirely convincing fake coin gambit. Cryptography Web Security

Facebook sues hackers who hijacked advertising agencies' accounts

Bleeping Computer

Facebook has filed lawsuits against two groups of suspects who took over advertising agency employees' accounts and abused its ad platform to run unauthorized or deceptive ads. [.].

The Chrome Update Is Bad for Advertisers, but Good for Google

WIRED Threat Level

The world’s most popular browser is about to make it a lot harder for advertisers to track your online activity. Security Security / Security News

A New Threat Advertises Malicious Privacy Tools as Security Enhancers

Heimadal Security

The post A New Threat Advertises Malicious Privacy Tools as Security Enhancers appeared first on Heimdal Security Blog. Even if we can consider the pretense ironic, the situation can be very risky as it can actually end up deploying infostealer malware on the victim machine.

Is Your Company Doing Market Research for Your Advertiser?

Adam Levin

Online advertising is a data free-for-all. However, Amazon is doing so well right now because it has access to the data of every seller and advertiser using its platform. Between the two companies, two-thirds of the online advertising market is affected. The post Is Your Company Doing Market Research for Your Advertiser? Unless you live in a boot at the bottom of Loon Lake, you know that everything you do online is tracked.

Serious Privacy Podcast – Monster Cookies: Privacy Issues in Advertising

TrustArc

In this episode of Serious Privacy, Paul Breitbarth and K Royal connect with Jocelyn Paulley, Partner at Gowling WLG in London and Lindsey Schultz, Senior Counsel at Global Privacy for Visa.

Magecart Returns with Advertising Library Tactic

Threatpost

Malware Web Security adverline Advertising Card skimming group 12 Library magecart third party javascriptThe threat group also has a new subsidiary, Magecart Group 12.

Actor Advertises Japanese PII on Chinese Underground

Dark Reading

The dataset contains 200 million rows of information stolen from websites across industries, likely via opportunistic access

Twitter Slip-Up Spills MFA Phone Numbers, Emails to Advertisers

Dark Reading

Email addresses and phone numbers provided to secure user accounts were accidentally shared with marketers

ThreatList: Google’s Advertising Network Dominates Global Data Collection

Threatpost

With DoubleClick, Analytics and AdWords under its belt, Google continues dominating when it comes to global data collection for advertising, a new report found. Most Recent ThreatLists Privacy Adsense Advertising advertising network AdWords Analytics aol advertising data collection DoubleClick google moat tracking

Advertising Alliance Plans Protocols to Reduce Dangerous Content

Dark Reading

The Global Alliance for Responsible Media will seek ways to clamp down on dangerous and fake content

Facebook Is Suing the Hackers That Hijacked Advertising Agencies’ Accounts

Heimadal Security

Facebook is suing the suspects that took over the advertising agency employees’ accounts and managed to abuse the ad platform in order to run unauthorized or deceptive ads.

Mobile Users Targeted With Malware, Tracked by Advertisers

Dark Reading

Cybercriminals continue to seed app stores with malicious apps, advanced attackers successfully compromise mobile devices, and advertisers continue to track users, new reports show

Security BSides Dublin 2021 – Kirill Efimov’s ‘Sour Mint – The Case Of Malicious Advertisement SDK Affecting Thousands Of Mobile Apps’

Security Boulevard

The post Security BSides Dublin 2021 – Kirill Efimov’s ‘Sour Mint – The Case Of Malicious Advertisement SDK Affecting Thousands Of Mobile Apps’ appeared first on Security Boulevard.

CPDP 2021 – Moderator: John Edwards ‘A Path To Empowering User Choice And Boosting User Trust In Advertising’

Security Boulevard

The post CPDP 2021 – Moderator: John Edwards ‘A Path To Empowering User Choice And Boosting User Trust In Advertising’ appeared first on Security Boulevard. Speakers: Marshall Erwin, Jane Horvath, Lucy Purdon, Marcel Kolaja. Organized By Apple Inc.

Facebook: User shadow data, including phone numbers may be used by advertisers

Security Affairs

The worst suspect is a disconcerting reality, Facebook admitted that advertisers were able to access phone numbers of its users for enhanced security. Researchers from two American universities discovered that that phone numbers given to Facebook for two-factor authentication were also used for advertising purposes. Copyright (C) 2014-2015 Media.net Advertising FZ-LLC All Rights Reserved -->. Copyright (C) 2014 Media.net Advertising FZ-LLC All Rights Reserved -->.

HUMAN (Formerly White Ops) Launches The Human Collective to Protect Against Bot Attacks and Fraud Across Advertising Supply Chain

CyberSecurity Insiders

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cybersecurity leader HUMAN, best known for collectively protecting enterprises from bot attacks, today announced the formation of The Human Collective, a new program designed to protect the digital advertising ecosystem from the impacts of fraud. The post HUMAN (Formerly White Ops) Launches The Human Collective to Protect Against Bot Attacks and Fraud Across Advertising Supply Chain appeared first on Cybersecurity Insiders

Cyber Frauds force Facebook to ban Crypto ads on celebrity profiles

CyberSecurity Insiders

Facebook is intending to ban cryptocurrency related advertisements on its platform from November 2021, as they are leading to online scams and money loss schemes targeting to thousands of individuals using Facebook irrespective of their age. News Facebook Crypto currency Ads Advertisements

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Google and Facebook fined $240 million for making cookies hard to refuse

Malwarebytes

Internet giants like Meta (Facebook) and Alphabet (Google) depend on advertising. Advertising represented 98% of Facebook’s $86 billion revenue in 2020, and more than 80% of Alphabet’s revenue comes from Google ads, which generated $147 billion in 2020.

Zuckerberg’s Metaverse, and the possible privacy and security concerns

Malwarebytes

A few years later I also highlighted how gamers resorted to using HOSTS files or OpenDNS to block advertisers from placing adverts onto the screen. I also covered, in detail, what kind of things you should expect with regards advertising in VR/AR platforms.

Signal says its Instagram ads were banned for being too honest

Graham Cluley

Facebook Privacy advertising Instagram SignalSignal tried to run targeted ads on Instagram that showed users *how* they had been targeted, and revealed the extraordinary amount of data Facebook collects about users.

Facebook Hits Back At Apple’s iOS 14 Privacy Update

Threatpost

While privacy experts praised Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 updates, Facebook said the new features could cut its advertising business in half. Facebook Mobile Security Privacy Advertising apple facebook ads Facebook Privacy ios iOS 14 iphone

ICO challenges adtech to step up privacy protection

Malwarebytes

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) wants the advertising industry to come up with new initiatives that address the risks of adtech, and take account of data protection requirements from the outset. Privacy adtech advertising floc Google gps ICO online tracking

How social media mistakes can impact cybersecurity

Malwarebytes

You know how it freaks people out when Facebook shows them advertisements for things they have only just thought about buying? They say, “I haven’t searched for the item yet, but here they are showing me this advertisement.”.

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Facebook bans Signal ads that reveal the depth of what it knows about you

Malwarebytes

They bought advertising space on Instagram and showed visitors ads full of the characteristics that were used to target them. Let’s not forget that not only does Facebook gather that data, it also sells it to advertisers, as Signal tried to point out with its campaign.

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Twitter Could Face $250M FTC Fine Over Improper Data Use

Threatpost

The potential FTC fine comes after Twitter last year acknowledged that user emails and phone numbers were being used for targeted advertising. Hacks Web Security Data Privacy Federal Trade Commission FTC FTC fine improper data use privacy violation targeted advertising twitter

Adrozek Malware Delivers Fake Ads to 30K Devices a Day

Threatpost

Malware Web Security ad injection Adrozek Advertising browser modifier Credential Theft fake ads Google Chrome infostealer Malvertising malware Malware campaign Microsoft Microsoft Edge persistent malware campaign web browser Web security

Will Google’s Privacy Sandbox take the bite out of tracking cookies?

Malwarebytes

Third-party cookies have been the lynchpin of online advertising for many years. The building blocks for this were essentially: Most aspects of the web need money to survive, and advertising that relies on cookies is the dominant revenue stream.