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The Internet Enabled Mass Surveillance. AI Will Enable Mass Spying.

Schneier on Security

Before the internet, putting someone under surveillance was expensive and time-consuming. Surveillance has become the business model of the internet, and there’s no reasonable way for us to opt out of it. Mass surveillance ushered in the era of personalized advertisements; mass spying will supercharge that industry.

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Safer Internet Day, or why Brad Pitt needed an internet bodyguard

Malwarebytes

February 6, 2024 is Safer Internet Day. When I was asked to write about the topic, I misunderstood the question and heard: “can you cover save the internet” and we all agreed that it might be too late for that. The internet has been around for quite some time now, and most of us wouldn’t know what to do without it.

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Crooks impersonate brands using search engine advertisement services

Security Affairs

The FBI warns of cybercriminals using search engine advertisement services to impersonate brands and defraud users. The FBI is warning of cyber criminals using search engine advertisement services to impersonate brands and direct users to websites that were used to defraud users. ” reads the advisory published by the FBI.

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FBI Takes Down a Massive Advertising Fraud Ring

Schneier on Security

The charges include wire fraud, computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. Ovsyannikov was arrested last month in Malaysia; Zhukov was arrested earlier this month in Bulgaria; and Timchenko was arrested earlier this month in Estonia, all pursuant to provisional arrest warrants issued at the request of the United States.

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Search Engine Advertising Used to Impersonate Brands and Defraud Users

Heimadal Security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued an alert about cyber criminals using a new methodology to defraud users – brand impersonation via search engine advertisement services. At first, cyber criminals buy advertisements that appear in internet […].

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Hacker hijacked Orange Spain RIPE account causing internet outage to company customers

Security Affairs

An internet outage impacted Orange Spain after a hacker gained access to the company’s RIPE account to misconfigure BGP routing. The hacker, who uses the moniker ‘Snow’, gained access to the RIPE account of Orange Spain and misconfigured the BGP routing causing an internet outage.

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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. [.].