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A New and Amazingly Simple Device in an Era of Pandemics to Protect Your Privacy



A period of pandemics and social distancing sent more people than ever into the work-from-home world. These new realities mean average consumers at home wound up confronted with yet another problem. 

A considerable lot of their household internet setups came up short on the security and protection of bigger workplace setups that incorporate upgraded cybersecurity and firewalls. Here steps in a new and incredibly simple on-hand device to plug those privacy gaps at the source. 

The Firewalla cybersecurity unit hit the market before anyone even realized what a coronavirus was. Nobody could've envisioned how ideal its feature would be. It was initially expected to prevent the 'creep next door' from redirecting the user's Wi-Fi sign or taking advantage of their home security cameras. 

The device is made to shield all devices on the system from cyberattacks and alert the user when anything worrying is to such an extent as endeavored. When the user purchases the unit and assigns out its guard duty, there's no monthly fee. 

The magic device additionally comes with a rather one of a kind feature through which it constructs a personal online firewall, there's the "Family Time Social Hour" ability that totally blocks every single social media platform for each hour in turn. 

Regardless of whether the user needs to compel everybody to complete some work or ground kids in some face-to-face interaction, a world without Twitter or Facebook for an hour is indeed a brilliant place. 

Apart from this addition keeping the user's private messages, documents, and other online behavior behind their home's own readymade firewall, this little blue box empowers monitoring of any minor's Wi-Fi use. 

Parents can likewise utilize Firewalla to keep out unwanted sites and online networking intruders. 

Nonetheless, the devices are pretty simple to set up and ready to improve personal and home-based situated online security in numerous ways, the Firewalla is a sensibly evaluated and viable choice for ensuring online privacy regardless of whether your home hasn't become a base for pandemic-time homebound work. 

The Firewalla Blue comes with 500Mb processing power, while the more affordable Firewalla Red offers 100Mb and sells for $109. As of now, only Firewalla Red is accessible at Amazon. Nonetheless, both the versions remain accessible and in stock at the Firewalla website.


Android Malware, FakeSpy Spying on Users' Banking Information Acting as Postal Services


A new Android malware, FakeSpy that can potentially steal an individual's banking details, read contact lists, application, and account information along with other personal data, is seen to be spreading across the globe. Earlier, the Android malware was targeting limited regions; the new campaign propagating the malware spreads itself using SMS phishing attacks.

The Android malware was originally discovered in 2017 while it was attacking users in Japan and South Korea, however, now security researchers have identified more potent variants of the malware attacking users in various countries like United States, Germany, France, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and China to name a few.

FakeSpy, labeled as 'the information stealer', is evolving rapidly, undergoing active development that can be seen in the weekly release of new variants of malware with different levels of potential and evasion capabilities.

"The malware authors seem to be putting a lot of effort into improving this malware, bundling it with numerous new upgrades that make it more sophisticated, evasive, and well-equipped. These improvements render FakeSpy one of the most powerful information stealers on the market. We anticipate this malware to continue to evolve with additional new features; the only question now is when we will
see the next wave," Security researchers at Cybereason told.

The tailored attacks are being found to be linked with a financially motivated Korean-or Chinese-speaking cybercriminal group known as 'Roaming Mantis' that had been involved in other similar operations, according to the research carried out by researchers at Cybereason.

FakeSpy is operating with the agenda of making financial gains through stolen credentials and banking information of users, the campaign includes sending postal-themed messages to the targeted user's contacts.

While giving insights into the attack, Assaf Dahan, senior director and head of threat research at Cybereason told ZDNet, "We are under the impression that this attack is what we often refer to as "spray and pray." I don't believe they are aimed at a particular individual, but instead, the threat actors try their luck, casting a rather wide net, and waiting for someone to take a bite."

"We see new developments and features added to the code all the time, so my guess is that business is good for them," he further added.

Gmail spam filter breaks down, warning issued to millions of gmail users


Spam filters are something we rarely give a thought to, but nevertheless, they are quite important- working backstage and taking quite the load off. This was something many Gmail users realized after a glitch in Gmail's spam filter let dangerous, malicious, not safe for work messages to be sent to their inbox.

The problem was picked up by Android Police when a remarkable number of individuals posted the spam issue on Twitter and Reddit. They complained about spam messages being sent to their inbox, even promotional and updates alert.

"Did Gmail's spam filter and category function just completely shut down for everyone else? Everything's now going straight to the primary inbox.", tweeted Lachlan Markey, thedailybeast reporter and Viking Books author on July 1st.

“It is a strangely comforting thing that I can just search for "Gmail" and immediately Twitter provides me with evidence that yes, others are getting weirdly hit with spam right now”, tweeted Rev. Emmy Kegler the same day.

“It is a strangely comforting thing that I can just search for "Gmail" and immediately Twitter provides me with evidence that yes, others are getting weirdly hit with spam right now” posted Abid Patel on the micro-blogging site.

Even Reddit was in-fluxed with threads discussing Gmail filter issue, "Is anyone else noticing that Gmail spam filters are broken as of an hour or two ago?", posted a Reddit user. Though Google did acknowledge the problem saying a notable amount of users faced the problem but the issue is now fixed and accounted for but some of the users are still complaining of filter and category problems on social media.

A major problem which spam mails could contain is malicious malware files and phishing emails which users thinking as primary mail could open and trigger and attach, though Google reassured in their statement that none of the accounts were compromised or hacked.

A spokesperson from Google released a statement that the glitch is now fixed and dealt with "We have identified and since fixed the issue of a small number of promotional emails and spam being incorrectly sent to users' primary inboxes. During this time, scans to filter malware and the most egregious spam and harmful content remained fully operational. Additionally, Gmail users remained protected by the many other features such as link protections and download time security scans which apply for messages in the inbox. We have no reason to believe any accounts were compromised as a result. If you happen to notice a suspicious email, we encourage you to report it as spam. More information on how to report spam can be found by visiting our Help Center.”

Hackers hacked Twitter account of the Russian Foreign Ministry and put up for sale data from tourists


Hackers hacked the Twitter account of the situation and crisis center of the Russian Foreign Ministry and put up a database of Russian tourists there for sale. The Foreign Ministry confirmed the hacking but called the message about the sale of data false. The Department said that the account has now been restored and is fully functioning.

Hackers offered to buy the database for June 2020 for 66 bitcoins (about $9000). They claimed that the database contains more than 115 thousand people. A Jabber account was specified for communication.

"Last night, attackers hacked the account of the situation and crisis center of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The information published on the feed in the morning of July 2 is "fake" and has no relation to the Russian Foreign Ministry. The account has been restored and is fully operational,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.

According to Alexey Kubarev, the Development Manager of the DLP Solar Dozor, Rostelecom-Solar, a number of signs in the announcement of the sale of the base cast doubt on its authenticity. First, the phone numbers listed in it are not valid.  At the same time, the base price is surprisingly high — about $5 per line. If we recall similar cases in 2019, then in them the price for one line in the database did not exceed $1.70.

According to the expert, the seller’s goal could not be a deal, but an informational throw about the alleged leak.

Earlier, E Hacking News reported that hackers tried to disrupt the website of the Public Chamber of Russia several times. In the evening of June 30, and then on July 1, they made a series of DDoS attacks on the Internet resource. The attackers also blocked the work of a special website of the chamber dedicated to public monitoring of voting on amendments to the Constitution.