Security Never Sleeps- Google Apps, Fancy Bear

Google Kicks 500 Apps Off Online Store Over Spyware Concerns

“Developers likely unaware of flaws”

The decision to remove over 500 apps from the Google Play online app store comes after researchers raised spyware concerns. Cyber security firm Lookout have disclosed that they have found apps that contain and spread spyware programs. Certain software used in the apps had the ability to covertly siphon people’s personal data on their devices without alerting the app makers, Lookout said.

Potential Data Breach of Oceanside Online Utility Payment System

“Residents report abnormalities”

City of Oceanside officials said Tuesday that the internet payment systems where Oceanside residents can pay their utility bills have possibly been breached. Authorities first learned of the potential issue when several residents alerted the municipal institutions, saying the cards they used to pay utility bills had charges to their accounts that had not been authorized. At least two victims used the affected accounts only to pay their utility bill and no other purpose. Though Oceanside officials have not confirmed the utility payment is necessarily the source of the breach, the reports raised the concern and speculation of vulnerability.

Russia-Linked Hackers Leak Football Doping Files

“Fancy Bear claims to be associated with the hacking attacks”

The infamous Fancy Bear, a group of hackers commonly believed to be operating out of Russia has leaked emails and medical records related to football (or soccer, to us Americans) players who have used illegal substances. Fancy Bears has made assertions before to be associated with the broader Anonymous hacktivist movement previously. Their members have constructed a website, fancybears.net, where they leaked numerous files as part of a campaign dubbed “OpOlympics.”

The hackers released a statement in which they comment on their operations: “Today Fancy Bears’ hack team is publishing the material leaked from various sources related to football. Football players and officials unanimously affirm that this kind of sport is free of doping. Our team perceived these numerous claims as a challenge and now we will prove they are lying.”

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