Security Newsletter
22 February 2021
Beware of COVID‑19 vaccine scams and misinformation
The rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines are steadily gaining speed, sparking hope that we may see the end of the pandemic and return to normal life sooner rather than later. This, however, has not escaped the notice of enterprising scammers who would like to cash in on the vaccine distribution effort by using fake offers and spewing out fraudulent emails.
One common tactic involves offering various ways people could capitalize on the pandemic and vaccine rollout. These scams typically focus either on the COVID-19 vaccines themselves, or on the tech used to manufacture or store them. Another frequent tactic relies on posing as a health authority that is directly involved in battling the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been among the most impersonated authorities in various COVID-19-related scam campaigns, with scammers – masquerading as WHO representatives and employees – trying to disseminate fake apps or pretending to offer important information.
These are just some of the examples of vaccine-themed scams that you might stumble upon and you can be sure that enterprising crooks will be doubling down on their efforts as the vaccine rollout continues. Also, given the rapid increase in new coronavirus variants, it would not be surprising to see that pop up in COVID-19-themed scams. One of the easiest ways you can stay safe is by using a reputable security solution that includes a spam filter. However, if you do receive an unsolicited email from someone you don’t know: always be extra vigilant and scrutinize it for telltale signs of a scam, including those described above.
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Privacy Legislation Progresses in 5 More States
Five states are making progress this year toward passing privacy legislation along the lines of California's Consumer Privacy Act, according to the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
If Virginia, Minnesota, New York, Washington and Oklahoma succeed in enacting new privacy laws this year, the total number of states with privacy regulations would go up to eight. Previously, Maine and Nevada, in addition to California, each enacted legislation. Ten other states introduced privacy legislation last year.
The majority of bills being considered at the state level are modeled on the CCPA and the recently instituted California Privacy Rights Act. Full enforcement of the CCPA began in July 2020 (see: It's Official: CCPA Enforcement Begins). Washington's pending legislation has also played an influential role.
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Barcode-Scanning App for Android Pushed Malware Onto Millions of Phones
A popular app has been removed from Google Play after it was discovered to have delivered trojanized malware onto millions of users’ phones via an update. Until recently, Barcode Scanner was a straightforward application that provided users with a basic QR code reader and barcode generator, useful for things like making purchases and redeeming discounts. The app, which has been around since at least 2017, is owned by developer Lavabird Ldt., and claims to have over 10 million downloads, the Wayback Machine shows.
However, a rash of malicious activity was recently traced back to the app. Users began noticing something weird going on with their phones: their default browsers kept getting hijacked and redirected to random advertisements, seemingly out of nowhere. For a number of people, it wasn’t clear what was causing the disruptions—as many hadn’t recently downloaded any apps. After enough peeved victims wrote about their experiences on a web forum, one user ultimately pointed the finger at Barcode. Researchers with Malwarebytes have verified the scanner is the culprit, releasing a new report that shows it delivered the ad-producing malware onto users’ phones, probably via a December update. The update spoiled the previously benign app—taking it from “an innocent scanner to full on malware,” researchers write.
Please note that the latest smartphones with iOS 13 and Android 9 and above are equipped with an advanced QR Code readers in the built-in camera app, downloading a third-party app is no longer required.
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Original report from Malwarebytes
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