This new Windows Malware wants to Add your PC to a Botnet – or Worse

If you use Windows, you need to read an article by Danny Palmer in the ZDNet web site at https://zd.net/2yslXCr. It says:

A new malware campaign is roping systems into a botnet and providing the attackers with complete control over infected victims, plus the ability to deliver additional payloads, putting the victims’ devices at risk of Trojans, keyloggers, DDoS attacks and other malicious schemes.

The malware comes equipped with three different layers of evasion techniques which have been described by the researchers at Deep Instinct who uncovered the malware as complex, rare and “never seen in the wild before”.

Again, the full article is available at: https://zd.net/2yslXCr.

Atom, World`s Smallest 4G Rugged Smartphone

NOTE: This article isn’t strictly about privacy. However, it is about a very small cell phone that should become popular and also works well with Zello, the privacy-oriented walkie-talkie app. Go to https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+zello&t=h_&ia=web to see my previous articles about Zello.

A review in the Digital Trends web site says, “The Unihertz Atom won’t replace your smartphone, but it’s perfect for outdoors.”

While I haven’t yet had my hands on a Unihertz Atom cell phone, I suspect that description is accurate. It appears to be tiny, rugged, and resistant to water, mud, and all the other nasty stuff one finds in the great outdoors. I don’t think the Unihertz Atom is a good phone for everyone but it certainly will appeal to those who spend a lot of time outdoors, either for work or for pleasure or both.

One thing that appeals to me is the red push-to-talk button on the side of the Unihertz Atom phone. It works with the Zello push-to-talk walkie-talkie application, which is also pre-installed on the phone.

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Verizon To End Location Data Sales To Brokers

Verizon is pledging to stop sales through intermediaries of data that pinpoints the location of mobile phones to outside companies, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

From the report:

The data has allowed outside companies to pinpoint the location of wireless devices without their owners’ knowledge or consent. Verizon said that about 75 companies have been obtaining its customer data from two little-known California-based brokers that Verizon supplies directly — LocationSmart and Zumigo.

Though Verizon is the first major U.S. wireless carrier to end sales of such data to brokers that then provide it to others, Verizon did not say it was getting out of the business of selling location data.

You can read more in an Associated Press article by Frank Bajak at http://bit.ly/2JU4tEs.

Four in 10 People Have Deleted a Social Media Account in the Past Year Due to Privacy Worries

Privacy concerns and the circulation of fake news are contributing to people’s distrust of content on social platforms, said the study by public relations consultancy Edelman, with 70 percent of respondents expecting businesses and advertisers to put pressure on social media sites to address false information and remove offensive content.

“We learned that there is a serious lack of confidence in social media in all regions of the world. This is a cry from the heart; people are scared. They are outraged about the violation of their privacy, and uncertain about the truth because of the plague of fake news,” said the consultancy’s president and CEO Richard Edelman in a statement emailed to CNBC.

Details may be found in an article in the CNBC News web site at: https://cnb.cx/2K41Ui8.

Encrypted Messaging Isn’t Magic

“Encrypted communication used to be too complicated for mainstream use, but approachable apps like WhatsApp and Signal have become a no-brainer for digital privacy. With all of their security-minded features, like disappearing messages and identity-confirming safety numbers, secure chat apps can rightfully give you peace of mind. You should absolutely use them. As the adage goes, though, there’s no such thing as perfect security. And feeling invincible could get you in trouble.”

You can read the details in an article by Alyssa Foote in the Wired web site at: https://www.wired.com/story/encrypted-messaging-isnt-magic/.

How Internet Ads Follow You Around

“Internet ads are so invasive that we can’t blame you for thinking that Facebook is listening to you talk. It’s probably not, but it is helping ad networks track you across the internet and across your apps. Tech public policy expert Chris Yiu recently tweeted 14 different ways that ads follow you around the internet, even when you’re logged out, in incognito, using a different browser, or on a new device.”

An explanation by Nick Douglas may be found in the LifeHacker web site at: http://bit.ly/2yaw2nl.

All Automobiles in China to be Tracked by the Government

China is one of the countries that constantly spies on its citizens. Now the Chinese government will be getting even more tools to track and monitor its citizens by way of RFID technology making its way into new Chinese-market cars starting next month, according to the Wall Street Journal.

RFID chips will soon be installed in all new automobiles sold in China. These chips will be read by sensors installed along roads by the government and will feed data about the vehicle’s location and owner back to the Ministry of Public Security. This kind of RFID scanning is less precise than GPS tracking, given that it only shows when vehicles pass sensors, but it’s still plenty to build a profile of someone’s habits based on where they drive.

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