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Articles of interest from the week of February 18, 2019

WARNING – New Phishing Attack That Even Most Vigilant Users Could Fall For
However, Antoine Vincent Jebara, co-founder and CEO of password managing software Myki, discovered that some malicious blogs and online services are serving users with a very realistic-looking fake Facebook login prompt after they click the login button which has been designed to capture users' entered credentials, just like any phishing site. (By Mohit Kumar, The Hacker News)

Once Hailed as Unhackable, Blockchains are Now Getting Hacked
More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, and some are fundamental to the way they were built. (By Mike Orcutt, MIT Technology Review)

Russian Hackers Go From Foothold to Full-On Breach in 19 Minutes
In its annual global threat report, released Tuesday, Crowdstrike introduced a new metric of hacker sophistication: what the firm calls "breakout" speed. Analyzing more than 30,000 attempted breaches in 2018 the company says it detected across its customer base, Crowdstrike measured the time from hackers' initial moment of intrusion to when they began to expand their access, jumping to other machines or escalating their privileges within a victim network to gain more visibility and control. They compared those times among state-sponsored hackers from four different countries, as well as non-state cybercriminals. Their results suggest that Russia's hackers were far and away the fastest, expanding their access on average just 18 minutes and 49 seconds from their initial foothold. (By Andy Greenberg, WIRED)

Thousands of Android apps bypass Advertising ID to track users
New research by AppCensus has found that 18,000 Play Store apps, many with hundreds of millions of installs, appear to be sidestepping the Advertising ID system by quietly collecting additional identifiers from users' smartphones in ways that can't be blocked or reset. (By John E Dunn, Naked Security)

Rietspoof Malware Spreads via Facebook Messenger and Skype Spam
Avast security researchers have discovered a new malware strain named Rietspoof that's currently being spread to victims via instant messaging clients such as Facebook Messenger and Skype. (By Catalin Cimpanu, ZDNet)

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