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Cryptojacking On The Rise: WebCobra Malware Uses Victims’ Computers To Mine Cryptocurrency

  1. Cryptojacking On The Rise: WebCobra Malware Uses Victims’ Computers To Mine Cryptocurrency  Forbes
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Bribery is a parent’s best friend

Sixty-four percent of parents say they use parenting hacks in an attempt to get their kid to eat healthy by trying everything from mixing cauliflower in their mac and cheese to putting a little …
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Target and other high profile Twitter accounts exploited for cryptocurrency scams

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The latest high profile account to be abused by scammers to promote a cryptocurrency giveaway? US retail giant Target.

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Dems “have nothing to do with” alleged hack: Abrams

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Dems “have nothing to do with” alleged hack: Abrams

The morning show says Kemp declined an invitiation to appear. Rough cut (no reporter narration). Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code
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The Girl Scouts Sues The Boy Scouts Over Trademark

As you may recall, the Boy Scouts of America decided late last year to — finally — allow girls to join their ranks. It was a widely praised decision that was long overdue, with the organization’s mission statement not calling for any kind of gender exclusivity. You may also recall that the BSA has some history of being on the wrong side of intellectual property concerns and even has a special law created just for the BSA to allow it to be trademark bullies. These two seemingly unrelated worlds have now collided, with the BSA being sued by the Girl scouts of America over trademark concerns.

The Girl Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts, saying the organization’s inclusive rebranding effort has caused all sorts of consumer confusion from mistaken enrollment in the Boy Scouts to misinformation about a merge of the two groups.

Tuesday’s trademark infringement lawsuit is an attempt to clear up the uncertainty, said the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

The Manhattan federal case noted the two separate youth organizations have long coexisted. But problems arose when “core gender distinction” was altered by the Boy Scouts of America, which announced in October 2017 it would open its doors to girls beginning in 2019. Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts unveiled new marketing campaign to back the effort. “Scout Me In,” the tagline proclaimed.

What happened here is pretty simple. And, frankly, pretty stupid on the part of the BSA. And we should acknowledge that Techdirt generally, and myself specifically, tend to advocate a more permissive attitude when it comes to trademark concerns. In this case, what BSA did was to rebrand itself without the “Boy”, instead recruiting girls into its ranks using the “Scouts BSA” branding and term. To be somewhat critical of the Girl Scouts, having that “BSA” in its name certainly does some work to differentiate it and call back to its original Boy Scouts of America name, but I’m not sure one could argue that “BSA” alleviates any concern. The Girl Scouts, of course, are still a thing. And this appears to have led to very real confusion in the marketplace.

In court papers, the Girl Scouts said the Boy Scouts’ rebranding announcement has created all kinds of brand confusion across the country.

For example, some Minnesota families looking to sign up their girls were erroneously told the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts have merged. Meanwhile, in Indiana and South Dakota, some parents mistakenly signed up their daughters to girls’ programs in the Boy Scouts.

Those are pretty clear cut examples. But, for some, this has become a tricky case. Most people view the Boy Scouts being more inclusive and allowing girls in as a good thing. Most people think the term “scout” is fairly generic at this point. Are we really to advocate that the GSA can keep BSA from including girls as scouts?

No, of course not. The problem here arose when BSA decided to brand itself by dropping the “Boy” instead of replacing it. If the branding and marketing material had instead replaced “Boy” with something else, particularly with a new name that used a different acronym, there wouldn’t be a problem. If BSA had decided to become the Field Scouts of America, for instance, confusion wouldn’t have been a thing. That it chose to do otherwise, knowing full well that the Girl Scouts exist, is actually fairly belligerant.

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SSNs, Tax Data Exposed in Healthcare.gov Health Data Breach

  1. SSNs, Tax Data Exposed in Healthcare.gov Health Data Breach  HealthITSecurity.com
  2. Healthcare.gov Hack Exposes Consumer Data  PYMNTS.com
  3. HealthCare.gov data breach reveals info on 75000 people  WHIO
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A 100,000-router botnet is feeding on a 5-year-old UPnP bug in Broadcom chips

A 100,000-router botnet is feeding on a 5-year-old UPnP bug in Broadcom chips

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A recently discovered botnet has taken control of an eye-popping 100,000 home and small-office routers made from a range of manufacturers, mainly by exploiting a critical vulnerability that has remained unaddressed on infected devices more than five years after it came to light.

Researchers from Netlab 360, who reported the mass infection late last week, have dubbed the botnet BCMUPnP_Hunter. The name is a reference to a buggy implementation of the Universal Plug and Play protocol built into Broadcom chipsets used in vulnerable devices. An advisory released in January 2013 warned that the critical flaw affected routers from a raft of manufacturers, including Broadcom, Asus, Cisco, TP-Link, Zyxel, D-Link, Netgear, and US Robotics. The finding from Netlab 360 suggests that many vulnerable devices were allowed to run without ever being patched or locked down through other means.

Last week’s report documents 116 different types of devices that make up the botnet from a diverse group of manufacturers. Once under the attackers’ control, the routers connect to a variety of well-known email services. This is a strong indication that the infected devices are being used to send spam or other types of malicious mail.

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Unpatched Android OS Flaw Allows Adversaries to Track User Location

The vulnerability is one of many with the same root cause: Cross-process information leakage.
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Media Prima hit by ransomware, hackers demand RM26mil in bitcoins, says report

  1. Media Prima hit by ransomware, hackers demand RM26mil in bitcoins, says report  The Star Online
  2. Media Prima victim of ransomware attack. Email system held hostage for 1000 bitcoin ransom  SoyaCincau.com
  3. Media Prima locked out by ransomware – 1000 bitcoins in ransom demanded  Lowyat.NET
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Malware-Laced App Lurked on Google Play For a Year

Google Play’s policy prohibits apps or SDKs that download executable code, such as dex files or native code, from a source other than Google Play
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Google’s first Android security transparency report highlights dangers of third-party app stores

  1. Google’s first Android security transparency report highlights dangers of third-party app stores  SC Magazine
  2. Android WARNING: Shock security risks discovered by Google, make sure you do THIS  Express.co.uk
  3. Best Android antivirus? The top 13 tools  CSO Online
  4. Google is considering letting users test Android Q before its AOSP release  XDA Developers
  5. 7 of the best antivirus services for Android smartphones and tablets  Mashable
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OnePlus 5, 5T get OxygenOS 5.1.7 update brings Bluetooth fix, Android October 2018 security patch

  1. OnePlus 5, 5T get OxygenOS 5.1.7 update brings Bluetooth fix, Android October 2018 security patch  The Indian Express
  2. OnePlus 5, 5T OxygenOS 5.1.7 Update Released with Fixes to Issues of Previous Version  MySmartPrice Gear
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