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Microsoft Weekly: App updates, broad deployment of Windows 10, and cybersecurity

This week, we are recapping a bunch of updates for Microsoft apps and services, Windows updates (and the lack of them), and some incidents in the cybersecurity space. Read about all of this here!

Google removes apps for secretly copying phone numbers

More than a dozen apps were taken out of its Play Store for harvesting users' phone numbers.

Beware of fake tax apps pushing malware

When it comes to fake tax apps, the crooks’ main approach is sleight of hand. Often, bad actors will reverse engineer legitimate apps.

Multiple Riskware Apps Flood Samsung “Galaxy Store” App Store

The riskware apps may trigger warnings on Google Play Store when downloading, but not on Samsung Galaxy Store.

Multiple Vulnerabilities Spotted In Zoom Video Conferencing App

Exploiting the vulnerabilities could risk users' privacy, hence, all Zoom clients, on-premise apps users must update to receive the fixes.

Over nine million Android devices infected by info-stealing trojan

A large-scale malware campaign on Huawei's AppGallery has led to approximately 9,300,000 installs of Android trojans masquerading as over 190 different apps

Multiple Vulnerabilities In Zoom Apps Risk Meetings’ Security

Zoom patched all the vulnerabilities affecting its on-premise apps that could allow spying on users' Meetings.

Zoom patches vulnerabilities in its range of conferencing apps

Zoom patches vulnerabilities in its range of local conferencing apps identified by Positive Technologies researchers.

Facebook will soon let you take a break from its apps to focus on mental health

In less than a week after a Facebook ex-employee testified before Congress about internal research at the firm, Facebook's representative said that a "take a break" feature would soon be added.

New security measures to keep Google Play safe

Google is announcing two new security measures aimed at minimizing the number of malicious / potentially unwanted apps in the Google Play Store.

Tor Browser fixes vulnerability that tracks you using installed apps

The Tor Project has released Tor Browser 10.0.18 to fix numerous bugs, including a vulnerability that allows sites to track users by fingerprinting the applications installed on their devices.

Google makes it harder for Android apps to track users

Google is attempting to rival Apple in the privacy department. After introducing various privacy-related changes in Android 12, it is now making it more difficult for app developers to track users.

23 Android Apps Expose Over 100,000,000 Users' Personal Data

Misconfigurations in multiple Android apps leaked sensitive data of more than 100 million users, potentially making them a lucrative target for malicious actors.

How Apple Gave Chinese Government Access to iCloud Data and Censored Apps

New Report Explains How Apple Gave Chinese Government Access to iCloud Data and Censors Apps

Over 750,000 Users Downloaded New Billing Fraud Apps From Google Play Store

Researchers have discovered a new set of fraudulent Android apps in the Google Play store that hijack SMS notifications for billing scams.

FBI Could use a Tool to Access Private Signal Messages on iPhones

The court has recently published a document that affirms that the FBI may have developed a tool to access the Signal messages on iPhones. As hackers are now targeting messaging apps

Agora SDK Bug Left Several Video Calling Apps Vulnerable to Snooping

A vulnerability in a popular video calling software development kit (SDK) could have allowed attackers to spy on video and audio calls.

Bugs in Signal, Facebook, Google chat apps let attackers spy on users

Vulnerabilities found in multiple video conferencing mobile applications allowed attackers to listen to users' surroundings without permission before the person on the other end picked up the calls.

Apple Kills MacOS Feature Allowing Apps to Bypass Firewalls

Apple has removed a contentious macOS feature that allowed some Apple apps to bypass content filters, VPNs and third-party firewalls. The feature, first uncovered in November in a beta release of the macOS Big Sur feature, was called “ContentFilterExclusionList” and included a list of at least 50 Apple apps – including Maps, Music, FaceTime, the App Store and its software update service. It has been recently removed in macOS Big Sur versions 11.2, Apple experts pointed out this week.

Apple to Deliver 'Privacy Labels' for Apps, Revealing Data-Sharing Details

Developers will have to reveal how data is shared with any “third-party partners,” which include analytics tools, advertising networks, third-party SDKs or other external vendors.

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