Updates to Anti-Social Media
Metro: Facebook wants to hide secret inaudible messages in TV ads that can force your phone to record audio – this is so blatant I find it hard to believe, despite my own distrust of Zuckerberg and his minions. But I suppose we’ll see.
[Many of the Things that crop up on this page are indeed necessary. But that doesn’t mean that connecting them to the Internet of Things (or even the Internet of Everything) is necessary, or even desirable, given how often that connectivity widens the attack surface.]
Updates to Specific Ransomware Families and Types
Talos: Files Cannot Be Decrypted? Challenge Accepted. Talos Releases ThanatosDecryptor – “Additionally, due to issues present within the encryption process leveraged by this ransomware, the malware authors are unable to return the data to the victim, even if he or she pays the ransom. While previous reports seem to indicate this is accidental, specific campaigns appear to demonstrate that in some cases, this is intentional on the part of the distributor.”
John Leyden for The Register: A year after devastating NotPetya outbreak, what have we learnt? Er, not a lot, says BlackBerry bod – “Say it with me: ‘Patch outdated systems.’ Good, and again…”