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Avast execs explain CCleaner cyberattack

Avast executives today attempted clarify and mitigate the public relations damage done when its CCleaner computer maintenance app was discovered to have exposed 2 million users by saying the malware was likely injected prior to Avast's purchase of CCleaner and that to their knowledge no harm came to anyone.
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Czech authorities investigating Avast over recent data collection practices

The Czech Republic’s Office for Personal Data Protection (DPA) said in a brief statement today that it has launched a preliminary investigation into Avast Software s.r.o., following reports that the Prague-based antivirus company collected data from users of its free AV product and sold it via a separate business division. “At the moment we are…
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Avast narrows down probable location of CCleaner attacker

Avast continued to reveal further details surrounding the cyberattack that placed a backdoor in its free computer maintenance app, CCleaner. The company now believes the attack originated from a country located in the UTC + 4 or UTC + 5 time zones.
Coronavirus, Security News

CNN, People, CNBC brands used in pandemic survival book scam

Malicious actors are throwing a twist on the old saying that nothing is ever free by actually scamming people into paying for an item that is available at no cost. The scammers are once again playing off people’s well-deserved concern over how to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and tying it to several well-known media brands…
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