F‑Alert August: discover the latest consumer threats today

In the latest edition of F‑Alert, we look at how an “uncensored” AI proves the need for guardrails on the technology. Find out how Google now makes it easier to know if you’re being tracked without your permission. And see what Apple is doing to patch security vulnerabilities faster.

Every new technology comes with new risks. This is true for AI, GPS, mobile devices, and even the Internet itself. This month we look at how an AI designed to be used for more malicious purposes scared even its creator. We see how tracking devices that keep us from losing things can be turned against us — and what Google is doing about it. We find out how criminals take advantage of every possible feature on Android to spread malware. And we discover how Apple has begun to get far more agile to plug the security holes that bad actors love to exploit.

WormGPT reveals AI risks

WormGPT declared itself an ”uncensored” version of ChatGPT when it appeared on a cyber crime market­place earlier this summer. Now the programmer behind the bot has admitted to adding some guardrails that prevent some malicious use. Laura Kankaala, F‑Secure’s Threat Intelligence Lead, explains why AI should have you thinking about how to better defend your­self from scammers.

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AirTag alerts coming to Android

Android updates this summer include a new feature that will let users know if there’s an AirTag nearby that may be tracking them. And Google is promising that industry-wide protection for all trackers is in the works. Joel Latto, F‑Secure Threat Advisor, describes the significance of this move and what you can do to protect your­self now.

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Apple’s security updates get agile

Apple is delivering on the promise to offer “a new type of soft­ware release for iPhone, iPad, and Mac” that fixes vulnerabilities actively exploited by criminals. But a recent update showed how challenging it can be to balance timely fixes with the need to test new soft­ware releases. Ash Shatrieh, F‑Secure Threat Intelligence Researcher, offers a look at why this bold new effort is worthwhile, despite the hiccups.

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WebAPK enables fake app installs

Android’s WebAPK offers convenient access to new apps without visiting the Play store. Now, criminals are taking advantage of the very same convenience to push fake banking apps that steal valuable credentials. Amit Tambe, a researcher at F‑Secure, reveals how this clever scam usually works and what Android users can do to protect their devices.

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