The US-CERT Current Activity web page is a regularly updated summary of the most frequent, high-impact types of security incidents currently being reported to the US-CERT.

FBI Releases Article on Defending Against E-Skimming

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article to raise awareness on e-skimming threats. E-skimming occurs when an attacker injects malicious code onto a website to capture credit or debit card data or personally identifiable information (PII).

Beware of Stalking Apps

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article warning consumers of “stalking apps”—spyware that secretly monitors smartphones. These apps can share information like call history, text messages, photos, GPS locations, and browser history without the user's knowledge. Although this can be a useful tool, stalking apps can also be used maliciously.

Smartphone users who suspect an illegitimate stalking app on their device should consider the following steps:

Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome

Google has released Chrome version 78.0.3904.70 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Release and apply the necessary updates.

Mozilla Releases Security Updates for Firefox and Firefox ESR

Mozilla has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Firefox and Firefox ESR. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

Juniper Networks Releases Junos OS Security Advisory

Juniper Networks has released a security update to address a vulnerability in Junos OS. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system.

FTC Promotes International Charity Fraud Awareness Week

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article promoting International Charity Fraud Awareness Week (ICFAW), which runs October 21–25. FTC, the National Association of State Charities Officials, and state and international partners coordinated this campaign to help both charities and donors avoid charity fraud.

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