Torrent sites are infiltrating Google Search with some crafty SEO hacks

Cybercriminals are hacking Google Looker Studio to place their malicious websites high on the search engine’s results pages, promoting spam, pirated content, and torrents.  The campaign uses a technique known as SEO poisoning. This method uses legitimate website copy and fills it with links leading to these malicious sites. In the eyes of Google’s search engine algorithm, the links give the spam sites enough credibility for the tool to rank them high for specific keywords. This specific attack uses Google’s datastudio.google.com subdomain.  Fake blockbuster movie downloads BleepingComputer says it found…

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Windows 11 really wants you to get a VPN

The latest build of Windows 11 is set to get a VPN indicator in its notification area, making it easier for users to check their connection status or connect more easily. According to multiple reports highlighted by Neowin, upcoming builds of Windows 11 will feature the new icon as Microsoft addresses the growing popularity of VPN services across the world. Apple fans will already be familiar with the feature, with VPN indicators available in the macOS taskbar along with a status bar icon for iOS devices. In fact, even Android…

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Meta is finally trying to protect teens from ‘suspicious adults’ on Instagram and Facebook

In an effort to better protect underaged users, Meta is adjusting the default privacy settings on Facebook and Instagram to limit contact by “suspicious adults.” Now, whenever a teenager joins Facebook, their account will automatically have more stringent privacy protections. This includes, but is not limited to, deciding who can see their friends list, what pages they follow, and who is allowed to comment on their posts. For accounts created before this update, Meta states it will begin pushing those users to adopt those same settings, but won’t force it.…

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Google Drive malware is targeting governments around the world

A Chinese state-sponsored threat actor known as Mustang Panda is targeting government organizations and researchers around the world with three malware variants hosted on Google Drive, Dropbox, and similar cloud storage solutions. Trend Micro researchers recently spotted the new malware campaign, targeting mostly organizations located in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Myanmar, and the Philippines.  Mustang Panda was initiated in March 2022 and has lasted until at least October. The attackers would create a phishing email, send it to a bogus address, while keeping the actual victim in CC. That way, the…

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Microsoft Teams could about to solve one of your biggest business problems

A new app for Microsoft Teams is looking to help users better manage their calls, meetings, and more. According to an entry on the company’s roadmap for upcoming features, the new addition will, “provide(s) a single location where professionals and administrators can create and manage scheduled and on-demand virtual appointments in Microsoft Teams”.  This is likely to feature integration with Outlook’s Calendar, which syncs across the entire Office 365 platform to help users manage their time and pinpoint availability for online meetings. Chances are, it’s also a move that will…

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Wix gathers all its SEO tools onto one page

Wix has released a new SEO tool that it says will let users review and edit meta tags for each page, as well as URL slugs, indexability and open graph tags. Available now, the update gives businesses the option to customize SEO-related elements such as structured data markups from one single settings page – the Wix dashboard. Wix says its users can use the new SEO settings for main website pages and product pages, and are working on making it available for blogging sites. Wix SEO update Over the last…

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This ransomware will steal your Discord account and encrypt all your files for good measure

A new ransomware family has been detected targeting the cryptocurrency community.  Cybersecurity researchers from Cyble recently discovered a strain they dubbed “AXLocker” which, aside from the usual encrypting of all files found on the endpoint, also ends up stealing Discord authentication tokens from the victims. Discord is a communications platform that’s been around for quite some time, but has recently found new life in the cryptocurrency community. NFT projects, crypto tokens, and similar start-ups have chosen Discord as their communications platform of choice.  48-hour deadline When a user logs into…

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VMware adds Apple Silicon support for its desktop hypervisors

VMware has added Apple Silicon support to the latest version of its flagship line of desktop hypervisors.  The newest version of the VMware Fusion 13 virtual desktop software is also getting support for Windows 11, on both Apple and Intel hardware. For context, VMware Fusion had allowed Intel-based Macs to run virtual machines with guest operating systems such as Linux or Windows since it was first launched in 2007, but this is the first time machines using Apple’s own processors will be able to do so.  How does it work?…

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This new malware is able to bypass all of Microsoft’s security warnings

Researchers have recently discovered a zero-day vulnerability that allows threat actors to run malware on target Windows endpoints without the victim devices raising any kind of alarms. The vulnerability, which is still reportedly yet to be patched, allows threat actors to bypass Mark of the Web, a Windows feature that labels files downloaded from untrusted internet locations.  The malware being distributed is Qbot (AKA Quakbot), an old and well-known banking trojan, but one that still poses a major threat to victims. Running ISO files The distribution starts with a phishing…

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Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker review

One minute review German brand Zwilling has long been a go-to brand for knives and kitchenware, but its recently launched range of electricals is making waves in the kitchen appliance market. At the time of writing, there’s only one coffee maker in the lineup, but it’s a hot contender for a place on our list of best coffee makers. The Zwilling Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker is a good-looking appliance. It has the kind of subtle yet stylish look that isn’t always easy to find, particularly in a kitchen appliance. But…

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