Washington Post: We tested apps for children. Half failed to protect their data.

Washington Post: We tested apps for children. Half failed to protect their data. . “When parents download a learning or gaming app from the ‘Designed for Families’ section of the Google Play store, they likely assume that those apps keep their kids’ data safe. After all, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits website operators and app developers from tracking or collecting personal data from children under the age of 13. Yet that assumption could be wrong.”

Cyberscoop: New tool can help prevent government-mandated backdoors in software, Swiss researchers say

Cyberscoop: New tool can help prevent government-mandated backdoors in software, Swiss researchers say. “A new framework from a lab in Switzerland could help prevent malware like Petya from spreading, but would also make it difficult — if not impossible — for governments to force software companies to deliver backdoored software updates in secret.”

DarkReading: Voter Registration Data from 9 States Available for Sale on Dark Web

DarkReading: Voter Registration Data from 9 States Available for Sale on Dark Web. “Threat intelligence company LookingGlass Cyber Solutions says it has discovered over 40 million voter records from nine different states being traded in an underground forum for stolen credit card data and login credentials. The voter records being offered for sale include the voter’s full first, last and middle name, voter ID, birthdate, voter status, party affiliation, residential address and other details.”

BetaNews: Kaspersky launches free antivirus tool — Kaspersky Free!

BetaNews: Kaspersky launches free antivirus tool — Kaspersky Free!. “Kaspersky has been in the news quite a lot recently, primarily because of US concerns over links to the Russian government. The security company also hit the headlines when it filed an antitrust case against Microsoft because Windows 10 disabled Kaspersky antivirus software. But now there’s a new reason to be in the news — and this time it’s a good one.”

Ghacks: Google app takes screenshot of your searches on Android

Ghacks: Google app takes screenshot of your searches on Android. “The company saves the search history of Google users already, but has added a new feature to the Google application that captures screenshots of all user searches automatically. The idea behind the feature is to provide users with direct access to their searches on the local device. If you need to recheck something, you can open the recent listing instead of having to run the search again.”

The Register: G Suite admins have just one button to secure their sites, but don’t

The Register: G Suite admins have just one button to secure their sites, but don’t . “G Suite business users: go and check your configuration, and make sure you’re not publishing enterprise information to the whole world. That’s the warning coming from security outfit Redlock, which says it found ‘hundreds’ of organisations leaking both organisational data and employees’ personal data.”

Wired: A Clever New Tool Shuts Down Ransomware Before It’s Too Late

Wired: A Clever New Tool Shuts Down Ransomware Before It’s Too Late . “Called ShieldFS, the team’s innovation isn’t a broad antivirus platform, but that’s by design. Instead, it’s a targeted feature that scans only for ransomware attacks. By keeping the scope narrow, the project could focus on identifying the unique cryptographic behaviors of ransomware, which enables ShieldFS to detect not only known types, but also any new attacks that act in a ransomware-like manner.”