Meta Introduces Ad-Free Subscriptions in the EU, EEA, and Switzerland! ๐ŸŽ‰

Nov 01 2023

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Welcome to Gone Phishing, your daily cybersecurity newsletter thatโ€™s your very own Iron Dome against the modern plague of cybercrime ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธโš”๏ธ

Todayโ€™s hottest cybersecurity news stories:

  • ๐Ÿ“ฑ Meta caves to EU privacy laws, launches paid ad-free subscription ๐Ÿ‘

  • ๐Ÿ Canada forbids WeChat, Kaspersky apps for government employees ๐Ÿšซ

  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Hacktivists from Hamas (Hamastivists?) target Israel w/ โ€˜Wiperโ€™ malware ๐Ÿ‘พ

Looks like EU have Meta your match! ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜‚

๐Ÿ“ข Exciting News: Meta Introduces Ad-Free Subscriptions in the EU, EEA, and Switzerland! ๐ŸŽ‰

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has just unveiled an awesome solution to comply with Europe's strict data protection laws. Starting in November, users in the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland can choose an ad-free experience for their favourite social media platforms.

๐Ÿ’ถ The Deal:

For โ‚ฌ9.99/month on the web or โ‚ฌ12.99/month on iOS and Android, you can enjoy Facebook and Instagram without those pesky ads. That's right, no more ads disrupting your scrolling!

๐Ÿ”’ Your Data Is Safe:

When you subscribe, Meta promises not to use your information for ads, ensuring your privacy and security.

๐Ÿ“… Extra Charges?

Starting March 1, 2024, there will be an extra fee of โ‚ฌ6/month on the web and โ‚ฌ8/month on iOS or Android for each additional account in your Account Center.

๐Ÿค Why the Change?

Meta faced a hefty โ‚ฌ390 million fine for privacy breaches earlier this year. They're adapting to the General Data Protection Regulation by giving users a choice to deny targeted ads.

๐Ÿšธ Protecting the Young:

Meta is also taking a step to protect users under 18 by temporarily pausing ads in areas with ad-free subscriptions starting November 6, 2023.

Meta's new subscription model is all about giving you choices, keeping regulators happy, and respecting your privacy. It's a win-win! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰

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Canada: More like WeHack and Kasperspy, eh bud ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’€

๐Ÿ“ข Canada Bans Tencent and Kaspersky Apps on Government Devices! ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿ“ฑ

Canada takes a big step in safeguarding its government information and networks! ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ On Monday, the Canadian government announced a ban on apps from Tencent and Kaspersky on government mobile devices, citing significant privacy and security risks. ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”’

๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Our home and native land!

"The Government of Canada is committed to keeping government information and networks secure," they declared. ๐Ÿ‘

Starting from October 30, 2023, Tencent's WeChat and Kaspersky's suite of applications have been removed from government-issued mobile devices. ๐Ÿ“… Users won't be able to download these apps any longer. ๐Ÿšท

Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board, explained, "We are taking a risk-based approach to cybersecurity by removing access to these applications on government mobile devices," highlighting the apps' access to device content. ๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ”

๐Ÿ‘€ Know your enemy:

WeChat, the Chinese super-app with over 1 billion users, and Kaspersky, the Russian cybersecurity vendor, are both affected. Kaspersky claims this decision is politically motivated.

Canada's move follows a similar ban on TikTok earlier this year and aligns with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's concerns about Kaspersky. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Stay tuned for more updates on cybersecurity and government actions! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”

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Israel: We Wiper our ass with your malware mwahahaha ๐Ÿ™ˆ

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ "BiBi-Linux Wiper: A Menacing Cyber Threat in the Israel-Hamas Conflict! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’ฅ

A new Linux-based wiper malware, known as BiBi-Linux Wiper, has emerged, and it's causing a stir in the cyber world. This malware is being used by a pro-Hamas hacktivist group targeting Israeli entities during the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

๐Ÿ”’ Malware Details ๐Ÿ”’

๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ BiBi-Linux Wiper is an x64 ELF executable with no obfuscation or protective measures. It's a destructive force that can wipe out entire operating systems when run with root permissions. ๐Ÿ˜ต

๐Ÿš€ Special Features:

๐ŸŒ€ It uses multithreading to corrupt files rapidly.

๐Ÿ”„ It overwrites files and renames them with a distinct "BiBi" extension.

๐Ÿšซ Certain file types can be excluded from corruption.

๐Ÿ’ก Significance of "BiBi":

While it might seem random, "BiBi" holds political meaning in the Middle East, as it's a common nickname for the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

๐Ÿค– Technical Details:

๐Ÿ“ This malware is coded in C/C++ and has a file size of 1.2 MB.

๐Ÿ“ It allows attackers to specify target folders, with the root directory as the default if not specified. Root permissions are needed for this level of action.

๐Ÿ” High-Profile Targets:

Pre-selected Palestinian and Israeli figures, plus groups from critical sectors like defence, government, law enforcement, and political organisations.

๐Ÿ‘ฟ Sneaky Tactics:

Attackers use social engineering and phishing to infiltrate and deploy custom malware. Their tools include Micropsia, PyMicropsia, Arid Gopher, BarbWire, and a new Rusty Viper backdoor.

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Spying Capabilities:

Arid Viper's toolkit allows them to record audio, detect flash drives, steal browser credentials, and more, keeping victims under surveillance.

Stay vigilant and protect your systems! ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Especially if you happen to find yourself in a position of authority within the Israeli government, eh? โ€˜Till next time folks โœŒ๏ธ

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