A malicious combo: cryptojacking ads

We have warned you about cryptojacking scripts on websites and in apps: they use your device to mine cryptocurrencies. We have warned you about malicious ads that are linked to all kinds of cyber threats.

And now guess what? correct: ads have been caught for stealth mining. Hackers infect third-party ads with pieces of code that are capable of mining the Monero currency even on devices with relatively weak CPUs, like smartphones.
Ad networks and publishers are more often than not unaware of this filling inside their ads. Which might be a reason to sympathize with them and send them some mental support, but that is no reason not to use an ad blocker.

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Your smartphone eavesdrops on your TV — and sometimes directly talks to it

There are more than 1000 game apps in Google Play that include software for detecting TV ads. Once installed, an app uses a smartphone’s microphone to identify audio signals in TV ads and shows, even when the game is not played, and the phone lies still in the owner’s pocket.

Consumers from the U.S. and Europe are the least likely to share data with brands

Only 52% of US shoppers are ready to share their email address with an e-commerce website, the research by SAP Hybris shows. Just 53% of the French and 55% of Germans will comply with requests for email addresses, compared with 68% of respondents from India, 66% from Korea, 62% from Russia and 60% from Canada.

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