Best Infosec Long-Reads of the Week, 7/23/22
Apps scam working-class Mexicans into a cycle of debt, Client-side scanning floated again as a solution to CSAM, Experts may have underestimated the cyber challenges Russia faced in Ukraine, more
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Erika Lilian Contreras reports how working-class Mexicans are getting scammed by usurious loan apps SolPeso, Rápikrédito, Super Peso, LoanLaLa, Money Flash, and iFectivo that trap lenders into vicious cycles of debt repayment. Failure to pay the scammers results in repeated threats to distribute photoshopped photos of the victims as thieves to threatening to rape and kill their families if they don’t pay. Nearly one hundred loan apps are listed as possibly related to doxxing activities across various Mexican cyberpolice departments; thirty-five of these are available on Google’s Play store.
Ian Levy of the UK’s NCSC and Crispin Robinson of the GCHQ issue…
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