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The best cybersecurity stories of the week from the IBTimes UK tech team Markus Spiske/Unsplash

This week, the world of cybersecurity was dominated by the massive hack at Uber after insiders confirmed it had paid hackers $100,000 (£75,000) to delete data stolen from the company. The leak, it emerged, impacted approximately 57m people, both customers and drivers.

In other news, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom weighed in on the net neutrality debate by teasing his own version of the internet and a fintech startup called Tether admitted that hackers were able to infiltrate its networks and steal more than $30 million-worth of cryptocurrency.

To keep you up-to-date with the infosec news, here are the biggest cybersecurity stories of the week as chosen by the IBTimes UK technology desk:

Spying for sale: Android apps advertised on Google can snoop on Facebook chats

Commercial spying apps for Android devices were being openly advertised on Google and – upon installation – could be used to snoop on text messages, calls and Facebook chats, it was found. According to Kaspersky Lab, the popularity of such services was spiking.

Fake WiFi network used by hackers to steal more than €100,000 worth of bitcoin

Austrian police said cyber-thieves transferred bitcoin worth more than €100,000 (£89,000, $117,000) from a man's account while he was logged in to a public WiFi network. A police statement said that the bitcoins were moved to an "unknown, non-traceable account".

'True internet freedom': Kim Dotcom to launch MegaNet and 'replace' the internet

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom weighed in on the controversy surrounding the US government's decision to overturn net neutrality. Dotcom took to Twitter and used the opportunity to hint at a potential future launch of his own version of the internet — MegaNet.

Don't fall for this text scam posing as Barclays bank that could hijack your passwords

Barclays bank warned customers about a rise in text-based scams attempting to steal personal details, urging anyone who responded to the fraudsters to get in contact. In a Facebook update on Tuesday (21 November), it posted screenshots of the scammers in action.

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom seeks to live-stream extradition appeal to ensure fair hearing
Kim Dotcom said he would create a new internet Reuters

Tether hack: Nearly $31m in cryptocurrency was stolen by a hacker

Cryptocurrency startup Tether announced that an unknown hacker had stolen nearly $31m worth of digital currency from the company. Tether said the hackers stole funds from the company's own wallet on 19 November and moved it to an "unauthorised Bitcoin address".

Uber concealed cyberattack that exposed data of 57m users and 600,000 drivers

Uber concealed a cyberattack that affected 57 million customers and drivers around the world after paying a ransom to hackers, the company confirmed. The ride-hailing app said a breach was hidden by the firm, which paid hackers $100,000 to delete stolen data.

Malicious Bankbot malware found hiding in flashlight and Solitaire apps

Security researchers discovered that the notorious BankBot Trojan has again found its way to Google Play by hiding in seemingly trustworthy apps such as flashlight and Solitaire apps. Experts said thousands of Android users were infected by new versions of the malware.

Your every keystroke is recorded by more than 480 popular websites

Researchers at Princeton University found that more than 480 popular websites were keylogging data and sending it to third-party servers. Some of the most popular and heavy-trafficked websites in the world were found to be running third-party scripts called "session replay".