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All posts tagged "malware"

  • ‘Judy’ malware found on Google Play Store puts 36.5m users at risk

    Just when you thought that WannaCry would be the last of the big malware attacks to plague 2017, a new breed of nasty has appeared on the Google Play Store. And its name is Judy. According to a report published by security company CheckPoint, Judy "is an auto-clicking adware which was found on 41 apps developed by a Korean company". The malware gets its name from the usual (and rather adorable) protagonist of the games fronting the malware. In one particular case, users can "create delicious food with Judy". Sounds yum. Cleverly bypassing Google Play's security measures by masquerading behind a legitimate app,...

  • WannaCry ransomware infects a quarter million computers in 150 countries

    WannaCry wins 2017's prize for most ominously named ransomware, and it has seemingly lived up to its name. A worldwide attack involving the ransomware swept through personal computers, companies and government institutions beginning on Friday 12 May. By Sunday, over 230 000 computers in more than 150 countries, including South Africa, were infected. Straight out of an episode of Mr. Robot, WannaCry (Wcry, WannaCrypt, WanaCrypt0r 2.0, or Wanna Decryptor) is a malicious software package that infects computers running Microsoft Windows. It's spread using an exploit developed by the NSA called EternalBlue which was leaked by a hacker collective in April. While Microsoft...

  • Questions raised over Ukraine artillery hacking

    A cybersecurity expert has questioned claims that Russian intelligence hacked Ukrainian artillery units with malware to track their location. Security firm Crowdstrike issued a report last month, finding that malware had infected Ukrainian artillery units who used an application called POPR-D30. The artillery operators used the Android app to calculate firing corrections for the D30 howitzer. Crowdstrike's report found that an infected version of the app was floating around, adding that the infected version was sending the artillery units' location to Russian intelligence. The report added that Russia may have used the malware to get a fix on Ukrainian artillery emplacements and destroy...

  • New ransomware unlocks your PC – if you infect friends

    A new form of ransomware has emerged online that promises to unlock your PC if you infect your friends with said ransomware. Dubbed Popcorn Time, the malware lets you pay a ransom to unlock your PC. But if you'd rather not spend cash, you can send Popcorn Time to at least two other friends and have them pay a ransom. If the friends pay a ransom, then your PC will be unlocked as well, Bleeping Computer and MalwareHunterTeam reports. The new ransomware makes for rather astounding news, thanks to its friend-sharing "incentive" It also appears that Popcorn Time has "unfinished code", suggesting that entering...

  • Employees download malware every four seconds

    A new pair of studies reveals that employees are downloading unknown malware at a staggering rate. The Check Point 2016 Security Report and the SANS 2016 Threat Landscape Study revealed "critical challenges" facing businesses, Check Point wrote in an emailed press statement. The Check Point report saw the company analyse the activity of 31 000 Check Point "gateways" around the world. The SANS study, on the other hand, saw 300 IT security professionals being surveyed. "Researchers found a 9x increase in the amount of unknown malware plaguing businesses. This was fuelled by the employees -- who downloaded a new unknown malware every four...

  • Nokia report: phones see 96% increase in malware

    Finnish company Nokia may no longer be a staple in the smartphone manufacturing space, but that doesn't mean it's totally out of the loop regarding software. The company's latest edition of its malware paper-- officially dubbed the Nokia Threat Intelligence Report -- uncovers some dark numbers in the world of malicious smartphone software. How dark? Well, for one, smartphones are becoming increasingly targeted in malware attacks. The report, which covers the first half of 2016, discovered a 96% increase in the average smartphone infection rate, up from 0.25% to 0.49%. This number peaked in April, when one out of every 120...

  • Illegally streaming sport? There’s a 50% chance of malware in ads

    A new study has found that as much as 50% of ads on free live-streaming websites lead to malware. Security researchers at Stony Brook University and KU Leuven-iMinds said that up until now, most of these services have only been analysed from a legal perspective. "In addition to exposing numerous copyright and trademark infringements, we found that clicking on video overlay ads leads users to malware-hosting webpages in 50% of the cases. Most of these pages are made to look like the actual free live-streaming websites," the researchers said in a press statement. These ads trick users into believing they need special software to watch the...

  • Viking Horde is the latest malware on Google Play

    App stores aren't immune to malware by any means, and now it's Google's turn to experience some nastiness. The latest malware, dubbed Viking Horde, creates a botnet to carry out ad fraud, effectively using proxied IP addresses to conduct ad clicks. In turn, this provides revenue for the attacker, Check Point Research explained in a press statement. The botnet affects rooted and non-rooted devices alike. Check Point added that at least five cases of Viking Horde have passed through Google Play scans undetected so far. In fact, the most popular instance of Viking Horde stems from a game, dubbed Viking Jump, which...

  • Is proprietary software a necessary evil?

    Richard Stallman is, in essence, one of the most influential founders of Linux. In 1983, he developed the GNU operating system, now commonly referred to as Linux. This development spawned numerous free operating systems, such as Mark Shuttleworth's uBuntu, but has never quite matched the general popularity of Microsoft's Windows or Apple's Mac OS operating systems. Stallman is far from impressed with how software is handled in this day and age. In a piece written on The Guardian, Stallman slams modern day operating systems, companies and software in general. He mentions Digital Rights Management (DRM), software backdoors and End User License...

  • It’s a scary web out there: online threat attacks reach highest ever levels

    Hey you! Yes you, the one reading this article. You think you're safe in your travels across the web? Think again. In fact, if new research is to be believed, being online has never been more risky. According to the latest annual security report from internet connectivity giant Cisco, total global threat alerts increased 14% year-on-year from 2012 to 2013. Around the world, a sample of 30 of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies generated visitor traffic to websites that host malware, with global energy, oil, and gas sector seeing a sharp rise in malware attacks. Cisco says...

  • 14 big security predictions for 2014

    Towards the end of last year, my top five predicted security threats for 2013 were: social engineering, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), internal threats, BYOD, and cloud. All five predictions were realised; especially internal threats, with Edward Snowden’s NSA security breach being among the biggest data leaks ever by an insider. Like most IT security professionals, I really want my predictions not to come true: I would prefer organisations didn’t get hacked, infected by malware, or suffer data breaches. But by predicting the next wave of threats, we hope to help organisations stay on top of the evolving tactics...

  • Forget Trojan horses, social media is your biggest security threat

    Scared about your online identity being compromised through Facebook or Google's clingy online presences? You'd probably be less happy about those you don't know about. I'm referring to those who used to spam your inbox or infect your PC with trojans and the like. Those are old school though. With the tech scene moving at such a fast pace -- becoming more device and cloud-orientated, malware and cyber-thieves are doing well in trying to stay ahead of the curve. As shown in Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, social media attacks have increased with Fake Offerings being the most popular...

  • Malware and Adware: Microsoft fights back against cybercriminals

    Pay-per-click (PPC) is one of the biggest ways of making money online. And wherever there is big money involved, fraud of some kind will appear eventually, and it happened in the form of "click-fraud", where fake clicks are generated to increase PPC rewards. This has prompted Microsoft's security and malware divisions to team up and fight back, while its Microsoft AdCenter (Bing Ads) and Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) are also teaming...

  • New trojan makes you think Facebook and Google want your bank details

    Ever tried to log into your Facebook or Google account, only to be asked to enter your credit card details? Of course the two most popular websites in the world would be a prime target for anyone looking to plant some malware, but according to a new study, it's getting more difficult to detect the threats. The latest report from cybercrime security company ThreatMetrix describes how a new version of the Zeus Trojan is targeting Facebook and Gmail log in pages in order to trick their users into submitting their credit and bank account details. Users log into their...

  • Fake Instagram app spreads malware on Android devices

    You may recall that Instagram released an Android app earlier this month, and managed to blow past 5-million downloads in the first six days after the version was released. Now it seems the launch has been used as an opportunity to capitalise on the popularity of the app and spread some malware. IT security website Sophos reported that there is a Russian clone of the Instagram website that offers downloads of a fake app. The app doesn’t seem to be a very good copy of the real Instagram, but by the time you figure out that you haven’t downloaded the...