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34% of Brits willing to sacrifice their online safety for weight loss

34% of Brits willing to sacrifice their online safety for weight loss

With summer just around the corner, people are looking for quick diet solutions online to get their bodies 'beach ready'. A third of Brits (34 percent) are willing to sacrifice their online safety to lose a few pounds by clicking on potentially malicious websites that offer to help 'lose belly fat'.

It's a trap! WhatsApp Gold 'premium' version lures users to malware

It's a trap! WhatsApp Gold 'premium' version lures users to malware

A new scam is tricking users of WhatsApp into downloading a so-called exclusive version of the app called 'WhatsApp Gold', which infects mobile devices with malware.

Bad guys update ransomware DMA Locker with version 4.0

Bad guys update ransomware DMA Locker with version 4.0

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The criminal developers behind the ransomware DMA Locker have for the third time updated the malware rolling out 4.0 version several days ago.

Adobe Flash remains threat as users fail to update, researchers

Adobe Flash remains threat as users fail to update, researchers

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Although an Adobe update to its Flash program fixed a zero-day vulnerability, attackers are still taking advantage of it as many users have failed to install the patch.

Malware detected on network of Swiss defense contractor

Malware detected on network of Swiss defense contractor

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Researchers at Switzerland's CERT found malware on the network of defense contractor Ruag bearing similarities to malware used by Turla APT, a Russian cyberespionage group.

Bad guys jump ship to CryptXXX after TeslaCrypt authors release decryption key

Bad guys jump ship to CryptXXX after TeslaCrypt authors release decryption key

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Researchers spot threat actors flocking to CryptXXX after TeslaCrypt authors close shop.

Variant of Cerber ransomware features bot capabilities that could launch DDoS attacks

Variant of Cerber ransomware features bot capabilities that could launch DDoS attacks

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Researchers at endpoint security solutions company Invincea have discovered a new variant of Cerber ransomware that could lock out legitimate users, while still allowing attackers to potentially launch DDoS attacks against other networks.

Changing of the TidePool: Operation Ke3chang malware evolves as APT threat reappears

Changing of the TidePool: Operation Ke3chang malware evolves as APT threat reappears

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Operation Ke3chang, the APT that in 2013 was discovered targeting Europe-based Ministries of Foreign Affairs, not only apparently remains active but also seems to be leveraging a new family of malware called TidePool.

Microsoft detects new lure within Word macro

Microsoft detects new lure within Word macro

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Microsoft researchers recently detected a file containing a VBA project that scripts a malicious macro.

Ubiquiti warns of worm using known exploit on outdated AirOS firmware

Ubiquiti warns of worm using known exploit on outdated AirOS firmware

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Updated: A worm that made its way into Ubiquiti Networks equipment through outdated AirOS firmware has wreaked havoc on ISPs and others that use the Ubiquiti networking platform.

Petya and Mischa ransomware bundled in one malicious payload

Petya and Mischa ransomware bundled in one malicious payload

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Researchers spotted Petya and Mischa ransomware bundled together in a single malicious payload.

TeslaCrypt authors release master keys, Ransomware Info Day held 19 May

TeslaCrypt authors release master keys, Ransomware Info Day held 19 May

The authors of the TeslaCrypt ransomware have publicly released the master decryption key that unlocks files encrypted by the malware in efforts to close up shop and go home for good.

Furtim malware can run AND it can hide

Furtim malware can run AND it can hide

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Avoiding detection is generally a top priority for any malicious code developer, but the creators of the newly discovered "Furtim" truly appear to have gone the extra mile to ensure that their malware flies under the radar.

Angler Exploit campaign infected at least 19 sites

Angler Exploit campaign infected at least 19 sites

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Cyphort Labs spotted a new Angler Exploit campaign that has already infected at least 19 websites.

Eastern Ukraine separatists seemingly targeted in Operation Groundbait APT

Eastern Ukraine separatists seemingly targeted in Operation Groundbait APT

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Researchers have discovered a malware-based APT dating back to 2008 that at least appears to target political enemies of Ukraine, including pro-Russia separatists in the disputed eastern region of the country.

Trojan in app on Google Play shuttered

Trojan in app on Google Play shuttered

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A variant of the malware family Acecard was detected in the Google Play store by researchers at Lookout.

Click-fraud botnet infects 900K to earn money via Google AdSense

Click-fraud botnet infects 900K to earn money via Google AdSense

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A click-fraud botnet dubbed "Redirector.Paco Trojan" has infected 900,000 IPs worldwide.

Gray hats hack Locky again, replaces payload with ransomware PSA

Gray hats hack Locky again, replaces payload with ransomware PSA

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Another gray hat hacker has tampered with the distribution of Locky ransomware, replacing the payload with a public-service message to potential victims, warning them not to open strange files.

Tech support scams gain sophistication, now using malware

Tech support scams gain sophistication, now using malware

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Tech support scammers are changing their strategy by adding malware to their payloads, effectively holding the victim's device for ransom until the "repair fee" is paid.

Updated banking malware turns entire ATM into a skimmer

Updated banking malware turns entire ATM into a skimmer

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Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered a new and improved version of the ATM malware dubbed "Skimmer" that turns ATMs into payment card skimmers.

Super-Bright LED Flashlight app sheds light on malvertisements

Super-Bright LED Flashlight app sheds light on malvertisements

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The Super-Bright LED Flashlight app, which has been downloaded millions of times, is by itself safe, but some of the ads served with the app deliver malvertising and scams, according to Trend Micro.

Vietnamese bank thwarts hack made through SWIFT messaging system

Vietnamese bank thwarts hack made through SWIFT messaging system

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Vietnam's Tien Phong Bank came forward claiming to be the second bank that was attacked with a fake message sent through The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) messaging system.

Banking Trojan has infected at least 40K Android users worldwide

Banking Trojan has infected at least 40K Android users worldwide

Hundreds of different banking Trojans attack Android users, one being Android.SmsSpy.88.origin, which was first spotted in 2014.

Ponemon: 89% of surveyed health care orgs breached in last two years; cybercrime top cause

Ponemon: 89% of surveyed health care orgs breached in last two years; cybercrime top cause

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For the second consecutive year, Ponemon Institute's annual study on the state of security and privacy in health care found that cybercrime was the leading cause of data breaches among hospitals and other medical providers.

Fearing ransomware, House bans Google-hosted apps, Yahoo Mail

Fearing ransomware, House bans Google-hosted apps, Yahoo Mail

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Concern for hacking prompted the U.S. House of Representatives to block lawmakers from accessing software apps residing on a Google cloud service.

AbaddonPOS malware preys on retail POS software

AbaddonPOS malware preys on retail POS software

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Point-of-sale (POS) malware is still a clear and present danger, say Proofpoint researchers.

Bangladesh bank investigators reportedly find three separate network intruders

Bangladesh bank investigators reportedly find three separate network intruders

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The investigation into the bank heist that cost Bangladesh's central bank $81 million has taken a byzantine turn, as a new report surfaced of multiple hacking groups infiltrating the bank's network.

Ransomware attacks prompt warnings to House members

Ransomware attacks prompt warnings to House members

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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and staffers received warnings that the House network has received a rise in attempted ransomware attacks.

Google pulls malicious 'Viking' apps from Play store

Google pulls malicious 'Viking' apps from Play store

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Security researchers discovered popular Android applications that execute remote code on devices and use the infected devices to create botnets that engage in ad fraud, DDoS attacks, and spam messages.

Attackers already pouncing on newly discovered ImageTragick vulnerability

Attackers already pouncing on newly discovered ImageTragick vulnerability

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Mere hours after word spread last week of a remote code execution vulnerability in the image-processing software ImageMagick, bad actors were already actively exploiting it in the wild

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