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Avast execs explain CCleaner cyberattack

Avast executives today attempted clarify and mitigate the public relations damage done when its CCleaner computer maintenance app was discovered to have exposed 2 million users by saying the malware was likely injected prior to Avast's purchase of CCleaner and that to their knowledge no harm came to anyone.
Network Security

Avast narrows down probable location of CCleaner attacker

Avast continued to reveal further details surrounding the cyberattack that placed a backdoor in its free computer maintenance app, CCleaner. The company now believes the attack originated from a country located in the UTC + 4 or UTC + 5 time zones.
Coronavirus, Security News

CNN, People, CNBC brands used in pandemic survival book scam

Malicious actors are throwing a twist on the old saying that nothing is ever free by actually scamming people into paying for an item that is available at no cost. The scammers are once again playing off people’s well-deserved concern over how to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and tying it to several well-known media brands…
cyberattack, Security News

Indian gov’t confirms cyberattack on nuclear plant

Indian government officials last week confirmed that its Kudankulam nuclear power plant did come under cyberattack. The attack reported to Indian authorities on September 3 by threat analyst Pukhraj Singh on September, but the government did not confirm that the incident took place until last week. North Korea is the likely culprit, according to Avast,…
APTs/cyberespionage, cyberattack, Security News

Avast’s network penetrated, CCleaner targeted again

The Czech-based security firm Avast reported its internal network had been accessed through a temporary and loosely protected VPN profile with compromised credentials . The incident began on September 23 when the company noted suspicious behavior taking place on its network and started an investigation that included Czech national intelligence and cybersecurity assets. It was…
Cryptocurrency, Security News

Clipsa cryptostealer targeting Word Press sites

A new password-stealer malware has appeared that targets cryptocurrencies and brute-forces and steals administrator credentials from unsecured WordPress websites. Avast researchers nicknamed the malware Clipsa, due to its penchant for replacing crypto-addresses present in a clipboard, and noted it is written in Visual Basic and once installed on a device it begins mining cryptocurrency, and…
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Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Avast places flashlight apps’ permission requests in the spotlight

An Avast researcher shed some light on the number and invasiveness of the permissions requested by various publishers to download and install their flashlight app. The security firm’s analyst Luis Corrons looked at 937 Android flashlight apps available and found on average each required 25 permissions ranging from the basic and obvious need to access…
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Security News

RNC’s Preibus unwise to challenge hackers

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus may have tossed down a gauntlet to hackers when he declared that his organization's data is safe and he does not expect to be hacked.
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