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Czech authorities investigating Avast over recent data collection practices

The Czech Republic’s Office for Personal Data Protection (DPA) said in a brief statement today that it has launched a preliminary investigation into Avast Software s.r.o., following reports that the Prague-based antivirus company collected data from users of its free AV product and sold it via a separate business division. “At the moment we are…
IoT, Security News

Ring camera hacks show the need for better IoT security

Ring camera doorbells gained fame for catching porch pirates steal packages but after several high-profile cases where hackers gained control of them they are being held up by the cybersecurity industry as a prime example why companies and homeowners need to take IoT security seriously. The Ring cases revolve around malicious actors hijacking these devices…
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…
Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Criminals’ security lapses enable discovery of Geost mobile banking trojan

Thanks in no small part to the perpetrators’ own sloppy operational security, researchers have uncovered a large Android banking trojan scheme that may have impacted hundreds of millions of Russians. Dubbed Geost, the malware is distributed via a malicious cybercriminal botnet operation consisting of 13 command-and-control servers and more than 140 malicious domains, according to…
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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…
Cybercrime, Legal, Malware, Security News

Authorities free 850,000 machines from grasp of Retadup worm

Law enforcement authorities rescued roughly 850,000 machines that were infected with Retadup malware by replacing the command-and-control infrastructure with a disinfection server, causing the worm to self-destruct. The operation took place last July under the auspices of the French National Gendarmerie’s Cybercrime Fighting Center and the FBI, and was significantly aided by researchers at Avast,…
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…
Finance, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

WannaLocker ransomware found combined with RAT and banking trojan

Researchers are warning that a new version of WannaLocker – essentially a mobile derivative of WannaCry ransomware – has been enhanced with spyware, remote access trojan and banking trojan capabilities. Cybercriminals have been using the all-in-one malware package in a campaign targeting Brazilian banks and their Android mobile customers, according to a July 1 blog…
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