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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…
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…
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,…
Network Security, Security News

Machines running popular AV software go unresponsive after Microsoft Windows update

April’s Microsoft Windows update has apparently been causing headaches for users who had previously installed anti-virus software from vendors such as Avast, Avira, ArcaBit, McAfee and Sophos. Users with these AV products who installed the April 9 Windows update may find that their machines become slow or unresponsive following restart, according to the “Known Issues”…
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…
Coronavirus

Malvertising scam leverages domain names that sound like legit COVID-19 sites

A recently discovered malvertising campaign is hosting the Fallout exploit kit on attacker-controlled websites featuring domain names that falsely imply they provide useful information about the novel coronavirus. The ultimate goal is to infect victims with KPOT v2.0, an information and password stealer, according to a new blog post from the Avast Threat Intelligence team,…
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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