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Cybercriminals secretly bundle anti-censorship app with spyware framework

A legitimate application that’s supposed to help users access censored or blocked websites was secretly bundled with Android spyware and made available for download on third-party marketplaces last year. The app, known as Psiphon and packaged as com.psiphon3, has been safely downloaded from the official Google Play Store over 50 million times. But users who attained…
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Security News, Vulnerabilities

BitDefender Antivirus Free 2020 found vulnerable

A vulnerability has been found in Bitdefender Antivirus Free 2020 that could allow an attacker to load unsigned code that could lead to privilege escalation. Safebreach reported the main issue with the product is the code integrity guard mechanism is not enforced allowing an attacker to load unsigned code. The danger here is particularly high…
Product Review

Bitdefender GravityZone Ultra

Bitdefender’s GravityZone Ultra is a full-feature, single agent console, SaaS endpoint protection solution. With more than 30 protection technologies, it effectively enables enterprises to protect their assets and respond to threats even with limited resources and technical skills. GravityZone was built from the ground up as a unified solution, meaning Bitdefender built protection, detection and…
Mobile Security, Security News

Bitdefender, Sophos uncover more dangerous apps in Google Play

Two new batches of malicious apps have been found on the Google Play store with one group possibly having been downloaded hundreds of millions of times and the other having the ability to dodge Google vetting system. Sophos and Bitdefender have each reported the apps they discovered used well-worn tricks, including actually working, in order…
Cybercrime, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

As GandCrab gang prepares to retire, decryptor for v5.2 of ransomware released

The purportedly final version of GandCrab ransomware can now be neutralized with a new decryption tool, made available to the public. This latest decryptor is effective against versions 1, 4 and 5.x up through 5.2. Version 5.2 is the last iteration created by the prolific ransomware’s developers before they announced on a dark web forum…
Coronavirus

Reports of COVID-19 malware threats heavier in states with increased testing

Newly published telemetry data collected by the researchers at Bitdefender suggests that U.S. reports of coronavirus-themed malware threat activity have been heaviest in states where testing has increased and the total number of confirmed infections has grown. Among U.S. states, California reported the most threats in both March and April, followed by Texas. New York…
Cybercrime, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Third decryption tool for GandCrab ransomware released to public

A new free decryption tool for counteracting the effects of GandCrab ransomware is now available to the public.  This latest decryptor is effective against versions 1, 4 and 5.x up through 5.1, which means GandCrab variants released as recently as October 2018 can now be defeated. The tool is the result of a collaborative effort…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

Geopolitical targets figuring in latest StrongPity attacks

StrongPity, aka Promethium, a potentially state-sponsored APT group active since 2012, isn’t letting exposed campaigns in recent years stop it from trying to install malware around the world, particularly in warzones such as Syria. Two separate reports this week from Cisco Talos and Bitdefender suggest the attackers are getting more aggressive in their geo-targeted malicious…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

‘About Coronavirus’ app locks Android screens with repackaged malware

An existing version of the Android device screen-locking malware SLocker has apparently been copied and repackaged in the form of a mobile coronavirus app, in hopes of drawing in victims and encouraging downloads from third-party marketplace sites. Researchers at Bitdefender found the malicious app, which has been targeting users in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, IoT, Malware, Security News

Attackers distill essence of Mirai IoT botnet into LiquorBot malware

Researchers recently uncovered another descendant of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet, this one featuring Monero cryptocurrency mining capabilities. Dubbed LiquorBot, the botnet malware is written in Go programming language and seems to use the same command-and-control infrastructure as Mirai. Sometimes, attack campaigns have even paired both LiquorBot and Mirai together in malicious dropper scripts,…
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