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Company’s ransomware decryption service is a sham, researchers report

A Russian company that claims to specialize in decrypting ransomware is actually just secretly brokering deals with the malware distributors and charging victims for this middle-man service, researchers say. The so-called IT consulting firm, known as Dr. Shifro, advertises that it can fix systems affected by such malicious encryptors as Cryakl, Scarab, Bomber, and Dharma/Crisis.…
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Malware attacking Facebook, LinkedIn users via malicious images

Attackers are infecting social media users with malware by embedding malicious code into image and graphic files and uploading them onto major websites and social networks including Facebook and LinkedIn. Researchers at Check Point Software Technologies discovered the attack vector – dubbed ImageGate – which exploits a “misconfiguration on the social media infrastructure to deliberately…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Malicious SDK installs SimBad adware on apps downloaded millions of times

The developers of 210 mobile applications found on the Google Play Store were apparently tricked into building their programs using a malicious software developer kit that secretly implanted adware in their apps. The apps, many of which were packaged as driving or racing simulator games, were downloaded nearly 150 million times by Android device users,…
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North Korean hackers allegedly pick on Russian targets for a change

The reputed North Korean APT actor known as Lazarus Group (aka Hidden Cobra) typically focuses its hacking efforts on South Korea, Japan and the U.S., but one of its suspected campaigns from last January surprisingly appears to have targeted Russian businesses with its signature Lazarus backdoor malware. Taking place from Jan. 26-31, the phishing campaign…
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