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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.…
Cybercrime, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Hack U: Ariana Grande file is one of 100+ ways attackers are exploiting WinRAR bug

Researchers from McAfee have observed more than 100 different exploits for a now-patched 19-year-old remote code execution vulnerability in the WinRAR compression tool ever since the path traversal bug was disclosed last month. One of the more unique exploit attempts to infect unpatched victims with malware using a bootlegged copy of Ariana Grande’s “Thank U,…
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,…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

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…
Malware, Security News

Agent Smith Android malware infiltrates 25 million devices

A new variant of mobile malware dubbed “Agent Smith” has already infected 25 million devices, 15 million of which are in India. Check Point researchers discovered the malware disguised as a Google-related application that leverages known Android exploits and automatically replaces installed apps with malicious imitations without users’ knowledge or interaction, according to a July…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Malware found in popular barcode apps produces ads that instantly vanish

A pair of Android barcode reader apps that were downloaded more than 1 million times were found to contain ad fraud malware that tries to stay hidden by generating advertisements that instantly disappear from view. The malware, detected as AndroidOS_HiddenAd.HRXJA, can operate in the background even when infected devices aren’t actively being used, and it…
Cryptocurrency, Security News

Persistence and scale signature moves of new Monero miner campaign

A new Monero cryptomining campaign has been detected in the wild being spread and operating in a manner more consistent with ransomware and other attacks that retain a level of persistence than has been seen before. Check Point researchers said these mining operations have been on-going since mid-January using two specific trojans, Trojan.Win32.Fsysna and an…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News, Web Services Security, E-Commerce Security, Website/Web Server Security

Fake Facebook political pages tricked Libyans into downloading RATs

A mysterious hacker has for years been tricking Libyan citizens into infecting themselves with mobile and desktop malware by luring them to weaponized Facebook pages that impersonate key local figures and purport to deliver news of interest to the civil war-torn nation’s people. Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies have traced the campaign – dubbed…
Cybercrime, Finance, Phishing, Security News

Phishing operation picking on Canadian banks since at least 2017

Researchers recently discovered a large-scale phishing email operation that has been targeting primarily customers of Canadian banking chains since at least 2017. The emails generally attempt to trick recipients into revealing their credentials on a phishing page that utilizes a lookalike domain and impersonates a log-in screen. Researchers with Check Point Software Technologies uncovered the…
Network Security, Secondary Featured, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Microsoft sounds alarm to fix wormable bug “SIGRed”

Microsoft Corporation on Patch Tuesday addressed 123 vulnerabilities — 18 of them critical — including a “wormable” flaw in Windows DNS Service that could be leveraged to execute remote code in the context of the Local System Account and then spread malware across various network devices. Officially designated CVE-2020-1350, the wormable flaw is caused by…
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