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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…
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…
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…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Foreign APT groups use coronavirus phishing lures to drop RAT malware

Each day, as the novel coronavirus multiplies and spreads, so do cyber scams capitalizing on users’ fears and thirst for knowledge concerning this pandemic. The perpetrators, and their victims, are based all over the world, as evidenced by two recently discovered global APT-style campaigns designed to spread remote access trojans. Fake Indian Health Advisory spreads…
Cybercrime, Mobile Security, Network Security, Security News

Banking trojan attack exposes dangers of not securing MDM solutions

A global conglomerate had 75 percent of its mobile devices infected by a variant of the Cerberus Android banking trojan after an attack compromised the company’s mobile device management (MDM) server and used it to spread the malware. In a company blog post report, Check Point Software Technologies identifies MDM as a fairly novel malware…
Cybercrime, Malware, Retail, Security News, Web Services Security, E-Commerce Security, Website/Web Server Security

Magecart attack on e-commerce service impacts Sesame Street store and many more

Magecart hackers found out how to get to Sesame Street’s online store – and in all likelihood thousands more merchants – by initially compromising e-commerce and shopping cart service provider Volusion to deliver the credit card-skimming code. Israel-based security researcher Marcel Afrahim, who for his day job works as a research developer at Check Point…
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