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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…
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, 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…
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, 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…
Malware, Security News

ShadowHammer code found in several video games

An adjunct to the ShadowHammer campaign has been uncovered that has video games being implanted with malware in a similar manner as was done with ASUS computers. Kaspersky Labs’ GReAT team previously disclosed ShadowHammer in March, after discovering the supply chain attack in January, but this time it tracked a case from the creator of…
Malware, Security News

Bird Miner cryptominer targets Macs, emulates Linux

A new cryptominer, dubbed Bird Miner, has been spotted in the wild targeting Mac devices and running via Linux emulation under the guise of a production software tool. Malwarebytes researchers described Bird Miner as “somewhat stealthy” due to its instructions to bail out at multiple points if Activity Monitor is running and because of its…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

BlackSquid malware wants to wrap its tentacles around web servers and drives

Researchers have discovered a new malware family that uses a set of eight exploits to compromise web servers, network drives and removable drives. Dubbed BlackSquid, the malware has been observed dropping XMRig cryptominer programs, but attackers could easily use it to deliver other nasty payloads to infected devices, as well as obtain unauthorized access, escalate…
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