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Analysis suggests WannaCry ransom note is native Chinese-speaker

As if attribution efforts surrounding the May 2017 WanaCrypt0r/WannaCry ransomware attack weren’t already convoluted… A new report asserts with high confidence that the author of the WannaCry ransom note probably speaks fluent Chinese, adding a new layer of intrigue to an investigation that has already turned up malware code linked to an alleged North Korean…
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Cybercrime

Necurs-powered TrickBot trojan begins targeting U.S. banks with webinject capabilities

The TrickBot banking trojan has a couple of new tricks up its sleeve: leveraging the Necurs botnet to spread via spam emails, while expanding its webinject capabilities in order to victimize customers of U.S. banks, researchers from Flashpoint have reported. In a blog post published last week, Flashpoint reported discovering this new version TrickBot, which steals banking credentials via…
Malware, Security News

Malware framework generates 1B fake ad impressions in 3 months

Researchers have sniffed out a malware framework that targets major browsers installed on Window machines, and has generated more than 1 billion false Google AdSense impressions in the past three months alone. “The framework is designed to pad statistics on social sites and ad impressions, creating revenue for its operators who are using a botnet…
Cybercrime, Malware, Retail, Security News

Despite arrests, FIN7 launched 2018 attack campaigns featuring new malware

Even after several alleged members were arrested last year, FIN7 continues to show signs of life, as evidenced by the recent discovery of an administration panel tool called “Astra” and two new malware samples used in campaigns by the cybercriminal group in 2018. Researchers from Flashpoint who uncovered the threat observed Astra-related activity from May…
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Mirai variant caused German telecom disruption; 5M routers reportedly susceptible if left unpatched

Service disruptions affecting nearly one million Deutsche Telekom landline customers since last weekend are the result of a worldwide cyberattack aimed at infecting routers with a variant of Mirai Internet of Things (IoT) botnet malware, German authorities and security researchers have now confirmed. The attack seeks to exploit a vulnerability in open remote-management ports found…
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Researchers catch whiff of previously unknown POS sniffers and scrapers

Researchers in the last 48 hours have released a trio of reports, each of which details a newly discovered point-of-sale (POS) malware program that skims or scrapes payment card information from e-commerce websites or in-store checkout terminals. At least two of these three new threats, GMO and DMSniff, have already been observed actively attacking enterprises,…
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