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Stantinko botnet’s monetization strategy shifts to cryptomining

The versatile Stantinko botnet that’s been targeting former Soviet nations since at least 2012 has added a Monero cryptomining module to its arsenal. Stantinko historically has perpetrated click fraud, ad injections, social network fraud and brute-force password stealing attacks, primarily targeting Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. But this latest module, discovered by researchers at ESET,…
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OSX.EvilQuest ransomware targets Macs; Ransom X blamed for TxDOT attack

The crowded ransomware market is now home to three newly discovered players that recently gained the attention of security researchers and malware analysts — including one that targets Mac users and another blamed for a recent attack on the Texas Department of Transportation. Dubbed OSX.EvilQuest, the Mac ransomware was observed being distributed on a Russian…
Ransomware

Petya ransomware reportedly spread via malicious software updates, Windows exploits and tools

The Petya ransomware attack that infected corporations around the world today may have originated from a malicious update for a Ukranian accounting software product called MeDoc, according to researchers. Additionally, the ransomware possibly leverages not one, but two former Microsoft Windows exploits that were employed by the National Security Agency (NSA) before they were leaked by…
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VPNFilter malware affects even more network devices, can deliver exploits to endpoints

The VPNFilter malware that was discovered infecting hundreds of thousands of routers and Network Attached Storage devices since at least 2016 is apparently an even more serious threat than originally reported. A new blog post today from Cisco Systems’  Talos threat intelligence unit reports that researchers have identified even more device makes and models as targets, and…
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