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Quirky Fbot IoT botnet kills rival, communicates via blockchain-based DNS

There’s an odd new addition to the extended family of Mirai-inspired IoT botnets, and so far its only obvious victim is a competing botnet whose malware is targeted for removal from any infected devices. Dubbed Fbot, the malware is also unusual because rather than using standard DNS to communicate with the command-and-control server, it instead…
Cryptocurrency, Security News

Monero miner found in third-party Kodi add-ons for Linux and Windows

The now-shuttered XvBMC and Bubbles third-party add-on repositories, along with the still operating Gaia, have been hosting more than just software products, as researchers have discovered these sites have been abused to propagate a cryptomining campaign centered on the popular open-source media player Kodi. ESET researchers have reported that the three add-on repositories, two of…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Google’s desktop update for Chrome squashes two bugs

Google yesterday updated the its browser for Windows, Mac and Linux machines, fixing two vulnerabilities, including one considered high in severity. In a blog post, Google described the more serious bug as a “function signature mismatch” in WebAssembly binary language. The vulnerability has yet to be assigned a CVE number, but it did manage to…
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Domestic Kitten spyware targets ISIS supporters

An extensive spyware campaign targeting Iranian, Kurdish and Turkish natives as well as ISIS supporters has been active since 2016. Dubbed “Domestic Kitten” Check Point researchers discovered the targeted attacks which they say have remained under the radar due to the artful deception of its attackers towards their targets, according to a Sept. 7 blog…
Malware, Security News

Apple store apps are not all safe: Malwarebytes, Tripwire

Apple has more rotten apps in its App Store than many people may realize and the company is not always quick to act in removing titles that have been proven malicious, according to two new reports. Malwarebytes and Tripwire both pointed out Apple and its purportedly safe app store have had issues of late with…
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Network Security, Security News

Google releases update for Android Chrome app

Google has released a new Chrome for Android update offering improved performance, user experience and security. The update will offer cleaner and more modern design, stability and performance improvements, secure and easy mobile payments via third-party payment apps and password generation now works on more sites, according to a September 4 security notification. “Computing is changing. That…
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Security News, Vulnerabilities

Android vulnerability exposes users data via Wifi

Nightwatch Cybersecurity Researchers identified a sensitive data exposure via Wifi Broadcast vulnerability in Android OS. Researchers discovered system broadcasts by Android devices expose information about the user’s device to all applications running on the device that can be intercepted and bypass any permission checks and existing mitigations on the vulnerable device, according to an Aug.…
Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Android spyware BusyGasper has many features, but few known victims

A newly discovered mobile malware implant nicknamed BusyGasper might leave a few Android users breathless, if they knew about the unusual set of features the spyware uses to snoop on them. In an Aug. 29 blog post, Kaspersky Lab researcher Alexey Firsh reports that BusyGasper has existed since at least May 2016. But there’s a good reason it’s…
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