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Report accuses China of extensive mobile spyware use to track ethnic minority group

A new blog post and research report from the Lookout Threat Intelligence Team has exposed the lengths to which a reputed Chinese government-sponsored APT operation has allegedly gone to track the country’s Uyghur minority population, including the trojanization of mobile apps with surveillanceware. Lookout details four spyware families — SilkBean, DoubleAgent, CarbonSteal and GoldenEagle —…
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…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

‘About Coronavirus’ app locks Android screens with repackaged malware

An existing version of the Android device screen-locking malware SLocker has apparently been copied and repackaged in the form of a mobile coronavirus app, in hopes of drawing in victims and encouraging downloads from third-party marketplace sites. Researchers at Bitdefender found the malicious app, which has been targeting users in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Hijacked routers and attempted WHO hack highlight latest COVID-19 attacks

Businesses remain closed in many major cities around the world as the coronavirus pandemic rages, but cybercriminals are still open for business, as they continue to use the crisis to serve their nefarious purposes. Today’s latest round-up of coronavirus threats includes a reported hacking attempt against the World Health Organization, a DNS hijacking attack designed…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

Password found to rescue victims of malicious COVID-19 tracker app

Members of the IT and cybersecurity communities have successfully obtained a password key for victims of CovidLock Android ransomware, which comes disguised as an app that supposedly helps track cases of the coronavirus, but actually locks users’ phones and demands a ransom in order to restore access. The unlock token has been verified as 4865083501.…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

Coronavirus tracking app locks up Android phones for ransom

A malicious Android app that supposedly helps track cases of the coronavirus actually locks users’ phones and demands a ransom in order to restore access. (Note: a password key has since been published. See follow-up story here.) Dubbed CovidLock, the newly discovered ransomware performs a screen-lock attack by forcing a change in the password required…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Cookie-stealing Android trojan likely used for spam distribution campaign

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? It’s Cookiethief, a newly discovered Android trojan that gains root access to devices and exfiltrates browser and Facebook app cookies to a malicious server. Attackers typically use stolen cookies to impersonate victims and access their online accounts in unauthorized fashion. In this instance, researchers believe the culprits…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Phishing, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Exploited Android flaw ‘StrandHogg’ enables phishing overlays, malicious permissions

Attackers have been actively exploiting an Android vulnerability that allows malicious apps to display dangerous permission requests and phishing overlays under the guise of a legitimate app. Dubbed StrandHogg (an old Norse Viking term), the flaw resides in Android’s taskAffinity control setting, and can be successfully abused without having to first gain root access, according…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

49 Google Play app titles found to deliver pesky ads

Researchers recently uncovered 49 adware-laced Android apps that were downloaded from the Google Play store more than 3 million times, collectively, before they were reportedly removed. Many of the apps were disguised as games, video editors and stylized photo and filter programs. Sample titles included Cut Out Studio Pro, Tattoo Maker, Bubble Effect, CLOWN MASK,…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Cyber espionage actor PKPLUG keeps plugging away at targeting SE Asia

Drawing on three years of investigatory work, researchers have assembled a detailed playbook on PKPLUG, a suspected Chinese threat actor targeting Asians with an assortment of malware used for cyber espionage purposes. The authors of this playbook – members of Palo Alto Networks threat research group Unit 42 – were able to connect PKPLUG to…
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