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Unofficial Telegram app secretly loads malicious sites

An unofficial Telegram app is secretly loading malicious sites onto the devices of unsuspecting users and running other malicious services in the background without the users’ consent. Symantec researchers discovered the malicious app, named MobonoGram 2019 (detected as Android.Fakeyouwon) and advertised as an unofficial version of the Telegram messaging application with more features than the…
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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…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Xiaomi devices came with vulnerability baked into its pre installed security app

A preinstalled mobile security app on Xiaomi left user devices more vulnerable than protected, researchers said. Check Point researchers discovered a vulnerability in Xiaomi phones’ “Guard Provider app” that could expose users to attacks caused by the unsecured nature of network traffic to and from the app and the use of multiple SDKs within the…
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Gustuff banking trojan disables Google Protect and Accessibility Service mode

An Android trojan dubbed Gustuff is capable of targeting more than 1,000 global banking apps, cryptocurrency and marketplace applications. Group-IB researchers uncovered the malware that casts a wide net and  is complete with fully automated features designed to steal both fiat and crypto currency from user accounts by leveraging a device’s Accessibility Service mode to…
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Google Play announces 2019 malicious app crackdown

Google Play announced it will continue its crackdown on malicious apps into 2019 by focusing more on user privacy, developer integrity and harmful app contents and behavior. Google said it plans to introduce additional policies for device permissions and user data throughout the year, according to a Feb. 13 blog post. “In addition to identifying…
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ICEPick-3PC malware compromises third-party tools to steal Android IPs

A new malware dubbed ICEPick-3PC is stealing device IP addresses en masse since at least spring 2018. The malware executes after its authors hijack a website’s third‐party tools which are often pre-loaded onto client platforms by self-service agencies and are designed to incorporate interactive web content, such as animation via HTML5, The Media Trust said…
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Researchers link XLoader and FakeSpy malware families to Yanbian Gang

Trend Micro researchers believe they have spotted a connection between the XLoader and FakeSpy malware families along with possible ties to the Yanbian Gang. Researchers suspect both malware types are either being operated by the same threat group or that their operators are affiliated with each other as each malware family uses similar code to…
DefCon: You cannot 'cyberhijack' an airplane, but you can still create mischief
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Bots on a plane? Bad bots cause unique cybersecurity issues for airlines

While bots are a common tool of cybercriminals for carrying out DDoS attacks and mining cryptocurrencies, a recent report found they may also be indirectly increasing the price of your airline tickets. Distil Research Lab’s Threat report, “How Bots Affect Airlines,” found the airline industry has unique cybersecurity challenges when dealing with bad bots, which…
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Federal employee infects gov’t network with Russian malware through adult video websites

An employee at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) infected his agency’s network with Russian malware delivered via adult websites. The Office of Inspector General initiated an investigation into suspicious internet traffic at the agency’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center satellite imaging facility in Sioux Falls, SD when they found an employee visited some…
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Pokémon Go cheaters may inadvertently learn GPS spoofing

Between 2005 and 2009, children and preteens and even some adults were inadvertently learning basic HTML coding skill as they sought to customize their MySpace pages with unique skins, music, and overall layouts that best represented their personalities. Nearly a decade later, this same curiosity may allow people looking to cheat Pokémon Go, to inadvertently…
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