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‘Farseer’ backdoor targets Windows systems, linked to ‘HenBox’ malware

A recently discovered backdoor program designed to compromise Windows users has strong ties to HenBox, an Android-based malware known to target members of the Uyghur ethnic group in China, as well as smartphones from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. Dubbed Farseer, the previously undisclosed malware dates back at least two-and-a-half years, according to Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42…
New 'Rombertik' malware destroys master boot record if analysis function detected
Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Malspam campaign fakes Google reCAPTCHA images to fool victims

A recently discovered malspam campaign targeting customers of a Polish bank was found using forgeries of Google reCAPTCHA images to fake legitimacy. The banking malware was delivered via phishing emails that purported to seekin confirmation of a recent banking transaction that in reality never occurred, according to Feb. 21 blog post published week by Sucuri. Recipients…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

‘Clipper’ malware that alters crypto wallet addresses slips into Play Store

Google’s Play Store unknowingly hosted a fake cryptocurrency app that actually modifies users’ crypto wallet addresses once they’re copied to the clipboard, researchers are reporting. This Android-based “clipper” malware, as it’s called, secretly changes the wallet address to one hosted by the attackers, allowing them to steal victims’ digital coin transactions, explains ESET researcher Lukas…
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Cybercriminals secretly bundle anti-censorship app with spyware framework

A legitimate application that’s supposed to help users access censored or blocked websites was secretly bundled with Android spyware and made available for download on third-party marketplaces last year. The app, known as Psiphon and packaged as com.psiphon3, has been safely downloaded from the official Google Play Store over 50 million times. But users who attained…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Phishing campaign targeted subscribers to Tibetan Government-in-Exile’s mailing list

Subscribers to a Tibetan Government-in-Exile mailing list were targeted in a recent email-based phishing campaign designed to infect them with a remote access trojan. Dubbed ExileRAT, the trojan is capable of gathering system information, retrieving and pushing files, and executing and ending various processes, according to a blog post from Cisco Systems’ Talos division, whose…
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Mobile Security, Security News

Beauty camera apps malware not so pretty

Some beauty camera app users may end up seeing a bit more than they were hoping for as some of these are pushing unwanted ads and even pornographic material while others may steal your photos. Trend Micro researchers found several of these apps, identified as AndroidOS_BadCamera.HRX, available. The number of downloads from Google Play range…
Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

NSA to demo open-source malware reverse engineer tool at RSA 2019

The National Security Agency (NSA) will demonstrate a free and open-source tool for reverse engineering malware with the hopes of improving security rather than undermining it. The agency is advertising the free tool, GHIDRA, as part of its presentation at The 2019 RSA Conference on March 5. “An interactive GUI capability enables reverse engineers to…
Mobile Security, Security News

Google pulls 15 apps from Play Store for fraudulent ad revenue grab

Preying on an individuals’ desire to personalize their mobile phones, scammers infused at least 15 Android wallpaper apps to redirect phony ad click revenue, reported Trend Micro in a blog post. The Google Play Store removed the mobile phone apps, which were downloaded more than 222,200 times while being available over a period of several…
Syrian Electronic Army claims it obtained U.S. Central Command docs via hack
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Researchers: Syrian Electronic Army targeting secure messaging app users with spyware

The Syrian Electronic Army hacker group has reportedly been investing heavily in a scheme to infect Android device users with a spyware tool hidden inside fake app updates. Known for its ardent support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the threat group is targeting in particular  users of secure messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram. The SEA is…
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FBI swats down massive, botnet-fueled ad fraud operation

With a heavy assist from private-sector cybersecurity and tech organizations, the FBI has dismantled a highly complex fraud network responsible for generating billions upon billions of fake online ad placements. In conjunction with the takedown, the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday announced a 13-count indictment filed against eight individuals, each a resident of either Russia,…
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