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‘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, Security News

Coronavirus-related scams rack up $12 million

Scammers have raked in about $12 million running Coronavirus-related scams, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said this week. About 46.5 percent of the 16,778 fraud complaints logged from Jan. 1 to April 12 reported a monetary loss, the commission’s report found. “Cybercriminals are now aggressively exploiting our overall unreadiness for the Covid-19 crisis, profiteering from the…
Coronavirus, Security News

Coronavirus-driven online shopping driving more payment card skimming

Cybercriminals tend to follow the money so with retail shopping dramatically shifting to the web due to the COVID-19 shutdown of brick and mortar retailers, researchers are seeing an increased use in online payment card skimming malware. Malwarebytes has tracked a 26 percent increase in the number of such skimmers in use in March 2020…

Coronavirus turns up the heat on cybersecurity projects

Cybersecurity projects – even important ones – often languish, due to budget constraints, scarce resources or simply because they’re just lower priority in the long list of things that need to be done. But for all the havoc it’s wreaked, the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed many of these initiatives to the forefront where they’re gaining…
Ransomware, Security News

Jupiter, Fla., fighting REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware and Coronavirus

The town of Jupiter, located in an area of Florida hard hit by Coronavirus, is continuing to recover from a late March ransomware attack. Town officials reported last week that its email, utility payment and planning submissions systems were all down. The attack took place on March 23 with town officials notifying residents two days…

Coronavirus Threat and Preparation

SC Media’s complete coverage: Threat and Preparation The novel coronavirus is challenging organizations on all fronts. Leaders must contend not only with cyberattackers leveraging COVID-19, but also employee, customer and partner concerns, and business continuity and risk management planning. Visit this page for ongoing updates to coverage from SC Media and other CyberRisk Alliance affiliates —…
Malware, Security News

Coronavirus news being used to sneak malware past AV programs

In an effort to make malware appear legitimate and help it sneak past security software, groups using two well-known trojans are inserting news text from Coronavirus stories into their file descriptions. Padding malware with fake news is not new but Bleeping Computer has found Trickbot and Emotet now being used in conjunction with stories associated…
Coronavirus, News Archive, Security News

SC Stats: Coronavirus spurring thousands of new domains, many malicious

CheckPoint told SC Media that among new Coronavirus domains registered in past three weeks, about 1 percent,l are malicious and another 19 percent are considered suspicious. This is keeping in line with the normal rate, but the fact that so many new sites are appearing means more malicious sites are now online. Overall, 16,000 new…
Coronavirus, Executive Insight, Opinion, Security News

Threat parallels: Coronavirus and cybersecurity

Thanks to COVID-19, I am in quarantine after traveling to Germany. I’m not used to working from home! There are a lot of adjustments I’ve had to make. The process is giving me a good deal of empathy for the challenges people and businesses are facing around the globe. The concept of quarantine because of…
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