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Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

Avon attackers may have exploited unprotected web server

An openly accessible web server has emerged as a possible attack vector used by cybercriminals in a reported ransomware incident that affected personal care and beauty marketer Avon Products last June. Researchers from Safety Detectives today announced its discovery of a U.S.-based Avon.com server that was not defended by a password, leaving it accessible to…
Mobile Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

StrandHogg 2.0 bug enables Android app hijacking, poses patching challenge

A critical elevation-of-privilege vulnerability found in Android devices could potentially be exploited, without root access or user permission, to hijack virtually all mobile apps in order to spy on individuals or steal their login credentials. Google has developed a security patch for Android versions 8, 8.1 and 9 — alerting its partners of the update…
Cybercrime, Security News

Android Apps claim to mine unminable cryptocurrency, just show ads

Android apps claiming to mine unminable cryptocurrencies have made their way into the Google Play store in an attempt to serve ads. Fortinet researchers discovered the malicious apps when they noticed apps claiming to mine currencies including Ripple (XRP), Cardano (ADA) and Tether(USDT) all of which aren’t obtained by cryptomining. Similar apps have been reported…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Mobile Security, Security News

20M Aptoide accounts exposed by leak on hacker forum

More than 20 million accounts registered with the software marketplace application Aptoide have been reportedly exposed after a unknown actor posted stolen user data on a hacking forum. Researchers with Under the Breach discovered the data dump and disclosed the incident via Twitter. ZDNet reported additional details the same day. Aptoide is a blockchain-based decentralized…
Coronavirus, Security News

Cybersecurity should be No. 1 pick on NFL Draft Day

As the NFL Draft goes virtual today during the COVID-19 pandemic, the buzz is as much about cybersecurity as it is about whether LSU quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow will be the number one draft pick. OK, that might be an exaggeration, but cybersecurity is taking front and center at the now virtual…
Malware, Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Glupteba malware leverages blockchain as a communications channel

Glupteba malware does something novel: It uses the bitcoin blockchain as a communications channel to receive updated configuration information. That’s important because malware always needs a way to go back to its home base, preferably without being detected, according to a paper released this week by Sophos Labs researchers. The new form of malware sprinkles…
Mobile Security, Security News

Xhelper ad dropper adds to its list of victims

There has been a surge in activity surrounding the Xhelper Android ad dropper, with more than 45,000 devices being infected since the malware made its first appearance six months ago. In the past month an average of 131 devices were infected each day, with about 2,400 devices persistently infected throughout the month. The malware mostly…
Coronavirus, Security News

Cut costs while bolstering cybersecurity during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic may have driven cybersecurity investments up – and bottom lines down – as businesses struggle to adapt to new operating realities and close security gaps, but savvy organizations can still cut costs while boosting security.   Many companies may have already put projects on the chopping block and pared back headcounts in…
Government, Government/Defense, Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Is TikTok out of time? Experts mull implications of ban

Edicts by Wells Fargo, India and the U.S. military forbidding use of popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, may portend a national ban and raise questions if such a prohibition would be practical and enforceable, and what the greater implications would be. Owned by Beijing-based internet technology company ByteDance, TikTok has been downloaded more than 2…
Layering EMV chip, tokenization, encryption bolsters card payment security
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Chip and PIN protections may fall short as future threats materialize

The protections that chip and PIN payment card solutions offer may fall short as cybercriminals begin installing command-and-control malware on infected EMV device readers, a new report warns. Cybercriminals could begin repurposing ATM EMV malware to attack retail environments by infecting point-of-sale (POS) machines (possibly via malicious USB drives) and then introducing an altered EMV…
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