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Sophisticated Android spyware toolset ‘Monokle’ linked to sanctioned Russian defense contractor

A company that was sanctioned by the U.S. government for allegedly helping Russia interfere with the 2016 elections has developed an advanced set of offensive spyware tools with functionality that researchers claim they have never before witnessed in real-life attack campaigns. Dubbed Monokle, the spyware toolset was actually developed as far back as 2015, according…
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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…
Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Security News

BianLian banking trojan adds screen recorder to face off against Android users

Researchers have discovered a new version of the Android banking trojan BianLian that introduces the ability to record device screens and set of proxies. Named after the Chinese art of “face-changing,” BianLian first appeared as a dropper in October 2018. But it quickly evolved and adopted banking trojan functionality, including overlay attacks that trick users…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Bouncing Golf campaign takes swing at Android users with info-stealing malware

A newly discovered cyber espionage campaign has been targeting Android users in the Middle East with malware designed to steal scores of device information, snoop on victims and potentially take over mobile devices. Known as GolfSpy, the malware is found in once-legitimate applications that have been repackaged to contain malicious code, according to a June…
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Malvertising scheme abuses Yandex.Direct, targets Russian accountants with assorted malware

Cybercriminals are abusing the Yandex.Direct online advertising service in order to serve up malicious ads that target Russian accountants with the goal of infecting them with banking trojans and ransomware. Researchers from ESET have so far linked six malware programs to this campaign, which began in October and continues to this day. During periods of…
Cybercrime, Mobile Security, Security News

Three apps claiming to improve Instagram exposed as an insta-scam

A trio of Android applications that supposedly helped Instagram account owners increase likes and followers, boost security and improve the overall user experience were actually stealing their usernames and passwords, Malwarebytes has reported. The apps, which were designed to target users based in Iran, had been available for download via the Google Play store as…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Malicious SDK installs SimBad adware on apps downloaded millions of times

The developers of 210 mobile applications found on the Google Play Store were apparently tricked into building their programs using a malicious software developer kit that secretly implanted adware in their apps. The apps, many of which were packaged as driving or racing simulator games, were downloaded nearly 150 million times by Android device users,…
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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
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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…
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‘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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