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Coronavirus tracking app locks up Android phones for ransom

A malicious Android app that supposedly helps track cases of the coronavirus actually locks users’ phones and demands a ransom in order to restore access. (Note: a password key has since been published. See follow-up story here.) Dubbed CovidLock, the newly discovered ransomware performs a screen-lock attack by forcing a change in the password required…
iPhone's are also susceptible to hacking.
Mobile Security, Security News

Federally funded Unimax smartphone pre-loaded with malware

The Unimax UMX U686CL is a Chinese-made smartphone distributed by the federally funded Assured Wireless by Virgin Mobile has been found to come pre-loaded with two malicious applications. Malwarebytes researchers found the malware every owner finds on their phone is Wireless Update and amazingly the device’s own Settings app, neither of which can be removed…
Malware, Security News

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…
Ransomware, Security News

Ransomware ravages municipalities nationwide this week

Municipalities took a beating this week with at least four reporting being shut down from new ransomware attacks or struggling to recover from an older incident. Augusta, Maine; Imperial County, Calif.; Stuart, Fla.; and Greenville, N.C. were all in different stages of recovering from ransomware attacks over the last seven days. Augusta City Center operations…
Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 to quell buggy update complaints
Mobile Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple’s Siri Shortcuts feature vulnerable to abuse, researchers warn

Siri Shortcuts, Apple’s recently introduced native feature for iOS 12, can potentially be abused by threat actors to deliver malware to unsuspecting mobile device users, researchers are warning. The tool allows users to quickly execute and automate multiple-step tasks with just a single tap or voice command. Device owners who download the Siri Shortcuts app…
Cybercrime, IoT, Malware, Security News

Quirky Fbot IoT botnet kills rival, communicates via blockchain-based DNS

There’s an odd new addition to the extended family of Mirai-inspired IoT botnets, and so far its only obvious victim is a competing botnet whose malware is targeted for removal from any infected devices. Dubbed Fbot, the malware is also unusual because rather than using standard DNS to communicate with the command-and-control server, it instead…
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IoT

New Mirai botnet variants target ARC processors, cryptomining hosts

A newly discovered variant of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet is specifically designed to attack the ubiquitous 32-bit embedded Argonaut RISC Core processor from ARC International, which can be found in well over a billion storage, home, mobile, automotive, and IoT devices. Word of this troublesome development surfaced just days before researchers revealed that another…
Malware

Exploit kits, Slammer worm top April’s most wanted malware list, Check Point

Enterprises are increasingly being hit with exploit kits, especially Rig EK, and the Slammer worm has resurfaced, according to Check Point’s latest monthly Global Threat Impact Index. After a lull, Slammer has wormed its way back into Check Point’s list of the top three malware families, affecting four percent of businesses. The worm– which exploits…
Ransomware

SLocker no slacker: Researchers detect 400-plus new subvariants of Android ransomware

After two months of quietude, the Android ransomware SLocker commenced a new feeding frenzy late last year, introducing over 400 new subvariants into the wild from December 2016 through February 2017, mobile services provider Wandera has reported. “These strains are targeting businesses’ mobile fleets through easily accessible third party app stores and websites where rigorous…
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