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Assault and battery: Malvertising campaign checks user devices’ charge as anti-detection technique

A mobile malvertising campaign recently found targeting three digital advertising platforms has been using malware that checks a phone’s battery level as part of an unusual new technique for avoiding detection. In just the last three weeks, the operation has fraudulently generated millions of page views, as the malware redirects certain victims to an unspecified malicious…

Top browsers exploited in first day of Pwn2Own

Partnerstroka tech support scammers creatively lock up users’ browsers

A cybercriminal group specializing in tech support scams has been employing an array of traffic distribution techniques, including malvertising, in order to reroute online users to browser locker pages. The actor, “Partnerstroka” — named after one of its malicious code strings — has even adopted a novel technique for locking Chrome browsers that involves the…

New Fallout exploit kit peppers malvertising victims with GandCrab, SmokeLoader malware

Attackers are leveraging a newly discovered exploit kit in an international malvertising campaign that’s been observed delivering GandCrab ransomware and the SmokeLoader malicious downloader, as well as engaging victims in social engineering scams. Nicknamed Fallout, the kit exploits a remote code execution vulnerability in outdated versions of the Windows VBScript engine and an arbitrary code…

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Cybercrime losses exceed $1.4B in 2017

Two of the top three crimes, non-payment/non-delivery, and personal data breaches were also in the top spot in 2016 while phishing beat out 419/overpayment scams which dropped to fourth place in 2017, affecting only 23,135 victims compared to the 25,716 victims in 2016.

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