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Microsoft Quietly Patches Another Critical Malware Protection Engine Flaw.

Microsoft quietly patched a critical vulnerability found by Google's Project Zero team in the Malware Protection Engine.

- threatpost - US

Attack on police, army.

Potentially threatening malware hit the computer systems of the country's main security agencies, the Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force , during the course of last week. The Jamaica Observer has also been informed that while attempts were made to install the malware onto the computer system of the ...

- - JM

Trend Micro: ransomware grew 752% in 2016 and generated $1B in revenue .

John Leyden / The Register: Trend Micro: ransomware grew 752% in 2016 and generated $1B in revenue  —  Days of future past  —  Ransomware saw a more than eight-fold increase as a mode of attack in 2016, according to Trend Micro.  —  The infosec firm estimates file-scrambling malware families such ...

- Techmeme - US

Chipotle says hackers stole customer credit card info.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, still recovering from a foodborne illness outbreak that shook the eatery, announced hackers used malware to steal customer information.

- UPI - US

Keep your Mac healthy with Drive Genius 5.

While some people still maintain that everything in Apple's walled garden just works' and is immune to the rampant malware of the Windows world, the reality is different. The Mac's growing market share has made it a much more viable target for malicious actors, and its built-in tools aren't always enough to fix things. ...

- Boing Boing - US

Chipotle says hackers hit most restaurants in data breach.

- Hackers used malware to steal customer payment data from most of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's restaurants over a span of three weeks, the company said on Friday, adding to woes at the chain whose sales had just started recovering from a string of food safety lapses in 2015.

- Reuters - US

Chipotle says malware hack stole customer payment info.

Consumers' account numbers, expiration data and verification codes were accessed by the malware        


Most Chipotle restaurants were hacked by credit-card stealing malware.

Did you think you got away clean when you ate at Chipotle without dying of listeria? Not so fast!

- Boing Boing - US

Chipotle Says 'Most' of Its Restaurants Were Infected With Credit Card Stealing Malware.

Earlier this year, Chipotle announced that the their payment processing system was hacked. Today, the company has released more information about the hack, identifying the malware that was responsible and releasing a new tool to help customers check whether the restaurant they visited was involved. The company did not say ...

- Slashdot - US

10 Years Later: FileZilla Adds Support For Master Password That Encrypts Your Logins.

An anonymous reader writes: "Following years of criticism and user requests, the FileZilla FTP client is finally adding support for a master password that will act as a key for storing FTP login credentials in an encrypted format," reports BleepingComputer. "This feature is scheduled to arrive in FileZilla 3.26.0, but you ...

- Slashdot - US

Chipotle: Hackers Stole Payment Card Info in Data Breach.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said on Friday hackers used malware to steal customers card data, including account number, expiration date and internal verification codes, from payment systems at some of its restaurants between March 24 and April 18.

- Newsmax - US

Google Expunges Apps Tainted With Ad Fraud Malware From Play Store

Check Point software claims that mobile apps were being used in one of the largest ever malware campaigns on Google Play.

- eWeek - US

Ransomware revenue rises to $1bn

A new report from Trend Micro has revealed that the use of ransomware by cyber attackers increased by 752 percent in 2016. In the last year alone, the security software company estimates that Locky, Goldeneye and other malware designed to extort a ransom from its victims earned attackers $1 billion. Although ransomware ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

Chipotle identifies malware used in credit card hack

Chipotle Mexican Grill said Friday that it has identified the malware that was used to breach customer data and steal credit card information earlier this year.        


Chipotle reports hackers stole credit card info using malware

If you've eaten at a Chipotle in the last few months, your credit card info could have been stolen. The restaurant chain posted a warning on its site today, telling customers to be on the lookout for credit card fraud. Chipotle says the hackers used malware designed to access data on point-of-sale devices between March ...

- The Next Web - US

Chipotle Admits Most Restaurants Were Affected by Credit Card Stealing Malware

Chipotle says its restaurants were infected with credit card stealing malware, admitting that most of its locations suffered from this infection. This comes as an update to the announcement made earlier this year that its customers might have been victims of the credit card hack.  The company took things a step further and ...

- Softpedia - US

Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon

Fast food chain cops to POS malware breach Fast-food chain Chipotle says hackers infected its point of sale terminals to gain access to card data from stores in 47 states and Washington, DC.…

- TheRegister - UK

Chipotle says hackers stole payment card info in data breach

NEW YORK, May 27 — Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said yesterday hackers used malware to steal customers' card data, including account number, expiration date and internal verification codes, from payment systems at some of its restaurants over a...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Chipotle finds malware exposed credit card info across the US

Hackers stole credit card information from customers at Chipotle restaurants across the United States between March 24th and April 18th, the company announced today. Chipotle revealed in April that it had been the victim of an attack, and today it sh...

- Engadget - US

Laptops and tablets in the classroom: How to integrate electronic devices in the university

Researchers from the University of Seville have published the study "To take or not to take the laptop or tablet to classes, that is the question", which has been selected for publication by the internationally recognised review Computers in Human Behavior, which deals with the social implications of new technology. In the ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Mobile Ransomware Triples in This Year's First Quarter

While ransomware is mostly found on Windows PCs, malware specifically created for mobile devices has become quite widespread. In fact, the number of infections has grown threefold in the year's first quarter. According to a new report from Kaspersky Lab, the number of mobile ransom files detected reached 218,625 during the ...

- Softpedia - US

Mobile Ransomware Triples in Year's First Quarter

While ransomware is mostly found on Windows PCs, malware specifically created for mobile device has become quite widespread. In fact, the number of infections has grown threefold in the year's first quarter. According to a new report from Kaspersky Lab, the number of mobile ransom files detected reached 218,625 during the ...

- Softpedia - US

A new Android attack with a cool name can wreak havoc on your phone

Most malware requires some form of active user interaction in order to infect a device , a click on a link in a phishing email, or the installation of software from an unverified source. But a new type of attack, dubbed Cloak and Dagger, can basically take over your Android phone without your help. Worse, no major version ...

- Mashable! - US

Forget North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal. Its Chemical and Cyber Weapons Are Already a Threat.

Patrick M. Cronin Security, Asia Pyongyang's VX attack and cyber hijinks suggests a regime bent on acquiring multiple weapons of mass disruption and destruction. In reminding the world why Iran poses an array of threats to regional security, President Donald Trump preempted the argument of those who believe that a nuclear ...

- The National Interest - US

XData ransomware starts wreaking havoc

The dust hasn't even settled around WannaCry, another ransomware appears. This one was detected by ESET and identified as Win32/Filecoder.AESNI.C. Security researchers dubbed it XData ransomware. It appears mostly in Ukraine . The outbreak seems to have started on May 17, reaching its peak on May 19. ESET says that it has ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

How to protect your data from cyberattacks

The malware attack known as WannaCry has quickly become one of the worst cyberattacks in recent memory. But the damage could've been prevented.

- PhysOrg - NL

IDG Contributor Network: Network analysis can find malware before it strikes

Network traffic analysis should be used more in the fight against malware. That’s because pointers show up on the network “weeks and even months” in advance of new malicious software being uncovered, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology explain in an article on the school’s website.The ...

- Network World - US

Hello I'm WannaCry, pay me to decrypt your files

WannaCry is, indeed, a malware epidemic. It usually spreads via emails that contain attachments like Word or PDF.

- ITproportal - UK

Classified Senate briefing expands to include Russian cyber firm under FBI scrutiny

U.S. officials worry that hackers would exploit certain anti-virus software.

- ABC News - US

Hackers Use Subtitle Files to Take Over PCs

Security firm Check Point reports a new breed of malware is spreading in fake movie subtitles. You think you're loading a subtitle, but what you're actually doing is giving a hacker full access to your computer. The post Hackers Use Subtitle Files to Take Over PCs appeared first on ExtremeTech.

- ExtremeTech - US

Was North Korea behind the ransomware attack?

Was North Korea behind the ransomware epidemic that hit global computer networks earlier this month? That's the subject of heated debate in cybersecurity circles after analysts found similarities in the "WannaCry" worm to other malware attributed to North Korea.

- Times Of India - IN

Avast Releases BTCWare Ransomware Decryptor Tool

While the world was taken by storm by the WannaCry ransomware, there were other strains out there that were doing quite a bit of damage, including BTC ransomware. Thankfully, however, folks from Avast have come up with a decryption tool which is available for free.  Paying the ransom for any malware that encrypts the files ...

- Softpedia - US

Fake WannaCry Protection Apps Fill Google Play

The Google Play Store is currently filling up with quite a few apps promising to protect users from the WannaCry ransomware, despite there being no way for the infection to spread to Android devices.  Now that the WannaCry spread has stabilized, it seems that people are trying to capitalize on it in some way or another. ...

- Softpedia - US

The law isn’t ready for the internet of sexual assault

If the Mirai botnet taught us anything, it's that no device connected to the internet is safe from hacking. In that incident, malware hijacked thousands of devices, including DVRs, modems and security cameras. But as the worlds of sex and technology...

- Engadget - US

64-bit malware threat may be itty-bitty now, but it's only set to grow

Upgrade and they will come The volume of 64-bit malware in the wild remains low even though computers running 64-bit operating systems became ubiquitous years ago.…

- TheRegister - UK

Hackers are hiding malware in subtitle files

An impressive new exploit gives hackers the ability to control your desktop through malware spread by fake movie subtitles. The exploit, which essentially dumps the malware onto your desktop and then notifies the attacker, affects users of video players like Popcorn Time and VLC. Checkpoint found that malformed subtitle ...

- TechCrunch - US

New major ransomware threat appears just days after WannaCry

XData malware follows hot on the tracks of the devastating attack earlier this month.

- ITProPortal - UK

Will WannaCry pave the way for future ransomware attacks?

Ransomware was the top form of malware in 2016 and the latest attack could influence others cyber attackers.

- ITProPortal - UK

Malware Network Communication Provides Better Early Warning Signal

An academic paper to be presented today at IEEE posits that analysis of network signals provides a better early warning of malware than infections than current practices.

- threatpost - US

Get this powerful Mac utility software for just $39

Have you noticed your Mac is slowing down? After a few years of heavy use, your hard drive is in need of some TLC. There are some built-in utilities that can help, but why not use what the experts at the Genius Bar use? Get this pocket-sized battery pack for $20! Learn more That would be Drive Genius 5! Drive Genius is ...

- TiPb - US

Attack by subtitles: Media player exploit grants hackers access to your system

Better watch out where you download your subtitles from: It turns out attackers can infect subtitles with malicious code to exploit vulnerabilities in popular media players and take control of your device Researchers from security firm Check Point have discovered an unusual attack vector that relies on surreptitiously ...

- The Next Web - US

Vic Health tackles infosec after pathology malware infection

Sets up working group to push new controls statewide.

- iTnews - AU

How to Secure Your Android Phone and Get the Most Out of Smart Lock

Android Tech Tip Week Hackers, malware, thieves, today's Android users are facing more threats than ever before. As such, your device's security has never been more important. Here are some of the best practices for securing your phone, along with a few helpful tips that could make your life easier....

- Techspot - EC

Kaspersky Lab Report Confirms Ransomware Spiked in Q1 2017

Kaspersky Lab's malware report for the first quarter of 2017 shows a dramatic spike in ransomware with such attacks growing particularly fast on mobile devices.

- eWeek - US

Bitdefender reveals first public beta of Bitdefender Total Security 2018

Bitdefender has announced the availability of Bitdefender Total Security 2018, the first public beta of its next generation security suite. New features include a Webcam Protection module which notifies you when apps try to access your webcam, and blocks unauthorized usage. "Advanced Threat Defense" is a new technology ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

Now I get it: Ransomware

On May 12, a computer worm called WannaCry infected 320,000 Windows computers in 150 countries—and made headlines around the world. First, because WannaCry is one of the most widespread cases of ransomware—software that encrypts all of the files on your PC, and will not unlock them until you pay the bad guys. The second ...

- Yahoo! News - US

$100 of bitcoin in 2010 is worth $75 million today

Bitcoin has received a lot of attention over the past few weeks in the wake of the recent malware attacks that impacted dozens of countries and thousands of businesses. Victims were required to pay a "ransom" in the digital currency...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Freetards left wide open to malware fired from booby-trapped subtitles

VLC, Kodi, Popcorn Time and Stremio were all vulnerable Hackers have gone back to the future by attempting to infect targets with booby-trapped subtitle files.…

- TheRegister - UK

Fresh wave of mutating Qakbot malware brings down enterprise networks

The malware is able to lock out companies from accessing their networks as well as infecting neighboring systems.

- ZDNet - UK

WannaCry was a Windows 7 phenomenon

The WannaCry ransomware outbreak may have spurred Microsoft into updating its abandoned operating systems to protect against the malware, but it turns out virtually all of the action was around Windows 7, which remains in wide use. A researcher with Kaspersky Labs noted that virtually all of the infections they found ...

- Network World - US