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Report: Equifax execs' passwords for sale on Dark Web.

Top Equifax executives used 'alarmingly simplistic' passwords that may have allowed their accounts to be compromised, according to an investigation by a cybersecurity firm. Comodo Threat Intelligence Labs said it found Equifax executives' passwords available for sale on the Dark Web. Comodo found evidence of third-party ...

- Atlanta Business Chronicle - US

Most 'dangerous' celebrity on internet is named.

Searching for former pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne is most likely to lead you to websites with viruses or malware, cybersecurity firm McAfee says

- CBS NEWS - US

Attack on CCleaner Highlights the Importance of Securing Downloads and Maintaining User Trust.

Some of the most worrying kinds of attacks are ones that exploit users' trust in the systems and softwares they use every day. Yesterday, Cisco's Talos security team uncovered just that kind of attack in the computer cleanup software CCleaner. Download servers at Avast, the company that owns CCleaner, had been compromised ...

- EFF - US

Avril Lavigne has been named the most dangerous celebrity online.

Cybersecurity firm McAfee said Tuesday that Lavigne, whose last album came out in 2013, was the most likely celebrity to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware.        

- USA TODAY - US

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner, a free app meant to clean out computers.

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner, a popular app meant to clean out cookies and junk programs and make computers run faster.        

- USA TODAY - US

Malware Embedded in CCleaner Tool Puts Millions at Risk.

Malicious code has been discovered in two versions of Piniform's CCleaner housekeeping utility, the company disclosed on Monday. Piniform is owned by Avast, whose security products are used by more than 400 million people. The malware infecting CCleaner could give hackers control over the devices of more than 2 million ...

- E-Commerce Times - US

Infrared signals in surveillance cameras let malware jump network air gaps.

aIR-Jumper weaves passwords and crypto keys into infrared signals.

- Ars Technica UK - US

Three-Quarters Of Local Government Departments 'Hit By Malware'.

Half of local government bodies said they've been affected by ransomware in the past year, with 76 percent hit by cyber attacks

- TechWeekEurope - UK

Security cameras vulnerable to attacks using infrared light.

Researchers have demonstrated that security cameras infected with malware can receive covert signals and leak sensitive information from the very same surveillance devices used to protect facilities.

- ScienceDaily - US

Security cameras are vulnerable to attacks using infrared light: study.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers have demonstrated that security cameras infected with malware can receive covert signals and leak sensitive information from the very same surveillance devices used to protect facilities.

- PhysOrg - NL

Hackers are now using 'rotating' ransomware that could infect your computer twice.

Booby-trapped links were spotted serving up malware that could lock down your files.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Think twice before you click on links related to Avril Lavigne online

Links related to Avril Lavigne are some of the most dangerous to click online, making fans of the early-aughts superstar wonder why cybersecurty firm McAfee had to go and make things so complicated. McAfee announced Tuesday that after Lavigne, Bruno Mars is the second most likely celebrity whose name might be used to tempt ...

- The Week - US

Most dangerous' celebrity on internet is named

Searching for former pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne is most likely to lead you to websites with viruses or malware, cybersecurity firm McAfee says

- CBS NEWS - US

Avril Lavigne and Bruno Mars might get you hacked on the internet

Courtesy of Stylecaster / Slaven Vlasic NEW YORK — One-time pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne has beaten superstar Beyonce at something, but she may not be totally happy with her victory — she's been named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet. Cybersecurity firm McAfee said Tuesday that Lavigne is the most ...

- Business Insider - US

The person named most dangerous online might surprise you

NEW YORK — One-time pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne has beaten superstar Beyonce at something, but she may not be totally happy with her victory — she's been named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet. Cybersecurity firm McAfee said Tuesday that Lavigne, whose last album came out in 2013, was the most likely ...

- SFGate - US

New Android malware infected 21 million devices via Google Play apps

A new type of Android malware was discovered by researchers and infected up to 50 wallpaper apps. Google has since removed the apps from the Google Play Store, but 21 million infections could have occurred.

- Android Phone Fans - US

Hackers Hid Malware in CCleaner for Nearly a Month

Malware has been detected within Piriform's CCleaner, a popular registry cleaner and space recovery tool. The malware-infected package had been distributed for nearly a month. The post Hackers Hid Malware in CCleaner for Nearly a Month appeared first on ExtremeTech.

- ExtremeTech - US

After Hack, Registry-Cleaning App CCleaner Infected Users With Malware

When you download an app meant to clean your computer, you assume that it's supposed to remove junk from your machine, not add more. Yet for about a month, downloads of the popular program CCleaner came with a free bonus dose of malware, installed on millions of PCs around the world. Clean up some crap, add some crap ...

- The Consumerist - US

CCleaner Hack Adds Malware Instead of Removing It

For all of the trouble they cause us, and we mean serious unforgivable trouble like ruining elections and shutting down online video game services, there's a certain prankster spirit to most computer hackers The post CCleaner Hack Adds Malware Instead of Removing It appeared first on Geek.com.

- Geek.com - US

CCleaner Hacked, Infecting Millions With Backdoor Malware

The widely used software tool that helps users get rid of unwanted files and applications on Windows was exploited by unknown hackers.

- eWeek - US

Apple's iPhone X 'Truly an Engineering Marvel,' Analyst Claims

DAILY VIDEO: Apple's new iPhone X and iPhone 8 models hit the target, analysts find; malware alerts prompt Google to purge Android apps from its Play store; Microsoft readies new "Project Honolulu" GUI tools for Windows Server; and there's more.

- eWeek - US

Avast! There's malware in that CCleaner software update

Avast's recent acquisition spreads a backdoor signed with its own certificate.

- Ars Technica UK - US

Paying for antivirus software is mostly BS

You're just an average consumer, trying to keep your expensive electronics free from malware. And so you, like many before you, decide to pony up and pay for some fancy antivirus software. But this isn't the '90s, and it turns out that you might just be being taken for a ride. Much has changed since the heyday of programs ...

- Mashable! - US

Red Alert 2.0: New Android banking malware that steals credentials also being rented out for $500

The malware has been developed from scratch and is targeting over 60 bank and social media apps.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Security vendor Avast distributed malware-infested utility

CCleaner 5.33 hacked.

- iTnews - AU

CCleaner Security App Used By Hackers To Spread Malware

The last thing you'd expect from a popular security app is for it to end up infecting your system with malware but that's precisely what happened with Avast-owned CCleaner. With over two billion downloads, it's easily considered a popular security app. Cisco Talos security researchers have discovered that hackers breached ...

- Ubergizmo - US

CCleaner Malware Shows Software's Serious Supply-Chain Security Problem

Hackers have targeted software's supply chain in three high profile attacks discovered over the summer.

- Wired Magazine - US

There is no Commons majority for Boris Johnson's low tax, low regulation Brexit

The loss of the Conservatives' majority denied the party the option of pursuing a free market route.  In his leadership bid Daily Telegraph Brexit article, Boris Johnson resurrected the vision of a low tax, low regulation UK. Many Conservatives have long aspired to use EU withdrawal as a Trojan Horse for a smaller ...

- New Statesman - UK

Your Copy of Avast's 'PC Cleaner' CCleaner Could Be Full of Malware, Update Now

According to its parent company Avast, more than 130 million people use the performance optimization software CCleaner. And today all of those people need to be sure they've installed the latest update because some nasty malware has managed to make it into one of the builds.

- Gizmodo - US

Hackers slipped malware into popular PC software CCleaner

A popular PC-cleaning software used by over 130 million people put users at risk after hackers were able to insert malware into legitimate downloads. Piriform's CCleaner, owned by antivirus provider Avast, was found to be hosting a "multi-stage malwa...

- Engadget - US

Hackers hid malware in official CCleaner app and millions are at risk

CCleaner, a popular Windows app for system optimization and maintenance, has at some point been hijacked by hackers, potentially tricking millions of people into installing malware on their personal computers. The threat was discovered by security researchers at Cisco Talos, who noticed that CCleaner was triggering their ...

- Mashable! - US

What to do if you downloaded the malware-infected CCleaner app

All you wanted was a faster computer. You thought that by downloading CCleaner, a popular and free app for optimizing PC performance, you'd sweep out those digital cobwebs and be zipping around your trusty Windows machine at lightening speeds in no time. But then CCleaner was compromised by hackers, and you learned that by ...

- Mashable! - US

Avast CCleaner Utility 'Installed Malware' For One Month

The popular utility CCleaner was apparently accessed by hackers and made to distribute malware during the month to mid-September, researchers say

- TechWeekEurope - UK

Hackers spread hidden malware to 2.7 million people through the CCleaner software

Hackers spread malware to 2.7m people through CCleaner It is thought the latest version of the app was hit by infected PCs, used as part of a botnet 18 Sep 2017 Security

- PC PRO - UK

Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

OK, OK, well the 2.27 million victims were not Reg readers Antivirus firm Avast has admitted inadvertently distributing a trojanised version of CCleaner, a popular PC tune-up tool, for nearly a month, infecting an estimated 2.27 million users.…

- TheRegister - UK

Malware hidden within popular CCleaner disk utility tool

Cisco investigation finds Version 5.33 of CCleaner was bundled with malware.

- ITProPortal - UK

CCleaner was hacked to spread malware to millions of users for a month

Now this is an ironic flub-up. Popular utility tool CCleaner , which promises to clean up your system for enhanced performance, was hacked to distribute malware directly to its users, Cisco Talos reports. The app, which touts more than two billion downloads and over two million active users according to parent company ...

- The Next Web - US

Security warning: Hackers compromised CCleaner and installed a backdoor

Users of cleanup, privacy and optimization tool CCleaner are being warned to update their software after it emerged the tool was compromised by hackers. Security researchers at Cisco Talos say that there are a "vast number of machines at risk." CCleaner is produced by Piriform, now a subsidiary of security firm Avast, ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

CCleaner, popular computer-cleaning tool, contained malware

CCleaner is a clean-your-computer app beloved of people who own inexplicably slow PCs. If you installed recent editions of it, you were installing malware. But the company behind it hasn't gone rogue, reports Reuters. Hackers compromised their systems. A version of CCleaner downloaded in August included remote ...

- Boing Boing - US

Popular PC clean-up tool CCleaner hijacked to distribute malware

Users of the Avast-owned security application CCleaner for Windows are advised to update the software immediately. The post Popular PC clean-up tool CCleaner hijacked to distribute malware appeared first on Silicon Republic.

- Silicon Republic - US

Avast reckons CCleaner malware infected 2.27M users

Users of a free software tool designed to optimize system performance on Windows PCs and Android mobile devices got a nasty shock this morning when Piriform, the company which makes the CCleaner tool, revealed in a blog post that certain versions of the software had been compromised by hackers , and that malicious, ...

- TechCrunch - US

CCleaner Hacked Infecting Millions with Backdoor Malware

Widely used software tool that helps users to get rid of unwanted files and applications on Windows was exploited by unknown hackers.

- eWeek - US

Malware discovered in CCleaner put millions of users at risk

System-cleaning tool CCleaner is one of the most popular programs of its type in the world. According to Avast, which recently acquired maker Piriform, it boasts over 2 billion worldwide downloads and receives 5 million more each week. But it’s just been reported that up to 2.27 million users were...

- Techspot - EC

Browser-Based Mining Malware Found on Pirate Bay, Other Sites

New, browser-based cryptocurrency mining is hijacking systems -- and there's no download or utility required. The post Browser-Based Mining Malware Found on Pirate Bay, Other Sites appeared first on ExtremeTech.

- ExtremeTech - US

Avast's CCleaner Free Windows Application Infected With Malware

Reader Tinfoil writes: Cisco Talos announces that malware cleaning app, CCleaner, has been infected with malware for the past month. Version 5.33 of the CCleaner app offered for download between August 15 and September 12 was modified to include the Floxif malware, according to a report published by Cisco Talos a few ...

- Slashdot - US

Hackers slipped malware into popular PC software CCleaner

A popular PC-cleaning software used by over 130 million people put users at risk after hackers were able to insert malware into legitimate downloads. Piriform's CCleaner, owned by antivirus provider Avast, was found to be hosting a "contained a multi...

- Engadget - US

Hackers used a massively popular PC cleanup tool to distribute malware

It turns out you can't even trust your own antivirus provider not to infect your computer with malware. Hackers managed to hijack a popular PC cleanup tool, CCleaner, meaning that anyone who downloaded or updated it between mid-August to mid-September also downloaded malware without realising it. CCleaner is a popular piece ...

- Silicon Alley Insider - US

Malware hidden within popular CCleaner disk utility tool

Cisco investigation finds Version 5.33 of CCleaner was bundled with malware capable of stealing sensitive user data.

- ITproportal - UK

Tails 3.2 release candidate has been released for testing

The Tails 3.2 release candidate has been released with the update bringing support for more hardware and a few new changes to the Tails Installer. The BlueBorne malware issue has also been addressed.

- Neowin.net - US

How to safeguard your data

Scan today's headlines and it's easy to see it's a scary time in the digital age, with hacking, mobile malware  and "phishing" scams.

- Stuff - NZ

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