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APT Group Uses Catfish Technique To Ensnare Victims.

APT Cobalt Gypsy or OilRig, used a fake persona called "Mia Ash" to ensnare tech-savvy workers in the oil and gas industry into downloading PupyRAT malware.

- threatpost - US

UK ransomware victims most likely to pay up.

A new study from anti-malware specialist Malwarebytes reveals that UK users are most likely to pay up if hit by ransomware. The study of over 1,000 companies across the US, France, UK, Germany, Australia, and Singapore reveals that 56.9 percent of UK businesses surveyed opted not to pay the ransom, and 46.2 percent lost ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

Ethical hacking is still a valuable skill to learn.

Between election hacks, ransomware, and Devil's Ivy, the cybersecurity space is booming as malware and hackers become more sophisticated. If you're interested in pursuing a career in ethical hacking, or just want to secure your own devices, The Super-Sized Ethical Hacking Bundle is a great resource.In this bundle, you'll ...

- Boing Boing - US

Australian police seek the right to install malware on home devices during "emergencies".

The Queensland Police have asked the Australian Parliament to give them the right to covertly install malicious software on your home devices in order to conduct mass surveillance during times of "national emergency"

- Boing Boing - US

Lipizzan malware for Android could spy on users and steal their data.

Android security researchers have recently found a new spyware called Lipizzan that made its way into the Google Play Store. The program could silently gather sensitive data about the victim.

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An ode to Flash: Everyone's favorite malware vector.

It's not everyday we bear witness to the death of greatness. And so, when it does happen, we should all stand up and take note. Now is such a time. We speak, of course, of Adobe Flash: The best malware vector the world has even seen. SEE ALSO: Goodbye Flash and thanks for all the animated fish Adobe announced on July 25 ...

- Mashable! - US

Russia tried to spy on Macron during campaign, US officials claim.

However Russian attackers could not manage to get Macron's associates to download malware.

- ITproportal - UK

Fireball malware: Chinese police arrest hackers behind malicious code that infected millions.

The operation was run by Beijing-based digital marketing firm Rafotech, local law enforcement said.

- - UK

Google Detects Android Spyware in Play Store, Removes It Before It's Too Late.

Android malware reaching the Google Play Store is not really something new, as infected apps are being detected on a regular basis, but search giant Google highlights one particular case that it managed to deal with thanks to the recently-released Google Play Protect security feature. Specifically, Google says it came ...

- Softpedia - US

'SambaCry' malware scum return with a Windows encore.

CowerSnail' opens garden variety backdoors rather than mining BTC Malware authors continue to chip away at Samba bugs similar to those that helped spread WannaCry/WannaCrypt.…

- TheRegister - UK

At hacker summit, a new focus on preventing brazen attacks.

LAS VEGAS — Against a backdrop of cyberattacks that amount to full-fledged sabotage, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos brought a sobering message to the hackers and security experts assembled at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Too many security researchers, he suggested, are focused on "really sexy, ...

- SFGate - US

Republicans admit it: 'Skinny repeal' is a Trojan horse to turn Trumpcare over to the House

Campaign Action Texas Sen. John Cornyn freely admits it: the whole strategy guiding the Senate this week is passing any damned thing they can so that they can take it to the House in conference, then cook up whatever they feel like—with a minimum of input from anyone outside of that room. The No. 2 Senate Republican ...

- Daily Kos - US

Kaspersky's free antivirus software is now available globally

Following a year-and-a-half of testing in a few select regions, the free antivirus software from Kaspersky Lab is now available worldwide. Although it lacks many features of Kaspersky's paid product, it includes all of the "bare essentials," such as scanning files, web traffic and email, firewalls for filtering network ...

- Boy Genius Report - US

Kaspersky Labs announces Free anti-virus for consumers

Kaspersky has announced the availability of the free tier of its anti-virus software. The software should be lighter on resources than most free offerings because it won't come with ads.

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Lipizzan Malware Could Take Over Android Devices Until Google Shut It Down

A new, targeted malware called Lipizzan could completely take over an Android device until Android Security shut it down

- Wired Magazine - US

Fruitfly malware starts infecting Macs

A new version of the Mac malware dubbed Fruitfly has been spotted in the wild, and it's unclear if the latest macOS is vulnerable to it or not. This is according to former NSA hacker and chief security researcher at Synack, Patrick Wardle. He told ZDNet that the malware, which was first revealed back in January, can take ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

You can now get one of the best anti-virus tools for your computer for free

Adam Berry/Getty ImagesKaspersky Labs, one of the leading providers of anti-virus software, announced on Tuesday that it'll be offering its computer-protecting services for free. The free service is called Kaspersky Free, and it includes anti-virus scanning and protection for your files, emails, and web usage, as well as ...

- Business Insider - US

Ransomware has made more than $25 million from its victims over 2 years, Google study finds

Malware can be a highly profitable business. Ransomware, malicious software that encrypts victims' data and demands a pay-off in order to unlock it, has made more than $25 million in bounties over the last two years. That's the finding of a study from researchers at Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego, and the NYU Tandom ...

- Silicon Alley Insider - US

Police arrest hackers behind explosive Fireball malware that infected 250 million computers

At least nine of the ring of hackers that developed the "Fireball" malware have been arrested by Chinese authorities, according to state-run news outlets. Fireball's reach was one of the world's most extensive. News of it emerged a month ago, and it's been estimated to have infected 250 million computers worldwide , or ...

- Mashable! - US

Currys PC World chided by ad watchdog over your data is safe' fib

Knowhow Cloud lacks knowhow on malware, viruses—despite beefy security claims.

- Ars Technica UK - US

Virus Takes Over Third-Party Android Store, Serves Malware for First Download

ESET security researchers have discovered a new Android malware that's spreading with the help of a third-party store and compromising the device for each first download that users begin. Turkish third-party APK store CepKutusu has recently been discovered to be offering malicious downloads, with devices ending up infected ...

- Softpedia - US

Kaspersky offers free anti-virus software

Looks for security data to power its machine learning.

- iTnews - AU

'Fruitfly' Malware Points To Growing Hacker Interest In Targeting Macs

Cyber threats against Mac users have been rising significantly in 2017, researchers say.

- CRN - US

Kaspersky Launches Free Antivirus for Windows

Security vendor Kaspersky has just announced a free antivirus that's intuitively called… Kaspersky Free and which comes with the essential feature package to block malware and keep your computer protected. Kaspersky Free has already been tested in a number of markets, like Russia, Ukraine, China, and Sweden, without an ...

- Softpedia - US

State Attorneys General Appear in Anti-Piracy PSA Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. , A group of 15 state attorneys general have launched a public service campaign to warn consumers about the risk of malware from visiting piracy sites. The PSAs are running on TV, radio, and social media in 15 states during July and August, and were organized by the group Digital Citizens Alliance. Tom...

- Variety - US

Fruitfly malware for macOS left undetected for years spying on computers

A piece of malware for macOS, initially discovered back in January, has been found with a new variant, which discreetly spies on host computers, steals sensitive files, and run background processes.

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Ransomware spike blamed on easy-to-use malware builders

Experts blame a spike in ransomware on user-friendly versions that are free to download.

- BBC - UK

Adobe Flash Will Finally Die In 2020

The Adobe Flash web technology has long enabled content creators to offer interactive online gaming, video, and education services but Flash has also long struggled with malware and vulnerabilities. There are much better and safer web technologies available now. No wonder major web browsers have been automatically blocking ...

- Ubergizmo - US

New dangerous malware spreading across Ukraine

Dr. Web antivirus company has warned about the spread of the BankBot banking malware, which had earlier infected Android smartphones in dozens of countries, including Ukraine, reported.


CrowdStrike launches Falcon MalQuery cybersecurity engine capabilities

The search engine has a new malware search and detection component for threat indexing.

- ZDNet - UK

Mac Malware Used to Spy on Apple Users Stays Undetected for Nearly 10 Years

While Microsoft's Windows is most often targeted by virus writers, a form of malware with spying capabilities has reportedly been active on Apple's Mac systems for nearly a decade, with estimates pointing to thousands of infected devices. According to Synack researcher Patrick Wardle, the new infection is a variant of ...

- Softpedia - US

Nasty Mac malware can control your webcam and record everything you type

Apple's Macs are a lot less susceptible to malware and virus attacks than their Windows-based counterparts, but they're not malware-proof. Hackers may be more inclined to attack Microsoft's operating system and look for code vulnerabilities, as more people use Windows devices than Macs. But Apple's desktop operating system ...

- Boy Genius Report - US

Mac malware that let its operator spy on its victims went unnoticed for years

A nasty piece of Mac malware has been spying on hundreds of victims' computers — and it went unnoticed for years. That's according to Synack security researcher Patrick Wardle, who spoke to both Ars Technica and ZDNet about his findings ahead of a talk at the Defcon hacker conference on Wednesday. A piece of Mac ...

- Silicon Alley Insider - US

New version of Mac malware Fruitfly spotted

It's unclear how dangerous it is, as some Mac versions may be safe.

- ITproportal - UK

Mac malware went undetected for years, spied on everyday users

Surveillance malware dubbed Firefly was easy to spot but flew under the radar anyway.

- Ars Technica UK - US

Details emerge on Fruitfly, highly-invasive Mac malware

The malware went largely undetected for years and can only be caught by a handful of security products


From hacked casino fish tanks to malicious links, cybersecurity threats are everywhere — and startups are raking in the dough

Cybersecurity isn't exactly new, but it's becoming one of the hottest areas on the startup scene. With global malware attacks like WannaCry garnering widespread attention and press coverage, and companies and consumers growing increasingly worried about how security threats are rapidly evolving and diversifying, investors ...

- Silicon Alley Insider - US

Employees are your biggest risk: Data hygiene needs to start at the top

It's beginning to feel like we’re hearing about big cyber security incidents every day. From the recent WannaCry malware attack, which affected organisations across the globe, to the ongoing allegations of nation state cyber espionage, cyber security is never out of the news. To help tackle this ever-evolving threat ...

- City AM - UK

Fruitfly malware is still a threat to unprotected Macs

While Macs don’t get hit by malware as often as Windows, it still happens now and then. When it does, it can be just as threatening. The Fruitfly malware discovered earlier this year is a perfect example, and security researchers are saying that it is still a threat despite Apple...

- Techspot - EC

Mysterious Mac Malware Has Infected Hundreds of Victims For Years

An anonymous reader shares a report: A mysterious piece of malware has been infecting hundreds of Mac computers for years -- and no one noticed until a few months ago. The malware is called "FruitFly," and one of its variants, "FruitFly 2" has infected at least 400 victims over the years. FruitFly 2 is intriguing and ...

- Slashdot - US

Malware attacks nearly quadruped in the past three months

Malware is exploding across the globe, and now we know by how much. Security company Comodo Group Inc. said in a new report that it detected a nearly fourfold increase in malware infections in the second quarter , not compared with a year ago, but with just three months ago. In its “Comodo Threat Research The post ...

- SiliconANGLE - US

Mac malware caught silently spying on computer users

Read full story for latest details.

- CNNMoney - US

Creepy spyware has infected Macs for years, and we're only just realizing it now

Your Mac is not safe. Well, at least not as safe as you think it is. That's the big takeaway following the detailed investigation of a particularly insidious strain of Apple-focused malware that has potentially been around for up to a decade , all the while broadcasting video and audio from victims' computers back to an ...

- Mashable! - US

Mac malware caught silently spying on computer users

Its purpose appears to be spying on users.

- CNNMoney - US

From hacked casino fish tanks to malicious links, cybersecurity threats are everywhere — and startups are raking in the dough

GreylockCybersecurity isn't exactly new, but it's becoming one of the hottest areas on the startup scene. With global malware attacks like WannaCry garnering widespread attention and press coverage, and companies and consumers growing increasingly worried about how security threats are rapidly evolving and diversifying, ...

- Business Insider - US

Is Kodi spying on you? Expert says add-ons could track those who watch illegal content

Following TVAddons shut down a Kodi insider believes updates could hide malware to log viewing habits.

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Qualys unveils CloudView app framework for public cloud security

The solution aims to prevent misconfigurations, malware, and noncompliance threatening enterprise networks.

- ZDNet - UK

New details emerge on Fruitfly, a near-undetectable Mac backdoor

The malware went largely undetected for several years and is only detectable on a handful of security products, but the "fully featured" Mac backdoor can take control of an entire computer.

- ZDNet - UK

The ultimate plain English guide to cybersecurity buzzwords

Words like worm, trojan horse and zombie may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they're part of the reality of life online. Now that we communicate, work and entertain ourselves on the internet, these familiar terms start to take on new meaning. They're just a few of the cybersecurity threats we face. While most of ...

- The Next Web - US

Google rolls out Play Protect security tool

Google is looking to take the fight against Android malware and harmful apps with the roll-out of its latest mobile security platform. Google Play Protect automatically scans Android devices to ensure no malicious software is installed anywhere on your device, and provide a comprehensive overview of your device's security ...

- BetaNews.Com - US