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Malware On Mac Is On The Rise.

It has long been believed that the fundamentally different nature of Mac OS protects it from the wide variety of malware that plagues Windows PCs. However, there has been a steady growth in malware on Mac over the past few years and the latest McAfee Threat Report shows that it's continuously on the rise. The McAfee June ...

- Ubergizmo - US

WATCH: Joy Reid gets in the face of GOP rep for using health care plan to give a tax cut to the wealthy.

MSNBC host Joy Reid put a Republican congressman on the spot Saturday morning, challenging him to explain why he and his colleagues are using the replacement for Obamacare as a Trojan horse to give tax cuts to the rich. Appearing on “AM Joy,” Rep. Tom Reed was asked to defend a me...

- The Raw Story - US

Hackers and governments can see you through your phone's camera — here's how to protect yourself.

Most people know that computers can have malware, but did you know your cell phone is also vulnerable? Kevin Mitnick, notorious hacker and author of the book "The Art of Invisibility," explains two easy ways that someone might hack into your phone. Whether it's a jealous spouse, the CIA, or a nation state, here's how they ...

- Business Insider - US

Senators Push Trump for Answers on Power Grid Malware Attack.

Nineteen legislators say the discovery of automated grid-disruption malware in Ukraine means the White House isn't doing enough to protect critical infrastructure.

- Wired Magazine - US

WikiLeaks Doc Dump Reveals CIA Tools For Hacking Air-Gapped PCs.

An anonymous reader writes: "WikiLeaks dumped today the manuals of several hacking utilities part of Brutal Kangaroo, a CIA malware toolkit for hacking into air-gapped networks using tainted USB thumb drives," reports Bleeping Computer. The CIA uses these tools as part of a very complex attack process, that allows CIA ...

- Slashdot - US

MacBooks really aren't safe from malware any more.

A new Threats Report from McAfee Labs reveals that malware targeting Apple's Mac platform is on the rise. Not only that, but the cumulative number of Macs infected by malware during the first quarter of 2017 was higher than it's ever been during any previous quarter. While the Mac famously has a reputation for being ...

- Boy Genius Report - US

WannaCry helps Australian drivers avoid traffic fines.

The WannaCry ransomware that affected more than 300,000 computers in over 150 countries may be mostly behind us, but there are some locations where infected systems are still being discovered. Authorities in the southeastern Australian state of Victoria only detected the malware last week, which, while bad news for them,...

- Techspot - EC

Businesses spend $2,300 to deal with a malware attack.

To remedy a malware attack businesses need to shell out, on average, $2,300 per attack. This is according to a new report by Arbor Networks. The report, produced in partnership with research organization 451 Research, says spear phishing attacks are still most successful of all the different methods of entry. However, ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

Security firm claims Fireball malware infected 250 million; Microsoft says nope.

Either way, Microsoft assures us that Windows 10 S would have been immune.

- Ars Technica UK - US

I trained a neural network to create CIA malware codenames.

The Central Intelligence Agency is America's best-known intelligence agency, but it's still shrouded in secrecy. Thanks to Wikileaks, we've learned a lot about its internal workings, particularly when it comes to cyber-espionage. One thing that I've come to appreciate is the humorous bent to how the CIA names its internal ...

- The Next Web - US

Android malware posing as software update could drain your bank account.

'Marcher' banking Trojan uses 'overlay' tactics to steal your credentials - and its evolving.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

The amount of malware for Macs is continuing to surge

Macs have always enjoyed a reputation as being virus-free. Apple's famous "I'm a Mac" adverts played on it, comparing the constant security fears on Windows to the ease and safety of its OS X operating system. But that's no longer the case. The number of cases of malware targeting Macs is continuing to surge, growing by 53% ...

- Silicon Alley Insider - US

How the CIA infects air-gapped networks

Sprawling Brutal Kangaroo spreads malware using booby-trapped USB drives.

- Ars Technica UK - US

Malware based on NSA exploit hijacks computers to mine for cryptocurrency

A new form of malware based on exploits developed by the National Security Agency that was exposed in April is running wild, but with a twist: It hijacks computers to use their processing power to mine for a cryptocurrency called Monero. The Trojan.BtcMine.1259 malware uses DoublePulsar, an NSA backdoor trojan virus that ...

- SiliconANGLE - US

Chrome and Firefox Headless Modes May Spur New Adware & Clickfraud Tactics

From a report: During the past month, both Google and Mozilla developers have added support in their respective browsers for "headless mode," a mechanism that allows browsers to run silently in the OS background and with no visible GUI. While this feature sounds very useful for developers and very uninteresting for ...

- Slashdot - US

Microsoft Says Fireball Threat 'Overblown'

Check Point has toned down its initial estimates on the number of Fireball malware infections from 250 million machines and 20 percent of corporate networks to 40 million computers.

- threatpost - US

Here's how malware gets inside your phone's apps

Thomson ReutersMalicious software on popular mobile platforms such as iOS and Android is at best a nuisance and at worst a security threat to individuals and businesses. Known as malware, some perpetrators use it to infect apps and get inside your smartphone. Why do they do it? Money, mostly. The recent Judy malware, for ...

- Business Insider - US

WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

Brutal Kangaroo jumps network breaks, according to leaked classified info WikiLeaks has published online more top-secret documents it has obtained from the CIA describing the agency's hacking tools. This time the dossier details software codenamed Brutal Kangaroo that agents can use to infect targets' air-gapped computers ...

- TheRegister - UK

Has 'Fireball' malware infected 250 million computers? Microsoft disputes shocking claim

Check Point said 'Fireball' could cause 'a global catastrophe'. Microsoft hit back.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Fin24.com | Malware hidden in Google Play steals money through SMSs

Cybercriminals are now trying to install malicious code in stages, by wrapping a Trojan SMS around an encrypted rooting Trojan.

- Fin24 - SA

Microsoft claims Fireball malware enterprise threat 'overblown'

Microsoft has cast doubt on Check Point's claims that Fireball has a hold in one in five corporate networks.

- ZDNet - UK

Microsoft Explains How Windows 10 Users Are Protected Against Fireball Malware

Beside WannaCry, which is one of the top malware infections this year, Fireball is one particular threat that has already compromised hundreds of millions of computers across the world, and security companies warn that the number of victims is growing at an alarming rate. But fortunately, this figure won't include ...

- Softpedia - US

CIA malware codenames are freaking amazing.

America's Central Intelligence Agency has a bit of a bad reputation. That's possibly because they're digital voyeurs; high-tech Peeping Toms that almost certainly have footage of you laying a steaming cable, shot through the telephoto lens of a Predator drone. But in this article, I want to shine a light on an ...

- The Next Web - US

Microsoft has tracked Fireball malware since 2015, says impact might have been overstated

A recent report by a security analysis center claimed that 250 million PCs had been infected by Fireball malware, including 20% of corporate networks - but Microsoft's data suggests otherwise.

- Neowin.net - US

A single malware attack remedy can cost more than $2,000

Spear phishing is still popular, but hackers will use whatever works.

- ITproportal - UK

Explainer: how malware gets inside your apps

Why is malware getting into your apps? For money, of course. Stanislaw Mikulski/ShutterstockMalicious software on popular mobile platforms such as iOS and Android is at best a nuisance and at worst a security threat to individuals and businesses. Known as malware, some perpetrators use it to infect apps and get inside your ...

- The Conversation - UK

WannaCry Virus Takes Down Traffic Lights and Speed Cameras in Australia

The WannaCry ransomware keeps making victims, and this time it appears that the virus has even managed to take down a bunch of traffic lights and speed cameras in Australia. Based on an exploit stolen from the NSA by hacking group Shadow Brokers, the WannaCry malware locks down systems by encrypting files and asking for a ...

- Softpedia - US

Ztorg malware: Infected apps on Google Play Store send premium SMS texts, delete incoming messages

Two malware-infected apps found on Google Play were collectively downloaded over 60,000 times.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Microsoft briefly disables anti-virus software for Windows 10

The software giant responds to Kaspersky Lab's anti-trust complaint to the European Commission.

- BBC - UK

Cisco's 'encrypted traffic fingerprinting' turned into a product

Borg's boxen can now figure out if there's malware lurking in encrypted traffic Cisco has turned research published nearly a year ago into a product it hopes will protect enterprises against malware hidden in encrypted traffic.…

- TheRegister - UK

Dedicated solutions needed for thorough info security of embedded systems

While embedded systems were mainly applied in enclosed and independent operating environments in early years, the interoperability of devices achieved through wireless and wired connections, ensuing from the advent of the IoT era, has triggered a new wave of IoT-related information security problems that are hard to tackle ...

- DigiTimes - TW

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Isolate a Network And Allow Data Transfer?

Futurepower writes: What is the best way to isolate a network from the internet and prevent intrusion of malware, while allowing carefully examined data transfer from internet-facing computers? An example of complete network isolation could be that each user would have two computers with a KVM switch and a monitor and ...

- Slashdot - US

Microsoft Admits Disabling Anti-Virus Software For Windows 10 Users

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following an competition complaint to the European Commission by a security company. In early June, Kaspersky Lab filed the complaint against Microsoft. The security company claims ...

- Slashdot - US

Google Play fails to catch trojan-injected apps

Getting your Android apps through Google Play is considered safe, but there are times when even the search giant's store is dangerous. Case in point, Kaspersky uncovered two more trojan-infected apps that weren't removed until they had over 60,000 installs. Kaspersky security researcher Roman Unuchek reports that, since ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

WannaCry Ransomware Forces Honda To Shut Down One Of Its Plants

Back in May it was reported that there was a particularly nasty piece of ransomware called WannaCry' that was making its rounds globally. It was pretty big news for a while but things eventually subsided, although to say that the malware has been stopped would be a rather irresponsible thing to say, especially considering ...

- Ubergizmo - US

Exatel: Over 1,000 Polish websites have infected the malware computers

According to state-owned cyber security provider Exatel, over 1,000 Polish websites have been infected with malware. This would be the biggest cyber attack on the Polish internet.

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL

'Breakthrough' Cisco New Network Uses Machine Learning To Detect Malware In Encrypted Data

Cisco claims 'new network' is a breakthrough, using machine learning to automate and secure enterprises, without impacting privacy, for the IoT era

- TechWeekEurope - UK

Microsoft admits disabling anti-virus software for Windows 10 users

The software giant responds to Kaspersky Lab's anti-trust complaint to the European Commission.

- BBC - UK

Google cracks down on Ztorg Trojans plaguing the Play app store

The malware sends premium rate messages through Android devices to plunder your bank account.

- ZDNet - UK

AdGholas malvertising spreading Mole ransomware linked to UCL cyberattack

The massive malvertising group has shifted focus from dishing out banking malware to serving up ransomware.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Cisco thinks it's solved an unsolvable' encryption security challenge

Cisco has come up with a whole new way to fight malware. On Tuesday, the company unveiled a new smart network system. Using machine learning, the network's Encrypted Traffic Analytics software can sort through internet data to look for telltale signs of malicious software. The service is specifically designed to detect ...

- Silicon Alley Insider - US

Cisco announces service it claims can detect malware in encrypted traffic, amid fierce competition in its switching biz, 6 straight quarters of falling revenue

Wall Street Journal: Cisco announces service it claims can detect malware in encrypted traffic, amid fierce competition in its switching biz, 6 straight quarters of falling revenue  —  Cisco Systems Inc. is placing a major bet on security to revive sluggish sales of networking switches, its biggest business …

- Techmeme - US

How to remove malware from your Windows PC

Updated June 20, 2017: We've updated our links for suggested anti-virus programs, and have slightly adjusted our instructions to address program updates in Malwarebytes. Is your computer running slower than usual? Are you getting lots of pop-ups? Have you seen other weird problems crop up? If so, your PC might be infected ...

- PCWorld.com - US

Microsoft: We disabled third-party anti-virus software in Windows 10 Creators Update to keep users safe

Two weeks ago, Kaspersky Labs filed antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Europe, alleging that the software giant disabled third-party antivirus software in Windows 10 in order to benefit Windows Defender. In a long blog post today, Rob Lefferts, director of program management for Windows enterprise and security, ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

Cisco thinks it's solved an unsolvable' encryption security challenge

Becky Peterson Cisco has come up with a whole new way to fight malware. On Tuesday, the company unveiled a new smart network system. Using machine learning, the network's Encrypted Traffic Analytics software can sort through internet data to look for telltale signs of malicious software. The service is specifically designed ...

- Business Insider - US

South Korean firm's 'record' ransom payment

Nayana negotiated with hackers who had initially asked for $4.4m to unlock malware-frozen machines.

- BBC - UK

New report reveals how malware uses evasion to hide in plain sight

People have been hiding secrets in everyday objects for hundreds of years. The digital world is no exception, and McAfee Labs has released its latest Quarterly Threat Report, part of which looks at how evasion techniques can be used to distribute malware. The use of evasion techniques started in the 1980s, when a piece of ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

South Korean web hosting firm hands over $1 million after being hit with ransomware

Most security experts agree that paying a ransomware demand isn’t a good idea. There are often tools available that can decrypt the malware, and even if you do hand over the Bitcoins, it’s no guarantee that the hackers will give you a decryption key, or that they won’t come back...

- Techspot - EC

CIA malware has been targeting home routers for a decade

WikiLeaks says CherryBlossom software could potentially turn a router into a listening post.

- ITproportal - UK

Web host agrees to pay $1 million ransom after it's hit by Linux-targeting malware

Windfall payment by poorly secured host is likely to inspire new ransomware attacks.

- Ars Technica UK - US

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