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Check Point researchers detail Dok, OS X malware that uses a signed Apple developer certificate to bypass Gatekeeper .

Lory Gil / iMore: Check Point researchers detail Dok, OS X malware that uses a signed Apple developer certificate to bypass Gatekeeper  —  Don't be scared but be aware, there's a new malware in town and it wants your Mac.  —  Check Point Technologies has released detailed information about a a new malware ...

- Techmeme - US

Facebook gearing up to fight political propaganda.

In a paper posted online on Thursday, Facebook security researchers and its chief security officer said the company will monitor the efforts of those who try to hurt "civic discourse" on its service, whether that's governments or other groups. " have had to expand our security focus from traditional abusive behavior, such ...

- SFGate - US

New Mac malware has an evil way of taking over your entire computer.

It used to be that Mac users didn't really have to worry about malware. But we live in a brave new world with easy internet access and a bunch of jerks, so the good 'ole days are over. A new strain of Mac malware uses a familiar method to gain entry to your computer, but it's the way it takes over that makes it particularly ...

- Boy Genius Report - US

PSA: Again, another reason not to open attachments from strangers.

Don't be scared but be aware, there's a new malware in town and it wants your Mac. Check Point Technologies has released detailed information about a a new malware attack that is directed at Mac users. It's being called Dok and it has the potential to access a user's online communication, including secure sites. According ...

- TiPb - US

Cyber-Attacks Continue to Be Financially Motivated, Verizon Finds.

Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report finds that hacking and malware are the leading causes of breaches, with ransomware use growing.

- eWeek - US

Hajime Botnet Malware Observed Infecting 300,000 Unsecure IoT Devices.

Manufacturers fail to eradicate simple security flaws in network-connected devices, allowing attackers to infect hundreds of thousands with malware that turn them into botnet nodes.

- eWeek - US

New Dok Mac Malware Gets Complete Access to Victim's Traffic, Even if Encrypted.

A new Mac malware was discovered in the wild, which doesn't happen all too often. Dok, as it was dubbed, might very well be the first major scale malware directed at Mac owners through a coordinated email phishing campaign.  The discovery was made by security researchers from Check Point who say that the malware affects ...

- Softpedia - US

Whoops. Millions of Android phones are wide open to hackers.

All is not well in Google Play. A group of researchers has determined that hundreds of apps in the store have a gaping security hole that potentially allows hackers to implant malware and steal data from millions of Android smartphones. According to a paper detailing the alleged flaw, the problem lies within apps that ...

- Mashable! - US

Stealthy Mac malware spies on encrypted browser traffic.

A new malware program that targets macOS users is capable of spying on encrypted browser traffic to steal sensitive information.The new program, dubbed OSX/Dok by researchers from Check Point Software Technologies, was distributed via email phishing campaigns to users in Europe.One of the rogue emails was crafted to look as ...

- PCWorld.com - US

Sneaky 'fileless' malware flung at Israeli targets via booby-trapped Word docs.

Spies, bank raiders gravitate to growing stealth technique A newly uncovered cyber-espionage campaign targeting Israeli organisations relies on "fileless" malware hidden in Microsoft Word documents, a hacker tactic that's becoming a growing menace.…

- TheRegister - UK

'TrickBot' malware now targeting 20 new UK banks in fresh cybercrime spree, IBM warns.

One of the UK targets is reportedly one of the 'oldest banks in the world.'

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Ex-Fox News host: when I filed a sexual harassment claim against Ailes, the company hacked and stalked me

In a federal complaint against Fox News, former Outnumbered host Andrea Tantaros claims that after she filed a sexual harassment claim against the former CEO Roger Ailes, Fox News contracted with a psyops team to set up a "black room" to run a hate campaign that targeted her by cyberstalking her, implanting malware on her ...

- Boing Boing - US

Hacker stole over $100 million from Google and Facebook

The world wide web can be a pretty hectic place if you're careless. Things like malware, ransomware, and phishing are part of our daily internet experience. As long as you know what they mean and how to protect yourself against them, you shouldn't be affected. But one wrong step and hackers can walk away with some of your ...

- Boy Genius Report - US

Don't Miss: Dealing with malicious game clones

What happens when your game earns its own ad-ridden malware clone? We explore the issue on the basis of Robot Gentleman's experience with a clone of 60 Seconds!. ...

- Gamasutra - US

5 Things Solution Providers Need To Know About Brickerbot, The Newest IoT Malware

Security firm Radware discovers new malware infecting IoT devices. Here's everything solution providers need to know.

- CRN - US

Pros and Cons of System Update and Integrity Protection Schemes

Given the increasing malware attacks against Linux-based IoT devices, there is growing interest in integrity protection schemes, as well as system update mechanisms that support over-the-air field upgrades.

- Linux.com - US

Shadow Brokers latest NSA malware leaks light up Chinese and Russian dark web communities

Researchers say a renowned cybercriminal offering tutorial on how to weaponise alleged NSA malware strains.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

U.S. military wants white-hat hackers to target its cyber security systems

The U.S. military, which continues its interest in bug bounty programs as a way to improve cybersecurity, is launching a new contest next month.Called “Hack the Air Force,” the new program will put certain of the branch’s Web sites up as targets for a set of international hackers who have been vetted by ...

- Network World - US

Android Users Targeted by 8,400 New Malware Samples Every Day

Cybercriminals are setting their eyes on Android devices, as 750,000 new Android malware apps were discovered in the first quarter of 2017, which means that almost 8,400 new malware instances were found every day.  According to security firm G Data, it is expected that by the end of the year, there will be 3.5 million new ...

- Softpedia - US

TrickBot Trojan Now Targets Private Banks

Malware is now hand picking private banks, as IBM warns of 'skyrocketing' breaches of financial data

- TechWeekEurope - UK

Mysterious Hajime botnet has pwned 300,000 IoT devices

The Dark Knight of malware's purpose remains unknown Hajime – the "vigilante" IoT worm that blocks rival botnets – has built up a compromised network of 300,000 malware-compromised devices, according to new figures from Kaspersky Lab.…

- TheRegister - UK

IBM: Financial services industry bombarded by malware, security threats

The financial services industry is the target of a whopping 65% more targeted cyber-attacks than the average business, according to security watchers at IBM’s X Force.The number of financial services records breached skyrocketed 937% in 2016 to more than 200 million. Financial institutions were forced to defend against ...

- Network World - US

Attackers shift away from file-based techniques

Cyber attack methods are becoming more sophisticated in order to bypass traditional file-scanning protection systems according to a new study. Endpoint protection specialist SentinelOne has used filtered data from more than one million SentinelOne Enterprise Platform agents deployed worldwide to carry out behavioral ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

Brand new next-gen mesh wireless system blankets your home with Wi-Fi and blocks malware

Know how you see mesh Wi-Fi systems mentioned everywhere you look these days? Well, there's a reason for that: they're awesome. Gone are the days of spotty wireless coverage, slow internet speeds due to interference, and service interruptions that aren't fixed until you reboot your router. Now there's mesh, which combines ...

- Boy Genius Report - US

Almost 2 million Android devices could be infected with FalseGuide botnet malware

According to researchers at Check Point, nearly two million devices may now be infected with malware made available via the Google Play Store, the first of which was uploaded in November 2016.

- Neowin.net - US

Webroot Update Crisis Gives MSPs A Chance To Step Up And Help Customers

A Webroot update yesterday inadvertently flagged Windows system files as malware, as well as marked several major websites as phishing sites. Solution providers had a chance to show they were cool under pressure as the problem affected their customers.

- CRN - US

New Strain of Linux Malware Could Get Serious

A new strain of malware targeting Linux systems, dubbed "Linux/Shishiga," could morph into a dangerous security threat. Eset on Tuesday disclosed the threat, which represents a new Lua family unrelated to previously seen LuaBot malware.

- Linux.com - US

Fresh from its E. coli outbreak, Chipotle catches new infection: credit card-stealing malware

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. can't catch a break. Infamous for selling E. coli bacteria-infected food to customers in 2016, the restaurant chain has now caught a new infection in the form of credit card-stealing malware on its retail network. The company disclosed Wednesday that it had recently detected ...

- SiliconANGLE - US

Antivirus Vendor Fixes Error That Flagged Windows as Malware

Webroot has finally managed to ship a fix for the bug that caused its antivirus software to incorrectly flag legitimate Windows files as infected and move them to quarantine, rendering some features and apps completely unusable. In a message posted on the company's forums, a Webroot official explains that an update that was ...

- Softpedia - US

Beware of geeks bearing gifts: Evil game guides infect 2 million Androids

Google Play scanners asleep at the switch while morons tap away their security Ad-displaying malware in nearly 50 apps on the Google Play Store has infected nearly two million phones.…

- TheRegister - UK

Chipotle may have banished E coli, but now it has a new infection

Another reason to feel queasy when leaving – bank-card-stealing malware The last quarter has been a trying one for Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle. People are returning to its restaurants after the great 2015 E coli outbreak, but now customers are being struck by a different kind of virus.…

- TheRegister - UK

Webroot fixes faulty antivirus update that mistakenly flagged Windows as malware

Windows' system files were flagged as malicious, and Facebook was marked as a phishing site.

- ZDNet - UK

Game guide malware 'targeted more than 500,000 users'

App-based guides for games like Fifa targeted more than 500,000 users with malware, a cyber-security company says.

- BBC - UK

FalseGuide Malware Infects Millions Of Android Devices

Face palm for Google's security screening. Source of FalseGuide adware is none other than Google Play store

- TechWeekEurope - UK

IDG Contributor Network: Cyber crime as a service forces changes in information security

Cyber crime has been commercialized. Infecting computers with ransomware or using an advanced persistent threat to pilfer intellectual property no longer requires deep technical knowledge. Just use Google to learn how to access the Dark Web, and you can find hackers who, for a price, are more than happy to write malware, ...

- Network World - US

FalseGuide malware infects millions of Android users via Google Play

Malware is something of a recurring problem for Android users, and it seems as though Google is fighting a never-ending battle to keep the blight out of the Play Store. The latest large-scale batch to be discovered takes the form of adware known as FalseGuide. As you may have guessed from the name -- and your own experience ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

Joint INTERPOL operation brings down thousands of Southeast Asian malware sites

An INTERPOL joint operation in Southeast Asia has resulted in the discovery and shutdown of 8,880 command-and-control servers and 270 compromised websites. The investigation exposed threats including malware attacks against banks and other institutions, ransomware, distribute denial of service attacks and spam ...

- SiliconANGLE - US

Webroot bricks Windows PCs after flagging system files as malware

Antivirus update goes wrong.

- iTnews - AU

BrickerBot: The vigilante malware taking down unsecure IoT devices

The vigilante malware taking down unsecure IoT devices Hero or villain? 26 Apr 2017 Security

- PC PRO - UK

New Strain of Linux Malware Could Get Serious

A new strain of malware targeting Linux systems, dubbed "Linux/Shishiga," could morph into a dangerous security threat. Eset disclosed the threat, which represents a new Lua family unrelated to previously seen LuaBot malware. Linux/Shishiga uses four protocols -- SSH, Telnet, HTTP and BitTorrent -- and Lua scripts for ...

- LinuxInsider - US

US ISP Goes Down As Two Malware Families Go To War Over Its Modems

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bleeping Computer: Two malware families battling for turf are most likely the cause of an outage suffered by Californian ISP Sierra Tel at the beginning of the month, on April 10. The attack, which the company claimed was a "malicious hacking event," was the work of BrickerBot, ...

- Slashdot - US

AV provider Webroot mistakenly flagged Windows system files as malware, bricking millions of managed PCs worldwide; company is working on a fix

Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: AV provider Webroot mistakenly flagged Windows system files as malware, bricking millions of managed PCs worldwide; company is working on a fix  —  Windows' system files were flagged as malicious, and Facebook was marked as a phishing site.  —  Tough day for anyone running Webroot ...

- Techmeme - US

FalseGuide botnet malware, hidden in over 40 fake game companion guides, may have infected ~2M Android devices; apps have been removed from Google Play

Gabriela Vatu / Softpedia News: FalseGuide botnet malware, hidden in over 40 fake game companion guides, may have infected ~2M Android devices; apps have been removed from Google Play  —  Dozens of infected apps went under Google's radar  —  About 600,000 Android users have mistakenly installed malware on ...

- Techmeme - US

Internet of Things malware Hajime is creating a botnet from 300,000 devices

Kaspersky Lab has recently published its research into Hajime and its unknown end goal. So far, this malware has focused its attention on DVRs, webcams, and routers, but it is capable of attacking any device on the internet. The post Internet of Things malware Hajime is creating a botnet from 300,000 devices appeared first ...

- Digital Trends - US

Webroot antivirus flags key Windows files as malware, chaos ensues

Antivirus provider Webroot is causing quite a headache to customers today after a security update mistakenly flagged crucial Windows system files as malicious and moved them to quarantine. The company said the technical error propagated for 13 minutes starting at 11:52 a.m. MT on Monday, and that a kill switch...

- Techspot - EC

FalseGuide Malware in Play Store Infects 2M Users, Forces Phones to Join Botnet

About 600,000 Android users have mistakenly installed malware on their devices straight from Google Play, the company's official app store.  According to cybersecurity researchers from Check Point, the malware was hidden in more than 40 fake companion guide apps for popular games, such as Pokemon GO and FIFA Mobile, which ...

- Softpedia - US

This Hacker Is My New Hero

The hacker's name is Janit0r. You've probably never heard of him, but perhaps you've heard of his work. Janit0r is reportedly the one behind a particularly gnarly but undeniably fascinating form of malware called BrickerBot. BrickerBot, as the name implies, will brick internet of things devices that fail a…

- Gizmodo - US

NSA Malware 'Infects Nearly 200,000 Systems'

The NSA's Doublepulsar attack tool infected nearly 80,000 systems over the past weekend alone, according to worldwide scans

- TechWeekEurope - UK

BrickerBot Malware 'Disables Two Million Devices'

A malware family aimed at 'bricking' devices before they can be infected by Mirai has allegedly rendered millions of vulnerable devices useless

- TechWeekEurope - UK

Hackers uncork experimental Linux-targeting malware

SSH... it's Shishiga Hackers have unleashed a new malware strain that targets Linux-based systems.…

- TheRegister - UK

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