Tagged: malware

African Countries Most At Risk of Ransomware and Cryptomining Attacks

Microsoft has found that ransomware and cryptomining hackers are finding the most success in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Tanzania and Zambia, while the UAE, South Africa and Namibia have proven themselves as the most secure nations in Africa and the Middle East when it comes to repelling cryptocurrency-motivated… Read More

Powerful New Android Malware Using Accessibility Feature to Ransack Financial Accounts

Hackers are selling and using a potentially devastating “new generation of (Trojan) malware” called Gustuff to hijack bank, cryptocurrency, remittance, and payment details and accounts of Android users, cybersecurity firm Group IB reports. Notably, the malware exploits Android Accessibility Service features designed to help  disabled… Read More

Insurer Beazley: Healthcare Industry Most Targeted by Cyber Attacks

41% of cyber attacks are deployed against healthcare entities, Canadian Underwriter reports, whereas only 20% of attacks are leveled at financial firms. The information comes from specialist insurer Beazley in its Beazley 2019 Breach Briefing. The reason healthcare targets are preferred, says Beazley, is because unlike… Read More

Hack on UK’s Police Federation Could Affect 120 000 Police Officers

Hackers have compromised the personal data of up to 120 000 police officers working in England and Wales, and are believed to be demanding a ransom of cryptocurrencies for the data’s safe return, UK news outlet The Sun reports. Data affected by the breach include… Read More

Comprehensive Malware Used to Target Israeli Fintechs Writing Forex and Crypto Trading Software

A comprehensive malware called “CardinalRAT” has been used to target two Israeli Fintech companies, “who write software relating to forex and cryptocurrency trading,” cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Network writes. Attackers appear to be motivated by financial gain. Once installed, CardinalRAT malware allows attackers to: Collect victim information  Update… Read More

CyberSecurity: American Lawyers’ Duties in the Event of a Data Breach

Legal intelligence newsletter JD Supra has published an article advising lawyers on what to do in the event that client files are compromised in a data breach. Data breaches attacks on public institutions and private businesses are becoming increasingly common as hackers find more and… Read More

Prolific Juvenile Hacker who DDosed the BBC and Yahoo Spared Additional Jail Time

A young hacker from Holland who used Mirai IoT malware to command botnet attacks against Yahoo, the BBC, e-commerce firm Zalando, crypto-trading platforms and gambling sites has been spared additional jail time for his crimes, ZDNet reports. Prosecutors alleged that, in some cases, the hacker… Read More

Hacker Sells Elite College Admissions Files for Bitcoin

A hacker has attempted to sell hacked elite college admissions files to teenaged hopefuls waiting to find out if they have made it into their colleges of choice, Consumer Affairs reports. The hacker originally offered to sell files for 1 Bitcoin ($3800 USD)  in a… Read More

Return of Dorm-Room Crypto Mining or Malware Surge?

PC Magazine is reporting this week on an apparent surge of on-campus cryptomining detected by cybersecurity firm Cisco. The news is noteworthy because, according to urban legend, crypto mining for bitcoins started mostly in dorm rooms and nerd basements. Stealthily, however, corporate crypto miners like… Read More

Coinhive, Number One Source of Cryptojacking Software, Closing in March

Citing miner-attrition from “forks” and declining crypto prices, CoinHive, an in-browser crypto mining software service favored by malicious cryptojackers, will be shutting down in March, ZDNet reports. CoinHive was initially conceived as a way for websites to earn revenue from visitors without having to show… Read More

Data Clouds “Main Focus for Hackers Looking to Mine Cryptocurrency” Bitglass Cla

Australian cloud access security brokerage (CASB) Bitglass has published an article in Security Briefing Australia warning that “cloud resources” have become the most coveted target of hackers pervading cryptocurrency mining malware. “Cloud computing” is essentially the outsourcing of data storage to firms running large data… Read More

Eight “Cryptojacking” Apps Removed from Microsoft Store

Eight “potentially unwanted applications” (PUAs) identified by cybersecurity researchers at Symantec have been now been removed from the Microsoft Store. The eight fake apps -Fast-search Lite, Battery Optimizer (Tutorials), VPN Browsers+, Downloader for YouTube Videos, Clean Master+ (Tutorials), FastTube, Findoo Browser 2019, and Findoo Mobile… Read More

Cryptocurrency: MetaMask Malware Hijacks Clipboard to Steal Ethers

Malware designed to intercept and replace digitally-copied cryptocurrency addresses with those belonging to hackers has been found in a fake MetaMask app available until recently at the Google Play app market. According to cybersecurity firm WeLiveSecurity, the malicious app, “Android/Clipper.C” was, “…spotted shortly after it was… Read More

Researchers Find New Mac “CookieMiner” Malware Stealing Cryptocurrency Trading Access & More

People checking their balances on cryptocurrency exchanges and financial accounts are being warned to delete all cookies from their browsers after they log out. According to cybersecurity researchers at Palo Alto Networks, a new cookie-based cryptomining malware called “CookieMiner” is circulating and is designed to… Read More

New Monero CryptoMining Malware Targeting Alibaba and Tencent Clouds

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 “global threat intelligence team” has identified a new exploit illegally mining Monero cryptocurrency on Chinese public cloud networks: “Palo Alto networks recently captured and investigated new samples of the Linux coin mining malware used by the Rocke group…. Read More

Russian Malware-Infected Movie File Used to Steal Cryptocurrencies, Rip Off Wikipedia

Russian-sourced malware targeting PC users that download movie files from Pirate Bay is being used to steal cryptocurrencies, “poison” people’s browsers with compromised pop-ups and even divert Wikipedia donations to attackers, Bleeping Computer reports. The malicious file was discovered by security researcher 0xffff0800 in a copy of the… Read More

Hackers Escalating Ethereum Thefts in Advance of Possible Further Price Declines

Hackers have tripled their efforts this month to rip off “exposed” Ethereum wallets and mining equipment- probably in an attempt to profit while the profiting’s still good, ZDNet reports. In fact, attack frequency has been furious for the past week, said Troy Mursch, co-founder of… Read More

Monero-Mining Malware Getting More Sophisticated, Researchers Say

A sophisticated actor, or actors, is presently using an “evolving” type of crypto-jacking software to infect private systems from Mexico to India to Norway to Israel, commandeering them for the mining of Monero, a popular “privacy cryptocurrency” difficult to trace. The malware, called “KingMiner,” has been… Read More

Kaspersky Lab: Botnets Being “Reprofiled” to Deploy CryptoJacking Malware

Increased competition in the “DDos-attack-for-sale” market and sometimes attractive cryptocurrency prices are inclining botnet commanders to switch their priorities towards the dissemination of crypto mining malware, cybersecurity researchers at Kaspersky Lab (KL) claim. In a DDos attack, an infected network of computers called a botnet sends… Read More

US Indicts Two Iranians for 200 Ransomware Attacks in US

Yesterday, the American Justice Department indicted Iranian citizens Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, for executing remote cyber attacks against 200 American government agencies, municipalities and health care businesses, the Daily Mail reports. The charges were announced by US Deputy Attorney… Read More

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