Tagged: malware

Changing UK Cybercrime Patterns Outlined in PPC Shield Report

British individuals and businesses have been scammed for £5.7m in losses from just under 15,000 reported cybercrime incidents so far in 2021, research from click fraud prevention firm PPC Shield reveals. Malicious hacking, fraudulent use of social media accounts and email scams are the top methods, accounting for… Read More

Kaspersky Report Parses African Cybercrime Trends

New data released this week by Kaspersky shows even Africa is not immune from cyber attacks. While not considered a hotbed of financial opportunity, many African countries are seeing attacks at rates similar to the global average of one out of every 10 computers in… Read More

Cryptocurrency related Ransomware Attacks “Skyrocketed” Last Year but there May be “Fewer Culprits” than Expected: Report

Ransomware “skyrocketed” last year, however, there might be “fewer culprits” than we may think or expect, according to a report from blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis. Chainalysis acknowledges that 2020 will “forever be known” as the year of COVID-19, but when it comes to cryptocurrency-related crime,… Read More

Cryptocurrency Users’ Funds are Being Stolen via Malicious Chrome Browser Extension Phishing Attack: Report

Blockchain security firm Ciphertrace noted in a blog post published on December 2, 2020 that within the last 24 hours, the company noticed a significant uptick of alerts and comments within the online digital currency community of users’ funds having been stolen through a malicious… Read More

Hackers are Using Malicious, Automated Scripts to Attack Computer Systems Every 39 Seconds, Digital Asset Security Firm NGRAVE Reveals

NGRAVE, a digital asset security company that claims it has developed the world’s most secure cryptocurrency hardware wallet, reveals that hackers regularly use automated scripts (malicious computer code) that allow them to attack computer systems every 39 seconds (on average 2,244 times per day). The… Read More

Evilnum Hackers are Now Using Malicious Malware Scripts Written in Python to Target Fintech Service Providers

A hacking group has reportedly introduced new trojan malware that aims to target Fintech service providers. The malicious scripts have been created to gain access to people’s email accounts, steal their passwords and business-related information. The malware scripts have been added to code that has… Read More

Banks, Government Offices Targeted by Malicious P2P Botnet which Mines Monero (XMR) by Hogging Computing Resources of Targeted Computers

Guardicore, a company that aims to protect any digital environment by offering simplified cloud and data center security solutions, reveals that it has found a peer to peer (P2P) botnet, called FritzFrog, that has been regularly breaching SSH services since January of this year. SSH… Read More

Romanian Hackers Who Commanded Vast Cryptomining Botnet Sentenced in Ohio

Bogdan Nicolescu, 37, and Radu Miclaus, 37, two members of a Romanian gang that controlled a network of at least 40o ooo malware-infected computers, have been sentenced to 18 and 20 years in prison each. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office,… Read More

Hackers Using Bitcoin to Keep Malware Circulating

Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro has identified a modification to an older version of “malvertising” malware called Glupteba that uses Bitcoin script to keep it from being expunged off the Internet. In addition to functioning as, “a browser stealer that can steal…browsing history, website cookies…account names and passwords… Read More

20 Texas Municipalities Suffer Coordinated Ransomware Attack

At least twenty local governments in Texas are now coping with a “coordinated ransomware attack on municipality computer systems,” the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) reports. Affected cities and towns are not named in the release. A response is being coordinated by the Texas Division of… Read More

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

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