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Alerts & Outbreaks [May, 20, 2015]

Malvertising makes use of the Magnitude exploit kit to deliver ransomware

Malvertising networks lead users to ransomware using the Magnitude exploit kit. CryptoWall 3.0 is the first malware dropped.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [May, 19, 2015]

Chinese hacker group APT use Microsoft’s Technet web portal to obfuscate their CnC servers

Hackers are now using legitimate services offered by popular websites and blogs to masquerade their malicious operations.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [May, 13, 2015]

Curiosity arousing Facebook scams lead to nothing but malware

Want to watch a “shocking video” on Facebook? Not a good idea. It is just a scam and the only end result is, the scammers making money out of your personal information.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [May, 7, 2015]

Half a million computers infected as Macro Malware makes a comeback

Macro malware returns, infecting over 500,000 computers through malicious documents spread via spam email.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Apr, 28, 2015]

US hospitals to use AC power probes to treat malware on medical devices

A new platform dubbed WattsUpDoc developed by Phd’s Benjamin Ransford and Dennis Foo Kune can be used to detect and treat malware on medical devices using AC power.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Apr, 28, 2015]

IRC botnets have evolved to steal passwords and avoid detection

A recent study unveils various types of IRC Botnets and their different infection and propagation methods.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Apr, 18, 2015]

Arkansas Police send malware-laden hard drive to lawyer representing whistleblowers

An Arkansas lawyer found out that the cops had sent him a hard drive filled with malware that could be used for spying purposes.

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Security Knowledge [Apr, 16, 2015]

How to stay safe on Facebook and avoid the top 5 scams

Scammers love Facebook because it provides them with a place to try out their scams in front of an audience of over a billion people. Many old and new scams surface on the network giant every day and many people get tricked. Here’s what you need to keep an eye out for.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Apr, 11, 2015]

Joint international police operation targets Beebone botnet

Several government and private agencies target the Beebone botnet which has infected over 12,000 computers. Europol has claimed that they have successfully ‘sinkholed’ the botnet by registering, suspending or seizing all domain names with which the malware could communicate and traffic was then redirected.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Apr, 10, 2015]

Popular Chrome extension turns out to be Spyware!

A popular Chrome extension known as Webpage screenshot starts collecting sensitive user information a week after installation for financial benefits. The sleep-activate feature of this spyware allows it to evade security measures, which highlights a greater issue with the current app/extension verification system.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Apr, 10, 2015]

Trojan downloader Waski steals login credentials

Have you received an email recently with an unusual attachment? It may be the trojan downloader waski, disguised as a pdf file. This banking trojan steals login credentials by directing users to modified versions of bank websites. It can also directly intercept the traffic containing login information in most popular browsers like Chrome and IE.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Apr, 9, 2015]

New Cryptolocker copycat PClock2 discovered that targets over 2,500 file extensions

A new variant to the PClock ransomware has emerged that targets a large number of file extensions. The locked files can be retrieved by using Emsisoft’s decryption tool.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Apr, 3, 2015]

Xtube compromised, exploits lead to Cryptowall infection

Popular adult website Xtube has been compromised. The website has been injected with malicious code which exploits Flash on unpatched systems to drop malware like Cryptowall.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Apr, 1, 2015]

Banking malware Vawtrak attacks financial institutions in Canada

Banking trojan Vawtrak is attacking banks and financial institutions in Canada. The financial malware uses a man-in-the-middle attack to steal information but also has advanced capabilities like remote desktop control, botnet creation and more.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Mar, 29, 2015]

VaultCrypt ransomware offers fake customer support

Like most other variants of ransomware, VaultCrypt encrypts files, but instead of directly asking for a ransom, it directs users to their so called “customer support” website.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Mar, 26, 2015]

Installer hijack vulnerability threatens almost half of all Android devices

Almost 50% of all Android devices are vulnerable to an Installer hijack. This may lead to unauthorized installation of adware or malware.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Mar, 24, 2015]

Security bug shows how BIOSes of most manufacturers are prone to infection

At a recent security conference researchers suggest BIOS malware is a lively and pertinent threat. The LightEater bug can be exploited to compromise millions of systems from popular manufacturers like HP, ASUS, Dell and Lenovo.

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Alerts & Outbreaks [Mar, 3, 2015]

Europol takes down Ramnit botnet that infected millions of computers

Europol conducted an operation against a massive botnet called Ramnit and managed to shut down several servers, which will hopefully turn out to be a major setback for the cyber criminals behind this zombie network.