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Viruses & Malware

Hackers are Selling Backdoors into Windows PCs for just $10

If you use Windows, you want to know about this problem that apparently has been around for some time. Cyber criminals are offering remote access to IT systems for just $10 via a dark web hacking store — potentially enabling attackers to steal information, disrupt systems, deploy ransomware and more. Some of the products sold for $10 allow access to tens of thousands of compromised systems. Systems advertised for sale […]

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If You are Using the Stylish Web Browser Extension, Your Private Information is being Collected and Used for Unknown Purposes

Google and Mozilla have ejected the popular Stylish extension from their respective catalogs following a complaint that it collects data about website visits in a way that could be used to identify users. Software engineer Robert Heaton first identified the security issue and warned, “the Stylish browser extension steals all your internet history” and collects enough information to identify individuals from historical web usage. Details may be found in an […]

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Every Android Device Launched Since 2012 may be Impacted by a RAMpage Vulnerability

Do you have an Android cell phone, tablet, walkie-talkie, or other mobile device? Assuming it was introduced in 2012 or later, it contains a major security bug. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2018-9442, is a variation of the Rowhammer attack, a hardware bug in modern memory cards. While the problem is significant, there is no evidence that hackers have ever used it for malicious purposes. Security researchers found the weakness and […]

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Free Decryption Tool Released for Destructive File-Locking Thanatos Ransomware

Victims of a destructive form of ransomware, which fails to unlock files even if the ransom is paid, can now retrieve their files for free with a new file decryptor released by security researchers. Thanatos ransomware first started targeting Windows systems in February and multiple versions of it have been released in the months since, indicating that those behind it remain an active threat. Details may be found in an […]

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This new Windows Malware wants to Add your PC to a Botnet – or Worse

If you use Windows, you need to read an article by Danny Palmer in the ZDNet web site at https://zd.net/2yslXCr. It says: A new malware campaign is roping systems into a botnet and providing the attackers with complete control over infected victims, plus the ability to deliver additional payloads, putting the victims’ devices at risk of Trojans, keyloggers, DDoS attacks and other malicious schemes. The malware comes equipped with three […]

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Skygofree: a Not-So-New Malware that Infects Android Devices

Skygofree apparently has been around for a while but was a minor problem until recently. Now it is infecting more and more Android cell phones and tablet computers. The malware (malevolent software) has the ability to grab call records, text messages, geolocation, surrounding audio, calendar events, and other memory information stored on the device. After manual launch, it shows a fake welcome notification to the user: Dear Customer, we’re updating […]

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Nokia Security Report for 2017

Are you concerned about malware (malevolent software), such as viruses, keyloggers, and trojan horse programs? If so, you might want to read a new report from Nokia. The Nokia Threat Intelligence Report examines malware infections found in mobile and fixed networks worldwide. It provides analysis of data gathered from more than 100 million devices by the Nokia NetGuard Endpoint Security solution. The new report details key security incidents and trends […]

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Mac OSX Trojan Malware Spread Via Compromised Software Downloads

Macintosh owners used to feel smug that “Macs never get viruses.” Then a few viruses appeared but did not spread the way Windows viruses normally spread so Mac owners still were able to say, “Macs rarely get viruses.” However, any Mac owner who isn’t careful bout files being downloaded my find himself or herself on the receiving end of a virus. Details may be found in an article by Danny […]

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Necurs Ransomware-Spreading Botnet Will Now Screengrab Your Desktop Too

The Necurs botnet has recently undergone a resurgence, distributing millions of malicious emails – large swathes of which have most recently been spreading Locky ransomware. It’s also been known to deliver the Trickbot banking trojan, indicating the attackers behind it have their fingers in many pies. But not happy with just that, wow those behind Necurs – a zombie army of over five million hacked devices – are also attaching […]

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Alabama County Succumbs to Bitcoin Ransomware Demands

A lack of preparedness cost one county in Alabama $37,000. Ransomware attacks are easily neutralized if a data center’s staff is properly prepared in advance. One of the largest counties in Alabama was the victim this time, and the security breach and subsequent encrypting of sensitive information cost the local government a not-inconsequential $37,000. Hannah Hawk, a spokesperson for Montgomery County said that the attack “locked up” the county’s data […]

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