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Security Researcher Marcus Hutchins, Who Stopped WannaCry Cyberattack, Pleads Guilty To Malware Charges

Marcus Hutchins, who is best known by his MalwareTech alias, helped stopped the global spread of the WannaCry ransomware. He now faces up to 10 years in prison for creating and selling malwares when he was still a minor.

Security April 20, 2019

Downloading Pirated 'Game Of Thrones' Puts Your Computer At Risk Of Malware

Kaspersky Lab is cautioning the public about downloading the upcoming final season of "Game of Thrones" through illegal means. Pirated downloads of popular TV shows were one of the most common sources of malware infections in 2018.

Security April 4, 2019

Google Android Security Report: Installs Of 'Potentially Harmful Apps' On Google Play Doubled In 2018

Google has published its annual Android security report. Based on the company's findings, the Android ecosystem became generally safer in 2018, despite a twofold increase in 'potentially harmful apps.'

Google April 2, 2019

Asus Publishes Fix For 'ShadowHammer' Malware

ASUS responded to recent media reports on the ASUS Live Update tool attack by APT groups. The hardware vendor also announced the release of ASUS Live Update Version 3.6.8, which introduces a fix for the ShadowHammer malware.

Security March 29, 2019

Asus Software Updates Laced With Malware Infect Thousands: How To Check If You're Affected

Hackers infect thousands of Asus computers with malware using the manufacturer's own Live Update Utility tool. Fortunately, there's a way to check if a machine is affected or not, thanks to Kaspersky Lab.

Security March 25, 2019

Android Adware 'SimBad' Found In Over 200 Apps With More Than 150M Downloads

A strain of adware has been found in 206 Android apps with over 150 million downloads. Researchers dubbed the malware 'SimBad' because of how it mainly infected simulators.

Security March 14, 2019

Malicious Android App That Steals Cryptocurrency Found On The Play Store

ESET has discovered an Android app that steals cryptocurrency on the Google Play Store. Called a 'clipper,' it tricks users into depositing into the hacker's cryptocurrency wallet address instead of their own.

Security February 10, 2019

Google Play Store Apps Found To Have Malware, Were Downloaded 500,000 Times: Report

Once again, someone discovers apps infested with malware inside the Google Play Store. Worse yet, some of those apps were able to reach the trending chart undetected.

Security November 25, 2018

'Fortnite Mobile' For Android Installer Allowed Hackers To Infect Smartphones With Malware

Google discovered a vulnerability that allowed hackers to install malware through the 'Fortnite Mobile' for Android installers. Epic Games has since patched the exploit, but it is unhappy with how Google dealt with the security issue.

Video Games August 26, 2018

Buyer, Beware: This $100 Fake iPhone X Is A Security Nightmare

Motherboard investigated a $100 fake iPhone X that one of its writers purchased in China. The counterfeit iPhone X looked like the real thing, but it was discovered to be filled with malware and backdoors.

Apple July 20, 2018

Fortnite Cheaters Infected Their Own PCs With Malware Hidden Inside Hacking App

Game streaming service Rainway noticed hundreds of thousands of error reports related to adware attacking certain users. The company discovered that the victims all downloaded a 'Fortnite' cheating app, which secretly included malware that infected their computers.

Video Games July 6, 2018

MyloBot Malware Can Take Control Of Your PC And You Won't Even Know It

Tom Nipravsky, a security researcher at Deep Instinct, discovered a new malware targeting Windows-based PCs called Mylobot. The botnet can not only gain control of one's computer but also avoid detection thanks to its advanced evasion techniques.

Internet June 21, 2018

Rootkit Malware Masquerades As Free VPN Service: Here's What Zacinlo Does And How To Protect Yourself

The Zacinlo malware, once embedded in a computer, is able to do things such as load websites in hidden windows, send screenshots to attackers, and intercept encrypted communications. The malware is being spread by a free VPN service named S5Mark.

Security June 19, 2018

VPNFilter Is A Lot Worse Than Previously Thought: How To Protect Yourself From The Russian Router Malware

Cisco Talos has determined that the router malware VPNFilter is more dangerous and widespread than first thought. There isn't much to do but to install the latest firmware updates and perform a factory reset on routers.

Security June 7, 2018

Researchers Discover Malware Called Cosiloon Pre-Installed On 141 Android Models

Avast Threat Labs said that 141 Android phones have been pre-installed with malware called Cosiloon. It will cause popup ads when users are playing games or searching websites.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech May 25, 2018

Russian Hackers Infect 500,000 Routers With Malware: What You Should Know

Russian hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers around the world with a new malware called VPNFilter. The malware has affected routers manufactured by Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link, among others.

Security May 24, 2018

Malicious Chrome Extension Based On 'The Wild Thornberrys' Infects 100,000 Users And Mines For Cryptocurrency

Google recently deleted a malicious Chrome extension that infected 100,000 users. It was based on 'The Wild Thornberrys' television show and mined for cryptocurrency.

Security May 11, 2018

New Facebook Messenger Malware Can Steal Users' Passwords, Money, Or CPU Power

A new malware called FacexWorm is making rounds on Facebook Messenger and it can steal users' passwords and money, or exploit their PC to mine cryptocurrency. Here's what to look out for.

Security May 5, 2018

Hackers Exploit Telegram To Spread Cryptocurrency Mining Malware: Are You Affected?

A Russian cybercriminal group exploited a zero-day vulnerability within Telegram to spread a multipurpose malware. They were able to create a backdoor and mine for cryptocurrency on affected systems.

Security February 14, 2018

There's A New Tech Support Scam Around That Freezes Google Chrome

Malwarebytes confirmed that scammers have a new method that causes Google Chrome to become unresponsive. Users are prompted to contact a paid tech support number to help resolve the issue.

Security February 7, 2018

Global Spying Operation 'Dark Caracal' Uncovered: Hackers Compromise Thousands Of Android Smartphones, Windows Computers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lookout have uncovered Dark Caracal, a global spying operation that has compromised thousands of Android smartphones and Windows computers in 21 countries. Further investigations revealed that the hackers may be nation-state actors.

Security January 19, 2018

Google Chrome Hit By Malicious Extensions, Reached 500,000 Combined Downloads Before They Were Removed

Four malicious extensions have been detected recently on Google Chrome web browser that potentially exposed 500,000 users. The extensions were believed to have been used for a click-fraud scam operation, security firm ICEBRG reported.

Google January 17, 2018

This Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware On Android Can Literally Destroy Your Phone

A new type of malware called Loapi is infecting Android phones, Kaspersky has discovered. It can do a lot of things, including melt your phone.

Security December 20, 2017

HP May Have Installed Spyware In Your PC: Here's What It Does And How To Remove It

HP installed a telemetry client that essentially functions as spyware to its computers without requesting permission from users. Fortunately, the software, which also affects performance, can be easily found and removed.

Security November 29, 2017

Google Finally Explains Why Some People Were Locked Out Of Google Docs

Google Docs users got a bit of a spook on Halloween, but not from ghosts. Google locked them out of their documents for some reason, but it has now clarified exactly what happened.

Google November 3, 2017

Here's What You Need To Know About The Ransomware Bad Rabbit

As the third major ransomware outbreak of the year, Bad Rabbit has infected organizations across Russia and other countries in Eastern Europe, demanding 0.05 Bitcoin or about $285 to decrypt locked-up files.

Security October 26, 2017

Malware Apps On Google Play Added Devices To A Botnet, Proving Google Is Still Terrible At Reviewing Apps

Malware has managed to bypass and penetrate Google Play yet again, posing as 'Minecraft' skins apps this time, which connected devices to a botnet. Google has shut down the infected apps, but its impaired app review process deserves significant scrutiny.

Security October 20, 2017

New Android Ransomware DoubleLocker Can Change Your Smartphone's PIN And Encrypt Data

A new Android ransomware DoubleLocker, spotted by security researchers from ESET, encrypts all the files on Android device and also changes the device PIN and set to a random value.

Security October 17, 2017

The CCleaner Hack Goes Deeper: Malware Targeted Microsoft, Google, And Other Major Tech Companies

The recently reported CCleaner hack affected 2.3 million users, but those people were not the real targets. The hackers were found to be targeting major tech companies, including Microsoft and Google, with the second stage of the attack.

Security September 22, 2017

CCleaner Users, Update Right Now: Hackers Injected Malware Into The App, Infecting 2.3 Million

Users of the popular Windows app CCleaner should immediately check if the software installed in their computers are of the latest version. Hackers have compromised one version of the program by injecting malware into its official installation package.

Security September 18, 2017

About 5.3 Billion Bluetooth Devices At Risk Of Malware Via 'BlueBorne' Exploit

Security firm Armis says a newly identified Bluetooth exploit called 'BlueBorne' is putting almost 5.3 billion devices in danger of malware, including Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux devices.

Gadgets September 13, 2017

Google's Safe Browsing Tool Keeps More Than 3 Billion Devices Away From Malware And Phishing

Google has proudly announced that its Safe Browsing tool is protecting more than 3 billion devices from malicious websites that attempt to phish users or install malware.

Google September 12, 2017

Spyware Apps On Google Play That Secretly Recorded Audio, Took Photos Without Permission Now Removed

A security firm was able to identify a malicious family of spyware apps called SonicSpy, three of which were able to make it onto Google Play. These apps, which have now been removed, were capable of spying on its users.

Security August 14, 2017

Hackers Infect Computer With Malware Encoded In Strand Of DNA: Should We All Panic?

A team of biologists and security researchers used DNA encoded with malware to compromise a computer. Should we all panic now that hackers are moving from exploiting computers to exploiting the human body?

Security August 11, 2017

WannaCry Hero's Dark Past Comes Back To Haunt Him? Cybersecurity Expert Arrested For Allegedly Unleashing Banking Malware

Marcus Hutchins, the man credited for stopping the spread of the WananCry ransomware in May, has been arrested by the FBI. Hutchins allegedly created, maintained, and sold a banking malware in the past.

Security August 4, 2017

Mysterious Mac Malware Goes Undetected For Several Years: With FruitFly Around, Apple Fans Are Not As Safe As They Thought

Synack chief security researcher Patrick Wardle shed more light on FruitFly, a mysterious malware that has infected Mac computers for at least five years. According to Wardle, the malware was created probably for 'perverse reasons.'

Apple July 25, 2017

Google Rolls Out Panic Detection Mode In Android 7.1 Nougat To Protect Users From Malware: How Does It Work?

Google quietly added a new panic detection mode in Android 7.1 Nougat. The feature will help users fight back against malware trying to hijack their Android devices, and here is how it works.

Google July 11, 2017

CopyCat Malware Spread to 14 Million Android Devices Last Year

The CopyCat malware turned out to be very effective. Overall, the malware infected more than 14 million devices and earned the creators more than a million dollars.

Security July 8, 2017

Microsoft's Annoying Windows 10 Update Reminders To Start Again, But Don't Ignore Them Unless You Want Malware

Microsoft will start bugging you to update Windows 10 to the Creators Update if you're behind, but with all the malware that's been going around, it's probably best you listen.

Microsoft July 3, 2017

The 'Petya' Ransomware: What We Know And How To Protect Your PC

Only weeks following WannaCry, a new form of malware is wreaking havoc. Here's what we know about the Petya malware and how to stop it.

Security June 28, 2017

Xavier Android Malware Found In Over 800 Google Play Store Apps: How Is It Different From Other Malware?

A new Android malware named Xavier was detected in over 800 apps on the Google Play Store. Here's what makes Xavier different and more dangerous from other malware, and what you can do to protect yourself.

Google June 26, 2017

CRASHOVERRIDE: Malware That Took Down A Ukraine Power Grid?

In 2016, a malware attack knocked out the power grid in Kiev, Ukraine for an hour a week before Christmas. Cybersecurity researchers may have now discovered the malware that was used in the attack - CRASHOVERRIDE.

Security June 12, 2017

Oops, They Did It Again: Russian Hackers Tapped Britney Spears's Instagram Account To Post Coded Messages

A Slovakian cybersecurity firm has found that Russian hackers used Britney Spears's Instagram account for a malware operation. The hackers posted coded messages linking to the Turla hacker server.

Security June 9, 2017

Chinese Malware 'Fireball' Burns 250 Million Computers: Here's What It Can Do And How To Check If Your PC Is Infected

Check Point discovered Fireball, a Chinese malware operation that has infected 250 million of computers worldwide. Here's why the malware is a very dangerous security threat and how users can check if their computer is compromised.

Security June 4, 2017

Judy Malware Infects Up To 36.5 Million Android Devices: Here Are Some Tips To Stay Safe Online

A set of apps under the name of Judy are actually malicious ad-clicking malware, security firm Check Point has found out. Here’s how to keep your Android device safe from malware.

Security May 28, 2017

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