News tagged: Malware
Security researcher Marcus Hutchins received a lot of attention after he helped stop the WannaCry ransomware. WannaCry infected tens of thousands of computers, inflicting widespread damage. Hutchins was able to halt the spread by registering a domain being used by the software.
Researchers have come across a piece of Mac malware that managed to go undetected for years. The surveillance malware, known as Fruitfly, can give hackers control over webcams, keyboards, and other parts of a system. It was undiscovered for years despite being easy to spot.
Researchers with Check Point Software Technologies say a malware campaign known as CopyCat successfully infected 14 million Android devices. By infecting those devices, the malware was able to generate $1.5 million from fraudulent app installs and advertising.
Evidence suggests the Petya malware attack came from a state actor, which could make it an act of war, according to NATO. Researchers with the international organization found the malware "can most likely be attributed to a state actor." More evidence is needed.
Petya, a new piece of ransomware that's been spreading through Russia and Ukraine, is now present in the United States. It's also spread to parts of Europe, Asia, and Australia. The malware has affected banking systems in some countries and disabled a Chernobyl monitoring system.
More evidence is pointing to North Korea as the source of the WannaCry ransomware. According to the BBC, the National Cyber Security Center in the UK believes Korean hackers from the Lazarus group were responsible for the attack. Lazarus is linked to Korea.
Tens of millions of Android devices may be infected with Judy, a recently highlighted piece of malware. Check Point says around 36.5 million devices could contain the malicious software, which is designed to illegitimately generate ad revenue. Judy got past Google's defenses.
Subtitle files that are often downloaded by people with pirated movies/shows are being used by hackers to hide malware. Checkpoint reports the exploit has given hackers a way to control someone's desktop by getting them to load fake movie/show subtitles.
A malicious website pretending to be associated with WhatsApp is spreading adware. It's located at "whatsapp.com," yet the characters are replaced with those from the Cyrillic alphabet, making it easier to appear legitimate. The URL could definitely trick people.
Security firm FireEye reports hackers "aligned with Vietnamese government interests" are targeting companies, journalists, and governments around the world. They've been carrying out cyberattacks for at least 3 years. The implicated group is known as OceanLotus.
Renault and Nissan have both been affected by the WannaCrypt ransomware, forcing some of their plants to temporarily shut down. Several European plants operated by Renault had to halt their work because data on their computers was entirely inaccessible.
The reach of WannaCrypt, a fast-growing ransomware, will significantly increase as business begins Monday, says Robert Wainwright, executive director of Europol. There are already upwards of 200,000 victims in over 150 countries. Indonesia has issued a similar warning.
Microsoft has issued a special patch to address a "crazy bad" Windows Defender exploit first reported by Google's Project Zero over the weekend. Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich, two Project Zero researchers, reported the security hole on Twitter.
Some versions of the installer for Handrake, a popular video-encoding app on Mac, were recently infected with malware. The creators of Handbrake say around 50% of the downloads from "download.handbrake.fr" were affected from May 2 to May 6. Other sources weren't affected.
A piece of malware known as Snake that's existed on Windows for years is now showing up on MacOS. The malware involves a fake Adobe Flash Player installer that can get around MacOS' Gatekeeper feature. When present, it can add a backdoor to the OS' file system.
Security firm G Data reports new Android malware is found every 10 seconds, leading to 8,400 new malware instances per day. The firm found there were 750,000 new Android malware apps discovered during the first quarter of 2017. Fragmentation contributes to the issue.
Millions of Android devices have been infected by an adware called FalseGuide. The malware enters people's devices by convincing people to install apps that appear to be guides for popular games. Users often give these apps unnecessary permissions, growing their impact.
The CIA has an entire unit dedicated to finding ways to exploit iOS devices, according to WikiLeaks' Vault 7 leak. Among the code that's leaked is a "hacking arsenal" of malware, zero day exploits, and other software meant to infiltrate iOS. CIA has focused on iOS.
Google has been ordered by a Texas district court to pay $20 million for infringing upon anti-malware patents. It was determined that software in Chrome infringed upon four separate patents. Google believes the patents involved in the case are invalid.
Malicious files have been found on WhatsApp that may be targeted at members of India's security forces. Press Trust of India reports the files include the names of NDA and NIA, two important government agencies. Warnings have gone out to military and police personnel.