News tagged: Malware
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.
Malware that appears to have come from hackers in Russia was detected by the Burlington Electric Department in Vermont. The malware includes a signature for "Grizzly Steppe" that seemingly matches some of the code shared by the US federal government.
The last thing you want your medical device to do is malfunction due to malware and that's why the FDA has put together guidelines for protecting them from cyberattacks. Its final guidance on the matter recommends a few things that should keep consumers safe.
Russia allegedly managed to track the activities of Ukrainian military personnel with a piece of Android malware called Fancy Bear. CrowdStrike reports the malware was included in normally legitimate software pertaining to artillery targeting missions.
The newest $50 Barnes & Noble Nook shipped to consumers with malware installed, potentially allowing an overseas entity to steal personal information. An update has already gone out to disable the spyware on all units. The spyware in question is from ADUPS.
Ransomware traditionally locks your computer until a ransom is paid, hence the name of the malware. But a new piece of ransomware has appeared that lets users unlock their files by infecting others. If you don't spread it, the ransom is set at 1 Bitcoin, about $780.
South Korea's military cyber command appears to have been hacked by its northern neighbor, which allegedly stole classified information from the country. A military official says malware was discovered in the cyber command system and military documents were stolen.
Over a million Google accounts have been compromised due to a piece of malware known as Gooligan. Check Point, a cybersecurity company, reports the malware is infecting over 13,000 devices per day. Gooligan first appeared in August when it began infecting devices.
Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, was attacked over the weekend. Hackers attempted to infect home routers with malware, but they weren't successful. Deutsche Telekom says the malware was unable to spread, though the attack did result in temporary problems.
The hackers responsible for breaking into San Francisco's MUNI rail system are threatening to release employee and customer data. Ransomware was placed in the system and unless the ransom is paid, data may be released. Around $73,000 in Bitcoin has been demanded.
A version of the Locky ransomware has been found spreading on social networks, namely Facebook and LinkedIn. Due to vulnerabilities in those sites, an infected picture file can be sent to a user, downloaded by the browser, and deployed when it's opened.
If you think not having any microphone plugged in to your computer is enough for your words, secret innuendos, and ultra-secret world-changing ideas to not be snooped on, think again. Researchers have shown that a simple malware can bring all your secrets to bear.
Office Depot employees have allegedly provided fake PC virus diagnoses with the goal of increasing sales of repair services. The Consumerist and KIRO-TV (Seattle) claim employees feel pressure to sell protection plans and therefore have been lying about the existence of viruses.
The FBI's case against Playpen, the largest child porn site, isn't the only one that has involved the agency controversially operating websites that feature child abuse content. Recently unsealed documents reveal the FBI may have operated dozens of child porn sites.
A malware-filled Android app pretending to be a Pokemon Go guide was downloaded by half a million people, reports Kaspersky Labs. The Trojan included in the software has infected at least 6,000 phones. It is set up to infect your phone after you install/uninstall another app.
Malware has been located in another version of Transmission that was posted to the developer's site without its knowledge and pulled after a day. Security researchers at ESET say the malware, known as Keydnap, temporarily used a version of the BitTorrent software to spread.
Security researchers have discovered a piece of malware that's spreading through Google's AdSense network and can infect Android devices. The malware, known as "Trojan-banker.androidos.svpeng.q," was discovered by a team of Kaspersky Lab researchers.
As greater physical military action against ISIS by the United States is debated, the Pentagon is working on digital weapons it can use to combat the terrorist group. Michael S. Rogers, chief of the US Cyber Command, says a dedicated unit within the Pentagon is creating malware.