News tagged: Malware
As part of Facebook's bug bounty program, a hacker discovered an existing backdoor in the network's system. The hacker, Orange Tsai, says he found malware on a Linux-based staff server that was able to send off usernames and passwords to a remote server.
Ransomware-infected ads bypassed the security measures of major ad networks over the weekend, allowing the ads to be placed on sites like the BBC, Newsweek, The New York Times, and MSN. The ads ran on Sunday and if a user were vulnerable, they could have been infected.
Palo Alto Networks researchers say Mac users have been affected by a ransomware campaign for the first time. The attack began over the weekend and users may soon see their computers encrypted as a result. KeRanger, the ransomware, has been identified as fully functional.
North Korea is engaged in an ongoing malware campaign and the large 2014 Sony hack was carried out by the same group of hackers, according to a report from Kaspersky and Alienvault Labs. At the Security Analyst Summit, those groups announced new evidence had been found.
Google is going to start letting people know if they are on a site that could be using deceptive ads/download buttons which can steal their information or install malware. In a blog post, Google announced it would look for bad "embedded content" and warn visitors.
Google doesn't let anyone who is trying to sell fake goods, scam people, or infect their systems with malware advertise on its network and as a result, it blocked 780 million bad ads in 2015 alone. Along with blocking those ads, Google suspended over 10,000 websites.
Malware has been discovered in the payment systems used by Hyatt, one of the largest hotel operators. The company admits to having found malware and an investigation into the attack is "ongoing." Hyatt has taken "steps to strengthen the security of [its] systems."
Baidu (China) is developing forms of artificial intelligence (AI) that can use deep learning to spot malware. Like other companies in the malware detection field, Baidu first applied its technology to examining images, text, and other forms of content.
We already know the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States has targeted German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but it now appears the agency has targeted more German officials. Malware that is connected to the NSA was found on an official's computer.
Malware on Macs had its biggest year ever in 2015. A report from Bit9 and Carbon Black says malware was five times per prevalent on Macs this year than in the previous five years combined. This increase is due to OS X's growing market share, which has made the Mac a target.
Stagefright exploit is a known bug inside Android operating system and billion of Android devices are vulnerable. Although Google has released three patches for the bug, security research firm Ziperium has announced that there is yet another way to bypass phone's security.
Apple has now listed the top 25 Chinese apps that were found to contain a piece of malware called XcodeGhost. Numerous developers used a bad version of Xcode to create their apps, accidentally exposing iOS users to the malware. Among the top 25 apps is WeChat.
Users who have installed malware-infected apps from the iOS App Store will be notified by Apple. The company announced on its Chinese website that users will be alerted if they have downloaded potentially dangerous software. The malware is found in some popular apps.
iOS users rarely need to worry about malware due to how locked down the iOS App Store is, but that's not the case right now in China. Some developers have used an altered version of Xcode, Apple's development tool, that creates apps which collect device information.
AdBlock Plus has released its web browser on the iOS app store. The browser became available on Android as a beta in May, but this is the first time iOS users can begin browsing with it. Along with getting rid of advertisements, the AdBlock Browser can protect users from malware.
Qualcomm's next mobile chip, the Snapdragon 820, comes with the ability to identify malicious apps. A new feature called Smart Protect has been detailed by Qualcomm. That feature is capable of monitoring the activities of apps installed on a device and find malicious software.
Malware has hit hundreds of thousands of jailbroken iPhones. Palo Alto Networks, a security firm, says malware called KeyRaider has been found hiding in the code of tweaks available from Cydia, the popular app store for jailbroken devices. KeyRaider stole 225,000 iTunes logins.
Ad networks are often being used by hackers to infect large numbers of computers and a study has found ad malware has tripled in the last year. Cyphort has released a study which found the amount of malware served by ad networks tripled between June 2014 and February 2015.
Another flaw has been discovered in OS X that could let attackers into your Mac without them ever needing your password. Sudoers, a hidden document in OS X, is used to list the permissions each piece of software has. That document is vulnerable in OS X Yosemite though.
Most people largely avoid seeing spam nowadays as a result of more advanced spam filters, but there has also been a continued decrease in spam itself. A report from Symantec says spam has hit its lowest point in 12 years, coming in at 49.7% for June.