Items tagged with Malware

If you’d like to take a trip down memory lane to a simpler time when MS-DOS was still a big part of computing life and most Americans hadn’t begun to “surf the web”, the Internet Archive has put on a display a virtual museum of computer malware from the 80s and early 90s. But this isn’t just a “static” museum where you look at a few screenshots of decades old malicious code; it’s actually interactive. “Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected,” writes the Internet Archive about its Malware Museum. The Internet Archive in its infinite... Read more...
It seems certain that we've all managed to wind up on a website at some point in time that had misleading elements, such as fake download buttons. While piracy is going to be the first thing that springs to many minds when this kind of sketchiness is brought up, it's hardly exclusive to that area. Some websites that host completely legitimate software still have misleading advertising, and let's face it: we've been dealing with it for way too long. Well, if Google has its way, we're not going to have to worry about such misleading advertising in the future. Back in November, the company released... Read more...
Dozens of Starwood hotels around the country were hit with malware that enabled cyber thieves to access credit and debit card information from point of sale terminals. The malware affected a variety of locations on Starwood properties, including restaurants, gift shops, and other places where customers might have swiped a payment card. A total of 54 Starwood hotels (PDF) fell prey to the malware, including places like the Walt Disney World Dolphin - A Sheraton Hotel in Orlando, Florida, and over a dozen Westin hotels spanning the continental U.S. and Hawaii. According to a statement put out by... Read more...
Security firm Lookout has just revealed what could be one of the most hard-hitting pieces of malware to ever hit Android. It doesn't have an official name, except to be referred to as "trojanized adware", and right from the top, we can tell you that if you only stick to downloading apps through Google's Play Store, you have nothing to worry about. There are two things that make this piece of malware so severe. First, it's effectively wrapped around legitimate apps. Users can download these, such as Facebook and Snapchat, and install them normally. Nothing will look out-of-the-ordinary, and Google... Read more...
It's hard to argue that "Internet of Things" (IoT) devices can enrich our lives. From making it easier to moderate temperature in our homes to securing them, IoT is going to be a big part of our future. Unfortunately, that does lead to one problem: as more and more devices get rolled out, the inevitability is that we're going to encounter more and more vulnerabilities. Once such example is with security cameras, of which security firm Incapsula estimates there are 245 million operating around the world. This isn't the first time vulnerabilities have been discovered with such cameras. Back in 2013,... Read more...
The researchers at Palo Alto Networks are working overtime thanks to plenty of new mobile exploits creeping up seemingly every day. Recently, the firm has been responsible for a couple of big stories revolving around Apple's iOS. Back in August, it found that over 225,000 Apple accounts were stolen from jailbroken devices, and just a couple of weeks ago, it clued us in to the XcodeGhost malware, which Apple itself managed to let slip into its official store. Now, we're given news of more malware, but fortunately for those outside of Asia, it looks... Read more...
When we usually think of traditional computer viruses, we think of software that is meant to harm machines, turn them into mindless drones that do the bidding of their new master, or exploit the rightful owner’s personal data. However, Symantec recently shed some new light on a virus — first discovered in 2014 — that infects devices not to cause destruction, but to shore up their defenses against true security threats. Symantec first became aware of Linux.Wifatch back in January, but is just now becoming aware of the full scope of its capabilities. While most traditional malware is designed with... Read more...
Apple might have one of the most secure app stores on the planet, but as with all things secure, someone is bound to find a hole and waltz right on in. Such is the case with whomever modified Apple's official coding software Xcode to bundle malware with any app compiled with it. That sounds simple, but despite the origin being China, this malware is far-reaching. According to security firm Palo Alto Networks, a malicious version of Xcode was released to Chinese networks about six months ago. While the software is free to registered developers, some users in China took advantage of this unofficial... Read more...
Ransomware is one of the most sickening types of malware out there, and one enterprising person (or group) has managed to take things to a new level: by bringing porn into it. According to research firm Zscaler, this latest piece of malware is designed to sucker people into downloading a dedicated porn player simply called "Adult Player". We're not sure of the promises made, but I'd imagine that anyone who downloads it would hope that it would act as a portal for some free porn - or perhaps just add features that porn enthusiasts demand from a video player. Nonetheless, once the player is installed,... Read more...
If you take the plunge to root (or "jailbreak") a mobile device, it enters you into a world where software exists that wants nothing more than to ruin your day. Or perhaps even your device. On the Android side, malware has popped up on occasion, but iOS has seemingly been relatively safe. But an exception has just been made, thanks to a piece of malware dubbed "KeyRaider". As its name suggests, all your keys are belong to this malware. According to security firm Palo Alto Networks, over 225,000 iOS jailbroken iOS devices have been plagued by this malware, and while it's primarily sourced from a... Read more...
Whenever a chip maker comes out with a new processor or System-on-Chip (SoC) design, the first thing everyone wants to know is how fast it is. Clockspeeds and benchmarks underscoring raw compute power draw the most attention, though there's more to a processor than speed alone. For example, Qualcomm today revealed that its forthcoming Snapdragon 820 will real-time, on-device machine learning designed to detect zero-day malware threats. It will be the first platform to incorporate what Qualcomm is calling Snapdragon Smart Protect, which itself will be the first application to use Qualcomm Zeroth... Read more...
Kaspersky Lab is defending itself against accusations that it tricked competing antivirus services into damaging their clients’ computers. The Russian anti-malware software developer is well-known for its security software, but faces stiff competition from the likes of Avast, AVG, McAfee, Microsoft and Symantec. Anonymous sources claiming to be former Kaspersky employees went public with criticism of the company recently, alleging that Kaspersky poisoned a data pool that security companies share in an attempt to undermine their credibility with customers. Not surprisingly, Kaspersky is a bit prickly... Read more...
Adobe's Flash platform is running out of friends. You may recall that a few weeks ago Mozilla disabled Flash by default in its Firefox browser due to the discovery of multiple critical vulnerabilities, and around the same time, Facebook's chief security officer urged Adobe to set a kill date for its buggy API. Expect more of those sentiments following a recent week long attack on Yahoo's ad network. Security outfit Malwarebytes discovered the "malvertising" campaign, which kicked off on July 28. It involved hackers purchasing ads across Yahoo's various sites and then injecting them with malicious... Read more...
Windows 10 is off to a blazing fast start. The last official count had Windows 10 installed on more than 14 million devices in its first 24 hours, and unofficially there are now more than 67 million PCs and hybrids running the new OS. So naturally the bad guys are looking to capitalize on the situation, which they're doing via a nefarious ad campaign.As you know, Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. Since Microsoft is doling out the upgrade in phases, there are millions of eligible people still waiting their turn, and that's what the malicious email campaign is based... Read more...
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