SamSam ransomware attacks have earned nearly $850,000

First emerging in late 2015, the group believed to be responsible for the SamSam ransomware family has targeted small and large businesses, healthcare, governments, and education. Over time, the ransom prices set by this group have changed some, but they’ve remained consistent when it comes to general affordability, which is why many victims have paid. […]

Is Adware Causing You Frustration? Here’s How To Get Rid Of It

It might not be quite as serious as ransomware but adware is nevertheless a cause of much frustration for computer owners everywhere. If you’re constantly being bombarded with pop-up ads or redirected to advertising sites then you are almost certainly a victim of adware. Some types of adware are more subtle, hiding in your system […]

Microsoft: Windows Defender can now spot FinFisher government spyware

Microsoft says it has cracked open the notorious FinFisher government spyware to design new ways to detect it and protect Windows and Office users. FinFisher is sold to law-enforcement agencies around the world and its maker, European firm Gamma Group, has been criticized for selling it to repressive regimes. Last year, researchers at FireEye discovered FinFisher […]

Chafer: Hacking group expands espionage operation with new attacks

A hacking operation has expanded its operations taking advantage of new tools to attack organisations across the Middle East for the purposes of surveillance and intelligence gathering. Targets are mostly working in telecoms and transport and their surrounding supply chains – with IT software, payroll, aircraft services and engineering firms all targets during the last […]

Russia hacked Olympic computers and tried to frame North Korea

Russian military hackers hacked hundreds of computers at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and tried to make it look like the hacks were conducted by North Korea, according to a report by The Washington Post. U.S. officials, clinging to anonymity, told The Post the “false-flag” operation conducted by the Russian military agency GRU included obtaining access […]

Meet Coldroot, a nasty Mac trojan that went undetected for years

A Mac malware that can silently, remotely control a vulnerable computer and steal passwords from a user’s keychain has gone largely unnoticed by antivirus makers for two years — even though the code is readily available to download. Patrick Wardle, chief research officer at Digita Security, revealed in a blog post Tuesday details of Coldroot, a remote […]

AndroRAT: New Android malware strain can hijack older phones

An Android trojan that started out as an open-source project has been updated to allow hackers to gain access to virtually all data on infected devices. Silent installation, shell command execution and the collection of credentials, Wi-Fi passwords and screenshots are just some of the capabilities of AndroRAT, which exploits CVE-2015-1805, a Linux kernel vulnerability that […]

US, International Law Enforcement Shut Down Massive Cybercrime Marketplace

US law enforcement authorities in collaboration with their counterparts in over a dozen nations have taken down a major cybercrime organization that was responsible for some $530 million in losses over the past seven years. Thirty-six individuals from 17 countries have been charged in connection with their alleged roles in the so-called Infraud Organization, including […]

Mac crypto miner distributed via MacUpdate, other software download sites

Software download site/aggregator MacUpdate has been spotted delivering a new Mac crypto miner to users. Stealthy cryptocurrency miners are most often aimed at Windows and browser users (e.g., the Coinhive script), but no one is safe: neither Linux users, nor Mac users, even though cryptocurrency-mining malware targeting Mac machines is a relatively rare occurrence. The first instance […]

Cyberattack Impersonates FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center

A new cyberattack scams people into providing personal data and downloading malicious files by impersonating the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a division of the FBI intended to give the public a reliable means of reporting suspected illegal activity online. The unknown threat actors emailed targets requesting information so they could be paid restitution. To […]