Hackers use botnets, bitcoin for malware attacks: Research

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Bitcoin technology is gaining increasing prominence, especially among #hackers. The safest way to force out millions of dollars without being detected is through bitcoin currency. Therefore, the majority of cyber criminals are turning towards this method. The recent major malware attacks – including the infamous WannaCry attack – attempted carrying…


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The Limits of Antivirus Software

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Most people think of antivirus software as a solid line of defense for their work and home networks. But it may not be providing as much protection as they think, security experts say. Not only have hackers gotten better at getting around such programs, in rare cases they have even…


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CodeFork hacking team spreading ‘fileless’ malware to mine Monero cryptocurrency

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A group of hackers dubbed ‘CodeFork’ by security researchers has recently launched a new campaign, reportedly spreading fileless malware and a strain of cryptocurrency miner that is able to exploit victims’ computers and produce Monero, a form of digital money. According to experts from Radware, a cybersecurity firm, the group…


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Hackers launch huge malware campaign

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Researchers say it’s one of the largest malware cybercriminal attempts of the second half of 2017, and there is still no decryptor for the virus. The hackers behind Locky ransomware launched a massive email campaign on Aug. 28, with over 23 million infected emails sent in a 24-hour period, researchers…


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Fake Games of Thrones leaks used by hackers to trick fans into downloading malicious files

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With the final episode of the latest season of Game of Thrones airing this week, excitement about the fantasy TV series is at an all time high. Add to that the fact that several episodes were leaked online before the official release date, and you have the perfect conditions for…


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Another Ukrainian Accounting Software Firm Gets Hacked to Distribute Malware

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Multiple companies in Ukraine are preparing for yet another major ransomware outbreak. Earlier this year, the WannaCry and NotPetya outbreaks caused a lot of damage. Both malware types were successfully distributed in the form of a popular accounting software update file, which had the ransomware payload attached to it. Authorities…


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Hackers are using the promise of Game of Thrones spoilers to spread malware

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A report from cybersecurity company Proofpoint says that it’s observed a “targeted email campaign” that is using details of leaked Game of Thrones episodes to try and spread malware to unsuspecting users. The company first came across an e-mail on August 10th with the subject line “Wanna see the Game…


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MalwareTech’s arrest sheds light on the complex culture of the hacking world

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The arrest of a British cybersecurity researcher on charges of disseminating malware and conspiring to commit computer fraud and abuse provides a window into the complexities of hacking culture. In May, a person going by the nickname “MalwareTech” gained international fame – and near-universal praise – for figuring out how…


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How Hackers Conspire With Pirate Websites In Malware Extortion Schemes

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Hackers have become an inescapable part of the Hollywood narrative, on and off the screen. HBO is reeling from the worst data breach since the North Koreans hacked Sony Pictures, with the culprits demanding heavy ransom payments after putting scripts and executive emails online each day. The plot of the…


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New Version of Dangerous Android Malware Sold on Russian Hacking Forum

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A new version of the Svpeng Android banking trojan has started making victims during the past month, and at the origin of this sudden surge in activity is a criminal selling a new and improved version of Svpeng on a Russian underground hacking forum. To provide some context, Svpeng is…


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American Mac Computers Hacked With ‘FruitFly’ Surveillance Malware

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American Apple Mac computers have been hacked with FruitFly malware, Forbes reports. The hack is thought to be for surveillance as hackers were able to jump into the webcams of the affected computers and take screenshots, though the FruitFly malware has the ability to take over the entire computer. “This…


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You can buy password stealing malware ‘Ovidiy Stealer’ for $7

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Researchers at Proofpoint recently discovered a mass-marketed malware called Ovidiy stealer whose main purpose is to steal passwords from victims. It is the first of its kind as it is being sold online at a low price which is between $7 to $13. A simple yet threatening malware It is…


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Hackers incorporating legitimate software to increase a malware’s potential

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Malwarebytes has discovered a new cyberattack modus operandi that has hackers incorporating legitimate apps into their malware to make it stronger and accomplish specific tasks. Although the cybersecurity firm did not name the malware used as an example in its report, the company did note that this hacking methodology is representative…


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Malware researcher helps teen hackers turn skills into careers

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Ashkan Hosseini launched his first malware attack when he was 11 years old. He put malware on a CD-ROM containing family photos and deleted everything off his family members’ computers. As punishment, Hosseini wasn’t allowed to use a computer for a whole summer. Now, the 23-year-old is an intern for…


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What are Isis hackers up to now? United Cyber Caliphate dabbling in malware creation

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Islamic State (IS) hacking divisions made headlines last year as reports on their alleged hacking spree and kill lists emerged. Pro-ISIS hackers made headlines again recently after defacing several international government websites, indicating that the extremists group’s cyber division may be levelling up their skills and expanding their target base….


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A new ransomware attack is infecting the computers of major shipping and oil companies worldwide

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The ransomware instructs people to pay $300 in bitcoin to decrypt their computers. Businesses across the world are reporting that they are victims of malware attacks this morning, including firms in the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Israel, Ukraine and others. It’s unclear if all the attacks are related at this…


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WIKILEAKS DOCS SHOW HOW THE CIA ALLEGEDLY INFECTED OFFLINE COMPUTERS

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It seems that more and more information continues to come to light regarding hacking — not just by your average hacker, but by the CIA and other government agencies, too. Now, WikiLeaks documents have revealed how the CIA infected offline computers using air-gap hacking. Air-gapping refers to a security measure…


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Dangerous Android malware can steal login data from 40 retail, banking, social media apps

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A Trojan virus that poses as an Adobe Flash Player update is targeting Android smartphone users. The malware can obtain login credentials from at least 40 different retail, social media and banking apps. The deceptive software is the latest version of Marcher Android malware, which appeared earlier this year as…


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Cyber criminals are targeting users in Thailand who run copied versions of Windows

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Microsoft is warning users in Thailand about the dangers of using copied versions of Windows and other software. The tech giant says cyber criminals are exploiting non genuine versions of software to spread malware. Users running pirated versions of Windows are leaving themselves wide open to a multitude of security…


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Leicestershire Police warn pair who downloaded malware to hack computers

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Two young men from Leicestershire who had obtained the means to hack other people’s computers have received warnings from the police. The men were among six people identified by the National Crime Agency and European law enforcement as having gone online to obtain illegal software, known as malware, which they…


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