Russian Malware Infects Popular Android Apps, Allows Hackers Complete Access To Your Phone

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Security researchers have uncovered an extremely alarming development. Certain ads that you see within Android apps are more harmful than previously thought. Security experts at Palo Alto Networks has uncovered new malware strains disguised within adware (malicious advertising), codenamed “Ewind”, which doesn’t just infect phones. It actually allows hackers to…


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“Disappearing Malware” Allowed Hackers Steal $800,000 Cash From Russian ATMs

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Short Bytes: A team of researchers at Kaspersky Labs have recently cracked the mystery of a fileless malware that was used to hack bank ATMs in Russia and steal $800,000 in a single night. It was possible because of the two log files unintentionally left on the machine by the…


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Hacking group RTM able to divert bulk financial transfers with malware

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Cybercrime group RTM is deploying complex malware based in the Delphi programming language to target Remote Banking Systems (RBS), a type of business software used to make bulk financial transfers. The problem was severe enough to warrant an advisory from FinCERT, a Russian CERT responsible for fighting cybercrime targeting Russian…


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Hackers using Android OmniRAT malware to attack Isis supporters on Telegram

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Islamic State (Isis) members and supporters are reportedly being targeted by unknown hackers, using the Android AmoniRAT malware. The hackers are allegedly using a modified version of the Android version of the Telegram app, dubbed plus_gram.apk, which contains the OmniRAT malware to distribute and infect IS (Daesh) supporters. An unnamed…


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Hackers who took control of PC microphones siphon >600 GB from 70 targets

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Researchers have uncovered an advanced malware-based operation that siphoned more than 600 gigabytes from about 70 targets in a broad range of industries, including critical infrastructure, news media, and scientific research. The operation uses malware to capture audio recordings of conversations, screen shots, documents, and passwords, according to a blog…


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Malware linked to Russian hackers discovered at utility

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Several states around the country asked cybersecurity experts to re-examine state and utility networks after a Vermont utility’s laptop was found to contain malware U.S. officials say is linked to Russian hackers. The Burlington Electric Department, one of Vermont’s two largest electric utilities, confirmed Friday it…


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Preparing for a year of ‘unknown unknowns’ in cyber security

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Today’s threat landscape is constantly evolving. In 2016 in particular, we’ve seen a huge shift with adversaries penetrating organisations from the DNC to WADA and gaining access to sensitive documents that were later leaked to embarrass individuals. Yet, while many believe that this trend starts and ends with a contentious…


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Military computer network left exposed to malicious code for 46 days

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Investigation finds that network was not kept disconnected from the internet, resulting in leaks of confidential information The first exclusive military computer network in the history of South Korea’s military was exposed to malicious code for at least 46 days in August and September, resulting in the leaking of a…


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North Korea’s government sanctioned Red Star OS can be remotely hacked, say security researchers

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North Korea’s government sanctioned Red Star operating system (OS) contains a vulnerability that can allow attackers to hack into it remotely, according to security experts. The reclusive nation’s secretive Linux-based OS was leaked to the world in 2015 and ever since, several critical vulnerabilities have been brought to light. The…


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Global cybersecurity threats continue to rise

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The number of active malware families and number of attacks increased by 5% in October, according to the Global Threat Index, a monthly ranking from Check Point Software Technologies. The company’s threat intelligence research team found that locky ransomware attacks moved up in the rankings from third to second as…


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IRONSCALES Urges Enterprises to Incorporate Machine Learning into their Phishing Mitigation Strategy

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IRONSCALES, the first and only automated email phishing response solution to combine human intelligence with machine learning, today announced the release of its newest whitepaper, “Combatting Modern Email Phishing Attacks: The Power of Incorporating Machine Learning into a Phishing Mitigation Approach.” The whitepaper is available for free download by visiting:…


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This malware attack starts with a fake customer-service call

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Hotel and restaurant chains, beware. A notorious cybercriminal gang is tricking businesses into installing malware by calling their customer services representatives and convincing them to open malicious email attachments. The culprits in these hacks, which are designed to steal customers’ credit card numbers, appear to be the Carbanak gang, a…


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Cybercrime and the War on Digital Free Speech

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The internet is increasingly a target for those who want to silence speech. An Oct. 21 cyberattack rendered social media sites like Twitter and Reddit and news sites like Fox News and CNN inaccessible to millions of users. Another attack took down the website of independent cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs….


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3 Cyber Security Risks in the Workplace

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As workplaces around the globe become increasingly internet-reliant, business owners have reasons to be concerned. Modern employees frequently access work-related material on personal devices. Cloud storage and virtualization require a persistent internet connection to be of any use. While these changes have successfully improved efficiency, they also leave businesses vulnerable…


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Second big Canadian casino hacked this year

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They say that the house always wins. But have hackers turned the tables on the dealers? CBC reports that, “Private SIN and debt info, credit card data of customers, staff, suppliers [were] accessed” in what is the second major breach of a Canadian casino’s internal databases this year. In reaction…


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County to pay ransom in computer system hacking case

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ANDERSON – On the advice of their insurance company Madison County officials are moving forward to pay the ransom demands by a unknown group that attacked the county’s computer system. Madison County was hit by a ransomware attack over the weekend that prevented access to county records. The malware attack…


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New Android Malware Targeting Banking Apps And Social Media

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A new strain of android malware has been found targeting banking and social media apps. Reports suggest around 94 different banking apps are currently being targeted including Santander, American Express, and Paypal. The malware overlays the screen for these other apps, stealing the user’s credentials once activated. It’s also targeting…


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COMPUTER VIRUS CANCELS HUNDREDS OF SCHEDULED SURGERIES IN THE UK

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A computer virus has paralyzed three hospitals in the UK forcing them to cancel hundreds of scheduled surgeries, as it targeted computers of the National Health Service (NHS). Healthcare facilities located near Lincolnshire, in the east, were the most affected. Several medical institutions in the region share the same IT…


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Ransomware, Malware Are Top Exploits of Cyber Criminals

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When it comes to cybersecurity, healthcare organizations are most concerned about social engineering, data theft and internal threats. And they perceive ransomware and malware as the top ways that cyber criminals are exploiting their weaknesses. Those are among the findings of a new survey of nearly 200 members of the…


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Top 4 Cybercrime Threats to Small Businesses

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In 2015, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence ranked cybercrime as the No. 1 security threat in the country. Despite popular belief, cyber criminals actually prefer small businesses simply because they are easier to infiltrate. As technology advances, cybercrime tactics used to steal your business’ sensitive data will advance as…


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