Forever 21 #POS #Devices Contract #Malware #Infections

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Apparel retailer Forever 21 said in the end-week of December 2017 that malware infection on its point-of-sale machines resulted in hacking of data related to payment cards from a few specific stores during the year. Reportedly, the attack got aggravated due to encryption absent on those machines. The $4bn retail…


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5 Common #network #channels used by #malware

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Living in a modern digital era of computers can bring a lot of risks including data exfiltration to you and your PC. Computers are extremely vulnerable, and if the person on the other side of your network knows how to find the exact loophole in the system – you may suffer…


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McAfee Labs Report Sees Known #Exploits and Fileless #Malware Drive Record New #Malware #Surge

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McAfee, one of the world’s leading cybersecurity companies, today released its McAfee Labs Threat Report: December 2017, examining the growth and trends of new malware, ransomware, and other threats in Q3 2017. McAfee Labs saw malware reach an all-time high of 57.6 million new samples—four new samples per second—featuring developments such as…


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What’s #Old Is #New Again: Why #Hackers Reuse #Malware

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The dramatic increase of malware over the last five years might lead people to believe the Internet is being flooded by new malware. But, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, there’s a ton of malware out there, but most of it is actually a Frankenstein-version that consists of chunks…


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McAfee’s own #anti-hacking #service #exposed users to #banking #malware

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Security firm McAfee has blocked access to malware that appeared to be sent from the company’s own network. The malware was hosted on a third-party website but was shared via a domain associated with McAfee ClickProtect, an email protection service that the company touts as able to “protect your business from hacking.”…


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Feds Warn of #North Korea-Linked ‘Fallchill’ #Malware

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The US government is warning that North Korean state-sponsored hackers have been targeting the aerospace, telecommunications, and finance sectors since 2016 with malware that can secretly take over a computer. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a joint alert Tuesday, which includes technical details about Fallchill, a…


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Russian #spy fears over #Barclays’ #free anti-virus #software

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A Whitehall official told the newspaper it suspected Kaspersky might have been exploited by KGB successor organisation the FSB, which wants to spy on foreign individuals, including government and military employees. Barclays is believed to have provided 2 million online banking customerswith the Kaspersky software for free as a way to…


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HACKERS USE #SEO #KEYWORDS TO SPREAD #MALWARE

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In a novel attack method, hackers have been exploiting previously compromised sites and SEO methods to infect users with a banking Trojan. Researchers have discovered that threat actors have been exploiting Google algorithms in order to inject users’ devices with banking malware. So far, the research has determined that hackers utilized…


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NSA #hacking tool #EternalRomance found in #BadRabbit

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BadRabbit evidence is multiplying, like well rabbits, with the latest revelation being the malware used another stolen NSA tool to help it move laterally through networks. Several research firms have named EternalRomance as the tool BadRabbit used to spread through an organization once the ransomware was installed in a host…


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Hacking, #malware top #data breach #incidents

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Hacking or malware accounted for 34% of the 2,013 data breach incidents addressed by Beazley Breach Response Services during the first three-quarters of this year, London-based Beazley P.L.C. said in a report Tuesday. The breach response unit said in its Beazley Breach Insights Report – October 2017 that this was…


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Hackers #target security #researchers with #malware-laden document

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State-backed hackers are apparently targeting security researchers with their latest campaign, which uses a document advertising a cybersecurity conference as the lure. Security researchers are being sent a malicious document titled ‘Conference_on_Cyber_Conflict.doc’, which contains information about a US security conference. While the conference is real, the document is not from…


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Growing list of #Internet-connected #devices #vulnerable to #Reaper #malware threat

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A new cyber threat targeting Internet-connected devices is spreading rapidly and could enable hackers to access users’ data or use their devices for criminal activities, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) warned on Sunday (October 22). The threat, which resembles last year’s widespread Dyn attack, one of the largest…


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Attackers #hijack #state agency #server for #malware

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Cybercriminals are always upping their game. One of their latest gambits, a sophisticated phishing attack that involved hosting malware on at least one state’s government servers, shows that they may be outpacing the good guys. The multistage targeted attack, discovered and announced last week by researchers at the Cisco Talos…


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Kaspersky #Anti-Virus and the #hunt for #malware

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It reads like a John le Carré novel. Israeli spies watch Russian spies steal US National Security Agency secrets about penetrating foreign computer networks. It’s spies watching spies steal secrets on spying. But in 2017, there’s no James Bond, Aston Martins, dry martinis or beautiful women to bed. This virtual…


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Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small Businesses

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The impact of the Equifax data breach that compromised the personal data of over 145 million individuals has left many confused, frustrated and downright angry. And while massive attacks on large corporations make headlines, small businesses have just as much, if not more, at stake. According to data analyzed in…


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Public Officials Risk National Security By Using Cellphones

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Governments should ban the use of cellphones by public officials. It’s recently been disclosed that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s personal cellphone was compromised last December, a period of nine to 10 months in which he likely carried the device around with him. What does this mean? Kelly’s…


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The Age of Modern Mac Malware

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Apple fans might remember 2010 mostly for the launch of the iPad, rather than the Boonana Trojan that hit Macs the same year. Boonana was one of the first pieces of malware to leverage the increased popularity of social media networks like Facebook to spread itself from one wall to…


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Malware Attacks Reveal European Cybersecurity Gaps

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In the wake of two major malware attacks in Europe this past summer, contractors based in the region who wish to do business with the Pentagon and other U.S. government agencies need to ensure proper cybersecurity measures, according to one analyst.  In May, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service and…


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Copy-Pasting Malware Dev Made $63,000 From Mining Monero on IIS Servers

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A malware author (or authors) has made around $63,000 during the past five months by hacking unpatched IIS 6.0 servers and mining Monero. ESET researchers just recently uncovered the attacker’s operation. Experts say the malware author used CVE-2017-7269, a vulnerability in IIS 6.0 servers to take over vulnerable machines and…


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Simple Registry Hacks Bypass Windows Digital Signature, Opening Gates For Malicious Code

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Windows Digital Signature check is a mechanism included in Microsoft Windows to make sure that the software or driver you’re trying to install is signed by a trusted entity, and the integrity of its binary file is preserved. This digital frisking is done with the help of their home-grown code-signing…


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