25 Oct 2019

Blacklisted apps increase 20%, attackers focus on tax-branded key terms

The number of blacklisted mobile apps that are available on third-party app stores has increased by 20% in the second quarter of this year, a new RiskIQ report shows. These malicious apps make up 2% of all apps. Surprisingly, blacklisted app in the Google Play Store actually declined by 59%.

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25 Oct 2019

A DDoS gang is extorting businesses posing as Russian government hackers

Threat actors are impersonating the notorious state-backed Russian hacking group Fancy Bear (aka Sofacy, APT28 and Sednit) as part of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) extortion campaign targeting organizations in the financial sector. According to Daniel Smith of Radware, the threat actors launch “large scale, multi-vector demo DDoS attacks” against a

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25 Oct 2019

iOS Clicker Trojan Malware Found in 17 Apps in Apple’s App Store

Researchers with Wandera Threat Labs have uncovered 17 malicious iOS apps on the Apple App Store that carried out ad fraud on infected iPhones, iPads, and iPods. After installation, a clicker Trojan in the apps would start running in the background, simulating ad clicks  and opening web pages. The researchers

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25 Oct 2019

Ongoing Phishing Campaign is Targeting UN and NGOs

Threat actors are targeting the United Nations (UN) and several NGOs in a mobile phishing campaign that aims to capture login credentials for Okta, Office 365 and Outlook accounts, research by Lookout shows. The phishing websites check whether users are using a mobile device in order to deliver relevant content.

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25 Oct 2019

Security pros like their job, yet many struggle with burnout and work-life balance

While 71% of cybersecurity professionals are happy with their job and 78% would recommend people to pursue a career in their field, 62% admitted that their work is stressful and 44% expressed dissatisfaction with their current work-life balance, a recent Exabeam study found. 40% of professionals are actively looking to

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25 Oct 2019

Raccoon Malware Scavenges 100,000+ Devices to Steal Data

Researchers with Cybereason have been tracking the rising popularity of the Raccoon information stealer, which is distributed on the dark web according to a malware-as-a-service (MaaS) model. Raccoon was first detected in April of this year. Since then, it has made it’s way onto more than 100,000 devices around the

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25 Oct 2019

Study Reveals the Worst State for Online Privacy

A new report by Comparitech identifies Wyoming as the worst US state in terms of laws governing the online privacy of citizens. The study checked for the presence of privacy laws covering 20 criteria. In Wyoming, only one of those criteria was met. The state was followed by Idaho, Iowa,

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24 Oct 2019

Senior Infosec Staffer Resigns, Says White House On Track To Be Hacked Again

Dimitrios Vastakis, a branch chief of the White House computer network defense who resigned from his post earlier this week, warns that the White House “is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again” as the result of recent measures that greatly undermine the security posture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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24 Oct 2019

Analysis: Declaring Victory, Trump Strengthens Russia’s Hand

Analysts warn that even though US President Donald Trump on Wednesday described the latest developments in Syria as a success for his administration, the recent deal between Turkey and Russia to carve up a part of Syria may actually represent a strategic disaster for Washington. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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24 Oct 2019

North Korea urges US to act wisely through year-end deadline

North Korea wants the US government to act “wisely” as an end-of-the-year deadline set by the regime for the lifting of US sanctions approaches, Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan warned on Thursday. The official said that “contrary to the political judgment and intention of President Trump,” US government officials

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