10 Apr 2019

Coinhive stops digging, but cryptomining still dominates

A new Check Point report shows that despite the recent shutdown of Coinhive, a cryptomining software developed for legitimate purposes but frequently used for nefarious purposes by criminals, cryptominers are still among the most common malware targeting organizations across the globe. A cryptominer is malware that hijacks the processing power

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10 Apr 2019

Grab-and-go Baldr malware enters the black market

New research by Malwarebytes analyses a new information-stealing malware that is being distributed through Russian underground forums. The researchers suspect that three prominent Russian hackers are behind the new malware, dubbed Baldr. Baldr has “high-level functionality,” allowing it to retrieve various types of valuable information from an infected computer, including

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10 Apr 2019

TajMahal cyber-espionage campaign uses previously unseen malicious tools

At the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit (SAS) in Singapore, Kaspersky Lab researchers described a sophisticated cyber espionage campaign uncovered at the end of last year. The campaign, which seems to have no links to know threat actors, uses malware dubbed TajMahal, which researchers describe as “a technically sophisticated APT framework

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08 Apr 2019

Hackers Can Add, Remove Cancer From CT Scans: Researchers

In the latest example of security issues that can result from the proliferation of Internet-facing medical devices, a team of security researchers from two Israeli universities has discovered that it is possible for threat actors to manipulate the 3D images generated during a Computer Tomography (CT) scan using custom malicious

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05 Apr 2019

Drugmaker Bayer blames Chinese government-backed group for cyberattack

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG says that Chinese state-backed hackers have tried to breach the firm’s network for over a year since the beginning of 2018. While the company detected the intrusion in early 2018, it decided not to shut it down, but instead to put safeguards in place and

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05 Apr 2019

Document-Based Malware on the Rise in 2019

New research by Barracuda Networks shows that cybercriminals are increasingly distributing malware in the form of malicious documents. In the first quarter of this year, malicious documents made up a whopping 59% of all malicious files detected by the firm. This was only 41% for Q1 of last year, while

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03 Apr 2019

Asian woman with a thumb drive containing malware arrested at Mar-a-Lago

On March 30, a Chinese woman carrying a thumb drive containing malware was arrested at US President Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago resort. The woman was arrested after lying to Secret Service agents and hotel staff about the purpose of her visit. Upon her arrest, Secret Service agents discovered the thumb drive

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02 Apr 2019

Torrent Malware Goes Down as Pirated Streaming Usage Increases

New research by Kaspersky Lab highlights the risks involved in downloading pirated TV shows using a BitTorrent client. Many files that are illegally marketed on torrent platforms as episodes of TV shows actually contain malware. The most common types of malware embedded in torrent files are Trojans (33%), adware (28%)

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28 Mar 2019

Nearly Half of ICS Devices Protected by Kaspersky Targeted in 2018

New research by Kaspersky Labs highlights the rise of cyberattacks on industrial control systems (ICSs). Last year, 47.2% of ICS devices were at the receiving end of one or more cyberattacks, while this number was 44% in 2017. In the second half of 2018, the malicious activity affecting ICS devices

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27 Mar 2019

Malware warning: Ransomware up, phishing down – and here’s how crooks are changing their tricks

Malware attacks across the globe have increased for the second year in a row, the latest edition of SonicWall’s annual Cyber Threat Report shows. In 2018, 10.52 billion malware attacks took place, a 33.4% increase compared to 2017. Ransomware attacks also increased, jumping 11% year-over-year. The numbers differed substantially from

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