Android Hummer Trojan Malware

Android malware earned a Chinese hacking group over $500,000 per day

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Android malware earned a Chinese hacking group over $500,000 per day

Android malware is a serious issue that affects millions of people, no matter what you hear from Google. It’s one of the reasons the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years.

We recently learned about a new type of malicious application can masquerade as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Uber to harm users, and now a new report notes that a trojan-type of Android application has infected millions of users, netting the Chinese group of hackers who developed it about $500,000 per day at one point. More →

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Android Malware

Don’t fall for this Android malware that pretends to be Uber, Facebook, or WhatsApp

By on June 29, 2016 at 5:24 PM.

Don’t fall for this Android malware that pretends to be Uber, Facebook, or WhatsApp

Security researchers from FireEye recently uncovered a new piece of Android malware that can mimic the look and feel of app interfaces from the likes of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play. The malware reportedly struck first in  Denmark and is now making its way through a handful of other European countries, including Italy, Germany and Austria.

According to researchers, the malware is spread via a basic yet cleverly deceptive SMS phishing scheme. When a user receives and subsequently clicks on an ostensibly legit link, the malware is downloaded and begins to monitor which apps are active and which apps are running in the background. What happens next is extremely clever: when a user attempts to use an app that the “malware is programmed to target”, the software overlays a fake user interface with “nearly identical credential input UIs as seen in benign apps.” In turn, the malware than asks unassuming users to enter in sensitive information such as their banking credentials or credit card information.

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Malware Air-Gapped Computer Fans

This malware steals data using your Internet-less computer’s fans

By on June 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

This malware steals data using your Internet-less computer’s fans

So you have an air-gapped computer, or unconnected to the Internet, and you think your data is secured just because it’s not accessible online? In most cases that might be true, but that’s not 100% accurate. There are ways to steal information from computers that are not connected to the web, and smart hackers will not stop looking for such tricks. The newest such malware would let attackers steal information from supposedly secure computers with the help of the sound made by its fans and processor. More →

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Bangladesh Bank Malware SWIFT

Hackers behind massive $81M cyber-heist also compromised the backbone of the global financial system

By on April 25, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Hackers behind massive $81M cyber-heist also compromised the backbone of the global financial system

Hackers stole $81 million in a sophisticated attack on the Bangladesh Bank in February, which makes it one of the most impressive cyber-heist in history. The hackers were planning to steal $951 million in total, using fraudulent transactions. Recently uncovered evidence revealed that poor security – $10 internet routers – offered them access to the bank’s entire infrastructure, including the SWIFT servers that are responsible for financial transactions.

A new report indicates that hackers also breached SWIFT, the backbone of the global financial system that makes possible financial transactions. More →

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Tips Tricks Internet Hackers

With smartphone vulnerabilities skyrocketing, here are 9 things you can do to stay safe

By on April 14, 2016 at 11:11 AM.

With smartphone vulnerabilities skyrocketing, here are 9 things you can do to stay safe

There has been a lot of talk lately about personal data security, and for good reason. In recent years, more and more hackers have been taking advantage of all sorts of vulnerabilities in web-connected products to steal personal details belonging to millions of consumers, load malicious programs on their machines, and even steal money.

Even so, there are things you can do to protect your data so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. More →

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U.S. Government Hacked APT6

A mysterious hacking group has been stealing U.S. secrets for years

By on April 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

A mysterious hacking group has been stealing U.S. secrets for years

A mysterious hacking group has had access to U.S. government files for years and the hackers might still be able to siphon data off government computer networks. The hack apparently dates back to 2011, though it may be linked to attacks on the U.S. government’s computer infrastructure originating in 2008.

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Android Malware Accessibility Clickjacking

Half a billion Android devices are impacted by the latest evolution of mobile malware

By on March 4, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

Half a billion Android devices are impacted by the latest evolution of mobile malware

The latest malware scare might be the most terrifying to date.

Mobile security company Skycure co-founders Adi Sharabani and Yair Amit announced at the RSA conference in San Francisco this week that a new form of malware puts a vast majority of Android device users at risk. Called “accessibility clickjacking,” it’s one of the more ingenious methods of gaining access to someone’s phone. More →

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WhatsApp Email Malware Emoji Crash Chat

WhatsApp users need to know about these 2 key threats

By on January 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

WhatsApp users need to know about these 2 key threats

More than 900 million people use WhatsApp on a regular basis, making the Facebook-owned app one of the most popular communication tools out there. WhatsApp offers encrypted instant messaging, voice calls and file transfers, making it a must-have app for many smartphone users. The app is available for a plethora of mobile operating systems, including computers, though it needs to be installed first on a smartphone.

Considering its massive popularity, it’s no surprise to hear that hackers are targeting WhatsApp users with specially crafted malware. On top of that, a serious bug might be used by some people to crash certain WhatsApp chats. More →

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Chimera Ransomware Expose Files Online

Dangerous ransomware threatens to expose your private files online if you don’t pay up

By on November 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM.

Dangerous ransomware threatens to expose your private files online if you don’t pay up

We’ve seen ransomware stories popping up left and right this year, detailing how hackers are making money from a scary, yet creative, type of malware. Just as the name of this attack suggests, ransomware encrypts personal files on a computer, demanding a ransom in order to release them back to users. Victims have to pay up a fee and hope that the hackers decrypt their data instead of simply taking the money and running. Sure, you can always refuse to pay the ransom, and you can try to use one of the publicly available tools that can decrypt your files (Microsoft has one too), but hackers have now devised a new method to convince you to pay up: They’ll expose your files online if you don’t. More →

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Android Adware Trojan Horse Uninstall

Another adware outbreak hits Android, this one ‘nearly impossible to remove’

By on November 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Another adware outbreak hits Android, this one ‘nearly impossible to remove’

The latest adware outbreak might be the worst yet for Android users.

According to researchers from cybersecurity company Lookout, a new strain of adware is capable of automatically rooting a user’s device, embedding in the system application and becomes nearly impossible to uninstall. More →

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Mac Malware

Mac malware hit all-time high in 2015

By on October 21, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

Mac malware hit all-time high in 2015

Historically, the Mac has been much less prone to various types of malware attacks than Windows machines. Of course, this is largely due to the fact that Windows, on account of its dominant market share, has long been a much more appealing target for hackers. But in recent years, as Apple’s share of the PC market has grown, malware specifically targeting Apple’s Mac platform slowly but surely began to increase. In the process, the types of malware attacks targeting Macs have also became far more insidious and, at times, sophisticated.

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