Malware Software

Almost anyone can make ransomware with this horrifying new program

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Almost anyone can make ransomware with this horrifying new program

We might be entering a whole new era of malware, one where even those who lack any semblance of deep technical expertise will be able to acquire and disseminate viruses and the like on the fly.

Speaking to this point, security researchers at McAfee recently discovered a new piece of software which makes it exceedingly easy for anyone to create their own ransomware. The online software, which runs on TOR, is called Tox and, believe it or not, is completely free to use. The developers of the software aim to make money on the back end by taking a cut of any successful ransomware campaigns its users run.

Here’s how it all works.

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Breaking Bad Malware

‘Breaking Bad’ themed malware has been discovered

By on May 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

‘Breaking Bad’ themed malware has been discovered

Security researchers at Symantec recently discovered a new piece of malware that, believe it or not, incorporates a number of themes from the hit TV show Breaking Bad. The malware itself primarily affects users in Australia and represents a new strain of an existing ransomware trojan dubbed Trojan.Cryptolocker.S.

The ransomware, which only targets Windows machines, operates by encrypting all of a user’s files and subsequently demanding a timely payment of $450 Australian Dollars (about $355 in U.S. dollars) to decrypt them. Failure to promptly make the $450 payment results in the decryption fee rising to $1000 Australian Dollars.

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Android Apps Install Malware

Scary exploit may let hackers target nearly 50% of Android phones with malware

By on March 26, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Scary exploit may let hackers target nearly 50% of Android phones with malware

Malware is never an easy subject for Android device owners. Savvy users usually say the matter is overblown and that they know how to protect themselves against such threats, though that’s not always the case. Google acknowledges the matter but usually minimizes it, though it’s also constantly coming up with better means for protecting the safety of users. Meanwhile millions of Android devices fall prey to malware, and most of the time users don’t even know what’s going on.

New research from Palo Alto Networks has brought to light a terrifying vulnerability in Android that could be used for secretly installing malware apps on a device on almost 50% of existing devices, Business Insider reports.

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Android Malware

Warning: How to avoid the scary new malware infecting thousands of phones

By on March 3, 2015 at 10:41 AM.

Warning: How to avoid the scary new malware infecting thousands of phones

The dangers of mobile malware are very real, and we’re now reminded yet again how quickly these malicious programs can spread thanks to a new outbreak. Dubbed “Gazon,” this new malware has been called “one of the single largest messaging-initiated mobile malware outbreaks” by the experts who discovered it.

Luckily, Gazon is fairly easy to avoid if you know what you’re looking for, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know to protect yourself right here in this post. More →

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Android Dangerous New Malware

Not even turning off your Android phone can stop this malware from spying on you

By on February 20, 2015 at 12:24 PM.

Not even turning off your Android phone can stop this malware from spying on you

Android’s malware problem might be overstated, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be cautious when navigating the web on your device. On Wednesday, anti-virus software maker AVG reported that a newly discovered malware can continue to spy on you even after you think you’ve turned off your device. More →

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Android vs. Windows Malware Infection

Malware infected as many Android devices as Windows laptops in 2014

By on February 17, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Malware infected as many Android devices as Windows laptops in 2014

A new report published by Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Security Labs division says that no less than 16 million mobile devices were hit by malware last year, ZDNet reports, which is an increase of 25% compared to 2013 — comparatively, last year malware infections rose by 20% across the board. More →

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iPhone Malware XAgent App

This terrifying iOS malware could infect your iPhone without a jailbreak

By on February 5, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

This terrifying iOS malware could infect your iPhone without a jailbreak

Still looking for a reason to upgrade to iOS 8? Security firm Trend Micro released a report on Wednesday revealing that some of the most dangerous spyware it has ever seen is making the rounds on iOS devices, but is far more effective on iOS 7 than on Apple’s latest operating system release. More →

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Staples Credit Card Malware Breach

Staples confirmed hackers stole more than 1M credit cards in significant data breach

By on December 22, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Staples confirmed hackers stole more than 1M credit cards in significant data breach

Staples on Friday confirmed that some of its stores were hit by hackers this year, who were able to steal up to 1.16 million credit cards and debit cards during various periods of time, with a few locations having been hit as far back as April 2014. More →

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FBI: Destructive Malware Warning

‘Destructive’ malware may have hit Sony Pictures, other companies warned

By on December 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM.

‘Destructive’ malware may have hit Sony Pictures, other companies warned

Sony Pictures was hit by unknown hackers last week who managed to steal various sensitive information, including high-quality digital versions of several unreleased Sony movies, prompting the FBI to issue a five-page warning to certain U.S. businesses regarding a new type of “destructive” malware. A copy of the memo has been obtained by Reuters. More →

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Regin Malware Spying Tool

The most advanced malware yet has been spying on you for years

By on November 25, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

The most advanced malware yet has been spying on you for years

Security researchers have discovered a highly advanced malware program, called Regin, that have been used for spying purposes for at least six years. First discovered by Symantec and confirmed by Kaspersky, the security threat is believed to be the work of a government, considering the massive resources behind it and its sophisticated features, rather than a program devised by hacker groups interested in stealing data and/or money from regular Internet users. More →

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New Malware Password Manager

Frightening new malware targets your password manager

By on November 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Frightening new malware targets your password manager

If you thought hackers gaining access to just one of your online accounts was troublesome, you’ll be terrified to know that the next frontier might put your entire online identity at risk. IBM’s Security Intelligence reports that a new configuration of the Citadel trojan has been designed to start keylogging when specific password managers begin running on an infected user’s computer. More →

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Android Malware: NotCompatible

Complex Android malware believed to have infected up to 4.5M smartphones in the U.S.

By on November 21, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Complex Android malware believed to have infected up to 4.5M smartphones in the U.S.

As many as 4.5 million American Android smartphone users may have been fooled into somehow downloading a complex malicious program on their devices since January 2013, The New Yok Times reports, citing security company Lookout. More →

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FTC on PC Malware Security Scams

FTC cracks down on massive ‘PC cleaner’ security scam

By on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM.

FTC cracks down on massive ‘PC cleaner’ security scam

The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida on Wednesday announced plans on fighting a type of online scam that cons unsuspecting PC users into paying up to hundreds of dollars for alleged security protection for their computers, which turns out to be fake software supposed to fix inexistent malware threats. Such businesses have fooled many individuals and companies into paying over $120 million for Internet security. More →

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