French company LaCie, maker of various storage solutions, on Tuesday announced that it has been the victim of a massive attack that exposed the personal data of buyers, including credit cards, to a third party. The company said it was informed by the FBI on March 19 that “an unauthorized person used malware to gain access to information from customer transactions that were made through LaCie’s website.” The company has hired an investigation firm, and has temporarily disabled its online store, while it secures it. More →
In what might be the most ingenious ad campaign for anti-virus software we’ve ever seen, Kaspersky Lab has put has put together a terrifying, interactive infographic of sorts calling attention to malware threats in real-time. The “Cyberthreat Real-Time Map” visualizes our planet in relation to malware, displaying the infection rates in every country and ranking them based on which are the most infected. Russia comes in at number 1, with the United States and India taking the 2 and 3 spots, respectively. Of course, it’s nothing more than a clever endorsement for Kaspersky Lab’s Security Scan software, but it’s fascinating to see the reach of malware across the globe in such a visually evocative format. See for yourself on Kaspersky’s site.
Android is still the most targeted mobile platform out there in terms of mobile malware, considering the reports that keep detailing ways that hackers can take advantage of it for malicious purposes. But in most cases it’s Android users from certain regions of the world who are affected, because Google’s standard Android services aren’t available. A new report from The Hacker News details some new Android malware that may be the biggest threat to the operating system to date, and it may have already infected millions of devices. More →
While Sundar Pichai’s statements regarding Android malware and security have been misinterpreted, Google plans to further increase the security of its mobile operating systems just as the executive said. ComputerWorld reports that the company is soon going to update its “Verify Apps” feature to constantly monitor app behavior in the background and figure out whether an app has any malicious intents. More →
Mobile malware has gone from an afterthought to a serious issue for smartphone and tablet users seemingly overnight. More savvy consumers have known about the threats presented by mobile malware for quite some time, but even they don’t always protect themselves against various threats. Malware targeting smartphones and tablets is getting more sophisticated, as we saw recently when a researcher created screenlogging software capable of tracking your touchscreen swipes in order to steal PIN numbers, user names, passwords, credit card numbers and anything else you might type into your phone. Now, a new study shows us why smartphone and tablet users need to start taking mobile malware more seriously. More →
Smartphone malware is on the rise and with 99% of known malware targeting Google’s Android platform — which is also the most popular mobile platform in the world by a tremendous margin — users must start making an effort to protect themselves against various threats. The latest example of the terrifying possibilities out there comes from Trustwave security researcher Neal Hindocha, who built a proof-of-concept that could be one of the most troubling examples of smartphone malware we’ve seen to date. More →
Long before we knew the NSA was monitoring our every move, the constant threat of getting a virus was the primary concern for most Internet users. Viruses are still a major problem for many people, and the United States is host to a ridiculous 44% of the malware online today according to Solutionary. In fact, the U.S. hosts five times the amount of malware as the next leading offender, Germany. Cybercriminals are making use of some of the most popular cloud service to proliferate their malware. More →
Hackers in Europe managed to target several cash machines from an unnamed bank earlier last year by infecting them with malware from USB drives, BBC News reports. The researchers who discovered the hack detailed their findings at the Chaos Computing Congress in Hamburg, Germany recently. According to their report, the ATM thefts were discovered in July after a bank noticed how its machines were emptied of cash even though the cash should have been protected inside safes. The bank then discovered how criminals were cutting holes into ATMs in order to transfer malware from the USB to the ATM. Once the data transfer was complete, the holes would be patched up to conceal the attack. More →
Andrew “bunnie” Huang and Sean “xobs” Cross have discovered a way to hack even the small microSD cards that go inside current smartphones and tablets to increase their storage, as well as other flash-based memory solutions, presenting their findings at the Chaos Computer Congress (30C3). In a detailed blog post on bunnie:studios, Huang explained how the hack works, and why many flash cards are susceptible to being hacked and used for malicious purposes by people who are aware of this particular potentially serious security vulnerability. More →
New light has been shed on the extensive scope of the National Security Agency’s spying operations yet again in a couple of reports from German publication Der Spiegel, which reveal various new “features” of the covert intelligence operations conducted by the NSA’s “geek” armies. The agency will apparently pull out all the stops in order to get to the information it seeks, even if that means intercepting shipping of computers purchased online by targets in order to infect them with spyware, or replace components with its own malware-installed hardware. More →
Computer scientists have developed an audio malware prototype that’s capable of establishing communication between devices that do not have an active network connection, Ars Technica reports. Instead, the lab-created malware uses the built-in microphones and speakers to send out a high-frequency signal from an infected computer to a different source. While it has limited use and can only send 20 bits of data per second to up to 65 feet the audio malware concept can still be used to send out significant data, including user and passwords for certain systems. Additionally, the distance can be increased by adding more attacker-controlled devices to repeat the audio signal.
If you’ve never encountered ransomware, consider yourself lucky. Ransomware is malware that completely locks down your computer and threatens to corrupt or destroy your files unless you pay a fine. In the past, there have been relatively simple workarounds to remove ransomware from your computer, but Ars Technica shares the stories of those who came face to face with CryptoLocker, an especially persistent piece of ransomware that demands affected users pay a $300 fee if they ever want to see their files again. More →
Despite some security improvements in recent releases, Android continues to have a major malware problem. The United States Department of Homeland Security has issued a report this summer outlining the threat that malware poses to emergency responders and security personnel who may find their Android devices compromised if they don’t take the proper precautions. The report says that devices that are still running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread are particularly vulnerable to attacks and that users should make sure they have devices with the latest versions of Android installed. The department also recommends that users install at least one Android mobile security suite as well as the Carrier IQ Test app to weed out malicious software.