We recently talked about a new malware that doesn’t care if you have a Mac or a PeeCee — and another that is now specifically targeting iPhone users. With the popularity of Apple products, the cybercrime industry has found a rich new hunting ground in Apple users.
There are over 1 million new strains of malware created every day. You no longer have to be attacked in order to be infected with malware. You can pick up malware easier than you can catch a cold, or pick up a bug at the day-care center. Just log into some web sites. On average, over 30,000 SME websites are targeted each day, and to make matters worse, nearly 60% of their IT professionals think they aren’t at any real risk of being attacked.
Yet, email still poses a frightening risk. Too many people trust their email, and a cleverly configured email can get you in real trouble. Read the piece below about ransomware. It’s running rampant — and much is delivered via an attachment in email.
We surveyed the spam traps this morning and found 12 malware-laden emails, and a bank-spoof phishing email that ALSO had the malware component.
This is why we produced these Infographics for you to post and distribute.
Alert : Malware email coming your way! Will you recognize it?
But there’s more …
- Google Play Store Malware Steals Photos and Videos from Viber – Neurogadget
- Sophisticated nation-state sponsored malware could shut down electric grid
- China Hacked Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Via Backdoor Malware
- FBI says its malware isn’t malware because ‘we’re the good guys’
- The stupidest ransomware for Windows is also the most dangerous
- Is it ethical to use malware when disrupting cyber-crime?
- The new malware landscape — living on borrowed time
- SFG malware discovered in European energy company
Is it ethical to use malware when disrupting cyber-crime?
People these days are such idiots. Is it ethical for Marines to use guns against terrorists who use guns? Hello? Is there any intelligent life left on this planet? SC Magazine writes :
As the FBI declares its malware-like software cannot be malware as it is used with non-malicious intent, we ponder the ethics of the good guys using the same tools as the bad guys.
Haymarket Media, Inc –SC Magazine
FBI says its malware isn’t malware because ‘we’re the good guys’
And we’ll add yet another nit-wit to our list of idiots — very surprised Mac people are involved here – but I guess even ZDnet has to “look” politically correct. They’re using flakes for brains . . . they don’t know the difference between right an wrong. They seem to have a problem with this :
The FBI was successful in petitioning the Supreme Court to remove restrictions on its operations that would effectively allow the agency to conduct its hacking operations anywhere in the world.
Zack Whittaker ~ www.zdnet.com
Sophisticated nation-state sponsored malware could shut down electric grid
SentinelOne researchers discovered what they believe to be a sophisticated nation-state sponsored malware campaign targeting at least one European electric company.
The researchers believe the malware originated in Eastern Europe and a dropper tool is most likely being used to first gain access to targeted network users, and then to introduce a payload designed to extract data or potentially shut down an energy grid
SFG malware discovered in European energy company
A new piece of malware has been discovered on the information networks of an unnamed European energy company.
It appears quite sophisticated according to Sentinel One Labs who discovered it. SFG, as Sentinel One Labs call it, not only collects information on the infected system but opens a backdoor through which a destructive payload could be launched. Sentinel One speculates that it could deliver malware to “potentially shut down an energy grid”.
Google Play Store Malware Steals Photos and Videos from Viber – Neurogadget
A recent report from Symantec states that there is an app on Google Play Store that can steal photos and videos from your Viber account.
Viber is a widely used messaging system, almost as widely as WhatsApp and if you happen to be using it, then you should be very careful about the different apps that go into your smartphone, because Viber, like most apps, has its bugs and it can easily be exploited.
Costea Lestoc — neurogadget.net
China Hacked Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Via Backdoor Malware
The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has published a report according to which China used a backdoor malware to hack the computer system at Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation between 2010 to 2013.
The compromised systems belonged to FDIC’s officials including former chief of staff and former general counsel according to the Interim staff report as a result of an internal investigation that was previously covered up to protect newly appointed FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg in 2011
The stupidest ransomware for Windows is also the most dangerous
Ransomware is a real problem for many institutions and consumers who do not know how to protect their PCs while surfing the web. Ransomware apps lock certain files on a computer with encryption, making them inaccessible until the target pays a ransom, usually in virtually untraceable Bitcoin. The scam is very lucrative for some hackers, who usually restore access to temporarily encrypted files as soon as a computer owner pays the fee, and these ransomware apps aren’t exactly easy to code.
Ranscam is one such example of a badly executed ransomware app. But because it’s a bad type of malware, it’s also the worst Windows infection you can currently get.
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