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McAfee software hijacked by banking Trojan

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They say that defence is the best form of attack. There certainly seems to be a growing trend in turning security tools into hacking weapons. The latest example is the subversion of McAfee’s ClickProtect email protection service as a means of implanting the Emotet data-stealing Trojan – which a vehicle… Read more »

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Google launches malvertising counter attack

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In order to prevent its users from being steered onto bogus websites, Google is planning on launching three new Chrome security features in early 2018 – designed to counter the wave of malicious ads infesting its systems. This kind of malvertising-based URL redirection uses JavaScript code installed in iframes embedded… Read more »

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Search engines hijacked by banking Trojan

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Hackers are always eager to stay one step ahead of their victims. As internet users become more alert to the threat of phishing attacks, so attackers are dressing up their malware dumps in more imaginative ways. Their latest ploy is to use SEO to position bogus links at the top… Read more »

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Bad Rabbit from same hutch as NotPetya

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It seems likely that the recent Bad Rabbit ransomware attack on Russia and Ukraine originates from the same source as the NotPetya infestation earlier this year. Since this article was originally published, there have been some German and Turkish victims of this bug. The actors behind both attacks go by… Read more »

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RDPs going cheap on the dark web

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It is currently possible to buy a potentially lucrative Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) on the dark web for as little as $3.00.  Anyone wishing to hack remotely into a compromised corporate computer can now purchase the relevant RDP on the Ultimate Anonymity Services (UAS) dark web market. While the RDPs… Read more »

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Lack of hospital cybersecurity puts patients at risk

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There’s probably no mention of malware in the Hippocratic Oath. However, malicious software is now posing as much of a threat to patient’s lives as a hospital superbug or a slip of the scalpel. While doctors battle to restore their charges to good health, their efforts are being under mined… Read more »

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Tech firms targeted through CCleaner backdoor

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It’s bad enough when a piece of security software installed on nearly three quarters of a million PCs turns out to be corrupted. It’s even worse when it appears that this may be a backdoor through which hackers can and have released malware into the affected systems. To find that… Read more »

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Shadowpad backdoor left NetSarang software wide open

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While investigating suspicious Domain Name System (DNS) requests for a financial institution, researchers at Kaspersky Labs have discovered a backdoor (which they’ve christened Shadowpad) in recently updated copies of two software suites designed for use on Linux and Unix systems. The software is produced by NetSarang Computer Inc, a developer… Read more »

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Maersk reports large losses as direct result of malware

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Danish multinational A.P. Moller – Maersk, the world’s largest container ship company, took a massive broadside from the NotPetya malware attack earlier this summer – resulting in second quarter losses approaching $300m, despite containment of the attack within 24 hours. Maersk was quick to emphasise that the malware only affected… Read more »

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More Chrome extensions infected

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In terms of worldwide usage of web browsers as a desktop browser, Google’s Chrome has a market share of over 60%. Its extensions – the small software programmes that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser – are often used as efficiency tools and productivity aides. The… Read more »

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