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A giant botnet behind one million malware attacks a month just got shut down

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A major botnet operation incorporating millions of PCs and associated with over 80 different malware families has been taken down in an international cyber operation.

Authorities including the FBI, Europol’s European Cybercrime centre (EC3), the Joint Cybercrime Action Task Force, the Luneburg Central Criminal Investigation Inspectorate in

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/a-giant-botnet-behind-one-million-malware-infections-a-month-just-got-shut-down/

Hacking group targets banks with stealthy trojan malware campaign …

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The Silence malware drops allow attackers to stealthily monitor everything going on the screen of an infected user.


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A previously unknown but highly organised hacking group is carrying out a series of cyber attacks against banks and financial institutions around the world, deploying trojan malware to gain entry into

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/hacking-group-targets-banks-with-stealthy-trojan-malware-campaign/

New malware targets ATMs

ATMs continue to be lucrative targets for fraudsters.

ATMs continue to be lucrative targets for fraudsters.

A new malware strain targeting ATMs, which was being openly sold on the dark net market, has been discovered.

According to researchers at cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, the malware dubbed Cutlet Maker consists of three components and enables ATM jackpotting if the attacker is able to gain physical access to the machine.

It points out that a toolset potentially allowing criminals to steal millions was on sale for just $5 000 and came equipped with a step-by-step user guide.

ATMs continue to be lucrative targets for fraudsters, who use various methods to extract maximum profit, says Kaspersky Lab.

“While some rely on physically destructive methods through the use of metal cutting tools, others choose malware infection, enabling them to manipulate cash dispensers from the inside. Although

Read more at: http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=165958

Mac OSX Trojan malware spread via compromised software downloads

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Elmedia Player downloads were compromised with Trojan malware.


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Downloads of a popular Mac OSX media player and an accompanying download manager were infected with trojan malware after the developer’s servers were hacked.

Elmedia Player by software developer Eltima boasts over one million users, some of whom have may have

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/trojan-malware-for-mac-osx-spread-via-compromised-media-player-downloads/

Ransomware: Security researchers spot emerging new strain of malware

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Magniber appears to be an experiment in ransomware targeting.


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A new form of ransomware is being distributed via the same method as one of the most successful families of file-locking malware, and may represent a new evolution of the menace.

Launched by malvertising attacks on compromised websites, the new

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-security-researchers-spot-emerging-new-strain-of-malware/

GTA V PC mod responsible for spreading Monero mining malware

Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V is a modders dream on the PC, allowing gamers to drastically alter the base game; but it also means hackers can cause havoc.

One Russian-speaking mod maker is busy spreading malware into GTA 5 mods to secretly hijack a victim’s computer power to mine the Monero cryptocurrency.

The ‘Arbuz’ GTA V mod was identified by researchers at cyber security company Minerva Labs as the source of the malware spread. They discovered that mod-maker ‘Anton’ was using malware dubbed WaterMiner which uses and altered version of the legitimate open-source XMRig miner to craftily harvest Monero coins without a mod user knowing it.

WaterMiner, which gets its name from Arbuz meaning watermelon in Russian, also evades monitoring tools and can hide from the Windows Task Manager and other services that monitor the use of a computer’s resources. If it detects that a PC monitoring tool is searching for it

Read more at: http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/gta-v-pc-mod-malware-3311243

GTA 5 PC mod responsible for spreading Monero mining malware

Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V is a modders dream on the PC, allowing gamers to drastically alter the base game; but it also means hackers can cause havoc.

One Russian-speaking mod maker is busy spreading malware into GTA 5 mods to secretly hijack a victim’s computer power to mine the Monero cryptocurrency.

The ‘Arbuz’ GTA V mod was identified by researchers at cyber security company Minerva Labs as the source of the malware spread. They discovered that mod-maker ‘Anton’ was using malware dubbed WaterMiner which uses and altered version of the legitimate open-source XMRig miner to craftily harvest Monero coins without a mod user knowing it.

WaterMiner, which gets its name from Arbuz meaning watermelon in Russian, also evades monitoring tools and can hide from the Windows Task Manager and other services that monitor the use of a computer’s resources. If it detects that a PC monitoring tool is searching for it

Read more at: http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/gta-v-pc-mod-malware-3311243

From Malware to Phishing: The Finance Professional’s Guide to Cyber Crime

 

Social Engineering. Related to phishing, but more sophisticated, is social engineering. Here, instead of pursuing targets over digital channels, the attacker appeals directly to the person at the other end, via a phone call or face-to-face, using psychological tricks and intimidation.

The famous “Nigerian Prince” email is an example of “spear-phishing” – an email-based social engineering attack intended to open up a direct channel of communication to an individual, before using traditional con-artist tricks to gain access to money or sensitive information.

Today, attackers are getting more sophisticated and targeted – for instance, a target might receive an email or a phone call from someone pretending to be a senior executive demanding valuable account information.

As many as 60% of companies were affected by social engineering attacks in 2016. And recently, even the White House fell victim to an email scam. 

Read more at: https://www.cfoinnovation.com/story/13780/malware-phishing-finance-professional%E2%80%99s-guide-cyber-crime

Can you tell a bug from a bot? Know your malware here

Malware, literally, is a software that’s bad. It sneaks into your system, steals your personal data, deletes files and can even disable your system. A malicious automated code, it replicates itself from one computer to another.

As more and more people take to internet transactions after the government’s push for a ‘Digital India’, the dangers of a connected world also intensify. Malware is not easy to detect and can keep hiding in your computer for a long time. Hence, it is crucial to know ‘aapke computer mein kaun rehta hai’. It comes in several types. Below are the most common ones:

Adware
This malware is so much in your face that it’s difficult to ignore it. As the name suggests, this is an advertising malware which presents unwanted advertisement-like those irritating indefinite pop-ups-using intrusive and dangerous methods.

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/can-you-tell-a-bug-from-a-bot-know-your-malware-here/articleshow/61083572.cms

cyber security: Can you tell a bug from a bot? Know your malware here

Malware, literally, is a software that’s bad. It sneaks into your system, steals your personal data, deletes files and can even disable your system. A malicious automated code, it replicates itself from one computer to another.

As more and more people take to internet transactions after the government’s push for a ‘Digital India’, the dangers of a connected world also intensify. Malware is not easy to detect and can keep hiding in your computer for a long time. Hence, it is crucial to know ‘aapke computer mein kaun rehta hai’. It comes in several types. Below are the most common ones:

Adware
This malware is so much in your face that it’s difficult to ignore it. As the name suggests, this is an advertising malware which presents unwanted advertisement-like those irritating indefinite pop-ups-using intrusive and dangerous methods.

Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/can-you-tell-a-bug-from-a-bot-know-your-malware-here/articleshow/61083572.cms