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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

The malware that won’t die: Is Locky reclaiming its title as king of ransomware?

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Ransomware is one of the top cyber threats to organisations.


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Not so long ago it was thought to be dead, but now Locky ransomware is back as one of the most commonly distributed forms of malware.

Locky attacks have been on the rise since August, but Check Point

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-malware-that-wont-die-is-locky-reclaiming-its-title-as-king-of-ransomware/

The malware that won’t die: Is Locky reclaiming its title as king of …

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Ransomware is one of the top cyber threats to organisations.


Image: iStock

Not so long ago it was thought to be dead, but now Locky ransomware is back as one of the most commonly distributed forms of malware.

Locky attacks have been on the rise since August, but Check Point

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-malware-that-wont-die-is-locky-reclaiming-its-title-as-king-of-ransomware/

Ransomware is now big business on the dark web and malware developers are cashing in

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A criminal selling ransomware on the dark web can reportedly make over $100,000 a year.


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The total value of ransomware sales on dark web market places has rocketed from $250,000 to over $6m in just a year as demand for the file-encrypting malware grows.

Ransomware has hardly been

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-is-now-big-business-on-the-dark-web-and-malware-developers-are-cashing-in/