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Rudy Giuliani’s Twitter mishaps invite typosquatters and scammers

Former cybersecurity czar Rudy Giuliani has been targeted by typosquatters on Twitter, thanks to copious misspellings and other keyboarding errors made in a number of his public tweets. In a tweet sent out on Sunday, Giuliani meant to send his 650,000-plus followers to his new website, RudyGiulianics.com. Instead, a space added after “Rudy” sent
Publish At:2020-02-19 14:35 | Read:120 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams adware browser extensions cybersecurity czar giuliani

Malwarebytes Labs releases 2020 State of Malware Report

Malwarebytes Labs today released the results of our annual study on the state of malware—the 2020 State of Malware Report—and as usual, it’s a doozy. From an increase in enterprise-focused threats to the diversification of sophisticated hacking and stealth techniques, the 2019 threat landscape was shaped by a cybercrime industry that aimed to show i
Publish At:2020-02-11 04:50 | Read:195 | Comments:0 | Tags:Reports 2020 state of malware report adware Android android

A week in security (February 3 – 9)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at Washington state’s latest efforts in providing better data privacy rights for their residents, and we dove into some of the many questions regarding fintech: What is it? How secure is it? And what are some of the problems in the space? We also detailed a new adware family that our researchers had been tracking
Publish At:2020-02-10 16:47 | Read:268 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security a week in security adposhel adware data p

Adware.Adposhel takes over your web push notifications administration

Since late last year our researchers have been monitoring a new method concerning web push notifications being deployed by an adware family detected by Malwarebytes as Adware.Adposhel. What does Adware.Adposhel change? The adware uses Chrome policies to ensure that notification prompts will be shown and add some of their own domains to the list of site
Publish At:2020-02-06 16:50 | Read:236 | Comments:0 | Tags:Adware adware Adware.Adposhel DefaultNotificationsSetting no

Billion-dollar search engine industry attracts vultures, shady advertisers, and cybercriminals

Search engines make money by showing users sponsored advertisements—a lot of money. This attracts attention, competition, and plenty who want a piece of the action without doing the actual work or considering the impact to those on the other end of the search bar. Because in the search business, even the crumbs are interesting. In this post, we look at th
Publish At:2020-01-06 21:50 | Read:511 | Comments:0 | Tags:PUPs adfraud advertisements adware extensions hijackers pote

How to Tell Safe Advertisements From Dangerous Malvertising

Advertising is the life blood of the internet. Some of the world’s biggest and most influential tech companies earn a large chunk of their revenue through harmless and safe advertisements, but some of the most successful cybercriminals also rely on advertising. When good ad networks are tricked into delivering malware, it’s known as malvertising.
Publish At:2019-10-18 10:20 | Read:536 | Comments:0 | Tags:Endpoint Fraud Protection Adware Artificial Intelligence (AI

An advertising dropper in Google Play

Recently, the popular CamScanner – Phone PDF creator app caught our attention. According to Google Play, it has been installed more than 100 million times. The developers position it as a solution for scanning and managing digitized documents, but negative user reviews that have been left over the past month have indicated the presence of unwanted features.
Publish At:2019-09-19 18:20 | Read:595 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Incidents Adware Google Android Mobile Malware Troj

The Clicking Bot Applications

Cyber crime, like any crime, has its motives; each malware has its own malicious profit. Spyware spies on you. Ransomware demands a ransom to decrypt your private digital data. Phishing Malware phishes for your username, password or account numbers. Installation-fraud achieves fake software installations. Ad fraud fraudulently represents online advertisement
Publish At:2017-11-07 10:45 | Read:54165 | Comments:2 | Tags:Analysts Android App Security Mobile Malware Threat Research

Watcho ut! Adware spreading via Facebook Messenger

Security experts from Kaspersky Lab have spotted an ongoing cross-platform malware campaign that leverages Facebook Messenger. Security experts from Kaspersky Lab have spotted an ongoing cross-platform malware campaign on Facebook Messenger, spammers are actually infecting users of all platform with adware. Users receive a video link that redirects them to
Publish At:2017-08-27 01:10 | Read:2989 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware Social Networks adware Fac

New multi platform malware/adware spreading via Facebook Messenger

One good thing about having a lot of Facebook friends is that you simply act as a honey pot when your friends click on malicious things. A few days ago I got a message on Facebook from a person I very rarely speak to, and I knew that something fishy was going on. After just a few minutes analyzing the message, I understood that I was just peeking at the top
Publish At:2017-08-24 05:50 | Read:3062 | Comments:0 | Tags:Incidents Adware Facebook JavaScript Social networks

GhostClicker Adware is a Phantomlike Android Click Fraud

By Echo Duan and Roland Sun We’ve uncovered a pervasive auto-clicking adware from as much as 340 apps from Google Play, one of which, named “Aladdin’s Adventure’s World”, was downloaded 5 million times. These adware-embedded applications include recreational games, device performance utilities like cleaners and boosters, and file managers, QR and barcode sc
Publish At:2017-08-16 13:40 | Read:4138 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile Social adware android GhostClicker

MUGHTHESEC, a signed Mac adware that hijacks the victim’s browser for profit

Experts spotted a new signed Mac adware dubbed MUGHTHESEC that hijacks victim’s browser for profit and can be removed only reinstalling the OS. According to the expert Patrick Wardle, Director of Research at Synack, a new strain of Mac adware is threatening Mac users, once infected a machine the only way to remove it is to reinstall the macOS. The rese
Publish At:2017-08-13 23:35 | Read:3430 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware adware Apple Mac malware M

Chinese Police dismantled the behind the Fireball adware campaign that infected more than 250 Million PCs

Chinese authorities arrested eleven members of the gang behind the Fireball adware campaign that infected more than 250 Million PCs. Chinese police have identified and arrested individuals suspected to be the operators behind the massive adware campaign that infected more than 250 Million computers across the world earlier this year. In June, researchers at
Publish At:2017-07-27 01:45 | Read:2720 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware adware Cybercrime Fireball

The Magala Trojan Clicker: A Hidden Advertising Threat

One large group will slowly conquer another large group, reduce its numbers, and thus lessen its chance of further variation and improvement. <…> Small and broken groups and sub-groups will finally tend to disappear. Charles Darwin. ‘On the Origin of Species’ The golden age of Trojans and viruses has long gone. Malicious programs
Publish At:2017-07-12 10:00 | Read:3447 | Comments:0 | Tags:Research Adware PUPs Trojan

The Fireball malware already infected more than 250 million computers worldwide running both Windows and Mac OS

Check Point have discovered a massive malware campaign spreading the Fireball malware, it has already infected more than 250 million computers worldwide Security researchers at Check Point have discovered a massive malware campaign spreading the Fireball malware. The malicious code has already infected more than 250 million computers worldwide running both
Publish At:2017-06-02 06:55 | Read:3211 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware adware Cybercrime Fireball

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