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Convuster: macOS adware now in Rust

Introduction Traditionally, most malicious objects detected on the macOS platform are adware: besides the already familiar Shlayer family, the TOP 10 includes Bnodlero, Cimpli, Adload and Pirrit adware. As a rule, most tend to be written in C, Objective-C or Swift. Recently, however, cybercriminals have been paying increased attention to new programming lang
Publish At:2021-03-18 06:42 | Read:265 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malware descriptions Adware Apple MacOS Malware Descriptions

Good old malware for the new Apple Silicon platform

Introduction A short while ago, Apple released Mac computers with the new chip called Apple M1. The unexpected release was a milestone in the Apple hardware industry. However, as technology evolves, we also observe a growing interest in the newly released platform from malware adversaries. This inevitably leads us to new malware samples compiled for the Appl
Publish At:2021-03-12 06:24 | Read:331 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malware descriptions Adware Apple MacOS Malware Technologies

SearchDimension search hijackers: An overview of developments

Background information on SearchDimension SearchDimension is the name of a family of browser hijackers that makes money from ad clicks and search engine revenues. The family was named after the domain searchdimension.com that popped up in 2017, and they still sometimes use the letter combo SD in the names of their browser extensions. Recent development
Publish At:2020-12-29 12:42 | Read:597 | Comments:0 | Tags:Adware PUPs adware default browser extension managed notific

IT threat evolution Q3 2020 Mobile statistics

The statistics presented here draw on detection verdicts returned by Kaspersky products and received from users who consented to providing statistical data. Quarterly figures According to Kaspersky Security Network, the third quarter saw: 1,189 797 detected malicious installers, of which 39,051 packages were related to mobile banking trojans; 6063 packages
Publish At:2020-11-20 06:07 | Read:611 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Malware reports Adware Malware Statistics Ransomwar

WebNavigator Chromium browser published by search hijackers

A mystery Chromium browser recently made a sudden appearance, and is certainly proving popular. But what is it, and where did it come from? Malwarebytes detects the browser as PUP.Optional.WebNavigator, and we found several clues that this browser was brought to you by a notorious family of search hijackers. That family isn’t new to us—we report
Publish At:2020-11-17 14:30 | Read:645 | Comments:0 | Tags:Adware PUPs browser chromium Malwarebytes Privacy search hij

Google removes a set of 21 malicious apps from the Play Store

Google has removed 21 malicious apps from the official Play Store because they were found to serve intrusive and annoying ads. Google has removed 21 new malicious apps from the official Play Store because they were found displaying intrusive ads. The following malicious apps were spotted by researchers from cybersecurity firm Avast: Shoot ThemCrush
Publish At:2020-10-27 13:30 | Read:878 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Malware Mobile adware Android Google Google Pl

IT threat evolution Q2 2020. Mobile statistics

IT threat evolution Q2 2020. Review IT threat evolution Q2 2020. PC statistics These statistics are based on detection verdicts of Kaspersky products received from users who consented to provide statistical data. Quarterly figures According to Kaspersky Security Network, the second quarter saw: 1,245,894 detected malicious installers, of which 38,951 packa
Publish At:2020-09-03 16:30 | Read:752 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Malware reports Adware Malware Statistics Mobile Ma

The Streaming Wars: A Cybercriminal’s Perspective

Cyber threats aren’t relegated to the world of big businesses and large-scale campaigns. The most frequent attacks aren’t APTs and massive data breaches—they’re the daily encounters with malware and spam by everyday users. And, one of the areas where we’re most vulnerable is entertainment—particularly when we’re so used to findi
Publish At:2020-07-16 08:05 | Read:865 | Comments:0 | Tags:Research Adware Cybercrime Malware Descriptions Malware Stat

Pig in a poke: smartphone adware

Our support team continues to receive more and more requests from users complaining about intrusive ads on their smartphones from unknown sources. In some cases, the solution is quite simple. In others, the task is far harder: the adware plants itself in the system partition, and trying to get rid of it can lead to device failure. In addition, ads can be emb
Publish At:2020-07-06 08:25 | Read:989 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Research advertising networks Adware Mobile Malware

Explicit content and cyberthreats: 2019 report

‘Stay at home’ is the new motto for 2020 and it has entailed many changes to our daily lives, most importantly, in terms of our digital content consumption. With users opting to entertain themselves online, malicious activity has grown. Over the past two years we have reviewed how adult content has been used to spread malware and abuse users̵
Publish At:2020-06-15 06:58 | Read:1348 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Publications Adware Malware Malware Statistics Mobi

Aggressive in-app advertising in Android

Recently, we’ve been noticing ever more dubious advertising libraries in popular apps on Google Play. The monetization methods used in such SDKs can pose a threat to users, yet they pull in more revenue for developers than whitelisted ad modules due to the greater number of views. In this post we will look into a few examples of suspicious-looking ad m
Publish At:2020-05-25 06:21 | Read:1510 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Research Adware Google Android

A week in security (April 13 – 19)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at how to avoid Zoom bombing, weighed the risks of surveillance versus pandemics, and dug into a spot of WiFi credential theft. Other cybersecurity news: Malware creeps back into the home: With a pandemic forcing much of the workforce into remote positions, it’s worth noting that a study found malware on 45 percent
Publish At:2020-04-20 14:01 | Read:1741 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security adware Android coronavirus malware phish

Player vs. Hacker: Cyberthreats to Gaming Companies and Gamers

The video gaming landscape has changed drastically over the past few decades. Some of these changes have led to considerable developments in the cyberthreat landscape as it applies to gaming companies, the games themselves and the user base that enjoys them. Integration of the cloud, mobile apps and social networks, the diversity of games and platforms, th
Publish At:2020-03-16 10:45 | Read:1428 | Comments:0 | Tags:Application Security Software & App Vulnerabilities Threat I

Mac adware is more sophisticated and dangerous than traditional Mac malware

As the data revealed in our State of Malware report showed, Mac threats are on the rise, but they are not the same type of threats experienced by Windows users. Most notably, more traditional forms of malware, such as ransomware, spyware, and backdoors account for over 27 percent of all Windows threats. That figure is less than 1 percent for Macs. Furthe
Publish At:2020-02-27 15:59 | Read:1298 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mac adware bundlore crossrider mac Mac adware mac threats ma

Mobile malware evolution 2019

These statistics are based on detection verdicts of Kaspersky products received from users who consented to provide statistical data. Figures of the year In 2019, Kaspersky mobile products and technologies detected: 3,503,952 malicious installation packages. 69,777 new mobile banking Trojans. 68,362 new mobile ransomware Trojans. Trends of the year In summ
Publish At:2020-02-25 07:25 | Read:1408 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Malware reports Adware Data theft Malware Statistic