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A week in security (October 26 – November 1)

We had a very busy week at Malwarebytes Labs. We offered advice on Google’s patch for an actively exploited zero-day bug that affects Chrome users, our podcast talked about finding consumer value in Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Jamie Court, we provided guidance about keeping ransomware cash away from your business, pointed out how scammers ar
Publish At:2020-11-02 15:41 | Read:236 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malwarebytes news covid-19 survey CVE-2020-14882 cybersecuri

New Emotet delivery method spotted during downward detection trend

Emotet, one of cybersecurity’s most-feared malware threats, got a superficial facelift this week, hiding itself within a fake Microsoft Office request that asks users to update Microsoft Word so that they can take advantage of new features. This revamped presentation could point to internal efforts by threat actors to increase Emotet’s hit rate—a possibil
Publish At:2020-10-28 18:41 | Read:203 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malwarebytes news botnet Edward Snowden emotet Microsoft Off

New Valak Variant Makes “Most Wanted Malware” List for First Time

An updated variant of the Valak malware family earned a place on a security firm’s “most wanted malware” list for the first time.Check Point revealed that an updated version of Valak ranked as the ninth most prevalent malware in its Global Threat Index for September 2020.First detected back in 2019, Valak garnered the attention of Cybereaso
Publish At:2020-10-07 09:25 | Read:184 | Comments:0 | Tags:IT Security and Data Protection Latest Security News Emotet

France, Japan, and New Zealand warn of a surgein Emotet attacks

Cybersecurity agencies from multiple countries are warning of the surge of Emotet attacks targeting the private sector and public administration entities. Cybersecurity agencies across Asia and Europe are warning of Emotet spam campaigns targeting businesses in France, Japan, and New Zealand. The French national cyber-security agency published an alert
Publish At:2020-09-09 05:42 | Read:418 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware EMOTET Hacking hacking new

France national cyber-security agency warns of a surge in Emotet attacks

The French national cyber-security agency warns of a surge in Emotet attacks targeting the private sector and public administration entities. The French national cyber-security agency published an alert to warn of a significant increase of Emotet attacks targeting the private sector and public administration entities in France. The Emotet banking troja
Publish At:2020-09-08 14:45 | Read:339 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Hacking Malware Cybercrime EMOTET

Emotet Switches to ‘Red Dawn’ Template in Weaponized Word Documents

Researchers observed that the Emotet gang had incorporated a new “Red Dawn” template into their weaponized Word Documents delivered to users.Until recently, Emotet’s handlers had been targeting users with a iOS-themed document template for their malicious Word documents.The template explained that a sender had created the document on iOS, a
Publish At:2020-08-31 14:20 | Read:472 | Comments:0 | Tags:IT Security and Data Protection Latest Security News Emotet

Emotet botnet has begun to use a new ‘Red Dawn’ template

In August, the Emotet botnet operators switched to a new template, named ‘Red Dawn,’ for the malicious attachments employed in new campaigns.  The notorious Emotet went into the dark since February 2020, but after months of inactivity, the infamous trojan has surged back in July with a new massive spam campaign targeting users worldwide. T
Publish At:2020-08-30 11:18 | Read:514 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware botnet EMOTET Hacking malw

Emotet Botnet Named ‘Most Wanted Malware’ for July 2020

The Emotet botnet earned the title of “most wanted” malware family for the month of July 2020 following a period of inactivity.Check Point revealed that Emotet threat activity had affected 5% of organizations worldwide in July 2020, thereby earning the malware the top spot in the security firm’s Global Threat Index for that month.Emotet lau
Publish At:2020-08-07 08:55 | Read:304 | Comments:0 | Tags:IT Security and Data Protection Latest Security News botnet

EMOTET reemerges after months in hiding

First identified in 2014, Emotet has continued to infect systems and compromise users until now, which has kept it in the news far longer than other threats from the same year. The last version of Emotet was seen back in February, when it was distributed across WLAN networks, highlighting how this malware had evolved from a banker Trojan aimed at stealing fi
Publish At:2020-07-28 15:54 | Read:433 | Comments:0 | Tags:Adaptive Defense Malware News b2b emotet tips

Threat actors are hijacking the infamous Emotet botnet

A sort of vigilante is attempting to disrupt the operations of the Emotet botnet by hacking the supply chain of the malware. Someone is attempting to sabotage the operations of the Emotet botnet by replacing the Emotet payloads with animated GIFs, in this way the victims will not be infected with the bot. The mysterious activity was observed in the pas
Publish At:2020-07-25 15:10 | Read:554 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Malware EMOTET malware

Emotet botnet surges back after months of absence

After months of inactivity, the infamous Emotet trojan has surged back with a new massive spam campaign targeting users worldwide. The notorious Emotet went into the dark since February 2020, but now has surged back with a new massive spam campaign targeting users worldwide. The Emotet banking trojan has been active at least since 2014, the botnet is o
Publish At:2020-07-18 14:25 | Read:721 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware botnet EMOTET Hacking malw

It’s baaaack: Public cyber enemy Emotet has returned

It was never a question of “if” but “when”. After five months of absence, the dreaded Emotet has returned. Following several false alarms over the last few weeks, a spam campaign was first spotted on July 13 showing signs of a likely comeback. The Emotet botnets started pushing malspam actively on Friday, July 17, using the same te
Publish At:2020-07-17 17:37 | Read:636 | Comments:0 | Tags:Trojans emotet spam

Microsoft’s case study: Emotet took down an entire network in just 8 days

Microsoft declared that an Emotet attack took down an organization’s network by overheating all the computers and bringing its Internet access down. Microsoft shared details of the Emotet attack suffered by an organization named Fabrikam in the Microsoft’s Detection and Response Team (DART) Case Report 002, where Fabrikam is a fake name the I
Publish At:2020-04-04 15:17 | Read:1098 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking EMOTET information security news it se

A week in security (March 16 – 22)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we concluded our series on child identity theft. We also looked into threat actors and campaigns that ride the COVID-19 train, namely the criminal group APT36 and threat actors purporting to be the World Health Organization (WHO) but instead spreading malware. Lastly, we have tips for those who are working at home to stay secu
Publish At:2020-03-23 13:16 | Read:713 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security APT36 awis covid-19 emotet fake news mone

Coronavirus news used by Emotet and Trickbot to evade detection

Threat actors exploit the interest in the Coronavirus outbreak while infections increase worldwide, new campaigns aim at spreading TrickBot and Emotet Trojans. Experts warn of new Coronavirus-themed attacks that are spreading TrickBot and Emotet Trojans. Operators behind these campaigns are using new Coronavirus-themed messages to attempt to bypass se
Publish At:2020-03-19 04:33 | Read:1311 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware coronavirus covid19 EMOTET

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