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Ransomware app hosted in Google Play infects unsuspecting Android user

reader comments 53 Share this story Google Play, the official market for Android apps, was caught hosting a ransomware app that infected at least one real-world handset, security researchers said Tuesday.The ransomware was dubbed Charger and was hidden inside an app called EnergyRescue, according to a blog post published by security fi
Publish At:2017-01-25 07:30 | Read:712 | Comments:0 | Tags:Gear & Gadgets Risk Assessment Technology Lab android charge

NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers lob Molotov cocktail before exiting world stage

reader comments 59 Share this story Shadow Brokers, the mysterious group that gained international renown when it published hundreds of advanced hacking tools belonging to the National Security Agency, says it's going dark. But before it does, it's lobbing a Molotov cocktail that's sure to further inflame the US intelligence community.
Publish At:2017-01-13 00:45 | Read:1843 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & Disorder Risk Assessment Technology Lab exploits hacki

Online databases dropping like flies, with >10k falling to ransomware groups

reader comments 62 Share this story More than 10,000 website databases have been taken hostage in recent days by attackers who are demanding hefty ransoms for the data to be restored, a security researcher said Friday.The affected data is created and stored by the open source MongoDB database application, according to researchers who h
Publish At:2017-01-07 09:50 | Read:1315 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & Disorder Risk Assessment Technology Lab mongodb ransom

Fake Pokémon Go app on Google Play infects phones with screenlocker

Badware purveyors trying to capitalize on the ongoing Pokémon Go frenzy have achieved an important milestone by sneaking their fake wares into the official Google Play marketplace, security researchers said Friday.Researchers from antivirus provider Eset report finding at least three such apps in the Google-hosted marketplace. Of the three, the one titled "P
Publish At:2016-07-16 04:05 | Read:1407 | Comments:0 | Tags:Gear & Gadgets Risk Assessment Technology Lab android google

Crypto flaw made it easy for attackers to snoop on Juniper customers

As if people didn't already have cause to distrust the security of Juniper products, the networking gear maker just disclosed a vulnerability that allowed attackers to eavesdrop on sensitive communications traveling through customers' virtual private networks.In an advisory posted Wednesday, Juniper officials said they just fixed a bug in the company's Junos
Publish At:2016-07-15 09:45 | Read:1765 | Comments:0 | Tags:Risk Assessment Technology Lab backdoors cryptography encryp

Paint it black: Revisiting the Blackphone and its cloudy future

When we reviewed the Blackphone 2 last September, the company behind the privacy-focused smartphone was in transition. Silent Circle had moved to bring the Blackphone joint venture with the Madrid-based Geeksphone back under its umbrella, hired a telecom industry veteran as CEO, and was fine-tuning its marketing to go after an enterprise audience. The phone’
Publish At:2016-07-14 15:25 | Read:1524 | Comments:0 | Tags:Gear & Gadgets Risk Assessment Technology Lab Cloud

20-year-old Windows bug lets printers install malware—patch now

For more than two decades, Microsoft Windows has provided the means for clever attackers to surreptitiously install malware of their choice on computers that connect to booby-trapped printers, or other devices masquerading as printers, on a local area network. Microsoft finally addressed the bug on Tuesday during its monthly patch cycle.The vulnerability res
Publish At:2016-07-14 15:25 | Read:1264 | Comments:0 | Tags:Risk Assessment Technology Lab exploits Microsoft Windows pa

FDIC was hacked by China, and CIO covered it up

A report published by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology today found that hackers purported to be from China had compromised computers at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation repeatedly between 2010 and 2013. Backdoor malware was installed on 12 workstations and 10 servers by attackers—including the workstations of the chairman, chief
Publish At:2016-07-14 15:25 | Read:1013 | Comments:0 | Tags:Risk Assessment Technology Lab

Nation-backed malware that infected energy firm is 1 of 2016’s sneakiest

A campaign that targeted a European energy company wielded malware that's so sneaky and advanced it almost certainly is the work of a wealthy nation, researchers said Tuesday.Further ReadingFirst known hacker-caused power outage signals troubling escalationHighly destructive malware creates "destructive events" at 3 Ukrainian substations.The malware contains
Publish At:2016-07-13 02:40 | Read:1518 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & Disorder Risk Assessment Technology Lab Energy malware

Now it’s easy to see if leaked passwords work on other sites

Over the past few months, a cluster of megabreaches has dumped account credentials for a mind-boggling 642 million accounts into the public domain, where they can then be used to compromise other accounts that are protected by the same password. Now, there's software that can streamline this vicious cycle by testing for reused passcodes on Facebook and other
Publish At:2016-07-12 08:25 | Read:1374 | Comments:0 | Tags:Law & Disorder Risk Assessment Technology Lab account creden

HTTPS crypto’s days are numbered. Here’s how Google wants to save it

Like many forms of encryption in use today, HTTPS protections are on the brink of a collapse that could bring down the world as we know it. Hanging in the balance are most encrypted communications sent over the last several decades. On Thursday, Google unveiled an experiment designed to head off, or at least lessen, the catastrophe.In the coming months, Goog
Publish At:2016-07-09 07:25 | Read:1319 | Comments:0 | Tags:Risk Assessment Technology Lab cryptography encryption HTTPS

10 million Android phones infected by all-powerful auto-rooting apps

Security experts have documented a disturbing spike in a particularly virulent family of Android malware, with more than 10 million handsets infected and more than 286,000 of them in the US.Further ReadingNew type of auto-rooting Android adware is nearly impossible to remove20,000 samples found impersonating apps from Twitter, Facebook, and others.Researcher
Publish At:2016-07-07 18:55 | Read:1381 | Comments:0 | Tags:Gear & Gadgets Law & Disorder Risk Assessment Technology Lab

Don’t have a canary: Why Silent Circle dropped its warrant warning page

News reports that Silent Circle, the commercial encrypted voice-over-IP service company that manufactures the security-focused Blackphone, had removed its "warrant canary" webpage have apparently created some confusion. Things only got fuzzier since the company counsel stated that the page’s removal was a “business decision” and not the result of a warrant b
Publish At:2016-07-07 00:40 | Read:1291 | Comments:0 | Tags:Risk Assessment Technology Lab blackphone Silent Circle warr

After hiatus, in-the-wild Mac backdoors are suddenly back

After taking a hiatus, Mac malware is suddenly back, with three newly discovered strains that have access to Web cameras, password keychains, and pretty much every other resource on an infected machine.The first one, dubbed Eleanor by researchers at antivirus provider Bitdefender, is hidden inside EasyDoc Converter, a malicious app that is, or at least was,
Publish At:2016-07-07 00:40 | Read:1288 | Comments:0 | Tags:Infinite Loop Law & Disorder Risk Assessment Technology Lab

Android’s full-disk encryption just got much weaker—here’s why

Privacy advocates take note: Android's full-disk encryption just got dramatically easier to defeat on devices that use chips from semiconductor maker Qualcomm, thanks to new research that reveals several methods to extract crypto keys off of a locked handset. Those methods include publicly available attack code that works against an estimated 37 percent of e
Publish At:2016-07-02 10:35 | Read:1470 | Comments:0 | Tags:Infinite Loop Law & Disorder Risk Assessment Technology Lab

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