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How COVID-19 fuelled a surge in malware

2021 saw a massive surge in detections of malware, adware, and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). It didn’t matter what the computers were used for or what operating system they ran—across business and home computers, on Windows and on Mac, detections went up, enormously. Detections of malware on Windows business machines were 143% higher in 2021
Publish At:2022-05-16 09:01 | Read:538 | Comments:0 | Tags:Reports coronavirus Covid bounce covid-19 Malwarebytes Threa

Steer clear of this “TestNTrace” SMS spam

p>Yesterday I received an SMS from “TestNTrace”, with the message resembling an official NHS communication: The text reads as follows: NHS: You’ve been in close contact with a person who has contracted the Omicron variant. Please order a test kit via: [URL redacted] Well, that’s an alarming thing to wake up to. However, not everything is as it f
Publish At:2022-04-13 08:52 | Read:770 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams coronavirus covid-19 email NHS pandemic pcr test sms t

A week in security (May 31 – June 6)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at an interesting trend in facial recognition technology—hint: it’s a slow fade, the latest ransomware attacks on JBS and Steamship Authority, Cobalt Strike, a Coronavirus phishing campaign, WhatsApp’s decision to not limit app functionalities for non-compliant users after all, and a cyber threat report compile
Publish At:2021-06-07 08:34 | Read:1575 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security cobalt strike colonial pipeline Colonial

Coronavirus phishing: “Welcome back to the office…”

As offices start to slowly open back up, the theoretically post-pandemic world is changing its threat landscape once again, and that includes the likely inclusion of coronavirus phishing attempts. With the move to remote work, attackers switched up their tactics. Personal devices and home networks became hot targets. Organizations struggled with securing dev
Publish At:2021-06-03 10:55 | Read:1419 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams CIO coronavirus covid-19 covid-19 scams email fake pan

COVID-19 – Phishing attacks target employees that come back to the office

Hackers are attempting to exploit the return to the “new normal” after the governments are removing restrictions imposed in response to COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 infections are decreasing in many countries and some governments are reducing the restrictions for their citizens. Workers are going back to offices after months of remote work
Publish At:2021-05-31 02:29 | Read:1683 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Hacking coronavirus COVID-19 Cyber

The surge of fake COVID-19 test results, vaccines and vaccination certificates on the Dark Web

Threat actors are offering fake COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates in blackmarkets and hacking forums on the Dark Web. While vaccination campaigns go ahead with different speeds in many countries multiple threat actors on the Dark Web started offering fake COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates. Multiple research teams, incl
Publish At:2021-03-25 13:21 | Read:1888 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime coronavirus COVID-19 Darkweb Hacki

Hackers are selling access to Biochemical systems at Oxford University Lab

Hackers have broken into the biochemical systems of an Oxford University lab where researchers are working on the study of Covid-19. Hackers compromised the systems at one of the most advanced biology labs at the Oxford University that is involved in the research on the Covid-19 pandemic. The news was disclosed by Forbes and the Oxford University confi
Publish At:2021-02-26 10:00 | Read:1855 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Hacking coronavirus COVID-19 hacki

The massive coronavirus pandemic IT blunder with a funny side

byPaul DucklinJournalist Liam Thorp, who writes for the Liverpool Echo in England, recently published an amusing story that he subtitled, “Hilarious mix-up may have highlighted a potential issue with the vaccine roll-out.”As you can imagine, medical mix-ups rarely end well, especially when they involve calculations that determine drug doses.But,
Publish At:2021-02-19 14:55 | Read:1840 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security leadership coronavirus precision units Virus

Lampion trojan disseminated in Portugal using COVID-19 template

The fresh release of the Latin American Lampion trojan was updated with a new C2 address. Lampion trojan disseminated in Portugal using COVID-19 template. In the last few days, a new release of the Latin American Lampion trojan was released in Portugal using a template related to COVID-19. This trojan has been distributed in Portugal in different ways, bu
Publish At:2021-02-12 06:42 | Read:2331 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Malware coronavirus covid19 Hackin

Dutch police arrested two people for the illegal sale of COVID-19 patient data

Dutch police arrested two individuals for allegedly selling COVID-19 patient data stolen from the Dutch health ministry. Dutch police have arrested two individuals in the country for selling COVID-19 patient data stolen from the national COVID-19. The availability of COVID-19 patient data in the cybercrime underground was spotted by the RTL Nieuws rep
Publish At:2021-01-25 21:24 | Read:1746 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime Data Breach Hacking Security coron

EMA said that hackers manipulated stolen documents before leaking them

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) revealed Friday that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers have been manipulated before the leak. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) declared that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers in a recent cyber attack have been manipulated. In December, a cyber attack hit the European Medicines Age
Publish At:2021-01-17 18:55 | Read:2098 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Data Breach coronavirus COVID-19 European Medi

EMA: Some of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data was leaked online

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) revealed that some of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data were stolen from its servers. In December, a cyber attack hit the European Medicines Agency (EMA). At the time, the EMA did not provide technical details about the attack, nor whether it will have an impact on its operations while it is evaluating and appro
Publish At:2021-01-12 17:30 | Read:2850 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Data Breach Hacking coronavirus COVID-19 COVID

COVID-19 themed attacks December 19, 2020– January 02, 2021

This post includes the details of the COVID-19 themed attacks launched from December 19, 2020– January 02, 2021. 25 December, 2020 – North Korea-linked Lazarus APT targets the COVID-19 research The North Korea-linked Lazarus APT group has recently launched cyberattacks against at least two organizations involved in COVID19 research. 30 Decembe
Publish At:2021-01-03 07:18 | Read:3263 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News APT coronavirus COVID-19 Hacking hacking news

Alleged docs relating to Covid-19 vaccine leaked in darkweb

Experts from threat intelligence firm Cyble have found documents relating to Covid-19 vaccine of European Medicines Agency in the Darkweb Security experts from threat intelligence firm Cyble have found several documents relating to the Covid-19 vaccine allegedly stolen from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) leaked in the Darkweb. While the pandemic i
Publish At:2021-01-01 12:24 | Read:3843 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Data Breach Deep Web coronavirus COVID-19 COVI

The strangest cybersecurity events of 2020: a look back

This year is finally coming to an end, and it only took us about eight consecutive months of March to get here. There is a ton to talk about, and that’s without even discussing the literal global pandemic. You see, 2020’s news stories were the pressure-cooker product of mania, chaos, and the downright absurd. “Murder hornets” made the journey to the
Publish At:2020-12-31 15:24 | Read:6110 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security world 2020 certificates coronavirus coronavirus ant

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