New Exploit Discovered That Adds Malware To Advertisements

Hackers and scammers have a new tool in their toolbox, and they’re making rapid use of it.  Recently, researchers from Confiant have discovered a new campaign involving a Chrome for iOS exploit. They discovered  an unknown group of attackers getting around the browser’s built in pop-up blocker to deliver fake ads. This happened to half a billion users from the …

New Ransomware Called TFlower Hacks Into Company Networks

Over the last two years, ransomware attacks have become increasingly common against businesses of all shapes and sizes. While the attack vector saw a dip in popularity last year, this year it has come roaring back to the fore with several new strains of ransomware being developed and enjoying widespread use by hackers around the world. One of the most …

Malware Now Hiding Inside Fake Copies Of Online Books

Kaspersky Lab has recently issued a warning that should alarm and dismay students around the world.  Based on the findings of some of the company’s researchers, they’ve discovered a new surge in malware masquerading as legitimate digital textbooks. Given the staggering price of physical textbooks, many students have changed to acquiring digital copies of the books they need. While the …

Popular PDF Creator App Found To Have Malware

Do you use the PDF Creator App called CamScanner?  If you do, you’ve got plenty of company.  Since the app was first published in 2010, it has been downloaded more than a hundred million times. Unfortunately, Google recently pulled it from the Play store when they discovered that it began delivering malware to user devices. For much of the app’s …

New Adware Uses Interesting Technique To Avoid Detection

Being more of a nuisance than anything, adware doesn’t see as many innovations as other forms of malware. Once in a while, an adware developer surprises the security researchers. That happened recently when two researchers working for enSilo discovered an innovation in an adware strain, known as DealPly. As Adi Zeligson and Rotem Kerner indicated in a recent blog post, …

Fast Food Chain Hit By Malware And Data Breach

Do you have a Checkers or Rally’s fast food location near you?  Is it your go-to fast food joint?  If so, be advised that they’re the latest company to fall victim to a hacking attack. The company recently discovered evidence of malware on its payment processing systems in a total of 102 of the company’s stores, which amounts to about …

Latest Windows 7 Update Could Cause AntiVirus Program Issues

If you’re still using Windows 7, you probably already know that Microsoft recently threw users of some of it’s older operating systems a bone when they issued a rare, emergency security patch designed to better protect their systems. Unfortunately, there’s a problem. According to the UK security firm Sophos, and backed up by sporadic user reports, installing the new patch creates …

Unexpected Support Updates For Older Systems Released By Microsoft

Users of Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 7 and Server 2008 got an unexpected benefit from Microsoft recently. All of the OS’s mentioned above have reached the end of their support lives and the company hasn’t been issuing new security updates for them. However, they made a rare exception in the case of patching CVE-2019-0708. CVE-2019-0708 is a critical security …

New Ransomware Looks Like An Anti-Virus Installation

Dharma is a highly successful ransomware strain. It recently has been made even more successful by a change in the way the hackers controlling it are deploying it. The first part of their latest campaign remains unchanged.  They rely on well-crafted phishing emails to lure employees in. The key difference, however, lies in the particulars of the newly crafted emails. …

Hundreds Of Apps Loaded Adware Onto Millions Of Android Phones

How many malicious apps would you need on the Google Play Store to infect more than one hundred and fifty million Android devices? Unfortunately, we have a good answer to that question, courtesy of SimBad adware, which can be found in 210 different Android apps. Taken together, they’ve made their way onto nearly 150 million devices. If that was the …