iOS Update Includes iPhone And iPad Features And Fixes

If you don’t normally prioritize updating your iPhone and iPad OS, you’re probably going to want to shift gears and grab version 13.4 as soon as possible. The latest versions of both OS variants contain a number of important bug fixes and convenience features that are simply too big and too significant to miss out on. On the convenience side, …

Be On The Lookout As Astaroth Malware Makes A Comeback

Are you familiar with Astaroth? If you’re a data security professional, you’ve probably at least heard the name. The group gained some notoriety last year when it came to light that they had developed a means of spreading “fileless malware” using legitimate Windows tools to infect machines around the world. The Windows Defender ATP team discovered evidence of a massive …

Apple Update Blocks Safari Third Party Cookies By Default

In May of 2019, a Google blog post encouraged all web browsers to adopt the approach of blocking third-party cookies by default. Google announced their own plans to do so, outlining a development strategy that would see Chrome and all Chromium-based browsers defaulting to that by 2022. The TOR browser was the first to make the switch, and now, Apple’s …

Financial Institution Worker Put User Information At Risk

Noam Rotem, a researcher for vpnMentor, recently made a startling discovery. A database connected to a now defunct app called MCA Wizard was found unsecured on the web. It contained a staggering 425 GB of sensitive corporate financial data. The app, developed via a partnership between Argus Capital Funding and Advantage Capital Funding, is no longer available on the Apple …

Coronavirus Health Notifications Being Used To Carry Malicious Threats

A Pakistani-based hacking group that goes by a variety of names, including “Transparent Tribe,” “APT36,” “Mythic Leopard” and others has been discovered to be behind a particularly nasty attack recently. Researchers with QiAnXin’s RedDrip Team discovered a phishing campaign bearing the group’s stamp. This new campaign utilizes poisoned files that appear to be health advisories sent by the Indian government. …

Hackers Targeting People Seeking Coronavirus Information On Health Sites

Some people just want to watch the world burn. That seems to be the reason behind the recent attacks on the US Health and Human Services Department website, which serves as a clearinghouse for information relating to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the virus has spread, more and more people have been heading to the HHS.gov website for news, advice and …

Over 1 Billion Android Devices No Longer Get Security Updates

According to the latest statistics, there are more than 2.5 billion Android devices in use around the world. That’s a lot of devices by any reckoning. According to statistics gathered by Consumer Watchdog Which?, more than a billion of those devices are no longer receiving security updates. That is scary. That puts an awful lot of devices at grave risk. …

Another Week Another New Ransomware To Be Concerned About

There’s a new strain of ransomware to put on your radar. This latest one was discovered by researchers working from SentinelLabs and it has been dubbed Nefilim. Based on the initial research, it seems to share significant portions of its code base with an older strain, Nemty 2.5. The two key differences between the two strains are as follows: Nefilim’s …

Paradise Ransomware Using Internet Query Files To Deliver Payload

The Paradise ransomware is like a bad penny; it just keeps turning up. The strain first appeared back in 2017, when it was spread far and wide via phishing emails. Then it seemed to fall out of favor for a while, and now, it’s back again. Even worse, it’s back with a new trick up its virtual sleeves. In its …

Malware Is Targeting Cookies On Android Devices To Gain Access

There’s a new malware threat to be aware of, called “CookieThief,” which is an apt name that describes what the malware does. Honestly though, the Hackers missed the mark here. “CookieMonster” would have been a much better name option. In any case, it’s part of a growing new collection of malware strains that is able to steal browser and app …