Watch Out For Large Amounts of Scams This Holiday Season

The 2019 Holiday Season is officially upon us, and unfortunately, that means that scammers around the world are ramping up for another busy season. Deals are abound on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Sadly, those two big shopping days mark the beginning of a mad sprint to push out as many shopping-related scams as possible. Researchers at ZeroFOX have been …

Security Issues Found In Several VNC Applications

Microsoft RDP has its share of problems. That simple truth has sparked the rise of a number of open-source VNC (Virtual Network Computing) applications, which allow a user to remotely control another computer. Regardless of which VNC solution you use, they all work pretty much the same way. There’s a “server component” which runs on the computer that shares its …

Google’s Cloud Print May Be Discontinued

Are you a fan of Google’s Cloud Print service?  It’s fantastic because it allows you to print from anywhere to anywhere, which makes it utterly invaluable. Like so many great services Google has introduced over the years, for a variety of reasons, the company has decided to pull the plug on it after keeping the service in Beta for more …

New Cryptomining Malware Targets Windows Computers

Since October 2018, Microsoft engineers have been tracking a new strain of malware specifically designed to target Windows machines. As malware goes, this one isn’t particularly dangerous. It’s not designed to mass delete files, lock your system down or flood you with pop-up ads. Rather, its purpose is to install itself stealthily and live in the background where it will …

New Ransomware Called DeathRansom Hits The Scene

Early in 2019, a new strain of ransomware appeared.  Called “DeathRansom,” its bark was initially much worse than its bite.  Researchers quickly discovered that the new strain only pretended to encrypt a user’s files. If victims simply removed the “encryption” extension, they could get their files back without doing anything at all. That ceased to be the case around November …

New T-Mobile Data Breach Compromised Customer Info

Recently the US branch of the global telecom company T-Mobile disclosed a security breach that impacted a small percentage of its customer base. Specifically, the breach revealed certain information belonging to a small number of the company’s prepaid cellphone users.   The exposed data included customer names, billing addresses, account numbers, rate plans, plan features and user phone numbers. The …

Zombieload V2 Is Back To Wreak Havoc On Intel Chips

Zombieload is back.  First discovered in May of this year, it was described as a successor to the infamous Meltdown attack. That was a data-leaking side-channel vulnerability that impacted all Intel processor generations from 2011 and beyond. Intel hasn’t had a good run of late, being beset almost constantly by these kinds of issues, and Zombieload was one of three …

Twitter Making Changes To Their Political Ad Rules

Social media has been at the center of several high-profile political dramas of late. The major platforms came under fire for not doing enough to monitor political ads and other content.  The major players on the social media landscape are all responding in different ways to the backlash. Recently, Twitter announced some new policies that will likely be in place …

New Ransomware Targets Removable And Attached Drives

There’s a new and unusual ransomware strain making the rounds that you should be aware of. Called ‘AnteFrigus,’ it is primarily distributed via ‘malvertising’ that redirects users to the RIG exploit kit. One of the most unusual features of this strain is the fact that it specifically doesn’t target the C: drive of the target computer. Instead, it focuses exclusively …

Microsoft Cortana App Getting Dropped From Many Countries

It appears that Microsoft is getting rid of their Cortana App in several countries due to security concerns. The question is whether the United States will be next. Recently, the following notice appeared on Microsoft’s UK site: “To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps.  As part of this …