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Researchers Discover Malware That Records the Screen of French Internet Users Watching Porn

Security researchers discovered a new form of malware that specifically targeted users of a French telecom giant. One of the more disturbing features of this malware is its capability to identify when someone was likely viewing porn and record their screen. Read More >>

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Google Pulls Seven Stalkerware Apps Discovered by Security Researchers From the Play Store

Google has yanked several apps from its Play Store after cybersecurity firm Avast identified them as “all likely designed by a Russian developer to allow people to stalk employees, romantic partners, or kids,” CNET reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

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Someone Spent £1.06 Million on a Laptop Infected With Six of The Most Destructive Computer Viruses

A used Samsung NC10 can cost as little as £55. But a used Samsung NC10 with six of the most dangerous types of malware is apparently worth $1.345 million (£1.062 million)—so long as it’s art. Read More >>

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Google is Giving the Boot to a Major Play Store Developer With More Than 600 Million Installs

Google has begun purging the Play Store of apps made by DO Global, a Chinese firm that makes Android apps and is partially backed by Baidu, after a BuzzFeed News report indicated it was committing massive ad fraud. Read More >>

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Hackers Snuck Backdoors Into ASUS Software Updates, Infecting Thousands

On Monday, we saw once again how criminals can exploit trust and use it as a weakness. Read More >>

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Google Yanks 29 Malicious Photo Apps From Play Store, But Not Before Millions of Downloads

Google yanked some 29 photo apps from the Play Store this week after they were discovered to have malicious code that pushes full-screen ads, steals information from users by tricking them into believing they have won a contest, and in some cases even lifted photos from devices to send to the malware designers behind the apps, Engadget reported this weekend. Read More >>

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The Malware of the Future Will Have AI Superpowers

In the past two years, we’ve learned that machine learning algorithms can manipulate public opinion, cause fatal car crashes, create fake porn, and manifest extremely sexist and racist behaviour. Read More >>

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Take a Wild Guess Why Visiting 9,000 Porn Sites on Your Government Computer Is a Dumb Idea

A United States Geological Survey employee allegedly infected the scientific agency’s networks with malware after visiting thousands of porn websites on their government-issued laptop. According to a report released this month from the Office of Inspector General, many of those sites had malware. Read More >>

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Older Fire TV Devices are Getting New Protection Against Android Malware

Android isn't exactly known for having top-notch security, especially since you can sideload just about anything you want and the older versions of the OS don't get significant updates. Back in June we heard about a nasty virus that had been affecting some older Fire TV devices, and now Amazon's rolling out an update to keep them more secure. Read More >>

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A New Reason to Not Buy These Cheap Android Devices: Complimentary Malware

Researchers at Avast Threat Labs say that more than 100 different low-cost Android devices from manufacturers like ZTE, Archos, and myPhone come with malware pre-installed. Users in more than 90 countries, including the UK, are said to be infected. The good news is there’s a fix. Read More >>

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North Korea-Linked Hackers Targeting Defectors With Android Malware

Escaping the isolated and oppressive regime of Kim Jong Un’s North Korea requires a harrowing effort, but even getting out of the country may not be enough to escape its reach. New research from McAfee suggests hackers in North Korea are targeting defectors with malware-infected Android apps. Read More >>

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Prosecutors Claim ‘WannaCry Hero’ Marcus Hutchins Admitted He Wrote Banking Malware

Here's an update in a story we haven't heard from since last August, regarding the accusations levelled at Marcus Hutchins, the security researcher who shot to fame after discovering a way to halt the spread of the WannaCry ransomware that affected systems all over the world last year. Hutchins himself was later arrested by the FBI while visiting the US, accused of writing the code for banking trojan Kronos, and later pleaded not-guilty after being released on bail. Read More >>

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The Curious Case of North Korea’s Homegrown Antivirus Software

There’s something not quite right about North Korea’s antivirus software. Read More >>

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Boeing Says Suspected WannaCry Attack Only Hit ‘Small Number of Systems,’ Not Including Planes

A facility in the US state of South Carolina owned by aerospace and defence contracting giant Boeing was hit by a WannaCry attack on Wednesday, the Seattle Times reported, but the company is now trying to tamp down fears that the dreaded ransomware is back on the rise after it was only barely snuffed out last year. Read More >>