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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Cops Track Down ‘Mastermind’ Behind Theft of Millions from Malware-Infected Cash Machines

In a series of targeted malware attacks that began in 2013, a “cybercrime gang” of hackers stole over a billion euros (about £880 million) from banks worldwide. The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) announced today that they’d arrested the gang’s apparent leader in Spain. In a statement, Europol officials say they coordinated with law enforcement agencies across the globe, including the FBI, the European Banking Federation, and police in Spain, Romania, Belarus, and Taiwan. Read More >>

Research Claims There’s a Link Between Malware and Piracy Sites

You'd probably be forgiven if you took new research from Carnegie Mellon University with a dose of scepticism. Anti-piracy groups have tried to push this idea in the past, regardless of the evidence, with some even going so far as to claim dodgy streaming boxes can infect your systems with viruses and other nasty software. So when research claims that people perusing pirate sites have higher risk of malware infection, it might be tempting to scoff and dismiss it. Read More >>

Anti-Piracy Group Releases Video Falsely Claiming Pirate Sites Are the Leading Cause of Malware Infection

Today is Safer Internet Day, which is designed as an informative exercise to educate the public about the dangers of the internet and teach them how to be safer online. To commemorate this Industry Trust for IP Awareness, in collaboration with children's charity Into Film, has released a video warning of the dangers of malware. Read More >>

A Real-Life Spy Movie Flash Drive That Self-Destructs After Uploading Malicious Code

Inspired by a photo of someone cramming a firecracker inside a USB flash drive, a hacker who goes by “MG” on Medium has detailed a recent project where he engineered a Mission Impossible-style flash drive that ignites and explodes after delivering a nefarious software payload onto an unsuspecting computer. Read More >>

A Secret Hacking Group Is Using Android Malware to Spy on Thousands of People in 21 Countries, Research Finds

A shadowy hacking campaign has been operating out of a Beirut building owned by the Lebanese General Directorate of General Security for the last six years, stealing text messages, call logs, and files from journalists, military members, corporations, and other targets in 21 countries, according to a joint report released today by cybersecurity firm Lookout and digital civil rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Read More >>