security
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 >>

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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 >>

piracy
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 >>

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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 >>

technology
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 >>

privacy
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 >>

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Google Pulls 60 Apps From Play Store After Malware Exposes Kids to Porn

Security researchers on Friday disclosed the existence of malicious code buried inside dozens of apps that displayed pornographic images to users. Many of the apps are games reportedly geared toward young children. Read More >>

uber
Rare Malware Targeting Uber’s Android App Uncovered

Malware discovered by Symantec researchers sneakily spoofs Uber’s Android app and harvests users’ passwords, allowing attackers to take over the affected users’ accounts. The malware isn’t widespread, though, and most Uber users are not effected. Read More >>

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Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware Targets Facebook Messenger Users

Security researchers have discovered a cryptocurrency-mining malware targeting Facebook Messenger users. Read More >>

kodi
Kodi Streaming Protects You From Malware and Crypto Miners, Claims TVAddons

Recently there's been a lot of talk about dodgy Kodi add-ons being a threat to users and their information - particularly from the entertainment industry. There've also been problems with websites and wi-fi networks using computers for crypto currency mining. Well the infamous Kodi repository TVAddons claims that Kodi streaming can actually protect you from all that. Read More >>

security
Symantec Concludes Just Eight Google Play ‘Minecraft’ Apps May Have Added Millions to Botnets

In a blog post on Wednesday, Symantec security researchers wrote they had discovered at least eight Google Play Store apps that functioned as fronts for a “new and highly prevalent type of Android malware” called Android.Sockbot. The apps in question presented themselves as skins for player characters in popular app Minecraft: Pocket Edition and boasted “an install base ranging from 600,000 to 2.6 million devices.” Read More >>

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Equifax’s Website Redirected People to Malware Thanks to a Compromised, Years-Old Plugin

Credit-reporting agency Equifax, which has been embroiled in a richly-deserved sea of anger after losing the sensitive personal and financial info of at least 145 million people  to hackers, found itself in yet another hole  this week after its website began redirecting users to malware . On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported the problems with the site began because Equifax was still using a defunct web analytics plugin called Fireclick which had since been taken over by scammers. Read More >>

piracy
Craig David Declared the UK’s Unofficial Figurehead for Malware

Boring old computer security company McAfee has managed to associate itself with some celebrities today, revealing the famous names who are used to lure unsuspecting streamers and downloaders to malware-ridden sites. Read More >>

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Your Copy of Avast’s ‘PC Cleaner’ CCleaner Could Be Full of Malware, Update Now

According to its parent company Avast, more than 130 million people use the performance optimisation software CCleaner. And today all of those people need to be sure they’ve installed the latest update because some nasty malware has managed to make it into one of the builds. Read More >>

cybersecurity
Security Researchers Discover Spammer List of Over 711 Million Email Accounts

An unknown hacker has gathered up to 711 million email accounts stored on an “open and accessible” server in the Netherlands, ZDNet reported. The server contains passwords to both email addresses and servers which are apparently being used to send large amounts of spam through legitimate accounts, thereby bypassing filters. Read More >>