security
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 >>

crime
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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>