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Kaspersky outs Android malware riding on Google Adsense network

Kaspersky outs Android malware riding on Google Adsense network

More often than not, malware attacks start with conning unsuspecting users into visiting seemingly innocent, even helpful, websites or downloading software. Far more frightening, however, is malware that escapes early detection because it piggybacks on legitimate channels or apps. Such is the case with an Android Trojan reported by security company Kaspersky Lab Solutions called "Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.q", or Svpeng, for short. This particular malware, which attempts to intercept and steal banking information, is spreading on perfectly legit websites through Google's own AdSense advertising network.

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Windows ransomware poser actually just deletes files

Windows ransomware poser actually just deletes files

There is a disturbing rise of malware of late, especially of the ransomware type, and no platform, not even macOS, is safe. Windows, of course, is notoriously easy to compromise, but it seems that some miscreants are willilng to go beyond orthodox ransomware tactics to make a quick buck. One such malware is being called Ranscam, which is a very apt name. While this malware does claim to have encrypted victims' files and hold them for ransom, in truth, it has already deleted those files and are simply trying to dupe those victims into paying to recover something that just isn't there anymore.

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Malware-plagued Pokemon GO app making the rounds on Android

Malware-plagued Pokemon GO app making the rounds on Android

If you haven't heard by now, Pokemon GO is taking over the world. As the most popular mobile game in recent history, the augmented reality-based app has people out searching their neighborhoods while on the hunt for Pokemon — sometimes even finding things other than Nintendo's creatures. The game is turning out to be such a big hit that its global rollout has been slowed due to overloaded servers.

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Wendy’s releases searchable list of stores hit by credit card malware

Wendy’s releases searchable list of stores hit by credit card malware

The fast food restaurant chain Wendy’s has updated consumers about its previously disclosed credit card breach, saying its investigation has led it to believe compromised service provider remote access credentials are responsible. The breach was first disclosed in February; later on in May, Wendy’s confirmed that malware had been installed on some of the POS systems in some of its restaurants. Since that time, the company says all of the malware across its affected stores’ point-of-sale systems has been disabled.

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Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor turns Macs into spying machines

Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor turns Macs into spying machines

Next to Linux users, Mac users love to boast how their systems are less prone to the viruses and malware that plague Windows. That, however, isn't a blanket truth and Macs do have their share of problems. Case in point is this new backdoor malware reported by security firm Bitdefender. Named Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor, this malware users social engineering techniques to get users to download seemingly innocent but really infected software to open up their Macs to hackers, exposing all data and all functionality to attackers and anyone who'll pay to have users' precious data.

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HummingBad malware puts 10 million Android devices at risk

HummingBad malware puts 10 million Android devices at risk

There are some malware that are just plain horrifying, like the past Stagefright exploit. Some, like weak ransomware, are a nuisance at best. HummingBad, reported by security outfit Check Point, sits precariously in the middle. Right now, all it does is to compromise an Android device in order to trick people into clicking on ads in order to generate revenue for its creators and its partners. It has, however, the potential to do even more destructive, and profitable, things should the people behind it decide to go beyond mere money-making into a full-on war against security.

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“GODLESS” Android malware threatens 90% of devices

“GODLESS” Android malware threatens 90% of devices

Malware isn't something new to smartphone operating systems, especially Android. Sometimes, it's even a point of criticism for Google's platform. There are, however, few exploits, like Stagefright and Heartbleed, that has users, developers, and security researchers scrambling. The new "GODLESS" family of malware, reported by software security firm Trend Micro, seems to be bent on becoming one of those, secretly rooting infected devices and opening them up to further compromise, which is practically any device running Android 5.1 Lollipop or older.

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Twitter didn’t have a password breach, your uncle did

Twitter didn’t have a password breach, your uncle did

This week a leak to the dark web included the passwords of thousands if not millions of Twitter users. Through our first report on this leak, LeakedSource suggests that the bulk of the users affected by this data breach were and are in Russia. It was also reported earlier this week that it was not Twitter itself that was hacked, but a vast number of users that, via malware, were being monitored and, as they used Twitter, their Twitter passwords were recorded.

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North Korea may be hacking banks across the world

North Korea may be hacking banks across the world

North Korea, allegedly behind the Sony Pictures cyberattack and more, could be behind a series of bank hacks across the globe resulting in tens of millions of lost dollars. Researchers with Symantec cite a recent trio of attacks that involved rare code seen in both the Sony cyberattack and earlier attacks against companies — including banks — in South Korea and the US. Assuming North Korea is behind the attacks, it would be a worrisome and exceedingly rare instance in which a nation-state is hacking global banks to steal money.

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TeslaCrypt ransomware creators apologize, release master decryption key

TeslaCrypt ransomware creators apologize, release master decryption key

Have you ever done something that you knew was bad, but did it anyway? And then later you felt really bad about it, and wanted to make up for what you did? Well that's exactly what happened to one group of ransomware makers.

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Viking Horde malware uses Google Play Store to infect Android devices

Viking Horde malware uses Google Play Store to infect Android devices

Android owners might want to be extra cautious about the apps they download, for a little while. There's a new piece of malware in the wild, and it's turning phones and tablets alike into a part of a large botnet. The worst part about the new Viking Horde malware is that it appears to be coming from a number of apps available on the Google Play store.

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ADA sends out infected flash drives to 37,000 dentists

ADA sends out infected flash drives to 37,000 dentists

We all know that you need to be careful when clicking on any links in an email that seem questionable, even if they appear to be from someone that you know. The same thing goes for plugging in flash drives. And thousands of dental offices around the country are learning that that hard way, right now.

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