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Micromax revealed to be remotely installing bloatware

Micromax revealed to be remotely installing bloatware

Smartphone users are no strangers to bloatware, unwanted software installed by manufacturers or carriers on devices, be they laptops, tablets, or, most especially, smartphones. While some have resigned themselves to these as a fact of life, it seems that in other places, they have become more than just a simple nuisance. Indian OEM Micromax has been reported to not only install bloatware, it also installs these remotely without the user's knowledge nor consent, making this particular implementation border on being malware.

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Palo Alto Networks reveal CoolReaper backdoor on Coolpad devices

Palo Alto Networks reveal CoolReaper backdoor on Coolpad devices

Bloatware has been an annoying issue on any device, whether it be smartphone, tablet or laptop, but what Chinese OEM Coolpad is doing goes beyond bloatware into potentially criminal territory. Palo Alto Networks, the very same research firm that alerted the world to the WireLurker iOS malware last month is now hot on the trails of "CoolReaper" a backdoor software that Coolpad has intentionally installed on millions of its devices, exposing users not just to its own control but possibly to external malicious threats as well.

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FBI malware warning hints at Sony Pictures attack

FBI malware warning hints at Sony Pictures attack

The FBI has issued a warning about dangerous malware, and Reuters has acquired a five-page confidential document on it the agency sent to unspecified companies in the U.S. today. That document reportedly contains some information about the malware, and reports that it has been used in a "destructive cyberattack" in the US. The agency did not specify which company has fallen victim (nor if there is more than one), but it is believed to be related to the recent massive attack against Sony Pictures.

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Regin malware: three things you need to know

Regin malware: three things you need to know

Today the folks at Symantec have reported their discovery of the malware known as Regin. This software is detected by Symantec and Norton products as "Backdoor.Regin", and it seems clear that given the complexity of the hack, a nation state is likely responsible for its creation. This software is extremely "low key", meaning it can remain undetected for several years in a system, and even if it IS detected, it's not always possible to find out what its been up to.

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Symantec discovers highly sophisticated Regin spyware

Symantec discovers highly sophisticated Regin spyware

Malware, even the spying kind, isn't uncommon, but it is quite rare to come across something as complex, modular, sophisticated, and long-lasting as the Backdoor.Regin that Symantec uncovered. This particular Trojan has managed to evade detection and forensic tools and in fact might still have some form out there. And it has been going around since circa 2008. This makes it a very dangerous tool in the hands of the very wrong people, and a bit of speculation suggests that it might indeed be the work of a nation state.

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Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Government surveillance is a hot topic, and as news about the extent of such monitoring keeps coming, many individuals have wondered at one point or another whether any of their own data is under some agency's watchful eye. To help (potentially) ease your paranoia is a new open-source malware tool called Detekt, which its maker Claudio Guarnieri -- with support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- says will help you determine whether your computer is infected. The malware detector is available for Windows users.

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Suspects behind “WireLurker” malware arrested in China

Suspects behind “WireLurker” malware arrested in China

Apple users in China can perhaps sleep a bit easier, provided that the three suspects in Beijing police custody are really the masterminds behind the WireLurker malware that has targeted Chinese users of Macs and iPhones. The malware, which harvested user data from infected computers and connected mobile devices, was branded as "unprecedented" due to its way of spreading and the amount of personal data it could gain through it. Apple has already taken steps to block infected programs but the rest of the work rests on users.

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Darkhotel hack targets hotel WiFi – but staying safe is easy

Darkhotel hack targets hotel WiFi – but staying safe is easy

A four year campaign to steal data from high-power targets like CEOs and R&D specialists has taken advantage of compromised hotel WiFi, a research firm claims today, taking advantage of overly trusting guests to strip as much information as possible. The so-called "Darkhotels" exploit focused on guests at luxury hotels, Kaspersky says, with hackers predominantly in the Asia Pacific region using fake software installers to open a backdoor into travelers' laptops. That backdoor is then used to load a full complement of tools that can be used to yank as much sensitive data as possible.

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