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Star N9500 Chinese smartphone ships with pre-loaded spyware

Star N9500 Chinese smartphone ships with pre-loaded spyware

Allegations that the Chinese government is using smartphones to spy on other nations have been around for a while - back in October 2012, for example, US lawmakers expressed concern over potential espionage. Despite the White House having found no evidence to support the concern, many have still proceeded carefully with the use of Chinese handsets, and now one has been spotted with pre-loaded spyware.

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You should know about this malware exploit before buying a Smart TV

You should know about this malware exploit before buying a Smart TV

A new exploit in Smart TVs has been discovered, which affects various smart TVs and allows a would-be hacker to potentially exploit your entire system. The threat lasts as long as you use an affected app, but once the malware is placed, the app itself is compromised. Called a “Red Button Attack”, the vulnerability is already widespread in Europe, and could be working its way to the US and other territories.

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Simplelocker.A ransomware targets Android SD card data

Simplelocker.A ransomware targets Android SD card data

There is another ransomware lurking around the Android neighborhood and this time it can actually do more harm. This Simplelocker.A malware targets a device's SD card and encrypts common file formats in there so that users can't access them unless they pay the price.

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Apple devices in Australia hit by rampant ransomware

Apple devices in Australia hit by rampant ransomware

Apple users down under are in distress as they find themselves locked out their devices. Whether it be a Mac, iPad, or iPhone, a good number of Apple users in Australia are unable to use their devices and are instructed to electronically wire money if they ever want to use their smartphone, tablet, or computer ever again.

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Facebook targets malware with new notifications

Facebook targets malware with new notifications

Facebook is again targeting malware, this time by adding a new notification that will show up on infected users' computers. If the notification shows up, one of two software options will be displayed depending on the best for the type of issue the user is having.

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Blackshades raids confirmed, detailed by FBI

Blackshades raids confirmed, detailed by FBI

Earlier this week, sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal tipped that raids were taking place on the hacking collective surrounding Blackshades, a remote access tool that made spying on others a simple matter. Today the FBI confirmed the raids, and detailed a bit about what went down.

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Jailbroken iPhones and iPads vulnerable to credential pilfering

Jailbroken iPhones and iPads vulnerable to credential pilfering

Certain iPhone and iPad models that are jailbroken are actively at risk of malware that "listens" to outgoing SSL connections and attempts to pilfer the user's Apple ID and password. The information was detailed by researchers after being discovered by a Reddit user, who asked for advice about it on Reddit's Jailbreak board.

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Google adding continuous rogue Android app scans

Google adding continuous rogue Android app scans

Google is updating Android to continuously check phones and tablets for rogue apps, picking out those with malware behavior even if they've managed to squeeze through the initial verification. The new feature, which builds on Android's existing "Verify apps" system that sifts through software at the point of installation to flag up any concerns, will add real-time and ongoing checks.

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Malware targets DVRs and Synology NAS to mine bitcoin

Malware targets DVRs and Synology NAS to mine bitcoin

Malware that aims at infecting computers and turning them into bitcoin miners isn’t something new. However, a new piece of malware has surfaced that aims to turn hardware you might not think of getting infected into bitcoin mining drones. A new report has found a malware that infects DVRs. One of the binaries in the malware is D72BNr and the bitcoin mining portion of the malware is mzkk8g.

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NSA denies mass Internet infection and website impersonation

NSA denies mass Internet infection and website impersonation

Yesterday The Intercept posted a massive write up detailing an NSA project called TURBINE, which is said to involve the mass infection of millions of computers globally, as well the use of websites that impersonate legitimate services, such as Facebook. The NSA has fired back, denying the claims.

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Dendroid Android RAT malware exposes users

Dendroid Android RAT malware exposes users

Remote Access Toolkits, more commonly called RAT malware, provide hackers with access to compromised systems, and in the case of Dendroid, to one's Android mobile. In addition to providing a variety of spying options, the maker says it will get into Google Play without detection.

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Pony botnet amasses bounty in digital currencies

Pony botnet amasses bounty in digital currencies

The Pony botnet has been identified as a digital wallet thief, done so by Trustwave's SpiderLabs, which detailed its findings in a recent blog post. The botnet is known to steal credentials, but to a lesser degree it is also nabbing digital coins from the wallets of infected users. The theft takes place across multiple currency types: Bitcoin, Litecoin, and 28 more.

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