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Infected Android apps downloaded by thousands: where are the users?

Infected Android apps downloaded by thousands: where are the users?

Another day, another Android malware sighted on Google Play Store. Countless pieces and analyses have been written up regarding Google’s mostly hands-off approach to screening apps and it’s a bitter pill to swallow for Android fans and believers. But while there’s no denying that too many such Potentially Harmful Apps or PHAs have slipped through the cracks, there is also one thing that seems to escape notice: the hundreds of thousands of users that should have all been compromised by these malware-laden Android apps.

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Latest Flash malware includes cryptocurrency mining software, but still updates Flash

Latest Flash malware includes cryptocurrency mining software, but still updates Flash

Yes, Adobe Flash is still around, unfortunately, and that means it's still used as a way to target unknowing users with malware. As you'd expect, the latest malware to gain attention disguises itself as an update to Flash to trick users into installing malicious software. This time around, the malware is a cryptocurrency mining bot that uses system resources to mine for Monero. But there's an interesting twist: it actually does update the Flash software. Thanks, malware!

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Trend Micro apps on Mac App Store also spying on users

Trend Micro apps on Mac App Store also spying on users

Apple often boasts of its human curation of apps that go into its Mac and iOS App Stores as the best way to prevent the likes of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal from happening. It also sings praises of the efficacy and accuracy of this method over automated systems like Google’s. Those arguments, however, may have just fallen flat on their faces when a number of popular, top-grossing apps on the Mac App Store have been reported to be behaving like spyware. Including those from a company that’s supposed to be protecting users from malware.

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Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

The Android platform has a reputation for being less than secure, and, despite the system's advantages and improvements, the situation isn't getting any better at the rate it should be. New research from security firm Kryptowire has found that a number of Android devices include vulnerabilities right out of the box, including those shipped directly from wireless carriers. Unfortunately the cause of the problem stems from one of Android's biggest and oldest strong points: its open nature and ability to be modified.

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Apple chipmaker TSMC closes factories after computer virus attack

Apple chipmaker TSMC closes factories after computer virus attack

Some of the biggest tech product companies in the world might be struggling with constrained supplies of processor chips in the weeks to come. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the largest chip manufacturer in the world, was revealed to have been hit with a computer virus on Friday, resulting in temporary closure of several production factories and disruption of operations.

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Andy Android emulator installer could be installing a cryptominer

Andy Android emulator installer could be installing a cryptominer

Android has, justified or not, earned a reputation of being easily compromised by malware, especially when installing apps from third-party sources. On the desktop side, that has traditionally been Windows’ infamy. In an almost comical but also dangerous twist of fate, those two come together in the Andy Android emulator for Windows. According to reports, the makers of the emulator may or may not be responsible for installing a cryptocurrency (like bitcoin) miner disguised an always running “Updater.exe” program.

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New North Korean malware warning issued by Homeland Security

New North Korean malware warning issued by Homeland Security

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning over a new type of malware out of North Korea. The DHS worked with the FBI to unearth and reveal the existence of a malware variant it says is known as "TYPEFRAME." Analysts with the two government agencies analyzed a total of 11 samples of the trojan, including infected Windows files.

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Adobe fix: If you’ve got Flash, you’ve got a problem

Adobe fix: If you’ve got Flash, you’ve got a problem

Today the folks behind Adobe software safety revealed a fix for a flaw for Flash. You might not use Flash actively - you might not even realize it's on your computer (desktop computer, that is,) but there it might very well be. Good news for Apple computer users is this bit of malware seems to be relegated to Windows. Maybe. Very likely, but not certainly.

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VPNFilter state-affiliated malware pose lethal threat to routers

VPNFilter state-affiliated malware pose lethal threat to routers

It's just been half a year since KRACK threatened almost any device that connects to Wi-Fi networks but now we may have something even more frightening. Or at least that's the sense of urgency and, to an extent, panic that security reports from Cisco and Symantec are giving off. Believed to be state-affiliated or, worse, state-sponsored, the modular VPNFilter malware has already infected around 500,000 routers, not just collecting data but even possibly rendering them completely useless at the push of a button.

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Virus removal for Android: A step-by-step in 2018

Virus removal for Android: A step-by-step in 2018

Today we're taking a peek at the so-called Android virus, and how one might destroy said malicious entity. Before we go any further, know this: if you stick to Google Play, chances are you're gonna be safe. Google's got a fairly good handle on the "virus" game at this point, and any app you've installed from Google Play is going to be remotely removed if it's found to be malicious. For everything else, there's a quick process.

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Intel to use GPUs for malware scanning, reduce performance hit

Intel to use GPUs for malware scanning, reduce performance hit

The Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities have definitely shaken the computing industry in general but the hardest hit has been Intel. Short of overhauling its chip design, all that the processor maker could do was to roll out patches to detect and stop potential in-memory malware. The price for that, however, is increased load for the CPU. Now Intel is proposing to offload that burden to a powerful yet often underutilized component of many Intel machines: its integrated graphics chip.

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PUBG Ransomware makes you play PUBG to decrypt hostaged files

PUBG Ransomware makes you play PUBG to decrypt hostaged files

Everyone wants to ride the PUBG train. Short for PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, the battle royale game is like that popular kid in school that everyone wants to be or, at the very least, be with. That seems to be true even for malware. A new type of ransomware has popped up blatantly calling itself PUBG Ransomware. Although it does hold your files hostage by encrypting them, it does also provide the key to restore them. Or you can just play PUBG for one hour.

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