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Gooligan malware infects 1m Google accounts: here’s what to do

Gooligan malware infects 1m Google accounts: here’s what to do

The year is about to end but one of the most potentially harmful Android malware has just started to take flight. If 2015 had its Stagefright exploit, 2016 might be remembered for the Gooligan malware, a portmanteau of “Google” and “hooligan”. The malware attacks may have already been in operation since summer and has already installed 30,000 infected apps per day, compromising 13,000 devices daily, and putting more than 1 million Google accounts in danger of being hijacked and their data stolen.

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That Facebook, LinkedIn image you downloaded could be malware

That Facebook, LinkedIn image you downloaded could be malware

Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or even “professional” ones like LinkedIn have become so ingrained in our modern lifestyles that we sometimes take for granted that they aren’t really as secure as real-world, physical social circles. That is a fact that cybercriminals seem to be trying to exploit, taking advantage of users’ propensity to just click on images and files downloaded from social hubs. Unsurprisingly, those images might contain or are themselves malware in disguise, ready to hold users’ data for ransom.

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Massive cyberattack the result of malware-infected IoT devices

Massive cyberattack the result of malware-infected IoT devices

The widespread internet outage that affected a number of the US's biggest websites on Friday was the result of a huge distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a domain name registration provider. Now security expert Brian Krebs, of Krebs on Security, has reported that the attack was carried out through the use of a botnet using the Mirai malware, which made use of a wide range of compromised IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

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Street Fighter V PC update included rootkit, now pulled over malware concerns

Street Fighter V PC update included rootkit, now pulled over malware concerns

Thursday saw the release of an update for Street Fighter V on both PS4 and PC that included several new features, including new character Urien, a versus CPU mode, and stage KOs, or the ability for players to defeat opponents using a level's environment. But those playing the fighting game on PC noticed that they got something extra for their platform: a rootkit that allows any application access to the PC's kernel.

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USB sticks with malware are being hand-delivered to mailboxes

USB sticks with malware are being hand-delivered to mailboxes

Sometimes, the best strategy is an old-fashioned one, and sadly some criminal elements might be using that nugget of wisdom to spread malicious software to unsuspecting victims. In Australia and the UK, there have been reports of USB thumb drives being delivered, most likely by hand, to physical mailboxes. And while these branded memory sticks look innocent, they are rarely so. The few that have been analyzed revealed to contain malware, ransomware even, designed to hold users’ data hostage for a price to be paid to hackers.

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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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