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China forces malware on tourist phones at border: Here’s what they want

China forces malware on tourist phones at border: Here’s what they want

A set of publications took the time to travel to China to investigate a claim that China installed malware on tourist phones at their borders. As it turned out, this practice didn't occur at every single station, but it was certainly happening - and it was government sanctioned. Today we're taking a look at the app that border agents installed on tourist phones as they entered the country. This app was extremely blatant in its techniques and searches.

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GrandCrab ransomware authors retire after earning $2 billion

GrandCrab ransomware authors retire after earning $2 billion

There is no shortage of malware around the world but the most vicious kind are the ones that hold people's precious files for ransom. Even worse are the ransomware that demand payment from victims knowing fully well that there is actually no way to recover those files. One of the most recent and most egregious is the GrandCrab strain of ransomware. The good news is that its principal owners and operators have announced their "retirement". The bad news is that they're doing so because they claim to have already earned $2 billion from the operation.

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BeiTaAd adware discovered in 238 Google Play Store apps

BeiTaAd adware discovered in 238 Google Play Store apps

It's probably nothing new by now whenever news about this or that malware getting into Google Play Store's automated "bouncer" but few have probably achieved the same mass reach as this one. Called BeiTaAd or BeitaPlugin, the particular strain of adware will perhaps go down in history for having taking great pains to hide its nature from security measures and being found in 238 unique apps. It is, perhaps, no coincidence that those apps were all made by the same Chinese company as well.

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Fast food chain says payment malware hit dozens of US restaurants

Fast food chain says payment malware hit dozens of US restaurants

Popular fast food chain Checkers, also known in some locations under the name Rally's, has reported the discovery of malware on its point-of-sale system. The malicious software was installed on the systems used at some Checkers and Rally's stores by 'an unauthorized party,' according to the company. More than 100 restaurants across the US were impacted by this security breach.

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Malware can add or remove cancerous nodes in CT scans

Malware can add or remove cancerous nodes in CT scans

Malware, like viruses, adware, or spyware, is often seen as annoyances at best, privacy and security threats at worst. Few will probably even consider them to be life-threatening. That, however, is the frightening reality that two researchers are presenting with a malware that not only modifies CT scan results, it also does them with such realism that it manages to fool professionals into misdiagnosing the presence or absence of cancer.

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Office Depot settles with FTC over fake computer repairs

Office Depot settles with FTC over fake computer repairs

It's not that hard to scare people into buying things they may not need, especially in areas they may have little knowledge of. And nothing can be more complex or daunting than a PC. That's why for almost a decade, Office Depot and its software provider and partner in crime Support.com got away with conning users into paying hundreds for a computer repair they never really needed. Now, however, the two will be paying millions to settle the FTC's complaint out of court and refund those customers.

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ASUS comments on Live Update attack with checkup tools in tow

ASUS comments on Live Update attack with checkup tools in tow

Today ASUS responded to reports of a recent attack on a set of ASUS notebook users by an APT-toting group through the company's Live Update server. Apparently the malicious entity in question targeted the servers ASUS uses to send out Live Update software updates. Once they'd gotten past ASUS' security, they sent out malicious code through said system. The good news is, it's effectively fixed.

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ASUS update utility hack may have delivered malware to 1 million users

ASUS update utility hack may have delivered malware to 1 million users

Kasperky Labs today announced the discovery of a wide-ranging supply-chain attack that was used to install a backdoor onto hundreds of thousands of ASUS computers. The hackers responsible for the attack, which Kaspersky is calling ShadowHammer, gained access to the ASUS Live Update Utility and modified it with this backdoor, which means that ASUS was unknowingly distributing the malware to its customers.

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19-years-old WinRAR vulnerability leads to over 100 malware exploits

19-years-old WinRAR vulnerability leads to over 100 malware exploits

After being a staple on PCs for so many years, last month it was discovered that WinRAR, software used to open .zip archive files, has been vulnerable for the last 19 years to a bug that's easily exploited by hackers and malware distributors. Fortunately, the software has been patched with the recent release of version 5.70, but after being unchecked for so long and installed by so many people, a new wave of malware is taking advantage.

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SimBad adware infects 206 apps on Google Play Store

SimBad adware infects 206 apps on Google Play Store

The Android platform and even Google's Play Store app market have been criticized for being less secure, especialy in comparison to Apple's iOS ecosystem. Almost every week we hear of a new malware that creeps into Google Play Store, threatening to compromise smartphones and their owners. And while Google is swift to act on removing those errant apps, sometimes it's often too late save thousands if not millions of already compromised devices that have already downloaded the infected apps.

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Security experts warn hackers are testing a new way to infect Macs

Security experts warn hackers are testing a new way to infect Macs

Security company Trend Micro has revealed a method hackers are using to bypass the macOS security feature Gatekeeper in order to deploy EXE files containing malware onto their victim's computer. The discovery was made while analyzing Little Snitch, a firewall application that is readily accessible as a torrent. The researchers believe that hackers are still studying the malware and ways it can be used.

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Google Play Store apps with over 4M downloads found with malware, phishing scams

Google Play Store apps with over 4M downloads found with malware, phishing scams

It's become increasingly apparent in recent years that Google is having a hard time keeping its Play Store free of apps that conceal malware or prey on users with phishing attempts and other scams. The latest example involves almost 30 Android apps found on the Play Store using a number of malicious tactics, including making it difficult for users to uninstall, with well over 4 million cumulative downloads.

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