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Bad news Android malware – Google Play apps and updates must now pass human review

In a major change in the way that it handles app submissions from developers, Google says it's going to do more to prevent malicious and dodgy Android apps from entering the official Google Play store. Up until now, Google has been criticised for being lackadaisical in its approach to what apps can be listed in the official Android marketplace, causing some observers to describe the Google Play store as an...

Banking Trojan Lurking Inside Innocent Fax Messages, Bitdefender Warns

A massive spam wave is installing banking Trojan Dyreza on tens of thousands of computers to steal sensitive financial data from unsuspecting customers, Bitdefender malware analysts warn. The malicious spam messages carry links to HTML files. The files link to URLs directing to highly obfuscated Javascript code that automatically downloads a zip archive from a remote location. Interestingly enough, each dow...

Facebook Tag Scams are Back with Malicious Payload

Bad week-end for Facebook users: a malicious tagging campaign ended up infecting at least 5 thousand computer users with a backdoor. This three-day campaign has been actively mirrored by the cyber-criminal(s) in order to prevent an early takedown. UPDATE: there are a number of similar scams in circulation as of today which are targeting particullarly Spanish-speaking users. Unlike the scam we documented bel...

Malware Found in Chinese E-Cigarettes’ Charger; Company Exec Infected

It hasn’t yet been proven that e-cigarettes can cause cancer, but they just might be able to give you malware. A recent report on Reddit posted by one IT employee suggested that e-cigarettes made in China had malware hard coded in their chargers. "One particular executive had a malware infection on his computer from which the source could not be determined,” the Reddit post said. “After all traditional mean...

New iOS and OS X Malware Infects Non-Jailbroken Apple Devices

WireLurker is the “biggest in scale” iOS and OS X malware to install “trojanized” apps through USB connections on non-jailbroken iOS devices, according to a report by Palo Alto Networks. “WireLurker is now the only known active, non-jailbroken malware threat putting over 800 million iOS devices at risk,” the report says. In the past six months, the new malware family infected 467 OS X apps on the Maiyadi Ap...

BlackEnergy Malware Compromises US SCADA Systems; US CERT Says

The BlackEnergy malware toolkit has been compromising US SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems in a sophisticated campaign, according to the US Computer Emergency Response Team's advisory. SCADA systems compromised with BlackEnergy included those of GE Cimplicity, Advantech/Broadwin WebAccess and Siemens WinCC, while there is still no evidence that the compromised systems were disrupted o...

Dyre Banking Trojan Still Phishing for Data, US-CERT Warns

A new phishing campaign employs the Dyre banking Trojan to steal account credentials from enterprises and financial institutions, according to an alert by the Department of Homeland Security. In the advisory, US-CERT said the phishing campaign uses various tactics, but mostly malicious PDF email attachments to download malware. “Phishing emails used in this campaign often contain a weaponized PDF attachment...

FBI infected 15-year-old bomb threat twit with malware, by impersonating newspaper

The Seattle Times is furious, after discovering that the FBI stole its identity.   Documents obtained by the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) show that, while attempting to identify who had made a series of high school bomb threats, the FBI created a fake Seattle Times webpage containing a bogus Associated Press news story, with the intention of infecting a suspect's computer with malware. What was...

Tor Exit Node Patches Malware on Executable Downloads

Downloaded binaries through a Russia-based Tor exit node has been found to patch malware onto binaries, according to a blog post by Leviathan Security. The findings, by Josh Pitts, are based on his research on Man-in-the-Middle binary patching using the Backdoor Factory patching framework. Pitts also checked if Windows Update packages wrapped in Windows Portable Executable (PE) format are patched with the m...

Malware Writers Target SMB Employees with Fake Policy Violation

A new cyber-crime attack tricks SMB employees into downloading Zbot and other Trojans by accusing them of violating company policy, according to antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The spam wave started to accelerate a week ago with dozens of unique .ARJ compressed files infecting computers, as the Bitdefender AntiSpam Laboratory has determined.  The malware attack is based on Zbot or Zeus, which inclu...

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