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Woman charged with running webcam-hacking network

It's not at unusual these days to hear stories of innocent people's webcams being hacked. Typically the perpetrators are guys, getting their kicks out of snooping and spying covertly without the knowledge of their victim, sometimes furtively stealing snapshots or blackmailing young women into performing sexual acts on camera. This is one of the reasons why it can be a good idea to keep your computer out of...

Nazi-loving Android malware suspects arrested in Russia

Russian police have arrested five men in connection with an organised criminal attempt to steal money from online banking customers using an Android trojan horse. The men, who computer crime authorities in the country claim have confessed their involvement in the scheme, are alleged to have stolen up to 50 million rubles ($930,000) with their malware. Amongst those arrested is said to be the 25-year-old sus...

Steam users beware! Bad guys hide malware inside fake game demos

Steam users are being warned to be on their guard after cybercriminals were found trying to infect video game fans by disguising their malicious downloads as cool new games. According to media reports, the popular Steam game service fell foul of fraudsters who created fake pages on the site in a bid to trick unsuspecting gamers into installing malware on their computers. The bad guys took a demo of a genuin...

Puush accidentally infects Windows users with password-stealing malware

Puush describes itself as a "quick and simple way to share screenshots". Unfortunately, it also seems to be a quick and simple way to infect your Windows computer with malware, that might steal your passwords. That's not, of course, by design - but the result of what appears to be the accidental distribution of a malware-infected update pushed out to Windows users. Bitdefender user Graham Barker was one of...

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...

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