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How malware could steal data from an air-gapped PC – via its fan

Imagine you're a cybercriminal and you want to steal information from a malware-infected PC that isn't connected to the internet, isn't connected to any other computers, and that you don't have any physical access to. How would you do it? Without being able to physically reach the isolated computer, and without any network connections, you're going to have to use your imagination. And that's precisely what...

Tax-related phishing scams and malware attacks have quadrupled, says IRS

The IRS says that the number of reports it has received of phishing and malware schemes targeting US consumers have rocketed this tax season - claiming that it has seen an "approximate 400 percent surge". Across the country official-looking communications are being received, claiming to come from the IRS and companies that develop accounts software and provide services for assisting in the preparation of ta...

Watch out for malware disguised as unpaid invoices!

Once again email users are being warned to be wary of unsolicited attachments arriving in their inboxes after online criminals spammed out a malware campaign designed to infect recipient's computers. The emails pose as unpaid invoices, using a wide range of senders' names and reference numbers. Here is an example: Dear Customer Your invoice appears below. Please remit payment at your earliest convenience. T...

Credit card-stealing malware hits 54 Starwood hotels

Hackers have managed to steal the credit and debit card details of customers who made purchases at 54 North American Starwood-run hotels, after infecting point of sale systems with malware. In a statement, the company warned that payment card information - including cardholder names, payment card numbers, security codes and expiration dates - were taken from customers who shopped at restaurants, gift shops...

Fax notification email aims to infect your PC

Computer users have often been warned to be wary of opening unsolicited email attachments because of the risk of malware infection, and yet many continue to be infected via precisely this method. In other words, the malicious hackers attempting to infect your PC don't need to take advantage of any zero-day exploits in your software, all they need to do is concoct the right camouflage for their email to fool...

Info-stealing Malware Hits German and English-speaking Users

The Ursnif malware family is back, this time targeting the private data and financial activity of German, Russian and English-speaking users, Bitdefender warns. Fig 1. Spam email in English Fig 2. Spam email in German Fig 3. Spam email in Russian Infection Data According to data from Bitdefender’s antispam labs, some 10000 emails were sent as part of a global spam campaign targeting mostly Russian, German a...

China Advertising Malware Puts iPhones at Risk, Researchers Say

Harmful software allegedly originating from China is capable of infecting Apple’s jailbroken and non-jailbroken iOS devices, according to researchers at Palo Alto Networks. Image source: Pixabay “YiSpecter, a new Apple iOS malware, is different from previously seen iOS malware in that it attacks both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iOS devices through unique and harmful malicious behaviors. Specifically, it’s...

Hillary Clinton targeted in malware attack? Don’t speed too fast to that conclusion

If you believe some of the headlines being bandied about in the last 24 hours, a group of Russian hackers targeted Hillary Clinton's controversial personal email server while she served as US secretary of state. But I'm not sure that's quite true. Yes, it does appear that Clinton received a series of emails in the early hours of 3 August 2011, posing as speeding tickets from New York. And attached to those...

New Type of DDoS Attack Uses Mobile Ad Networks

A new type of distributed denial of service attack has recently been reported by CloudFlare, involving the use of mobile advertisement networks and funneling traffic from real users. Although the reported attack only lasted a couple of hours, the company reported more than 275,000 HTTP requests per second, peaking at 4.5 billion requests during a single day against a targeted domain. According to investigat...

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...

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