Tag: Attachments

Asprox Botnet Responsible for 80% of All Attacks in October

This week, the security research group at Palo Alto Networks revealed their annual Threat Landscape Review, which alleges that 80 percent of all global malware traffic in October of this year came from a single place, the ancient, yet still fully functional Asprox botnet. Asprox, which made its debut appearance back in 2008, was used […]

Quitting Smoking? Charge Your E-Cig Through USB? Better Update That Antivirus

This week, a story emerged on the social news aggregation website Reddit about a new form of malware, one that had been packaged with the USB charger manufactured by an unknown Chinese company and sold by a random lackey on the auction portal eBay. According to the forum (known as a “subreddit”) r/TalesFromTechSupport, an IT […]

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Civil Society Organizations Face the Threat of Cyber Attack Too

The computer espionage attacks that hit many governments and industries also target organizations working to protect civil liberties and human rights around the world, according to a new report from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab. However, unlike government and industrial organizations, civil society groups do not have enough resources to handle this problem alone. […]

Dyre Malware Now Sets Sights on Swiss Banks

The Dyreza/Dyre Trojan is back in the news and its popularity among hackers has forced the US-CERT to issue a warning. The latest variant of this malware is hitting the finance industry with a focus on numerous Swiss banks and the recent discovery of the Windows OLE vulnerability. Since October 2014, a massive phishing attack […]

Italian Councils Paralyzed By Bitcoin Ransomware Virus

Municipal councils across Italy have seen their PC files encrypted by a ransomware virus demanding Bitcoin payments to decrypt the files. Ransom demands are starting at around €400 Euros and failure to pay the amount within three days doubles the ransom. Officers in Bussoleno, a small town in Northern Italy, could only recover important data […]

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Ebola-Themed Emails Used To Spread Malware

As of today, 4,881 deaths of Ebola had been reported in West Africa. While the rapid spread of the virus and risk of a pandemic is causing fear around the globe, cyber criminals are trying to exploit the situation as casual email users forget basic security practices in an attempt to keep themselves ‘updated’. Security […]

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Australia Becomes the Number One Target of Phishing Attacks

A report released by Kaspersky Lab says that Australia has become the number one target of phishing attacks. The country topped the list by overtaking Brazil, which now occupies the second position. The analysis reveals that phishing attacks targeting Australians have almost doubled. In fact, Australia now accounts for almost 25 percent of the global […]

New Peter Pan Virus Takes UK by Storm

Early on Monday, reports of a new phishing scam began to surface from several individuals and businesses in the UK, claiming that employees are being tricked into downloading infected attachments containing malware that’s designed to burrow into a computer and lie in wait for any username/password combos that might give the virus a better chance […]

VPN Creative Interviews: Lookingglass Cyber Solutions

In this week’s installment of VPN Creative’s newest interview series, we sat down with the Chief Intelligence and Collections Office of Lookingglass Cyber Solutions Jason Lewis to discuss everything from the threat of older worms like Conficker on modern systems, as well as what the future of the cloud looks like as thieves come up […]

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Norwegian Energy Industry Suffers Massive Attack

Upwards of 300 major oil and natural gas companies in Norway have reportedly been the subject of a new widespread attack in Norway, local authorities from within the country have revealed. According to documents released by the National Security Authority Norway (NSM), 50 major producers within the region have been subjected to a series of […]

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Defru Malware Revealed by Microsoft Researchers

According to a recent virus bulletin posted by researcher from Microsoft’s Technet division, a new malware known as Defru has been plaguing various sites and community portals around the web, attempting to trick unsuspecting members into paying for bogus anti-virus software that actually does the exact opposite of what it says it will. Instead of […]

Kaspersky Lab Uncovers an Epic Espionage Attempt

New research by Kaspersky Lab tries to answer some interesting questions regarding cyber espionage. Conducted over the past eight months, this study tries to reveal the truth behind recent espionage attempts. During the research, two major spy agencies, along with innumerable military and government targets, were monitored through an operation. Epic Turla has emerged as […]

Hotel Phishing Attack Imitates Popular Booking Website

Booking.com has once again been used in a new phishing attack aimed at guests booking a hotel in Spain, reports The Register. This news closely follows CERT Poland’s recent report on a malware phishing attack targeting Booking.com and Allegro.pl. This new attack is unique in its apparent authenticity, according to a reader The Register simply […]

Mozilla Releases Versions 31 of Firefox, Complete with Security Add-Ons

This week, Mozilla announced the release of the latest full update for Mozilla Firefox, which will include a bevvy of new features, including the ability to run individual file downloads against Google’s Safe Browsing repository. The service, which is designed to run files against reputation certificates on a global scale, should prevent illicit email attachments […]

Zeus is Back in Action, and Plaguing Email Accounts Everywhere

Everyone’s favorite trojan is back, and badder than ever. According to internet researchers from Websense Security Labs, a new variant of the Zeus malware/trojan combo has started to make waves in small, concentrated email campaigns designed to infect users’ computers and lift out valuable financial details by way of malicious attachments. The new variant, affectionately […]

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Beware: “LOL” Virus is Roaming Facebook’s Chat

Social networks are dominating the online market in a way that was almost unthinkable before. Almost everyone has at least one social media account and spends hours browsing and utilizing them. They are visited and used everyday by millions of users worldwide, so it comes as no surprise that these platforms are, nowadays, one of […]

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F-Secure Reports New Attack Vector into Infrastructure Systems

According to a report published by the online security firm F-Secure, the malware group behind the Havex malware plight have discovered a new way to tuck their program into software and programs used by major national infrastructure projects. “It appears the attackers abuse vulnerabilities in the software used to run the websites to break in […]

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CryptoWall Claims Computers of Local New Hampshire Government

In our continuing coverage of the “Locker”-style malware epidemic that has only recently started to make its way to the States, we’ve found all types of people and organizations that have fallen prey to the tactics malware distributors depend on to convince innocent officials to accidentally download the wrong files. Now that most of the […]