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Aug 2, 2021

Credit card-stealing malware found in official Python repository

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Security researchers blame the repository’s lack of moderation.


Packages tainted with malicious code once again find their way into PyPI.

Aug 2, 2021

New APT Hacking Group Targets Microsoft IIS Servers with ASP.NET Exploits

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A new APT hacker group, known as “Praying Mantis” is targeting high-profile public and private organizations in the United States.

Aug 1, 2021

Women allege that NSO spyware was used to steal and leak their private photos

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“I am used to being harassed online. But this was different,” she added. “It was as if someone had entered my home, my bedroom, my bathroom. I felt so unsafe and traumatized.”

Oueiss is one of several high-profile female journalists and activists who have allegedly been targeted and harassed by authoritarian regimes in the Middle East through hack-and-leak attacks using the Pegasus spyware, created by Israeli surveillance technology company NSO Group. The spyware transforms a phone into a surveillance device, activating microphones and cameras and exporting files without a user knowing.

Jul 29, 2021

McAfee: Babuk ransomware decryptor causes encryption ‘beyond repair’

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Babuk announced earlier this year that it would be targeting Linux/UNIX and ESXi or VMware systems with ransomware.

Jul 28, 2021

Hiding malware inside AI neural networks

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A trio of researchers at Cornell University has found that it is possible to hide malware code inside of AI neural networks. Zhi Wang, Chaoge Liu and Xiang Cui have posted a paper describing their experiments with injecting code into neural networks on the arXiv preprint server.

As grows ever more complex, so do attempts by criminals to break into machines running new technology for their own purposes, such as destroying data or encrypting it and demanding payment from users for its return. In this new study, the team has found a new way to infect certain kinds of computer systems running artificial intelligence applications.

AI systems do their work by processing data in ways similar to the . But such networks, the research trio found, are vulnerable to infiltration by foreign code.

Jul 27, 2021

Microsoft Warns of LemonDuck Malware Targeting Windows and Linux Systems

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A notorious cross-platform crypto-mining malware has refined and improved its techniques to attack Windows and Linux operating systems.

Jul 26, 2021

‘Holy moly!’: Inside Texas’ fight against a ransomware hack

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DALLAS (AP) — It was the start of a steamy Friday two Augusts ago when Jason Whisler settled in for a working breakfast at the Coffee Ranch restaurant in the Texas Panhandle city of Borger. The most pressing agenda item for city officials that morning: planning for a country music concert and anniversary event.

Then Whisler’s phone rang. Borger’s computer system had been hacked.

Workers were frozen out of files. Printers spewed out demands for money. Over the next several days, residents couldn’t pay water bills, the government couldn’t process payroll, police officers couldn’t retrieve certain records. Across Texas, similar scenes played out in nearly two dozen communities hit by a cyberattack officials ultimately tied to a Russia-based criminal syndicate.

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Jul 24, 2021

How Deepfakes Are Powering a New Type of Cyber Crime

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Making deepfakes is getting easier, and they’re more convincing than ever. Cybercriminals are using video and audio deepfakes to extort money from victims by adding a credible “fake authenticity” to their scams.

Ever since the first person said “the camera never lies,” there have been people out to prove otherwise. Creative photographers in the late 19th century used simple tricks to create faked images.

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Jul 22, 2021

XLoader Windows InfoStealer Malware Now Upgraded to Attack macOS Systems

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The XLoader Windows infostealer malware has now been upgraded to attack macOS users.

Jul 22, 2021

This New Malware Hides Itself Among Windows Defender Exclusions to Evade Detection

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Researchers warn about a new malware that hides among Windows Defender’s exclusions to evade detection by the antivirus program.

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