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Study: Americans won’t vote for candidates who approve ransomware payments

Published on: 21 Aug 2019

Awareness about cyber-security among U.S. residents today so high that Americans are now using this knowledge as a factor in their decision making. New research by The Harris Poll reveals that 64% of registered voters will not vote for candidates who approve of making ransomware payments. The results undoubtedly reflect the public opinion regarding recent ransomware attacks targeting U.S. municipalities.

Microsoft warns of wormable vulnerabilities in Windows

Published on: 16 Aug 2019

On the second Tuesday of every month, regular as clockwork, Microsoft releases a bundle of security patches for its software and urges companies and home users to update their systems before vulnerabilities are exploited by malicious hackers...

New Homograph Phishing Attack Impersonates Bank of Valletta, Leverages Valid TLS Certificate

Published on: 13 Aug 2019

Bitdefender researchers recently uncovered a new IDN (internationalized domain name) homograph phishing attack in which attackers impersonate the Bank of Valletta, Malta. Bitdefender’s Deep Learning technologies, trained specifically to spot this...

Apple and Google stop human reviews of Home, Siri recordings in face of drastic regulatory action

Published on: 9 Aug 2019

Technology giants Apple and Google have agreed to stop using humans to review voice assistant recordings. The decision comes as the companies take fire for alleged unethical practices involving their voice-powered home assistants. Trained to listen to wake phrases like “Okay” and “Hey,” Google Home and Apple’s Siri constantly listen for potential voice commands. Sometimes, ...

Bypassing KPTI Using the Speculative Behavior of the SWAPGS Instruction

Published on: 8 Aug 2019

Bitdefender senior researchers Dan Horea Luțaș and Andrei Vlad Luțaș recently uncovered a new speculative-execution vulnerability and demonstrated how it can be exploited via a side-channel style attack, dubbed SWAPGS Attack. The vulnerability...

Beware of GermanWiper – the ransomware that is not ransomware

Published on: 7 Aug 2019

A piece of wiper malware is making the rounds erasing people’s important files, with its authors demanding a modest ransom to restore the data. However, the ransomware campaign is a lie, and the operators have no intention of decrypting the data...

Update Your iPhone to iOS 12.4 now! PoCs for dangerous remote hacks now public

Published on: 5 Aug 2019

Security researchers have released the proof-of-concept for four exploitable flaws in Apple’s iOS that would allow anyone with enough skill to target a device and execute malicious code remotely. Of the four flaws disclosed by Google’s team of...

iCloud account hacker jailed for three years after preying on rappers and sports celebrities

Published on: 31 Jul 2019

A man, who posed as an Apple customer support representative, has been sentenced to three years and one month in a federal prison after breaking into the accounts of rappers, as well as NBA and NFL players. Kwamaine Jerell Ford's fraudulent...

Adware-Packed Fake Apps Still Making Their Way to Google Play

Published on: 23 Jul 2019

Adware is nothing new, nor will it go away any time soon, especially since it’s a legitimate means for app developers to generate revenue. When it comes to Android, “borderline legitimate” is the tagline that developers commonly abuse to smuggle...

Hackers steal $32 million from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint

Published on: 22 Jul 2019

Trading crypto currency may land you a fortune overnight, but there are plenty of risks involved. Like forgetting the password to your wallet. Or someone hacking your computer to steal your funds. Or having your exchange hacked. In the case of...