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If you have any of these 24 Android apps installed, delete them now!

Published on: 13 Sep 2019

Security researchers are sounding the alarm over 24 Android apps laced with a stealthy trojan that signs you up for a costly subscription without your permission. If you’ve downloaded any of the 24 apps, delete them now and check your bank...

Ransomware gang demands $5.3 million from New Bedford; city restores from backup instead

Published on: 6 Sep 2019

A ransomware gang looking to get rich overnight went to the city of New Bedford with a demand of $5.3 million after infecting the municipality’s systems. The criminals refused a counter-offer that would make many hackers drool. And instead ended...

Apple update kills iOS 12 jailbreak

Published on: 28 Aug 2019

The anonymous hacker who jailbroke iOS 12.4 via a recycled bug has confirmed on Twitter that Apple’s latest update for iPhones and iPads kills the jailbreak.

Power plant workers in Ukraine caught using nuclear energy to mine cryptocurrency

Published on: 28 Aug 2019

Despite losing some steam in recent times, the cryptocurrency mining craze is still alive and kicking. Ukrainian local media reports that workers at a nuclear power plant have been caught mining cryptocurrency using the electrical power “freely” available to them from the very nuclear plant they worked at.

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...