Malware

Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. Malware is defined by its malicious intent, acting against the requirements of the computer user, and does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency. The term badware is sometimes used, and applied to both true (malicious) malware and unintentionally harmful software.Malware may be stealthy, intended to steal information or spy on computer users for an extended period without their knowledge, as for example Regin, or it may be designed to cause harm, often as sabotage (e.g.
Posts about Malware
  • What the CCleaner hack means to you

    … with malware. This malware is said to have possibly infected over 2 million computers. Piriform is claiming that they were able to quickly resolve the issue and that no harm should come to any of its users. However, it is recommended to update to the latest version of CCleaner if you haven’t already. The ironic part to the story is that Piriform…

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  • Arrest related to Wannacry made, but it’s not who you might think

    … it could be disabled. Now, that man has been arrested. 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins was arrested at Defcon, a cybersecurity and hackers conference that’s held annually in Las Vegas. The US Justice Department says Hutchins was allegedly part of another piece of malware called Kronos, Kronos is said to be used in stealing log in information of financial…

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  • Over 750 domains hijacked in attack on Gandi

    … Gandi saw 751 domains belonging to its customers hijacked and redirected to malware delivery sites, the French registrar reported earlier this month. The attack saw the perpetrators obtain Gandi’s password for a gateway provider, which it did not name, that acts as an intermediary to 34 ccTLD registries including .ch, .se and .es…

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  • New malware doesn’t even need you to click on a link

    … Another week and another new type of malware comes out, this one even has a new trick to it. Normally, when your computer gets infected by malware you have to open an attachment or click on a link. With this new type of attack, you don’t even have to do that. All you have to do is hover your mouse over the link and it could infect your computer…

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  • Chipotle malware attack exposed customers’ card info

    … system was infected with malware. While Chipotle has been upfront with news about the breach, they haven’t said how the malware found its way into their system. Usually, a user has to open an infected attachment in an email or visit a malware infected website for it to spread among the system. That could lead one to ask if the card reader system…

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  • Updates to the Google Safe Browsing’s Site Status Tool

    …(Cross-posted from the Google Security Blog) Google Safe Browsing gives users tools to help protect themselves from web-based threats like malware, unwanted software, and social engineering. We are best known for our warnings, which users see when they attempt to navigate to dangerous sites or download dangerous files. We also provide other tools…

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  • #NoHacked: A year in review

    … We hope your year started out safe and secure! We wanted to share with you a summary of our 2016 work as we continue our #NoHacked campaign. Let’s start with some trends on hacked sites from the past year. State of Website Security in 2016 First off, some unfortunate news. We’ve seen an increase in the number of hacked sites by approximately 32…

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  • 6 Simple Tips To Keep Your WordPress Website Secure In 2017

    … New Year, New President, new web host (if you just joined us), now is a great time to do a security audit of your WordPress website! Unfortunately most people put this off until its to late costing them unwanted downtime and extra expenses trying to get it cleaned. In the last two weeks I’ve personally […] The post 6 Simple Tips To Keep Your…

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  • Apple users have two new threats to deal with

    … damaging of the two threats, is a glitch in iOS that can cause you’re iPhone to crash. If someone sends you a text with the white flag emoji, the number zero, and the rainbow emoji, it will crash your iPhone if it is running iOS 10. You don’t even have to read the text before it freezes your phone. Luckily, this glitch does not cause any lasting…

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  • Has the power grid been hacked?

    … is somewhere in the middle. In the so-called power grid hack it was reported that Russian hackers had gained access to the power grid in Vermont. That turned out to be not the case. Instead, it was revealed that Russian malware was found on a laptop owned by a utility company. The laptop itself had no connection to the power grid, not to mention…

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  • Mobile Shopping Is on the Rise, But Security Is at Risk (Infographic)

    … participants had no third-party mobile security applications installed on their devices. And there’s a lot at stake in the mobile shopping space. According to a press release from Trustlook: More than one-third of Black Friday sales ($1.2 billion) were conducted via mobile devices, according to Adobe, up 33 percent from a year ago. Moreover, PayPal saw one…

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  • New malware attacks millions of Internet Explorer users

    … New malware attacks millions of Internet Explorer users A new form of malware has infected millions of users of the Internet Explorer browser. The malware uses flaws in Explorer along with Adobe Flash in order to gain access to the user’s email passwords through keylogging and taking screen shots. The malware, called Stegano, infects users…

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  • Trust in Social Media Security Is at an All-Time Low (Infographic)

    …. Declining trust in security is not a new trend. There seems to be a disconnect wherein companies aren’t providing clear security protocols and users aren’t taking advantage of the tools to protect themselves. Clearer communication of the benefits of security tools could go a long way to solving both problems. View the infographic below–from Craig Newmark, Rad Campaign and Lincoln Park Strategies–for more details. Image on homepage courtesy of Shutterstock. …

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