Nuclear Plants Infected with Malware

The Gundremmingen nuclear power plant, which is only 75 miles outside of Munich Germany, has been infected with malware. The system used to monitor the fuel rods has been infected with the Conficker worm, and W32.Ramit. Conficker is used to turn computers into bots in order to launch denial of service attacks, and W32.Ranit gives…

Speeding Ticket Scam

The Police Department of Tredyffrin PA announced the discovery of a speeding ticket scam. Victims received emails with the following content: From: Speeding Citation (citation@safe-browsing.com) To: vfiorillo@phillymag.com Subject: Notification of excess speed First Name: Victor Last Name: Fiorillo Notification of excess speed Route: Mill Road Date: 8 March 2016 Time: 7:55 am Speed Limit: 40…

Free Protection Form Ransomware

Ransomware attacks have been growing exponentially making anti-virus companies scramble to keep up with the latest attacks.  One of these companies, Bitdefender, takes a new tactic and makes it available for FREE. The Bitdefender solution makes it appear as though your computer is already infected with current versions of Ransomware. Kind of like a vaccine…

Custom Backdoor Hack Goes Undetected For Years

Establishments in Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. have been attacked by a newly discovered Malware called Dripion. Dripion is a custom program that creates a back door into computers. It is installed through another malicious software called Blugger. Blugger, using encryption to hide its communication, downloads Dripion from English-language blogs. The blogs could…

Secret Iranian Attack of Wall Street Revealed

On Thursday March 24, 2016 the courts unsealed an indictment on seven Iranian government contractors for committing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against 46 Wall Street financial institutions between 2011 and 2013. These same enemy combatants also penetrated a remote monitoring and control system (SCADA) that operates a dam some 20 miles outside of New York…

XcodeGhost Malware Attacks iOS 9

In September some of the most popular Chinese-developed apps in the iStore were found to have malicious software embedded in them. It turns out Chinese developers were fooled into using a compromised versions of Apple’s developer tool kit called Xcode. The affected apps are able to send data about the device, show fake alerts that…

New Malware Strains Infect 20k Apps on Androids

Security researchers at Lookout found three new families of “auto-rooting adware” for Android. Each one can root the device and install itself as a system application. The infections are designed to survive even a “factory data reset”. Lookout found over 20,000 popular apps infected, and some of these apps appear to be legitimate, having titles…

New ZeuS Trojan Variant “Maple” Hits Canada’s Banks

Cyber criminals have attacked Canada’s 14 main financial institutions with a ZeuS variant call “Maple”. The name refers to the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. These attacks started in January of 2014. The attacks have been reported by IBM’s Boston based security division, Trusteer. This variant of ZeuS has enhanced features such as an…

FBI Hijacks Hackers Webcam

Sextortionists and fake antivirus software are not the only ones who hijack webcams anymore. Now the FBI is doing it. Only they have a method which does not turn on the indicator light that let’s you know the webcam is on. Of course, as long they are in your computer recording live feed, they also download files, photos,…

Skynet Creator Arrested

Skynet is a botnet based on the ZeuS Trojan that has been used to steal more than $945,000 worth of Bitcoins. German police have three people in custody for being involved with the malware. Although the Germans are not offering details, one of the detainees is believed to be the actual author of Skynet. The…