Government Employee Sextorting and Cyberstalking at Work

How much free time do government employees have at work? Well Michael C. Ford a former State Department civilian employee had too much time. From his desk at the embassy in London between January 2013 and May 2015 Ford used a government computer to hack 450 private email accounts and sextort 75 women. Ford has…

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…

Cellular Carriers Kill Samsung ‘Kill Switch’

The FCC is trying to fight smartphone theft, but wireless carriers seem to be thwarting FCC efforts. The FCC claims more than  33% of all robberies involve a smartphone. Of course this works out well for cellular carriers who not only get to sell the victims a new phone, but also get fees when someone down…

Fake Antivirus Email Spreads Malware

An email claiming to alert you to an antivirus software update has been infecting it’s victims with a variant of the Zbot Trojan. The email suggests, by referencing “the new malware circulating over the net”, that the critical update will protect you from CryptoLocker. With all of the reports about CryptoLocker it would be hard not to…

Fake iTunes Attacks Windows Users

People are receiving emails for an iTunes update. The email contains a link the takes victims to a page identical to the iTunes download page offering the latest iTunes update. The download is really malware. The malware was discovered by BitDefender as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, a variant of Backdoor.Bifrose.N. Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY becomes part of the Windows process explorer.exe with the purpose…

‘i2Ninja’ Anonymous Malware Kit

i2Ninja is malware the has the ability to perform HTML injections and form grabbing in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. i2Ninja can also steal FTP and e-mail credentials. It also has a feature that targets poker sites. This malware hides communication between infected hosts and the command and control serve by transmitting over the Invisible Internet Project (I2P).…

Beware of Fake PayPal Emails

There is a phishing scam going around pretending to be form PayPal. The email claims to need confirmation to complete or renew your PayPal sign up.  The subject of the emails is “Confirmation required,” and the body of the email reads: “To finish signing up for your PayPal account, you must click the link below…

Cracked[dot]com Spreads Malware

On Monday, November 11th, it was discovered that¬†Cracked[dot]com was infected by malware performing drive by downloads. The discovery comes from Barracuda Labs Research. The malware was spread through a drive-by-download. The number of systems it has infected is unknown. Given the site is ranked by Alexa¬†as number 289 in the U.S. and 654 worldwide the…

FBI Needs Help

The FBI needs help prosecuting Vladimir Tsastsin. Just over a year ago Tsastsin and six of his cohorts were arrested in Estonia charged with running a click fraud scheme that infected more than four million computers in over 100 countries — an estimated 500,000 of those PCs in the United States.  The defendants are suspected of using…