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No joke: Ransomware-as-a-Service is a thing

No joke: Ransomware-as-a-Service is a thing According to the company’s official blog, the malware’s authors use a Ransomware-as-a-Service business model, freely distributing the ransomware builder to aspiring attackers, but requiring a 20% cut of any ransom payments it generates.Shark is distributed through a professional looking website that features information about the ransomware and instructions on how to download and configure it.

Video: Hillary makes ISIS deal - It's not real, says security experts

Video: Hillary makes ISIS deal - It's not real, says security experts Cyber security specialists Symantec is warning internet users about a non-existent video that reportedly features United States presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton exchanging money with ISIS.However, there is no video contained in the email, just malware, Narang says.

Video of Hillary making ISIS deal: It's not real, says security expert

Video of Hillary making ISIS deal: It's not real, says security expert Cyber security specialists Symantec is warning internet users about a non-existent video that reportedly features United States presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton exchanging money with ISIS.However, there is no video contained in the email, just malware, Narang says.

Apple patches critical security flaws used to steal encrypted data

Apple patches critical security flaws used to steal encrypted data Apple products have a reputation for security, especially compared with the systemic security flaws baked into the Android update system (or lack thereof).In the world of device security, however, no one is ever perfect, and the critical flaws that Apple patched today underscore that point.

Computer-killing USB drives now on sale for less than $60

Computer-killing USB drives now on sale for less than $60 But there’s now a Hong Kong-based company selling a USB Kill Drive 2.Here’s how the company describes the product: The USB Kill 2.

Australian police warn of ransomware USB drives showing up in mailboxes

Australian police warn of ransomware USB drives showing up in mailboxes For most ExtremeTech readers this should almost go without saying, but if you find a mysterious USB drive in your mailbox, don’t plug it in.There are more dangerous things a criminal element could drop in your mailbox, but a malware infected USB drive isn’t good.

Microsoft claims Windows 10 now active on 400 million devices

Microsoft claims Windows 10 now active on 400 million devices In July, the company declared 350 million people had upgraded to or were using Windows 10.Now, after the conclusion of its Get Windows 10 campaign, Microsoft declared it has more than 400 million customers using the OS.

Internet of Things or Internet of Trouble?

Internet of Things or Internet of Trouble? The recent cyber-attack in the United States via the Internet of Things has re-focused attention on the potential threat for New Zealand.According to local cloud IT services company, Dynamo6, the event has highlighted the potential for the same to happen in New Zealand.

Backdoor found on some Android phones that sends personal data to Chinese server

Backdoor found on some Android phones that sends personal data to Chinese server So many companies are making and selling phones, that staggering security mistakes continue to occur from time to time.The problem: that smartphone had a rather large security hole that sent user data to a server in China.

Office Depot, OfficeMax claim brand-new computers are infected by malware to sell useless removal services

Office Depot, OfficeMax claim brand-new computers are infected by malware to sell useless removal services The software Office Depot uses to scan for malware (and we use these terms loosely) is called PC Health Check and is manufactured by Support.According to Derek Held, an IT specialist with IOActive, PC Health Check doesn’t actually scan a system at all.

Ransomware shuts down San Fran transit, but the hacker just got hacked

Ransomware shuts down San Fran transit, but the hacker just got hacked This week, the San Fransisco transit system experienced the latest in a growing trend of “ransomware” attacks against important pieces of infrastructure.There is some good news, though: as reported by Forbes, it seems that the hacker has had his or her own email address infiltrated in retaliation.

Norton gives the low down on the Google breach

Norton gives the low down on the Google breach More than one million Google accounts have been breaches via malicious Android apps, with reports suggesting 13,000 new infections each day.Last week, Google announced via its official blog that they they’ve been investigating and working to figure out how they can help protect users against the threat.

Rogue nations, IoT, fileless malware and drones: A new era of cybercrime in 2017

Rogue nations, IoT, fileless malware and drones: A new era of cybercrime in 2017 As the predictions for 2017 continue to roll in, the security industry looks set to have a tough year.This type of attack increased throughout 2016 and will continue to gain prominence in 2017, most likely through PowerShell attacks.

New ransomware offers to restore your files for free - if you infect two friends

New ransomware offers to restore your files for free - if you infect two friends These pieces of malware encrypt your files and won’t unlock them unless you pay, but the new “Popcorn Time” ransomware offers an alternative: Just infect some friends and you get your files back free.If you can get two other people to install that file — thus encrypting their files — and pay the ransom, you get your files decrypted for free.

New malware forces your phone to mine a cryptocurrency

New malware forces your phone to mine a cryptocurrency In perfect lockstep with progress, there now exists a malware vector by which your smartphone can be forced to mine a new cryptocurrency.Its developers claim that it’s more anonymous than Bitcoin: “If Bitcoin is like HTTP for money, Zcash is HTTPS.

New Barnes & Noble Android tablet runs same 'malware' app recently found on Blu phones

New Barnes & Noble Android tablet runs same 'malware' app recently found on Blu phones The NOOK Tablet 7 takes aim at Amazon’s successful $50 Fire tablet — what is it with $50 Android devices and security issues?The fact of the matter is that Barnes & Noble should have known better than to use Adups.

Samsung Smart TV update forces users to see ads

Samsung Smart TV update forces users to see ads These sorts of arrangements tend to be explained as “If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product.According to a new report at AdAge, a recent Samsung Smart TV update now requires that consumers view advertising if they want to use the device’s hardware — hardware they’ve presumably already paid several hundred dollars for the privilege of using.

Microsoft finally admits that its malware-style Get Windows 10 upgrade campaign went too far

Microsoft finally admits that its malware-style Get Windows 10 upgrade campaign went too far First, it made Windows 10 free and available to anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.First Windows 10 became a “Recommended” download instead of an optional one.

What to expect from cyber attacks in 2017

What to expect from cyber attacks in 2017 As organisations plan to defend their enterprises against ransomware and non-malware attacks, here’s what to expect in 2017.1:  Non-malware attacks will escalate and become more severe Attackers are increasingly utilising non-malware attacks in an effort to remain undetected on organisations’ endpoints.

New Mac malware discovered using antique code to spy on users

New Mac malware discovered using antique code to spy on users The stronger OS X (now macOS) security model and lower market share used to mean it was of no interest to malware creators.Case in point: A new piece of malware has been discovered, but it’s not technically all that new.