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SynAck Doppelgänging Slips Past Antivirus Programs

First reported in 2017, the SynAck malware was nothing particularly special.  Like most ransomware based malware, SynAck employed file encryption and blackmail to extort victims of money through Bitcoin.  All of that has changed, however, as a new SynAck variant has been reported that uses a technique known as Doppelgänging to bypass security programs. [...]

By |2019-02-04T02:35:43+00:00May 8th, 2018|malware, Ransomware|0 Comments

Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware is the New Ransomware

Throughout 2017 it seemed like barely a week went by that a new ransomware scare didn’t hit the news.  Because of the overall public awareness, ransomware has slowly started to fall out of popularity with scammers and new types of malware have started to appear.   The newest trend embraces cryptocurrency mining and is proving to [...]

By |2018-03-06T16:32:44+00:00March 6th, 2018|malware|0 Comments

Fake Windows Troubleshooting Scam

Windows users have come into contact with a new tech support scam that fakes a Bluescreen of Death (BSOD) in order to trick them into buying fake support software.  The scam, which first started to make rounds in late November, takes on the form of a fake troubleshooter program and also prevents normal system operation. [...]

By |2019-02-04T02:35:44+00:00December 1st, 2017|malware|1 Comment

Mobile Security Risks for November

November is off to a rough start for Android phone security as two virulent strains of malware have been making the rounds.  Between a triple-threat data theft attack and a banking Trojan discovered on the Google Play store itself, these are the threats to look out for this month. Malware on Android is nothing new [...]

By |2019-02-04T02:35:44+00:00November 10th, 2017|malware|0 Comments

DoubleLocker ransomware hits Android phones

A new form of ransomware that targets Android phones has been discovered in the wild.  Named DoubleLocker by researchers at ESET, this new variant of ransomware has the ability to encrypt a user’s data and change their PIN, making the phone nearly unrecoverable. Like many forms of malware on PC, DoubleLocker relies on phishing scams [...]

By |2019-02-04T02:35:44+00:00October 13th, 2017|malware|0 Comments

HP Laptops Bundled with Keylogger

If you’ve recently purchased a HP laptop you may want to rethink your security.  A recent update to the audio driver installed on many HP laptops has been identified to include functionality similar to a keylogger.  The program, which is designed to check for system hotkeys, is recording every keypress that users make. The HP [...]

By |2017-05-11T18:29:57+00:00May 11th, 2017|malware|0 Comments

IBM Distributed Malware Infected USB Devices to Customers

Last week, IBM issued a security alert over malware that was accidently shipped to customers.  Infected USB devices were distributed with IBMs Storwize data center products.  IBM warns that the infected USB drives should be reformatted or destroyed to prevent infection. IBM has not specified exactly how many devices contain the malware but has disclosed [...]

By |2019-02-04T02:35:45+00:00May 3rd, 2017|malware, System Security|0 Comments

Malvertising Saw an Increase of 132% in 2016

Online advertising is a necessary evil when it comes to funding online media, unfortunately, this practice has resulted in Malvertising; the act of embedding malware within legitimate websites.  According to research from RiskIQ, a leader in digital threat management, malvertising saw a rise of 132% in 2016 over the previous year. “Malvertising is so nefarious [...]

By |2019-02-04T02:35:46+00:00February 1st, 2017|malware, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Windows Blue Screen Malware Scam

The dreaded “Blue Screen of Death” has been an unfortunate part of the Windows experience since the early days of desktop computing, but now it is being used to the advantage of scam artist.  Microsoft has put out a warning over a recent batch of malware that mimics a “Blue Screen” crash and encourages users [...]

By |2019-02-04T02:35:48+00:00October 26th, 2016|malware, Microsoft, Uncategorized|0 Comments