A new trojan potentially threatens as many as 2.8 million Android users with unwanted mobile advertisements. On 29 July, researchers at the Russian computer security firm Doctor Web published an alert about the trojan, which goes by the name "Android.Spy.305.origin".
Over the past week or so, a new distribution campaign for the Locky variant dubbed the Zepto Ransomware has been underway. Previously, the Zepto Ransomware installer was being distributed using zipped JS files. Now the installer are being sent as zipped WSF files in emails that pretend to be banking reports and invoices.
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This week we have leaked keys, analysis of a new family, 1 new ransomware variants, 3 new ransomware infections, and 1 new ransomware decryptor. It was a big week for the Petya and Mischa devs as they opened their Ransomware as a Service to the public and leaked 3,500 decryption keys for the Chimera Ransomware.
A new variant of the Jigsaw Ransomware has been discovered by Michael Gillespie that uses a new Anonymous themed background for the ransom note. Though there has been a previous variant of Jigsaw that included a Guy Fawkes mask, this new one implies that Anonymous is involved with the ransomware. The ransom screen's background now s
Over the past couple of weeks there has been a major increase in phone scams where the caller pretends to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The way these scams work, is a target will receive a phone call from a robocaller that states they are the IRS and that they are filing a lawsuit against the target.
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Today, the Petya and Mischa Ransomware devs have made their Ransomware as a Service, or RaaS, open to the public. For the past few months, the Petya & Mischa RaaS has been been in testing with a limited amount of supposed high volume distributors. As of today, any would-be criminal can signup and become an official distributor.
The devs behind the Mischa and Petya ransomware have leaked approximately 3500 RSA decryption keys for the Chimera Ransomware. These keys are in hex format, but can be converted back to their normal format and used within a decryptor by a security company or professional.
A new World of Warcraft scam is being used that uses social engineering to try and trick victims into entering a special command. When a victim enters this command it would allow attackers to take control of victim's in-game WOW interface, make unauthorized trades, and find the victim's location anywhere in the game.
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Last week, TrendMicro blogged about a new ransomware family called CrypMIC that was impersonating CryptXXX. At first glance, CrypMIC looks so much like CryptXXX that when I thought it was a just a new CryptXX variant. In this article I have provided a side-by-side comparison of screens a victim may see so they can tell the difference
This week we have 3 new ransomware variants, 2 new ransomware infections, and 4 new ransomware decryptors. Stampado finally popped its head out of its hole, but was quickly squashed and a slew of new decryptors were released. Overall, a good week for the good guys.
For about a week since Stampado was discovered being sold on the darkweb for the cheap price of $39 USD, no samples were available. That changed today when two samples of Stampado appeared on VirusTotal. It is currently unknown if these samples are from a live distribution campaign or were submitted by the distributor/developer to te
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AVG has released a decryptor for the Bart Ransomware infection, which stores your files in password-protected zip files. Created by the same actors behind Dridex and Locky, Bart Ransomware will password protect a victim's data without communicating with a command & control server.
Version 52.0.2743.82 of Google Chrome was released today that contains 48 security fixes. Of those 48 fixes, 17 were highlighted as coming from external sources and being eligible for a bounty for their disclosure.
A decryptor has been released by ransomware expert BloodDolly that will can decrypt files encrypteby the ODCODC Ransomware. Though the Command & Control servers are no longer active, many ransomware victims do not pay the ransom and hold on to their encrypted files in the hope that a decryptor can be created.
A new ransomware has been discovered by AVG malware analyst @JakubKroustek called HolyCrypt. This ransomware is written in Python and compiled into a Windows executable using PyInstaller. This allows the developer to distribute all of the necessary Python files as a single executable.
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