Security News

ExpressVPN bought for $1bn by Brit biz with an intriguing history in adware
2021-09-14 07:39

UK-headquartered Kape Technologies announced on Monday it has acquired ExpressVPN in a $936m cash and stocks deal, a move it claims will double its customer base to at least six million. In a canned statement, Kape said combining the two companies would "Create a premium consumer privacy and security player," and that the acquisition "Further positions Kape to define the next generation of privacy and security protection tools and services to return greater control over the digital sphere to consumers."

Adware Spreads via Fake TikTok App, Laptop Offers
2021-04-08 21:17

Their most recent socially engineered messages try to convince users to download their fake version of TikTok by saying the app, which is banned in India, is now available, the report found. Threat actors blast out an SMS or WhatsApp message to numbers on the Jio network with the phishing lure message and a link to take advantage of the fraudulent offer, the report showed.

Mobile Adware Booms, Online Banks Become Prime Target for Attacks
2021-03-01 22:54

In its' Mobile Malware Evolution 2020, Kaspersky documents the current mobile threat landscape and identifies 2021 mobile security trends. "We saw a decrease in the number of attacks in the first half of the year, which can be attributed to the confusion of the first months of the pandemic," wrote Victor Chebyshev, a mobile security researcher at Kaspersky and author of the report.

Apple Notarizes Six New Variants of 'MacOffers' Adware
2020-10-26 12:17

Apple has inadvertently given the thumbs up to six new malware variants, according to researchers at Mac security solutions provider Intego. Application developers have the possibility to submit their software to Apple for scanning purposes and have it automatically notarized if deemed malware-free.

macOS Adware Delivers Notarized Payloads
2020-09-02 16:59

A recently identified adware campaign targeting macOS users is leveraging malicious code that has received Apple's approval. The approval, or notarization, as Apple calls it, is an automated process through which software is scanned before reaching macOS users, to ensure that it does not include malicious code.

Apple Accidentally Notarizes Shlayer Malware Used in Adware Campaign
2020-08-31 19:45

Apple accidentally approved one of the most popular Mac malware threats - OSX.Shlayer - as part of its security notarization process. Security researchers Peter Dantini and Patrick Wardle recently discovered that Apple inadvertently notarized malicious payloads that were utilized in a recent adware campaign.

Android Users Hit with ‘Undeletable’ Adware
2020-07-06 20:10

UPDATE. A healthy percentage of Android users targeted by mobile malware or mobile adware last year suffered a system partition infection, making the malicious files virtually undeletable. "A system partition infection entails a high level of risk for the users of infected devices, as a security solution cannot access the system directories, meaning it cannot remove the malicious files," the firm explained, in a posting on Monday.

Bundlore adware brings a new nest of risks to Mac users
2020-06-18 18:52

Even Apple itself came to the anti-virus party back in 2009 when it introduced a rudimentary malware blocking tool called XProtect right into into OS X. Whether you called it malware or not, there have long been "Software actors" out there ready to go after Mac users in the same way that they've been going after Windows users for years. SophosLabs has just published a fascinating new report about an adware threat known as Bundlore that has Mac users very clearly in its sights.

Cybercriminals now using malware and adware to exploit virtual meeting apps
2020-04-08 17:46

As more people have been forced to work or stay at home due to the coronavirus , there's been a much greater reliance on virtual meeting software to communicate with co-workers, colleagues, friends, and family. As cybercriminals have been exploiting all aspects of COVID-19 for their own nefarious purposes, so too have they been taking advantage of virtual meeting apps to spread malware.

Lifeline Assistance Phone Users Targeted with ‘Uninstallable’ Adware
2020-01-10 17:16

Government-funded, low-cost cell phones are shipping with pre-installed malware aimed at bombing users with unwanted ads, according to researchers. The UMX U686CL Android-based phone, which is made available to low-income citizens in the U.S. via the Lifeline Assistance Program for $35, uses a "Settings" app that researcher claim is actually a "Trojan dropper." According to Nathan Collier, a researcher at Malwarebytes, its function is to fetch and install other applications or malware.