Investors concerned about smartphone addiction; Apple responds with new webpage

Hot on the heels of an open letter from investors urging Apple to do more to protect children from smartphone addiction, the tech giant has recently dedicated a page on their website to families. The “Families” page, which can be accessed at apple.com/families, contains tools parents can use to set restrictions on devices accessible to their kids, manage in-app purchases, keep track of … [Read more...]

A week in security (March 12 – March 18)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took a look at the inner workings of a fileless attack, explored what happened in a zero day ransomware attack aimed at South Koreans, gave you hints and tips for avoiding cold calls, and took a deep dive into the secretive world of GrayKey. Other news The Equifax story just keep rumbling on. (Source: The Guardian) Some Meltdown and Spectre updates. (Source: The … [Read more...]

Hermes ransomware distributed to South Koreans via recent Flash zero-day

This blog post was authored by @hasherezade, Jérôme Segura and Vasilios Hioureas. At the end of January, the South Korean Emergency Response Team (KrCERT) published news of a Flash Player zero-day used in targeted attacks. The flaw, which exists in Flash Player and below, was distributed via malicious Office documents containing the embedded Flash exploit. Only a couple of weeks after … [Read more...]

Hancitor: fileless attack with a kernel trick

This article was authored by David Sánchez, Mickaël Roger, and Jérôme Segura During the past few years, malicious spam campaigns have proven to be one of the most efficient infection vectors, in part due to a combination of social engineering and a regular number of Office vulnerabilities. The interesting aspect about social engineering is that it capitalizes on the user’s poor decision to execute … [Read more...]

A week in security (March 05 – March 11)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we paid homage to several women in tech, including some of our very own, on International Women’s Day and shared their stories. We also looked into an adware posing as an Android app that claims to live stream the 2018 Winter Olympics, exposed scammers that go by the name GeeksHelp, who were caught red-handed (again) after their first unmasking two years … [Read more...]

Tech support scammers GeeksHelp caught again, two years later

Many researchers have noted an increase in tech support scam activity during the past few months. This trend, facilitated by browser lockers, is not surprising considering that other web-based infection methods are not as effective. While people are still receiving cold calls from alleged Microsoft technicians, crooks are mostly relying on other means to get their call centers busy, which they … [Read more...]

Week in security (February 26 – March 4)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we explained how to protect your computer from malicious cryptomining, we gave an encryption 101 lesson using ShiOne ransomware as a case study, and we offered an explanation about SQL injection. We also released a report on the state of malicious cryptomining from its first resurgence in the fall until now. In active malware, we discussed how the RIG malvertising … [Read more...]

A week in security (February 19 – February 25)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we gave readers a primer on encryption, took a stab at that Deepfakes tool Internet users seem to be interested in, and started a new series that talks about GDPR. We also looked at a drive-by download campaign that starts in booby-trapped Chinese websites that drop malware via different exploits. This malware is a DDoS bot called Avzhan, which we then studied in … [Read more...]

A week in security (February 12 – February 18)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at a huge Android cryptomining campaign, malicious apps on Google Play, and some Apple scams doing the rounds. We also explored the world of healthcare security, and dived into the land of scammy Valentine’s Day tricks and cheats. Other news Thought the Equifax breach couldn’t get any worse? You might want to take a seat. (Source: The … [Read more...]

A week in security (February 5 – February 11)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we featured a new Flash Player zero-day that has been found in recent targeted attacks. And we talked about a new trick to cripple browsers that came out of the hat of tech support scammers. We also covered several methods of stealing cryptocurrencies, including one for the Mac that wasn’t as new as it seemed, one for Android that poses as hack apps, and yet another … [Read more...]