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Meet Extenbro, a new DNS-changer Trojan protecting adware

Recently, we uncovered a new DNS-changer called Extenbro that comes with an adware bundler. These DNS-changers block access to security-related sites, so the adware victims can’t download and install security software to get rid of the pests. From our viewpoint, this might be like sending in an elephant to save the mosquito, but the threat actors behind this attack have been known to use … [Read more...]

A week in security (June 10 – 16)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we revealed to readers the mindset of security pros as to why they lack confidence in their ability to prevent their organizations getting breached. We also reported on Maine Governor Janet Mills implementing the state’s own privacy protections, how Apple can better protect its users’ privacy, the continuous trending of the MegaCortex ransomware, how cyberbullies … [Read more...]

Adware and PUPs families add push notifications as an attack vector

Some existing families of potentially unwanted programs and adware have added browser push notifications to their weapons arsenal. Offering themselves up as browser extensions on Chrome and Firefox, these threats pose as useful plugins then haggle users with notifications. A family of search hijackers The first I would like to discuss is a large family of Chrome extensions that were already … [Read more...]

Labs Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques report finds businesses hit with 235 percent more threats in Q1

The Malwarebytes Labs Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques Q1 2019 report found businesses at the butt end of a bad joke. In just one year, threats aimed at corporate targets have increased by 235 percent, with Trojans, such as Emotet, and ransomware in particular revving up in the first quarter. Included in the report is analysis of sharp declines in consumer cryptomining and other threats, … [Read more...]

A week in security (March 25 – 31)

Last week, we looked at plugin vulnerabilities, location tracking app problems, and talked about plain text password woes. We also looked at federal data privacy regulation and took a deep dive into  BatMobi Adware. Other cybersecurity news Poisoned software update headache for ASUS (Source: The Register) Britain’s Huawei oversight board releases its findings (Source: UK.GOV) Trojanised terror … [Read more...]

Awakening the beast: BatMobi adware

On February 12, a patron of the Malwarebytes Forum alerted us of an issue with ad redirects that seemed to come out of nowhere. An outcry from other commenters filled the forum thread, all experiencing the same redirects to the same exact websites. Our web protection team traced the offending websites back to the culprit—the adware known as BatMobi. What is BatMobi? BatMobi is an Advertisement … [Read more...]

Mac malware intercepts encrypted web traffic for ad injection

Last week, Malwarebytes researcher Adam Thomas found an interesting new piece of Mac malware that exhibits some troubling behaviors, including intercepting encrypted web traffic to inject ads. Let’s take a closer look at this adware, which Malwarebytes for Mac detects as OSX.SearchAwesome, to see how it’s installed, its behavior, and the implications of this kind of … [Read more...]

Mobile Menace Monday: Adware MobiDash gets stealthy

The Adware known as MobiDash, detected by Malwarebytes for Android as Android/Adware.MobiDash, is far from a new. However, this ad-displaying nuisance now comes with some additional stealth features. First appearing last spring, these new features are not limited to a single variant of MobiDash. Instead, the correlation among these stealth versions lays within the package name … [Read more...]

Cybercrime tactics & techniques Q2 2018

A generally slow quarter reflects an overall lull in cybercrime, picking up where Q1 left off with cryptominers continuing to dominate, ransomware continuing to evolve through experimentation, and exploits making a small but significant comeback. In nearly every malware category for both business and consumer detections, we saw a decrease in volume, corroborating our general “Dang, it’s been a … [Read more...]

Kuik: a simple yet annoying piece of adware

Some pieces of malware can be so simple—and yet such a pain to get rid of—especially when they start interfering with your system’s configuration. This much is true for the Kuik adware program, which surprised us all by forcing affected machines to join a domain controller. The perpetrators are using this unusual technique to push Google Chrome extensions and coin miner applications to their … [Read more...]