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A week in security (February 4 – 8)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took a closer look at the technical and reputational challenges for Facebook as it tries to integrate secure messaging across Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. We explored Google’s latest attempts to change how the public sees—literally—web browser URLs, gave some of our best tips on how to safely browse the Internet at work, and detailed a unique spam campaign … [Read more...]

A week in security (October 29 – November 4)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at a rogue cryptocurrency app installing backdoors, took a dive into the world of printer security, explored browser privacy tweaks, highlighted a music festival–themed breach, and introduced Malwarebytes for Chromebook. Other cybersecurity news Memory hacks? (Source: Secure List) Gandcrab: hugely popular (Source: BitDefender) Huge fines for cold callers … [Read more...]

Mac cryptocurrency ticker app installs backdoors

An astute contributor to our forums going by the handle 1vladimir noticed that an app named CoinTicker was exhibiting some fishy behavior over the weekend. It seems that the app is covertly installing not just one but two different backdoors. Behaviors The CoinTicker app, on the surface, appears to be a legitimate application that could potentially be useful to someone who has invested in … [Read more...]

A week in security (April 16 – April 22)

Last week, we took a stroll down memory lane talking about Facebook and MySpace, noticed a change in the Magnitude exploit kit—wherein it started adopting the GandCrab ransomware, took a good look at a new form of adware that is based on Python, chatted a bit about Russian hacking with a journalist, encouraged retailers to ask the right questions to protect their business, and weighed in on a way … [Read more...]

Labs CTNT report shows shift in threat landscape to cryptomining

It’s that time again! Time for the quarterly Malwarebytes Labs Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques report (aka the Labs CTNT report). To get a more complete picture of what’s been going on in cybercrime this quarter, the Labs team has combined intel and statistics gathered from January through March 2018 from our Intelligence, Research, and Data Science teams with telemetry from both our … [Read more...]

The state of malicious cryptomining

While cryptocurrencies have been around for a long time and used for legitimate purposes, online criminals have certainly tarnished their reputation. Unfortunately, the same benefits offered by these decentralized and somewhat anonymous digital currencies were quickly abused to extort money, as was the case during the various ransomware outbreaks we’ve witnessed in the last few years. As the value … [Read more...]

New Deepfakes forum goes mining with Coinhive

You may or may be familiar with the furore over Deepfakes, a relatively new development in pornography involving a tool called FacesApp, which is capable of producing a real porn clip that replaces the original actors’ heads with those of celebrities—or indeed, anyone at all. Online fakes have been around since the early 2000s or possibly even earlier; alongside those old photos, fakers … [Read more...]

Ransomware’s difficult second album

The last year has seen all manner of cybercrime, from scams and social engineering to malvertising and malspam. What’s interesting is that so many “next-gen,” sophisticated malware mainstays like exploits have dropped in popularity, while other more traditional types such as spyware have shot up dramatically —to the tune of an 882 percent increase in UK detections. Meanwhile, … [Read more...]

RIG exploit kit campaign gets deep into crypto craze

There isn’t a day that goes by without a headline about yet another massive spike in Bitcoin valuation, or a story about someone mortgaging their house to purchase the hardware required to become a serious cryptocurrency miner. If many folks are thinking about joining the ‘crypto craze’ movement, they may be surprised to learn that they already have. We’ve documented … [Read more...]

There’s a hole in my bucket: Bitcoin scams aim to exploit volatile market

Bitcoin! Black gold! Texas tea! Only one of these is currently worth ridiculous amounts of money (and technically numbers two and three are the same thing). Whether you’re in possession of lots of Bitcoins, or in full bandwagon panic “must buy 20 graphics cards before the bubble bursts” mode, you should be aware that lots of awful people want in on your precious haul. Indeed, the … [Read more...]