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Who is to blame for the malicious Barcode Scanner that got on the Google Play store?

In our last blog, Barcode Scanner app on Google Play infects 10 million users with one update, we wrote about a barcode scanner found on the Google Play store that was infected with Android/Trojan.HiddenAds.AdQR. All initial signs led us to believe that LavaBird LTD was the developer of this malware, but since then, a representative from LavaBird reached out to us.  They claimed it was not them … [Read more...]

A week in security (November 9 – November 15)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we reported on multiple patch releases: from Mozilla’s Firefox and Thunderbird to Google’s Chrome. We also had a chat with our resident experts, Adam Kujawa and John Donovan, about the future of IoT cybersecurity in our latest Lock and Code podcast episode. Lastly, we took a look at a new ransomware called RegretLocker, and guided college students on how … [Read more...]

Data and device security for domestic abuse survivors

For more than a month, Malwarebytes has worked with advocacy groups, law enforcement, and cybersecurity researchers to deliver helpful information in fighting stalkerware—the disturbing cyber threat that enables domestic abusers to spy on their partners’ digital and physical lives. While we’ve ramped up our detections, written a safety guide for those who might have stalkerware on their … [Read more...]

Parental monitoring apps: How do they differ from stalkerware?

In late June, Malwarebytes revived its long-running campaign against a vicious type of malware in use today. This malware peers into text messages. It pinpoints victims’ movements across locations. It reveals browsing and search history. Often hidden from users, it removes their expectation of, right to, and real-world privacy. But after we recommitted our staunch opposition to this type of … [Read more...]

Fake Instagram assistance apps found on Google Play are stealing passwords

We all want those Instagram likes and followers. Many apps on Google Play claim they can assist you with that effort. But what if the app that’s supposed to be helping you is also stealing your username and password?  As a matter of fact, that’s exactly what we found in three fake Instagram assistance apps still available on Google Play at the time of this writing. Moreover, these fake … [Read more...]

A week in security (March 11 – 17)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at the Lazarus group in our series about APT groups, we discussed the introduction of Payment Service Directive 2 (PSD2) in the EU, we tackled Google’s Nest fiasco, and the launch of Mozilla’s Firefox Send. In addition, we gave you an overview of the pervasive threat, Emotet, and we discussed reputation management in the age of cyberattacks against … [Read more...]

Yes, Chromebooks can and do get infected

As a Mac malware specialist, I’ve seen more than my share of folks saying “Macs don’t get viruses” over the years. I’ve seen and experienced first-hand that this isn’t true—even on iOS, where despite having tight, built-in security, iPhones are still capable of getting infected by rare malware. I suppose that I shouldn’t be surprised, then, when I hear … [Read more...]

A week in security (November 19 – 25)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took a look at a devastating business email compromise attack, web skimming antics, and the fresh perils of Deepfakes. We also checked out some Chrome bug issues, and took the deepest of deep dives into DNA testing. Other cybersecurity news Adobe Flash bug—get patching! (Source: Adobe) Accidental Tesla forum access granted (Source: Dan’s Deals) JavaScript … [Read more...]

Fortnite’s Google Play rebuff sparks security concerns for Android users

There’s been no small outbreak of chaos in mobile land recently, all because of an astonishingly popular game called Fortnite. Here’s the thing: people refer to Android as “open platform,” saying that, in theory, you can do what you want with it. In practice, you buy an Android phone and then you’re locked into apps from the Google Play store. You can switch things … [Read more...]

Mobile Menace Monday: FakeGift is the gift that keeps on frustrating

Last spring, we found yet another piece of riskware on Google Play we call Android/PUP.Riskware.FakeGift. Based on Hindi characters found in the code, we can assume it originates from India. With over 50,000 installs before being removed from Google Play, FakeGift apparently kept on giving—frustration to its users, that is. Click to view slideshow. Gift cash money As the name implies, FakeGift … [Read more...]