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Fake “Corona Antivirus” distributes BlackNET remote administration tool

Scammers and malware authors are taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis in full swing. We have seen a number of spam campaigns using COVID-19 as a lure to trick people into installing a variety of malware, but especially data stealers. As more of us work from home, the need to secure your computer, especially if you are connecting to your company’s network, becomes more important. … [Read more...]

APT36 jumps on the coronavirus bandwagon, delivers Crimson RAT

Since the coronavirus became a worldwide health issue, the desire for more information and guidance from government and health authorities has reached a fever pitch. This is a golden opportunity for threat actors to capitalize on fear, spread misinformation, and generate mass hysteria—all while compromising victims with scams or malware campaigns. Profiting from global health concerns, natural … [Read more...]

A week in security (March 2 – 8)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we fired up part 1 of our series on child identity theft, asked how well law enforcement can deal with cybercriminals, and took a trip down the memory lane of moral panic. We also looked at the positives and negatives of VPNs and examined our own progress in the fight against stalkerware, spyware, and monitoring apps. Other cybersecurity news Trouble strikes for … [Read more...]

Lock and Code S1Ep1: On RSA, the human element, and the week in security

Last week, we told you we were launching a fortnightly podcast, called Lock and Code. This week, we made good on our promise, with lots of headlines generated right here on Labs, as well as other security news around the web. In addition, we talk with Britta Glade, Director of Content and Curation for RSA Conference, about the theme for last week’s conference: “The Human … [Read more...]

Battling online coronavirus scams with facts

Panic and confusion about the recent coronavirus outbreak spurred threat actors to launch several malware campaigns across the world, relying on a tried-and-true method to infect people’s machines: fear. Cybercriminals targeted users in Japan with an Emotet campaign that included malicious Word documents that allegedly contained information about coronavirus prevention. Malware embedded into … [Read more...]

Criminal hackers exploit fear of coronavirus to spread malware

Cyber criminals are using the fear surrounding the coronavirus outbreak to infect the devices of unsuspecting victims with malware. The malware, delivered via an email attachment, was discovered by Kaspersky Lab and IBM X-Force. Kaspersky’s findings The emails flagged by Kaspersky contained malware hidden within PDF, docx and MP4 files, implying that they claimed to have information on coronavirus … [Read more...]

A week in security (January 27 – February 2)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at the strengths and weaknesses of the Zero Trust model, gave you the low-down on spear phishing, and took a delve into the world of securing the managed service provider (MSP). Other cybersecurity news UN compromised via Sharepoint hack: An extraordinary tale highlighting that absolutely nobody is safe when bad things happen and are then covered up. … [Read more...]

Frankfurt’s IT networks grinds to a halt amid Emotet attack

The week before Christmas, Frankfurt saw the unwelcome return of Emotet, a banking trojan that recently came out of hiding to terrorise organisations across the globe.  The malware spread through the city’s systems, forcing officials to shut down its IT network, causing huge delays to government services.  This is the fourth time in recent weeks that Emotet has struck in Germany, following attacks … [Read more...]

A week in security (December 30 – January 5)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took a dive into edge computing, looked at new web skimmer techniques, and rolled our eyes at silly people doing silly things. Other cybersecurity news: Stills and chills: A Reddit user notices their security camera is grabbing stills from other people’s devices. (Source: Reddit) Tik Tok, the clock has stopped: The US Military has banned soldiers from making use … [Read more...]

New version of IcedID Trojan uses steganographic payloads

This blog post was authored by @hasherezade, with contributions from @siri_urz and Jérôme Segura. Security firm Proofpoint recently published a report about a series of malspam campaigns they attribute to a threat actor called TA2101. Originally targeting German and Italian users with Cobalt Strike and Maze ransomware, the later wave of malicious emails were aimed at the US and pushing the … [Read more...]