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Black Hat USA 2018: ransomware is still the star

The Malwarebytes team was at the annual Black Hat USA event held in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel from August 4–9. Large crowds walked through the expo floor, attended talks, and participated in trainings. Among the many topics discussed, ransomware came up as one of the main issues that both consumers and businesses face. While it has been slowing down from previous years, ransomware … [Read more...]

Introducing: Malwarebytes Browser Extension

Are you tired of all the unwanted content the world wide web offers up, whether you like it or not? It is our privilege to introduce you to the Malwarebytes Browser Extension (BETA). Or, better said, the Malwarebytes Browser Extensions, because we have one for Firefox and one for Chrome. Introduction Malwarebytes Browser Extension delivers a safer and faster web browsing experience. It blocks … [Read more...]

Mac malware targets cryptomining users

Last week, a security researcher named Remco Verhoef announced the discovery of a new piece of Mac malware being distributed on cryptomining chat groups. This malware was later further analyzed by Patrick Wardle, who gave it the rather appropriate moniker OSX.Dummy. The malware was being distributed by chat users posing as admins, who posted the following shell script for users to run: cd /tmp … [Read more...]

PSA: Users with landlines are more vulnerable to scams

It’s time to have “the talk” with your parents, relatives, and loved ones. Anyone still using a landline must be warned: having a home phone makes you particularly vulnerable to scams. We know here at Malwarebytes that our readers are often the unofficial “IT” department for their families, relatives, and friends. While suggesting to your folks that they discontinue having a landline might not go … [Read more...]

Malwarebytes CrackMe 2: contest summary

About three weeks ago, we published our second CrackMe. It triggered a lot of interest, and we got many high-quality write-ups. Choosing the winner was really difficult! In this post, I am going to summarize the contest and comment on the received submissions. CrackMe 2 challenge The topic of the challenge was Python, and its goal was to teach how the Python scripts can be packaged and integrated … [Read more...]

Vote for Malwarebytes Labs: European Security Blogger Awards 2018

It’s nearly time for Infosec Europe 2018, and that means it’s also time to consider voting for your favourite security blogs, podcasts, video channels, and more for the upcoming European Security Blogger Awards. Thanks to your generous votes, we’ve been fortunate enough to pick up the award for Best Corporate Security Blog in both 2015 and 2016. This year, our blog is nominated … [Read more...]

Mobile Menace Monday: re-emergence of a fake Android AV

Back in early 2013, a new mobile antivirus (AV) company called Armor for Android emerged into the mobile security software industry that had everyone perplexed. It seemed eerily like malware known as a Fake AV, and some even gave it that label. As a younger mobile researcher, I was one of those who gave it such a label, adding it to a list of malware detections. Shortly after, Armor for Android … [Read more...]

A week in security (April 23 – April 29)

Last week, we dug into behavioral biometrics, explored a new crossrider variant, and embraced the power of “no.” We also launched another CrackMe challenge, took a deep dive into smart toys, and finished up with a look at digital privacy in the age of IoT. Other news LinkedIn does battle with autofill problems. (source: Daily Swig) Dutch police take down a revenge porn site. (source: … [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...]

CyberByte steals Malwarebytes’ intellectual property

At Malwarebytes, we frequently examine apps for detection as Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). These are programs that exhibit a wide variety of bad behaviors, but aren’t actually outright malware. Unfortunately, there are many supposed antivirus programs that fit this category. Following user reports, we began researching a piece of software named CyberByte Antivirus to determine … [Read more...]