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A week in security (July 22 – 28)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we offered an extensive analysis into the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 investigation, updated users on the newest feature set to AdwCleaner 7.4.0 (it now detects pre-installed software), and provided a deep dive into Phobos ransomware. We also broke down the latest privacy cautions regarding the popular app, FaceApp. In addition, we looked at an interesting … [Read more...]

FaceApp scares point to larger data collection problems

Last week, if you thumbed your way through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, you likely saw altered photos of your friends with a few extra decades written onto their faces—wrinkles added, skin sagged, hair bereft of color. Has 2019 really been that long? Not really. The photos are the work of FaceApp, the wildly popular, AI-powered app that lets users “age” pictures of themselves, change … [Read more...]

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 investigation shows Russian disinformation campaigns have global reach

A little background: on July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot from the sky on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur above the Ukraine. The plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile, and as a result, all 298 people on board were killed. At that time, there was a revolt of pro-Russian militants against the Ukrainian government. Both the Ukrainian military and the separatists … [Read more...]

New Flash Player zero-day used against Russian facility

For the past couple of years, Office documents have largely replaced exploit kits as the primary malware delivery vector, giving threat actors the choice between social engineering lures and exploits or a combination of both. While today’s malicious spam (malspam) heavily relies on macros and popular vulnerabilities (i.e. CVE-2017-11882), attackers can also resort to zero-days when trying to … [Read more...]

Information operations on Twitter: new data released on election tampering

Back in April, we talked about the wealth of options available to Russian hackers and others launching social engineering campaigns, whether on social networks or through clever attacks launched via Advanced Persistent Threats. Some of that was information published by Twitter at the time in relation to election tampering/interference by so-called “Russian Troll farms”—specifically, the IRA … [Read more...]

World Cup 2018: malware attacks gunning for goal

World Cup 2018 is upon us and in full swing, bringing together 32 nations for a month of footballing to see who’ll be crowned World Champion. With the tournament underway, we thought it’d be fun to see which of the footballing powerhouses also expended a similar amount of energy fighting off malware attacks. From January 1 until June 14, the day the World Cup matches began, we gathered … [Read more...]

Perspectives on Russian hacking

Russia is an endlessly fascinating subject both in and around infosec. Recent years have shifted attention away from pure malware capabilities, to psyops, social engineering, and an endless slew of mind games designed to destabilize and keep nations ever-so-slightly off balance. Security firms in some countries claim Russia would “win” in a so-called cyber war; elsewhere, whole nations … [Read more...]