A week in security (March 12 – March 18)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took a look at the inner workings of a fileless attack, explored what happened in a zero day ransomware attack aimed at South Koreans, gave you hints and tips for avoiding cold calls, and took a deep dive into the secretive world of GrayKey. Other news The Equifax story just keep rumbling on. (Source: The Guardian) Some Meltdown and Spectre updates. (Source: The … [Read more...]

GrayKey iPhone unlocker poses serious security concerns

Ever since the case of the San Bernadino shooter pitted Apple against the FBI over the unlocking of an iPhone, opinions have been split on providing backdoor access to the iPhone for law enforcement. Some felt that Apple was aiding and abetting a felony by refusing to create a special version of iOS with a backdoor for accessing the phone’s data. Others believed that it’s impossible to … [Read more...]

A week in security (March 05 – March 11)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we paid homage to several women in tech, including some of our very own, on International Women’s Day and shared their stories. We also looked into an adware posing as an Android app that claims to live stream the 2018 Winter Olympics, exposed scammers that go by the name GeeksHelp, who were caught red-handed (again) after their first unmasking two years … [Read more...]

How artificial intelligence and machine learning will impact cybersecurity

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are hot topics in technology. New use cases and applications are discussed daily—from search results recommendations to smart cars. But what are cybersecurity organizations doing with this tech? What does it take to render additional security out of AI? And how do AI and ML change the way we fight cybercrime? Both AI and ML are already being … [Read more...]

Week in security (February 26 – March 4)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we explained how to protect your computer from malicious cryptomining, we gave an encryption 101 lesson using ShiOne ransomware as a case study, and we offered an explanation about SQL injection. We also released a report on the state of malicious cryptomining from its first resurgence in the fall until now. In active malware, we discussed how the RIG malvertising … [Read more...]

Explained: SQL injection

Even though SQL injection is a type of attack that is relatively easy to prevent, it is one of the most common web hacking techniques. So, what’s it all about? The basics SQL is short for Structured Query Language and usually pronounced as “sequel.” SQL is a standard language used to query and change the content of databases. It was originally designed to perform business analyses. But with the … [Read more...]

A week in security (February 19 – February 25)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we gave readers a primer on encryption, took a stab at that Deepfakes tool Internet users seem to be interested in, and started a new series that talks about GDPR. We also looked at a drive-by download campaign that starts in booby-trapped Chinese websites that drop malware via different exploits. This malware is a DDoS bot called Avzhan, which we then studied in … [Read more...]

Deepfakes FakeApp tool (briefly) includes cryptominer

A few weeks ago, we took a look at a forum dedicated to Deepfake clips where the site was pushing Coinhive mining scripts in the website’s HTML code. As it turns out, there’s been another mining blow-out in the form of one of the apps used to make the fakes. That’s right—a tool designed to push CPU/GPU hard in order to create movie files also wanted you to push the GPU that much … [Read more...]

A week in security (February 12 – February 18)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we looked at a huge Android cryptomining campaign, malicious apps on Google Play, and some Apple scams doing the rounds. We also explored the world of healthcare security, and dived into the land of scammy Valentine’s Day tricks and cheats. Other news Thought the Equifax breach couldn’t get any worse? You might want to take a seat. (Source: The … [Read more...]

A week in security (February 5 – February 11)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we featured a new Flash Player zero-day that has been found in recent targeted attacks. And we talked about a new trick to cripple browsers that came out of the hat of tech support scammers. We also covered several methods of stealing cryptocurrencies, including one for the Mac that wasn’t as new as it seemed, one for Android that poses as hack apps, and yet another … [Read more...]