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A week in security (December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019)

Last week on Labs, we looked back at 2018 as the year of data breaches, homed in on pre-installed malware on mobile devices, and profiled a malicious duo, Vidar and GandCrab. Other cybersecurity news 2019’s first data breach: It took less than 24 hours. An unauthorized third-party downloaded 30,000 details of Australian public servants in Victoria. It was believed that a government employee … [Read more...]

Flaw in Twitter form may have been abused by nation states

Twitter announced in a blog post on Monday that they discovered and addressed a security flaw on one of their support forms. The discovery was made on November 15 — more than a month ago — and was promptly fixed the next day. From the Twitter blog on this issue: We have become aware of an issue related to one of our support forms, which is used by account holders to contact Twitter about issues … [Read more...]

A week in security (October 15 – 21)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we went over how to build your own motion-activated security camera, wondered whether FIDO is the future instrument to replace passwords and usernames, informed you about information operations on Twitter, and released our Q3 Malwarebytes Labs Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques Report (CTNT). Other cybersecurity news: Pentagon data breach puts personal details of … [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...]

6 ways to keep up with cybersecurity without going crazy

As we dive headfirst into National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it seems only fitting to discuss ways to stay on top of developments in modern cybersecurity and privacy. What’s the best way to stay protected? How can you determine if something is a scam? Which big company has been breached now? The topic of security features heavily across many industries, blogs, and news channels simply … [Read more...]

A month of giveaway spam on Twitter

We’ve observed a low level spam campaign working its way through Twitter, with just under 2,000 posts visible on public search since September 1. Click to enlarge The posts promote what appears to be CBD oil. For those who don’t know (And I was one of them—still not sure if this oil is supposed to be inhaled or consumed, but anyway), CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is a chemical … [Read more...]

Week in security (April 30 – May 6)

Last week on Labs, we examined the Spartacus ransomware, reported about a new tactic used by the Necurs malspam campaign, informed you about the recommended Twitter password change, and discussed engaging students to start considering careers in cybersecurity. Other news NTML credentials can be stolen via malicious Portable Document Format (PDF) files without any user interaction. (Source: … [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...]

“Who visits your Twitter profile” spam app brings week of chaos

Twitter spam has been around forever, and rogue apps asking for installs in return for a cool feature (to be more accurate, spamming your contacts) is a constant thorn in our Twittery sides. Over the weekend, we observed a new Twitter app doing the rounds and causing a lot of congestion on people’s timelines. What is it? We first noticed this when a number of my contacts using the #FBPE … [Read more...]