• Europol: Tips & advice to prevent ransomware from infecting your electronic devices

    February 21, 2024

    Ransomware is a type of malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files, demanding a ransom payment through certain online payment methods (and by an established deadline) in order to regain control of your data. It can be downloaded through fake application updates or by visiting compromised websites. It can also ...

  • Vibrator virus steals your personal information

    February 21, 2024

    I know that some of you are expecting a post similar to that about a toothbrush botnet, but this is not a hypothetical case. It actually happened. A Malwarebytes Premium customer started a thread on Reddit saying we had blocked malware from trying to infect their computer after they connected a vibrator to a USB port ...

  • Alpha Ransomware Emerges From NetWalker Ashes

    February 16, 2024

    Alpha, a new ransomware that first appeared in February 2023 and stepped up its operations in recent weeks, has strong similarities to the long-defunct NetWalker ransomware, which disappeared in January 2021 following an international law enforcement operation. The NetWalker Connection Analysis of Alpha reveals significant similarities with the old NetWalker ransomware. Both threats use a similar ...

  • Android/SpyNote Moves to Crypto Currencies

    February 15, 2024

    Like much Android malware today, this malware abuses the Accessibility API. This API is used to automatically perform UI actions. For example, the malicious sample uses the Accessibility API to record device unlocking gestures. Newer, this SpyNote sample uses the Accessibility API to target famous crypto wallets. Read more… Source: Fortinet  

  • Spyware startup Variston is losing staff – some say it’s closing

    February 15, 2024

    In July 2022, someone sent Google a batch of malicious code that could be used to hack Chrome, Firefox, and PCs running Microsoft Defender. That code was part of an exploitation framework called Heliconia. And at the time, the exploits used to target those applications were zero-days, meaning the software makers were unaware of the bugs, ...

  • Riding Dragons: capa Harnesses Ghidra

    February 14, 2024

    capa is the FLARE team’s open source tool that detects capabilities in executable files. Ghidra is an open source software reverse engineering framework created and maintained by the National Security Agency Research Directorate. With the release of capa v7, Mandian researchers have integrated capa with Ghidra, bringing capa’s detection capabilities directly to Ghidra’s user interface. With ...

  • TicTacToe Dropper

    February 14, 2024

    While analyzing malware samples collected from several victims, the FortiGuard team identified a grouping of malware droppers used to deliver various final-stage payloads throughout 2023. Malware droppers are malicious software designed to deliver and execute additional malware on a victim system and are employed to obfuscate final payloads during load and initial execution. Droppers within this ...

  • Coyote: A multi-stage banking Trojan abusing the Squirrel installer

    February 8, 2024

    The developers of banking Trojan malware are constantly looking for inventive ways to distribute theirs implants and infect victims. In a recent investigation, Kaspersky researchers encountered a new malware that specifically targets users of more than 60 banking institutions, mainly from Brazil. What caught their attention was the sophisticated infection chain that makes use of various ...

  • Known ransomware attacks up 68% in 2023

    February 6, 2024

    Today, Malwarebytes released its 2024 State of Malware report, detailing six cyberthreats that resource-constrained IT teams should pay attention to in 2024. Top of the list is “Big Game” ransomware, the most serious cyberthreat to businesses all around the world. Big game attacks extort vast ransoms from organizations by holding their data hostage—either with encryption, the ...

  • Python Info-stealer Distributed by Malicious Excel Document

    February 5, 2024

    In January 2024, FortiGuard Labs obtained an Excel document distributing an info-stealer. From the fingerprints in this attack, it is related to a Vietnamese-based group that was first reported on in August 2023 and again in September. The attack stages before the info-stealer are simple downloaders that increase the difficulty of detection. This article introduces each stage ...