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WannaCry Ransomware Infections Slow as Researchers Fight Back
Device Security, Hacking

WannaCry Ransomware Infections Slow as Researchers Fight Back

Three days after the WannaCry ransomware outbreak began, many organizations are still fighting it, despite some temporary solutions implemented over the weekend and the release of some tools to help stop new infections. The ransomware ran rampant through a number of hospitals, telecom providers, and other companies throughout Europe on […]

Major Ransomware Attack Sweeps Europe
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Major Ransomware Attack Sweeps Europe

UPDATE–Attackers have hit several hospitals in the UK, along with major corporations in Spain and other countries with  a ransomware attack, disrupting network and phone operations and forcing some of the hospitals to postpone non-emergency services and divert patients to other facilities. The attack, initially detected at hospitals and other […]

After Reports of Abuse, Developer Disables Phonecord Bot
Social Engineering

After Reports of Abuse, Developer Disables Phonecord Bot

The developer of the Phonecord bot has disabled it for the time being after security researchers discovered that threat actors were using the bot for harassing calls, including some to federal law enforcement agencies. Phonecord is a bot designed for use on the Discord communications app, which is used by […]

Google Working on Fix for Android Permission Weakness
Device Security

Google Working on Fix for Android Permission Weakness

Google is planning to fix a weakness in some versions of Android that enables malicious apps to take advantage of a special permission in the operating system to install ransomware, show malicious ads, or tae other unwanted actions. The permission was introduced in Android 6.0 and it can allow an […]

New Phone Bot Being Used in Harassing Calls
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

New Phone Bot Being Used in Harassing Calls

Some attackers have taken to using a new phone bot for the Discord chat and voice app to send large numbers of harassing and nuisance calls to individual victims, retailers, and even law enforcement agencies. Known as Phonecord, the bot is being used in a number of different ways. But unlike […]

Cisco Patches Critical IOS Flaw
Device Security, Hacking

Cisco Patches Critical IOS Flaw

More than a month after details emerged of a critical remote code execution vulnerability in hundreds of models of Cisco switches, the company has released a patch to close the hole. The vulnerability is one of the many bugs that was identified when the so-called Vault 7 documents were released […]

Notorious Snake Malware Set to Target OS X
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Notorious Snake Malware Set to Target OS X

Researchers have discovered a version of the infamous Snake cyber espionage tool used by Russian-speaking attackers that is designed to infect Macs. Snake, also known as Turla, is a sophisticated piece of malware that’s been used for several years by an APT group linked to Russia. The attackers have targeted government […]

IBM Says It Shipped Malware-Infected USB Drives
Device Security

IBM Says It Shipped Malware-Infected USB Drives

IBM shipped USB flash drives containing malware to an unknown number of customers. The company said the malware is automatically copied to any machine that the drive is connected to, and is warning customers to destroy the drives. IBM hasn’t released many details on the incident or how the malware […]

Intel Patches Ancient Critical Processor Bug
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Intel Patches Ancient Critical Processor Bug

Intel has released a fix for a vulnerability that’s been sitting undiscovered in the firmware for some of its processors for nearly a decade. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code on affected machines. The newly patched bug is found in the firmware for some of the […]