A week in security (July 6 – 12)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:30:09 +0000

A roundup of cybersecurity news from July 6 – 12, including a look at pre-installed malware on some Android phones, and a Mac malware mystery.

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Threat spotlight: WastedLocker, customized ransomware

Credit to Author: Pieter Arntz| Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:10:37 +0000

WastedLocker ransomware, attributed to the Russian Evil Corp gang, is such a targeted threat, you might call it a custom-built ransomware family.

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Mac ThiefQuest malware may not be ransomware after all

Credit to Author: Thomas Reed| Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:20:00 +0000

We discovered a new Mac malware, ThiefQuest, that appeared to be ransomware at first glance. However, once we dug in deeper, we found out its true identity—and intention.

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Ransomware Gangs Don’t Need PR Help

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2020 01:10:45 +0000

We’ve seen an ugly trend recently of tech news stories and cybersecurity firms trumpeting claims of ransomware attacks on companies large and small, apparently based on little more than the say-so of the ransomware gangs themselves. Such coverage is potentially quite harmful and plays deftly into the hands of organized crime. Often the rationale behind couching these events as newsworthy is that the attacks involve publicly traded companies or recognizable brands, and that investors and the public have a right to know. But absent any additional information from the victim company or their partners who may be affected by the attack, these kinds of stories and blog posts look a great deal like ambulance chasing and sensationalism.

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New Mac ransomware spreading through piracy

Credit to Author: Thomas Reed| Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:09:35 +0000

We analyze a new Mac ransomware that appears to encrypt user files with a bit of a time delay.

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Maze ransomware continues to be a threat to the consumers

Credit to Author: Preksha Saxena| Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:17:55 +0000

Maze is a recently highlighted ransomware among the ever-growing list of ransomware families. The ransomware is active from the past one year, although it came into limelight due to its new approach of publishing sensitive data of infected customers publicly. The malware uses different techniques to gain entry like the…

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The face of tomorrow’s cybercrime: Deepfake ransomware explained

Credit to Author: Jovi Umawing| Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:24:27 +0000

Deepfake ransomware is a mighty combination that several security experts fear would happen soon. But what is it exactly? Is it deepfake with a ransomware twist? Or ransomware with a sprinkling of deepfake tech?

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