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  • Five Endpoint Attacks Your Antivirus Won’t Catch

    11/18/2019 4:16:44 PM PST · by fireman15 · 17 replies
    Harvard University ^ | 11-13-2019 | Harvard Blockchain Lab
    Fileless attacks allow sophisticated hackers to evade antivirus programs and hide inside legitimate applications and operating systems. According to 2019 Endpoint Security Survey, fileless attacks on endpoints are the biggest concern of security experts. In addition, about 53% of organization experience an increase in endpoint security risks. Endpoints are the access point into your data, credentials, environment, and probably your entire organization. Vulnerable endpoints allow attackers to steal data, access your network, and execute ransomware attacks. This article explains how attackers have improved their strategies to bypass traditional antivirus, putting your system at risk. 1. Cryptomining Malware Cryptomining tools convert...
  • Symantec antivirus crashes something again. This time Chrome 78 browsers

    10/26/2019 1:09:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    ZDNet ^ | Oct 24, 2019 | Catalin Cimpanu
    Fourth time in three months when Symantec's antivirus crashes something. For the fourth time in three months, a Symantec security product is crashing user apps, and this time it's the latest Chrome release, v78, which rolled out earlier this week, on Tuesday, October 22.According to reports on Reddit [1, 2] the Google support forums [1, 2], and in comments on the official Google Chrome blog, Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 is crashing Chrome 78 instances with an "Aw, Snap! Something went wrong while displaying this webpage." error, as seen in the screenshot above.Users have been unable to use Chrome 78 at...
  • Here’s how AG Barr is going to get encryption 'backdoors'

    08/06/2019 6:33:47 PM PDT · by softengine · 55 replies
    Engadget ^ | July 31, 2019 | Violet Blue
    If you heard the reverberation of a few thousand heads exploding last week, it was the sound of information security professionals reacting to US Attorney General Barr saying that Big Tech "can and must" put backdoors into encryption. In his speech for a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University, Barr warned tech companies that time was running out for them to develop ways for the government to break encryption. FBI Director Christopher Wray agreed with him. At this week's big meeting of the "Five Eyes" countries, Barr was in attendance. His demands that internet companies break safe security standards of encryption...
  • AT&T employees took bribes to plant malware on the company's network

    08/06/2019 4:48:34 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 32 replies ^ | August 6, 2019 | Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day
    AT&T employees took bribes to unlock millions of smartphones, and to install malware and unauthorized hardware on the company's network, the Department of Justice said yesterday. These details come from a DOJ case opened against Muhammad Fahd, a 34-year-old man from Pakistan, and his co-conspirator, Ghulam Jiwani, believed to be deceased. The DOJ charged the two with paying more than $1 million in bribes to several AT&T employees at the company's Mobility Customer Care call center in Bothell, Washington. OPERATING SINCE 2012 The bribery scheme lasted from at least April 2012 until September 2017. Initially, the two Pakistani men bribed...
  • New Scams pretending to be FedEx, PayPal, ??

    07/31/2019 11:33:52 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 25 replies
    self | 7/31/2019 | self
    Yesterday I received "notification" from FedEx officially looking email telling me that package is on the way, will require signature. To find out where it is just go click on link. Today I got email from service@paypal, telling me to go click on "You received a payment of $308.09 USD from eBay Inc Shipping ( Check and Update Activity" which points to: ( which looks like malware in .JAR format (like .ZIP) When I got first one and viewed on the phone, I clicked on it and nothing showed. Later checking via computer I found the .JAR file on the...
  • New Mac malware in the wild evades security software, researchers

    07/01/2019 8:16:13 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | July 1, 2019
    New Mac malware in the wild evades security software, researchers Roger Fingas for AppleInsider: Newly uncovered Mac malware is not only in the wild, but trying to avoid detection by security researchers, according to one such firm. Dubbed “CrescentCore,” the malware comes as it usually does —in the form of a DMG file pretending to be an Adobe Flash Player installer, Intego said. If someone launches its contents, the software will check to see if it’s running inside a virtual machine — a way researchers often quarantine their subjects. The malware also checks for several popular antivirus tools, and if...
  • An NSA cyber weapon is reportedly being used against American cities by the very adversaries it...

    05/26/2019 1:01:53 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | 25 May 2019 | Jared Keller
    FULL TITLE: An NSA cyber weapon is reportedly being used against American cities by the very adversaries it was meant to target In less than three years after the National Security Agency found itself subject to an unprecedentedly catastrophic hacking episode, one of the agency's most powerful cyber weapons is reportedly being turned against American cities with alarming frequency by the very foreign hackers it was once intended to counter. An explosive New York Times story published Saturday detailing how the NSA's Tailored Access Operations lost control of its so-called 'EternalBlue' malware tool to a cadre of hackers known as...
  • Freerepublic and BAT - Basic Attention Token

    04/28/2019 10:05:34 AM PDT · by johnnygeneric · 19 replies
    Blockonomi ^ | 4/28/2019 | johnnygeneric
    At a cursory glance, the only relationship you may notice between BAT, the Basic Attention Token, and the Brave browser is that both are related to advertising. When you take a closer look, however, the two are very much connected. You can use the BAT token with the Brave browser to support websites, and the two were created to seamlessly integrate. Because of this, an understanding of one requires a comprehension of the other, as well.
  • Hacking 'hero' Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to US malware charges

    04/20/2019 7:57:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 April 2019
    A British man hailed as a hero for stopping a global cyber-attack that was threatening the NHS has pleaded guilty to US malware charges. Marcus Hutchins, 24, has pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware - or malicious software - court documents show. Writing on his website, Hutchins said he regretted his actions and accepted "full responsibility for my mistakes". Hutchins has been held in the US since he was arrested by the FBI in 2017. "As you may be aware, I've pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware in the years prior to my career...
  • Dangerous Android malware comes to the iPhone

    04/13/2019 7:03:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/13/2019 | Brooke Crothers |
    Unlike the Android version, the malware isn’t distributed through the App Store but via the Apple Developer Enterprise program, which allows organizations to distribute proprietary, in-house apps to their employees and bypass the App Store, Lookout said. However, some malicious groups have exploited this, Domingo Guerra, Senior Director, Modern OS Security, Symantec, told Fox News. These groups “misused the enterprise app certificate ‘loop-hole’ to circumvent the App Store review process and get their apps ‘sideloaded’ onto target devices,” he said. This is a new twist and potentially a sign of things to come. “The fact that it uses this ‘backdoor’...
  • A Secret Service agent inserted a USB drive infected with malware into his laptop [title truncated]

    04/08/2019 5:00:39 PM PDT · by edwinland · 88 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 8, 2019 | liza Relman
    A US Secret Service agent inserted a USB drive infected with "malicious malware" into his laptop after the hardware was confiscated from a Chinese woman who was arrested late last month after attempting to gain entry to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. Agent Samuel Ivanovich testified in court on Monday that he put the thumb drive into his own computer, and it began installing files in a "very out-of-the-ordinary" way. He quickly stopped his analysis of the drive, the Miami Herald reported.
  • Chinese woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago while Trump was in town (Spy?)

    04/02/2019 2:11:23 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 4-2-2019 | Jane Musgrave
    A 32-year-old Chinese woman, who said she wanted to talk to President Trump’s family about economic relations between the United States and her home country, lied her way into Mar-a-Lago over the weekend before she was arrested, U.S. Secret Service agents said. Yujing Zhang, who said she was sent by a fellow Chinese national named Charles, was charged with making false statements to a federal officer and entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds. She appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday and a public defender was appointed to represent her. She is to return to court next...
  • 19-years-old WinRAR vulnerability leads to over 100 malware exploits (Update Now!)

    03/18/2019 6:04:06 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Mar 16, 2019 | Adam Westlake
    After being a staple on PCs for so many years, last month it was discovered that WinRAR, software used to open .zip archive files, has been vulnerable for the last 19 years to a bug that’s easily exploited by hackers and malware distributors. Fortunately, the software has been patched with the recent release of version 5.70, but after being unchecked for so long and installed by so many people, a new wave of malware is taking advantage. Check Point, the security researchers that revealed the WinRAR bug, explain that the software is exploited by giving malicious files a RAR extension,...
  • VeryMal Mac malware hides data within images

    01/31/2019 10:14:53 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | January 30, 2019
    “A recent malware distribution campaign dubbed ‘VeryMal’ leverages an ancient technique called steganography — the hiding of secret information in plain sight — to distribute Mac malware,” Joshua Long reports for Intego. “The VeryMal campaign was caught distributing OSX/Shlayer, which was originally discovered by Intego researchers one year ago.” “Although the concept of steganography has been around for hundreds of years, it is not something we see in a lot of Mac malware campaigns,” Long reports. “The VeryMal campaign used some cleverly crafted JavaScript code to look for secret information stored within a seemingly innocuous JPEG image file. The hidden...
  • The Fall of the Aztecs, The Bloody Path to Tenochtitlan

    01/09/2019 10:35:33 PM PST · by vannrox · 103 replies
    War History Online ^ | 15NOV17 | Greg Jackson
    Tenochtitlan was an absolutely amazing city. The city was larger than any in Europe at the time and held approximately 200,000 people with some estimates as high as 350,000. Built over 100 years or so on Lake Texcoco, the city was impressively organized. Being built on the lake meant that land platforms were created as needed in an orderly fashion leaving clean canal streets for canoe traffic and multiple bridges and paths for pedestrians. Each neighborhood was distinct and had its required services from schools to garbage collectors. The city also had fabulous amenities befitting a great city. Huge gardens...
  • How do I get rid of invader

    12/20/2018 6:43:58 AM PST · by bert · 42 replies
    12/20/18 | bert
    Mycomputer has aquired what seems to be that places ads or such in small blocks in the right bottom corner of the screen There are published remedies involving mainly removing Google Chrome extension. There is no such Chrome extension to be removed. Likewise, inthe list op programs and aps there is no mapsnow ap to be uninstalled. My security program finds no virus or mal ware. ad blocjker does not block the popups. any ideas?
  • Clinton lawyer may have exposed entire server to China

    10/22/2016 5:57:46 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | OCT 21 2016 | JOEL GEHRKE
    Hillary Clinton's lawyer may have allowed hackers to obtain all of the former secretary of state's emails by reviewing the contents of her private server on a laptop tied to Chinese cyberspies, a House Republican charged on Friday. Heather Samuelson was one of the Clinton aides who sifted through the private email server used during Clinton's tenure at the State Department, and helped decide which would be designated as personal messages and which were work-related. That's when the potential Chinese hacks may have taken place, because she used two laptops made by Lenovo, a company with ties to the Chinese...
  • Home Routers Under Attack by NSA-Spawned Malware: What to D

    11/30/2018 6:44:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies ^ | 11/29/2018 | Marshall Honorof · Editor
    What you should do is factory-reset your router, disable UPnP, then check for firmware updates, since some companies have patched the vulnerability out. This won’t fix any other compromised systems, but it’s a necessary first step. After that, you can factory-reset any other internet-connected device that you’re concerned about. You might also want to just buy a new router, as recent models do not appear to be susceptible to this type of attack. This information comes from a blog post entitled "UPnProxy: EternalSilence" penned by researchers at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based data management firm Akamai. Cybercriminals have learned how to take advantage...
  • I'm No Longer Using imgbb dot com For Posting FReep Images

    10/10/2018 11:01:15 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 13 replies ^ | October 10, 2018 | CaliforniaCraftBeer
    Effective immediately I won't be using the free image hosting service called Over the last 2 weeks I've noticed a HUGE increase in pop-up ads in my lower right hand corner of my monitor (whether I'm online or not all), many ads seem legitimate software upgrade offers, but others are invitations to date various women of Asian countries. These small pop-up ads all have the source listed as, which I've discovered is originating from With all of my image posts I may be spreading this same '3rd Party Cookie' advertisements to my fellow FReeper's, so I've decided...
  • I’ll Disable My Ad Blocker When You Stop Exploiting Me

    08/11/2018 12:49:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    TYLER|REGAS|COM ^ | December 26, 2016 | Tyler Regas
    On January 8th, ExtremeTech published a piece about Forbes forcing users to disable their ad blockers in order to see any content, and guess what happened. Malware. For the past few weeks, has been forcing visitors to disable ad blockers if they want to read its content. Visitors to the site with Adblock or uBlock enabled are told they must disable it if they wish to see any Forbes content. Thanks to Forbes’ interstitial ad and quote of the day, Google caching doesn’t capture data properly, either.What sets Forbes apart, in this case, is that it didn’t just force...