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“Pseudo-Darkleech Actors Behind a Large Chunk of Ransomware Attacks in 2016” plus 7 BleepingComputer.com

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“Pseudo-Darkleech Actors Behind a Large Chunk of Ransomware Attacks in 2016” plus 7 BleepingComputer.com


Pseudo-Darkleech Actors Behind a Large Chunk of Ransomware Attacks in 2016

Posted: 04 Jan 2017 07:15 AM PST

A cyber-crime infrastructure known in infosec circles as pseudo-Darkleech has been the source of many ransomware infections during the past year, either by malicious spam attachments or via automated attacks carried out via exploit kits. [...]

Merry Christmas Ransomware and its dev, ComodoSecurity, not bringing Holiday Cheer

Posted: 04 Jan 2017 05:30 AM PST

The Merry X-Mas Ransomware is here and it's not bringing you any presents. Victims who become infected with this ransomware will have their files encrypted and then be shown a ransom note that wishes them a Merry Christmas while demanding they pay a ransom to get their files back. [...]

Google Dev Finds Serious Flaws in Kaspersky's HTTPS Traffic Inspection System

Posted: 04 Jan 2017 04:37 AM PST

Tavis Ormandy, one of Google Project Zero's most proficient security researchers, has identified two issues in the way Kaspersky security products inspect HTTPS traffic for web threats. [...]

2 Million Users Impacted by New Data Collection Policy in Stylish Browser Add-On

Posted: 04 Jan 2017 03:20 AM PST

Stylish, an add-on for browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari, announced this week through the voice of its new owner a new data collection partnership with SimilarWeb, a digital market intelligence company. [...]

Scientists Turn Memory Chips (RAM) Into Processor (CPU)

Posted: 04 Jan 2017 02:00 AM PST

A team of researchers from universities in Singapore and Germany have found a way to turn the latest models of RAM memory chips into data processing units and effectively eliminate the need for a CPU. [...]

Microsoft to Add Bitcoin Support to Excel Later This Year

Posted: 03 Jan 2017 02:10 PM PST

With Bitcoin popularity soaring like never before, Microsoft plans to add support for the cryptocurrency in Excel for both mobile and desktop versions. [...]

Real World FSociety Malware Is Giving Mr. Robot a Bad Name

Posted: 03 Jan 2017 12:30 PM PST

In the past few weeks, more or less talented malware authors have resorted to naming their newly launched threats using the "FSociety" brand, made famous by the Mr. Robot TV series. [...]

Ultrasound Tracking Could Be Used to Deanonymize Tor Users

Posted: 03 Jan 2017 08:16 AM PST

Ultrasounds emitted by ads or JavaScript code hidden on a page accessed through the Tor Browser can deanonymize Tor users by making nearby phones or computers send identity beacons back to advertisers, data which contains sensitive information that state-sponsored actors can easily obtain via a subpoena. [...]

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