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You publish 20,000 clean patches, but one goes wrong and you're a PC-crippler forever

Security software maker Malwarebytes has emitted two product updates and apologised to users – after its code turned their machines into near-bricks. The problem started with a production update the company pushed out last Friday, which sent users to their keyboards complaining of excessive RAM and CPU consumption. Affected …
Coal miners

Hey girl, what's that behind your Windows task bar? Looks like a hidden crypto-miner...

Miscreants have found a way to continue running cryptocurrency-crafting JavaScript on Windows PCs even after netizens browse away from the webpage hosting the code. Researcher Jerome Segura of Malwarebytes said on Wednesday his team discovered scumbags had written some custom code to keep Coinhive's freely available in-browser …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Nov 2017
Judge

Judge bins sueball lobbed at Malwarebytes by rival antivirus maker for torpedoing its tool

Security software slinger Enigma has lost a key legal battle against antivirus maker Malwarebytes, which blocks and deletes Enigma's products from PCs. Florida-based Enigma Software Group, which touts tools Spyhunter and RegHunter that claim to remove software nasties from Windows computers, sued Malwarebytes in San Jose, …
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2017

Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coinhive back to the drawing board as blockers move in

Malwarebytes has had enough of Coinhive's alt-currency-generating browser-side code, and is now automatically blocking it. The biz joins ad-block plugins in preventing Coinhive's Monero-crafting JavaScript from running in webpages, using visitors' electricity and hardware to mine new money. Coinhive is a legit outfit, and its …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2017
wannacry

Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

Vid It has been a week since the Wannacry ransomware burst onto the world's computers – and security researchers think they have figured out how it all started. Many assumed the nasty code made its way into organizations via email – either spammed out, or tailored for specific individuals – using infected attachments. Once …
Iain Thomson, 20 May 2017
phishing

Don't click that Google Docs link! Gmail hijack mail spreads like wildfire

Final update If you get an email today sharing a Google Docs file with you, don't click it – you may accidentally hand over your Gmail inbox and your contacts to a mystery attacker. The phishing campaign really kicked off in a big way on Wednesday morning, US West Coast time. The malicious email contains what appears to be a link to a …
Iain Thomson, 3 May 2017
Hacker

Web smut seekers take resurgent Ramnit malware from behind

Aficionados of salacious smut sites in the UK and Canada are picking up some nasty software that infects systems by using corrupted pop-under adverts. Security researchers at Malwarebytes Labs running a malware honeypot have started noticing resurgence in the Ramnit trojan among the samples. Ramnit was a particularly …
Iain Thomson, 22 Mar 2017
A Ransom Note

We see you, ransomware flingers, testing out your baddest stuff on... Germany?

A security firm has floated the theory that malware authors are using German firms as a testing ground for their wares prior to wider distribution. Four in five (81 per cent) of ransomware detected in corporate environments occurred in North America. Germany is the second-most impacted country by ransomware, leading …
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2017
chequered flag

NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

NASCAR, America's favorite no-right-turn racing format, has joined the growing ranks of people hit by, and paying out to fix, ransomware. The Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing (CSLFR) has admitted paying off ransomware runners after one of its main test computers got infected with Truecrypt malware. The laptop was quickly …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2016

Google ninjas go public with security holes in Malwarebytes antivirus

Malwarebytes is rushing to plug security flaws in its software that allow miscreants to sling malware at its customers. The antivirus firm says it has addressed server-side vulnerabilities that were reported by Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy in November. However, security holes remain in the client-side software …
John Leyden, 2 Feb 2016

Daily Mail caught on hooks of Angler exploit kit

Net nasty numero uno, the Angler Exploit Kit, has infected advertising on the Daily Mail's website, causing the site to serve up malware to its readers' machines. A security blog posted by internet security company Malwarebytes reported that a sophisticated malvertising attack had been found afflicting advertisements on …

How a massive campaign of booby-trapped web ads went undetected for too long

Security firm Malwarebytes has published a comprehensive analysis of a recently detected malvertising attack that affected many ad networks and ran uninterrupted for almost three weeks. The tainted ad-slinging scheme affected large and small ad networks alike. What appeared to be legitimate advertisements were used to mask …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2015

Hacking Team Flash exploit leak revealed lightning reflexes of malware toolkit crafters

Black Hat 2015 When the Italian surveillanceware maker Hacking Team got hacked last month, the intruders unwittingly set the groundwork for a very interesting research project. Tracking the time from a vulnerability being found in some software to seeing it exploited in the wild is tricky – malware writers don't often publicize their …
Iain Thomson, 5 Aug 2015

Malwarebytes slurps startup, hopes to belch out Mac malware zapper

Security software firm Malwarebytes is moving into the Mac security software market with the acquisition of a start-up and the launch of its first anti-malware product for Apple computers. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). The release …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2015
Jamie Oliver

Telly chef Jamie Oliver in embarrassing infection double shocker

Mockney chef Jamie Oliver is a wizard at cooking – but his website team isn't exactly cordon bleu standard, as his webpages have put steaming dishes of malware back on the menu. Last month, researchers at security firm Malwarebytes found jamieoliver.com was hosting an exploit kit that could dish up malware to visitors looking …
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2015
VideoLAN VLC Player

Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Product round-up No matter if you're reinstalling Windows for the 47th time this fortnight or attempting to rid a new machine of bloatware in favour of something that's actually useful, the question remains: what alternative apps exist that don’t involve coughing up for obscene licensing fees? RH Numbers Fortunately there's plenty of …
Shaun Dormon, 27 Nov 2014

Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

Cybercriminals have already seized upon the end of support for Windows XP as a theme for numerous scams and fake software updates. Microsoft pushed out its last ever patches for the 13-year-old operating system last Tuesday (8 April). Numerous YouTube videos "advertising programs and functionality related to Windows XP" that …
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2014

Beware Greeks bearing lists: Bank-raiding nasty Zeus smuggles attack orders in JPEGs

A new variant of the bank-account-raiding Zeus malware apparently uses the ancient technique of steganography to update its list of websites to subvert. Dubbed ZeusVM, the crafty strain is just like its cousins in that it intercepts activity in a victim's web browser, siphons off passwords and other sensitive personal …
Iain Thomson, 20 Feb 2014

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