Monthly Archives - November 2019

Microsoft Cortana App Getting Dropped From Many Countries

It appears that Microsoft is getting rid of its Cortana App in several countries due to security concerns. The question is whether the United States will be next. Recently, the following notice appeared on Microsoft's UK site: "To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we're integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps.  As part of this evolution, on January 31, 2020, we're ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market.  At that...

Hackers Are Imitating Government Agencies To Spread Malware

Researchers at Proofpoint have found evidence of a new threat actor who has been sending out convincing looking emails. They are claiming to come from several government agencies. These include the Italian Revenue Agency, the German Federal Ministry of Finance, and the United States Postal Service. This is all part of a malicious campaign designed to infect targeted recipients with a variety of malware. The bulletin Proofpoint released on matter reads, in part, as follows: "Between October 16 and November 12, 2019, Proofpoint researchers...

Another WhatsApp Vulnerability Has Been Found

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging platform in the world. Unfortunately, that means it's got a giant bullseye on it where hackers are concerned. In recent months, the company has faced no end of troubles as a raft of vulnerabilities have been exposed and exploited by hackers from every corner of the globe. The company is still reeling from the blowback associated with these various issues, but their troubles don't seem to be over yet.  Just last month, WhatsApp quietly found and...

Google Chrome Users Should Update Immediately

Hackers Find Ways To Run Malware EXE Files On MacOS If you're using Google's Chrome browser to read this article, be advised that the company has announced the presence of a pair of major, Zero-Day vulnerabilities that put you at immediate risk. Not only are the flaws of the highest possible severity, but hackers have already begun exploiting them. The two issues are being tracked as CVE-2019-13720 and CVE-2019-13721. The first of these impacts Chrome's audio component, while the second resides in...

Discord Users Be Careful Of Malware And Information Theft …

Discord Users Be Careful Of Malware And Information Theft Do you use the Discord chat service? If so, be advised that malware developers have been using the service to not only host various types of malware, but also to use it as a command and control server. In addition, they are abusing the chat client to force it to perform a variety of malicious behavior. Unfortunately, this is not a new problem. Anyone familiar with the chat service knows that it has a...

Some iOS Apps Found To Have Clicker Trojan Malware

Some iOS Apps Found To Have Clicker Trojan Malware Recently, a survey of Apple's App Store by Wandera Threat Lab discovered more than a dozen iOS apps that have been infected with the 'Clicker' Trojan malware.  As malware goes, this variant isn't especially dangerous to those who wind up infected with it, but it's still problematic. A spokesman for Wandera had this to say about the recent discovery: "The objective of most clicker trojans is to generate revenue for the attacker on...

Some iOS Apps Found To Have Clicker Trojan Malware

Recently, a survey of Apple's App Store by Wandera Threat Lab discovered more than a dozen iOS apps that have been infected with the 'Clicker' Trojan malware.  As malware goes, this variant isn't especially dangerous to those who wind up infected with it, but it's still problematic. A spokesman for Wandera had this to say about the recent discovery: "The objective of most clicker trojans is to generate revenue for the attacker on a pay-per-click basis by inflating website traffic.  They...

Malware Takes Down Services At Popular Billing Company

BillTrust is a major player in the US financial services sector that provides a variety of billing and payment processing services for some of the biggest financial institutions in the nation. On October 17th, they suffered a malware attack that brought all of their services to a grinding halt. Unfortunately, the company did not notify any of their customers about the incident. Instead, one of their customers, Wittichen Supply Company, noticed issues with Billtrust's services and posted information about the outage...

New Server Data Breach Reported at NordVPN

NordVPN provides a popular Virtual Private Network (VPN) service used by clients around the world. Unfortunately, they recently disclosed that a server in one of their data centers was breached back in March of 2018. According to the details released, the server was located in a data center in Finland. It was compromised due to an insecure remote management system that was left in place by the data center provider. Worse, this was a system that NordVPN never even knew existed. The...