Ransomware’s new threat: if you don’t pay, we’ll publish your photos online

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

The ‘scareware' variant of the Chimera ransomware trojan has been spotted by the Cologne-based anti-botnet advisory centre, Botfrei (‘Botfree'). The agency says Chimera is a classic blackmail trojan which is now targeting specific employees in German companies with fake emails about job applications or job offers. The emails point them to a Dropbox ...

Hackers use anti-adblocking service to deliver nasty malware attack

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

More than 500 websites that used a free analytics service inadvertently exposed their visitors to a nasty malware attack made possible by a hack of PageFair, the anti-adblocking company that provided the analytics. The compromise started in the last few minutes of Halloween with a spearphishing e-mail that ultimately gave the ...

FBI gives shocking advice to ransomware victims

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Over the last few years ransomware has become a prominent way for hackers to extort money from victims. Ransomware such as Cryptolocker encrypts a victims computer and demands a payment to decrypt the files. What's surprising is how the FBI deals with victims of ransomware attacks. Last week at the ...

This Malware Can Delete and Replace Your Entire Chrome Browser with a Lookalike

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Security researchers have uncovered a new piece of Adware that replaces your entire browser with a dangerous copy of Google Chrome, in a way that you will not notice any difference while browsing. The new adware software, dubbed "eFast Browser," works by installing and running itself in place of Google Chrome The ...

Malware Tool That Has Your Back

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Security researchers at Symantec have been tracking a malware tool that, for a change, most victims wouldn’t actually mind have infecting their systems--or almost, anyway. The threat dubbed Linux.Wifatch compromises home routers and other Internet-connected consumer devices. But unlike other malware, this one does not steal data, snoop silently on victims, ...