PINDROP BLOG

Category: Device Security

June 27, 2016
New Bart Ransomware Released By Locky Crew
Because the world definitely needed another nasty piece of ransomware, the attackers who created the Locky ransomware have produced a new variant known as Bart, which is targeting victims in the United States and demanding nearly $2,000 for the decryption key. Bart appears to be a rather close relative of Locky and uses an intermediate…
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June 24, 2016
Godless Malware Found in Play Store Roots Most Android Phones
Researchers have discovered a new class of mobile malware that has made its way into the Google Play store and is capable of completely compromising more than 90 percent of existing Android phones. The malware, which researchers at Trend Micro are calling Godless, contains a number of exploits for known Android vulnerabilities, some of which…
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June 23, 2016
Apple Exposes iOS’s Unencrypted Core
The beta of iOS 10, released earlier this week, contains some interesting security upgrades and changes, but perhaps the most surprising feature of the software is its unencrypted kernel. That change is a big one for Apple, and security researchers say it could have some interesting effects in the future. In past versions of iOS,…
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June 22, 2016
Crypto Ransomware Attacks Jump Nearly 500%
There appears to be no end in sight to the ransomware epidemic. New stats released by security researchers at Kaspersky Lab show that the number of users who came across crypto ransomware in the last year increased by more than 500 percent over the previous year. The variety and volume of ransomware being deployed by…
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June 17, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Wade Williamson
Threat intelligence and ransomware have become inescapable topics in the security community of late, and there’s at least as much noise as signal in most of the discussions about them. To cut through some of this nonsense, Dennis Fisher called Wade Williamson of Vectra Networks to discuss the ways in which enterprises are detecting and…
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June 15, 2016
Apple Upgrades Security for iOS and MacOS
While much of the attention has focused on the differential privacy announcement Apple made during its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week, The company also made some important security changes to both iOS and OS X that are designed to provide some long-term protections for users. The security upgrades are not as splashy as the privacy…
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June 13, 2016
What’s on TV Tonight? Ransomware
Security researchers have discovered a variant of the FLocker Android ransomware that not only infects mobile devices, but also can infect smart TVs running certain versions of the operating system. The FLocker ransomware has been active for more than a year now, and it is many ways a typical piece of mobile ransomware. It is…
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June 10, 2016
BlackBerry Messenger Decryption Tactic Could Be Revealed
A decision in a years-old Canadian murder case that involved the police intercepting and decrypting more than a million encrypted BBM messages could reveal the technique that law enforcement used to get those encrypted messages. The case centers on a murder in Montreal several years ago of an alleged Mafia member. During the investigation, the…
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June 10, 2016
Researchers Release Master Decryption Tool for TeslaCrypt
The attackers behind the TeslaCrypt ransomware pulled up stakes and released the master decryption key for their creations, and now security researchers with Cisco’s TALOS team have published a tool that will decrypt files encrypted with any version of TeslaCrypt. The TeslaCrypt ransomware isn’t the most well-known or the nastiest of the variants that have…
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June 9, 2016
Canadian University Pays $15K in Ransomware Attack
A ransomware attack has cost a university in Canada more than $15,000, after the school’s network was compromised and brought to a near standstill. The University of Calgary said it was hit by the ransomware attack about 10 days ago and many portions of the college’s network were affected. The IT department has been working…
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