PINDROP BLOG

Category: Device Security

June 12, 2017
New macOS Ransomware Service Emerges
The ransomware scourge is beginning to creep, ever so slightly, into the Apple ecosystem, as researchers have discovered a new service hosted on the Tor network that will develop custom ransomware samples for buyers on demand. The ransomware as a service model is not new, but this is believed to be the first one that…
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June 9, 2017
Android Trojan That Can Inject Code, Root Devices, Removed From Play Store
Researchers have discovered a new Android trojan in the Google Play app store that has the ability to root devices and can inject malicious code into system runtime libraries. The Dvmap trojan is thought to be the first such piece of malware that’s capable of injecting code into system libraries at runtime, and researchers at…
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June 7, 2017
Apple to Switch Users to 2FA on iOS 11, macOS High Sierra
With the upcoming releases of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra later this year, Apple is planning to force many users to adopt two-factor authentication for their accounts. The company this week sent an email to customers who have the existing two-step verification enabled for their Apple IDs, informing them that once they install the public…
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May 22, 2017
Decryption Tools Help Turn Tide Against WannaCry
As the WannaCry ransomware campaign stretches on into its second week, researchers have had more and more success developing tools to help users decrypt the files on infected PCs. Last week, French researcher Adrien Guinet released a tool called Wannakey that could recover the private keys used to encrypt files on Windows XP machines. The…
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May 19, 2017
WannaCry is the Future of Ransomware
We knew this was coming. We’ve known for years that a ransomware attack on the scale of WannaCry was not just possible, but probable. What we didn’t know was that when it came it would involve a vulnerability discovered by the NSA, an exploit developed by the NSA, and a backdoor written by the NSA.…
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May 18, 2017
Google Play Protect Adds App Scanning to Android
Google is introducing a new system that scans all of the apps on Android devices continuously, looking for unwanted behavior, malware, and other problems. The new Play Protect framework is Google’s latest attempt to shore up the security of the Android ecosystem. Any apps that are in the Play store already are subject to a…
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May 17, 2017
Experts: WannaCry Kill Switches Just a Temporary Fix
While security researchers have had some success in preventing the WannaCry ransomware campaign from becoming a true epidemic with the use of kill switches hidden in the malware’s code, experts say those are just temporary solutions that may not last much longer. The two versions of WannaCry that have emerged so far each have included…
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May 16, 2017
iOS 10.3.2 Fixes Long List Of Code-Execution Flaws
Apple has patched a wide range of serious vulnerabilities in iOS 10.3.2, including several flaws in the kernel and a number of others that can be used to execute arbitrary code. Among the more serious vulnerabilities fixed in the new version of iOS are several flaws in SQLite, all of which can lead to arbitrary…
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May 15, 2017
Google to Streamline Android Update Process
For a decade, Android users have had to rely on a byzantine update process involving Google, device manufacturers, and carriers in order to get security patches and new versions of the operating system. Google is now trying to streamline this process and get updates into users’ hands more quickly through a plan called Project Treble.…
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May 15, 2017
WannaCry Ransomware Infections Slow as Researchers Fight Back
Three days after the WannaCry ransomware outbreak began, many organizations are still fighting it, despite some temporary solutions implemented over the weekend and the release of some tools to help stop new infections. The ransomware ran rampant through a number of hospitals, telecom providers, and other companies throughout Europe on Friday and continued to spread…
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