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Close to 250,000 WannaCry infection attempts in PH stopped in August alone – report

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The Philippines accounts for 5.8% of the 4.3 million WannaCry infection attempts in August of this year that were detected and stopped by security firm Sophos.

Laptop filled with viruses including 'ILOVEYOU' sells for over $1.3 million

May 29, 2019 - 11:22 AM

The laptop also includes 'Sobig' (2003), 'MyDoom' (2004), 'DarkTequila' (2013), 'BlackEnergy' (2015), and the most notorious of all, the 'WannaCry' (2017)

Photo from The Persistence of Chaos website


Ransomware 'hero' pleads guilty to U.S. hacking charges

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:41 AM

'I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes,' the 24-year-old Marcus Hutchins, known by his alias MalwareTech,' writes, noting that the charges related to his activity prior to his work in security

'I REGRET THESE ACTIONS.' In this file photo taken on August 14, 2017, Marcus Hutchins (R), the British cyber security expert accused of creating and selling malware that steals banking passwords, arrives with his lawyers at US Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo by Joshua Lott / AFP

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Nov 21, 2018 - 8:57 PM

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Over 560,000 Android users downloaded malware hidden in 'games'

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The 13 games are actually hidden malware that downloads and installs a payload onto the Android device and hides the app's icon

Mangaoang as state witness, Regine Velasquez, porn malware | Evening wRap

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:22 PM

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Porn-watching employee infects U.S. gov't network with malware – report

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The infected network is owned by a satellite imaging facility called the EROS Center

Malware found in Telegram 'alternative' – cybersecurity firm

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Once installed, the Octopus malware allows attackers to have remote access to a victim's device


North Korean hacker group targets macOS with cryptojacking malware

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Security firm Kaspersky Lab claims this is the first time that the cybercrime group, Lazarus, distributed malware that targets macOS users


New North Korean malware 'Typeframe' discovered by U.S.

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Shortly after the Trump-Kim summit, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security discover new malware 'Typeframe'


Cybercriminals pivot to cryptomining, fileless malware – McAfee

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Increasing cybersecurity threats linked to cybercriminals' ability to use open-source tools and shared, accumulated information within their community

Porn as bait: Over 1.2 million people hit by malware, lured by adult content

Feb 05, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Kaspersky Lab explains 'adult content serves as a tool for cybercriminals to lure victims into fraudulent schemes involving phishing, PC and Android malware'

North Korean malware still lurking in networks, warns U.S. officials

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:28 PM

US Department of Homeland Security links North Korea to a group of hackers called 'Hidden Cobra' or 'Lazarus', which is allegedly behind massive cyber thefts and the WannaCry ransomware attack

Anime-streaming site Crunchyroll back online after hijacking

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The site returns after malicious individuals hacked the popular site to serve malware to visitors

'Bad Rabbit' ransomware hits multiple countries in large-scale cyberattack

Oct 25, 2017 - 10:24 PM

The ransomware affects a number of organizations in multiple countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany, Turkey, and Japan

BAD RABBIT. Screenshot of Bad Rabbit countdown timer from https://www.group-ib.com/blog/badrabbit

Fake Adblock software slips into Chrome Web Store

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Adblock has some advice on how to determine if your Adblock Plus is fake

ADBLOCK PLUS. The fake version of the ad-blocker shows that popular software can be imitated in order to get into user systems. Screenshot from Twitter/SwiftOnSecurity


711 million email addresses exposed in 'Onliner' spambot scheme

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The spambot can bypass spam filters with the end goal of delivering a data stealing virus to victims Find out how it works here

New malware spreading via FB Messenger – antivirus firms

Aug 25, 2017 - 4:54 PM

Kaspersky Avira and CSIS say it spreads via a certain bit ly or t cn link sent by contacts

BAD LINK. The format of the malware's message shows the name of the user, the word 'Video,' and a bitly or t.cn link. Screenshot of message from Kaspersky.


IT teachers in Visayas undergo cybersecurity training

Jul 01, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The IT teachers will form a pool of trainers who will help students become less vulnerable to cyber attacks

CYBERSECURITY. Speakers Alfian Pamungkas Sakawiguna (center) and Kevin Wu (2nd from right) interact with teacher-trainees in between breaks. Photo by Marchel Espina

Ukraine, Maersk hit in new wave of global cyberattacks

Jun 27, 2017 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED Several companies and organizations are targeted in what appears to be another major spread of ransomware

Potent malware targets electricity systems

Jun 12, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The Industroyer or CrashOverride malware is the biggest threat to industrial control systems since Stuxnet ESET says without indicating who was behind it

China issues warning for new ransomware virus 'UIWIX'

May 18, 2017 - 3:25 PM

A University of South Wales cybersecurity researcher says that China is particularly vulnerable because majority of the country s computer users rely on pirated software

BSP to banks: Don't pay ransomware attackers

May 16, 2017 - 9:30 PM

While no Philippine bank was affected in the global ransomware attack the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issues guidelines on dealing with cyber criminals and protecting sensitive data

Ransomware hits 'hundreds of thousands' of China PCs – firm

May 15, 2017 - 2:45 PM

UPDATED Of the 29 372 institutions affected more than 4 000 are Chinese universities and research institutions

Microsoft says cyberattack should be wake up call for governments

May 15, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith warns of the danger of exploits developed by governments falling into the hands of hackers and causing widespread damage

LESSONS FROM A CYBERATTACK. Microsoft's Brad Smith warns governments against storing computer vulnerabilities. Image of Brad Smith from Twitter.

Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks

May 14, 2017 - 11:25 AM

How does ransomware work and how can people protect their computers from it?

Manhunt for hackers behind global cyberattack

May 13, 2017 - 7:14 AM

4th UPDATE French police say there were more than 75 000 victims around the globe but caution that this number could increase significantly

CYBER ATTACK. A woman points to the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of a problem in its network, in London on May 12, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Google Docs phishing scam doused after catching fire

May 04, 2017 - 11:14 AM

The scam makes use of a deceptive email that impersonates Google Docs in order to spread malicious code


U.S. takedown of huge botnet will lead to temporary spam decline

Apr 12, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Experts predict that the decline will be significant but expect it to rise again after some months

New hacking attempt on Saudi government computers

Dec 02, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Symantec says the aggressive disc wiping malware Shamoon has made a surprise comeback and was used in a fresh wave of attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia

Global police smash huge online crime network – Europol

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Known as Avalanche the criminal network was used as a delivery platform to launch and manage mass global malware attacks and money mule recruiting campaigns Europol says in a statement

EUROPOL. Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, speaks during the launch of the European Migrant Smuggling Center (EMSC) at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, on February 22, 2016. File photo by Jerry Lampen / ANP / AFP

Hackers pounce on Windows crack exposed by Google

Nov 03, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Microsoft describes the group responsible for the hack as having the markings of being backed by a nation state but did not say which one

Malware-filled Pokemon Go app out in the wild

Jul 10, 2016 - 1:39 AM

The malware filled version of the app is added to a malicious file repository service at around 9:19 am UTC on July 7 less than 72 hours after the game s initial release in New Zealand and Australia

HummingBad malware affects over 85M Android devices

Jul 05, 2016 - 5:05 PM

For HummingBad malware appropriation the Philippines appears to be the third most affected country with 520 901 people using the malware infected apps

Canadian university pays ransom to cyberattackers

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:25 AM

Police are investigating the malicious malware attack the latest in a string of hacks targeting Canadian and US institutions including schools hospitals law enforcement agencies and even NASA

PAYING CYBER RANSOM. Image from the University of Calgary Facebook page.

SWIFT reports new 'sophisticated' bank hacker attack

May 14, 2016 - 12:15 PM

SWIFT says the latest attack is clearly part of a wide ranging campaign targeting banks

epa00754280 An image showing the SWIFT logo at their headquarters in Brussels, Monday 26 June 2006. Belgium has launched an inquiry into a US spy programme to monitor international banking transactions through Belgium-based intermediary SWIFT. Belgian financial cooperative Swift on Friday, 23 June 2006 confirmed that it had followed a request by the United StatesÔ government to transfer data to the US Department of the Treasury. The statement followed US media reports Friday which said that the US government gained access to worldwide banking records under a secret programme to examine the transfers of alleged al-Qaeda suspects following the September 11 attacks. EPA/JACQUES COLLET

Malware, phishing, cybersecurity: terms you need to know

Apr 23, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Understanding the terms often associated with hackers and cybersecurity may come in handy against cybercrimes

How to protect your computer vs cyberattacks

Apr 23, 2016 - 8:29 AM

The Commission on Elections data leak highlights the urgency of protecting your own system from hackers

Security firm reveals cyber threats to look out for in 2016

Dec 03, 2015 - 4:47 PM

Fortinet predicts the rise of attacks on smart devices and the cloud plus evolutionary viruses

Malware snuck into Apple's App Store may affect millions

Sep 21, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Among the affected apps are social networking app WeChat Chinese ridesharing service Didi Kuaidi and business card reader CamCard

FBI warns of malware after Sony hack attack

Dec 02, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Businesses are warned of malicious software that may have been the cause of a cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment

Advanced cyberspying tool dates from 2008 – researchers

Nov 24, 2014 - 4:19 PM

The malware known as Regin was seen in systematic spying campaigns against a range of international targets including governments infrastructure operators businesses researchers and private individuals

iPhone malware, #TechRapSearch candidates (TechRap)

Nov 11, 2014 - 2:46 PM

A new malware targets iPhone and Mac users and take a look at the candidates for TechRapSearch

New WireLurker malware targets Chinese iPhone users

Nov 06, 2014 - 3:53 PM

Palo Alto Networks calls WireLurker the biggest in scale malware it has seen with 467 infected applications affecting potentially hundreds of thousands of users in China

Google Chrome 32 rolls out, new features introduced

Jan 16, 2014 - 5:57 PM

Google s Chrome browser gets new features on its various platforms

CHROME 32. Google Chrome has been updated, and you should check it out.

Twitter hijackers send malware in tweets

Apr 23, 2013 - 5:07 PM

A newly discovered malware hijacks Twitter accounts to send malicious tweets

MALWARE ON TWITTER. Twitter hijackers are using hijacked accounts to spread malware to others.

BadNews malware seen in Google Play apps

Apr 22, 2013 - 11:22 AM

A security firm has found malware that has been downloaded up to 9 million times through the Google Play store

BADNEWS. Icons of apps with the BadNews malware on Google Play. Screen shot from Lookout

MiniDuke malware spies on governments

Mar 01, 2013 - 6:02 PM

Attackers using a PDF exploit in Adobe Reader are installing Miniduke a spying malware in computers in government entities and institutions

MINIDUKE STRIKES. New malware gets in through Adobe Reader and steals data as commanded by tweets. Screen shot from Kaspersky report.

Android malware on Google Play installs trojans on PCs

Feb 04, 2013 - 2:07 PM

Kaspersky asks Android users to be careful with apps that clean up background processes on their devices as it may be malware in disguise

MALWARE ALERT. Beware of apps that say they'll clean up your device and make it faster.

Mozilla to tweak Firefox plugin permissions for added security

Jan 31, 2013 - 5:17 PM

Mozilla will tweak its Click to Play system to make Firefox browsing a safer more stable experience

FIREFOX TWEAKED. Changes to firefox hope to increase browser security. Screen shot from Mozilla.