Monthly Archives: January 2018

A week in security (January 15 – January 21)

Last week on Labs, we gave you some background information about cookies, specifically which ones to worry about and why. We also warned you about scams surrounding the Mega Millions winner, who promised to donate his money to good causes. … Continue reading

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Cybersecurity New Year’s resolutions, you say? Why not.

It’s mid-January, and oh, how time flies. It wasn’t long since we bid farewell to 2017 and welcomed the new year with renewed hope and vigor. Of course, with such positivity comes a sense of an equally favorable outlook for … Continue reading

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New Chrome and Firefox extensions block their removal to hijack browsers

What you don’t see won’t hurt you, must have been the reasoning of the threat actors who created the latest batch of extensions that make these browser hijackers even more difficult to remove. The extensions redirect users away from pages where … Continue reading

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A coin miner with a “Heaven’s Gate”

You might call the last two years the years of ransomware. Ransomware was, without a doubt, the most popular type of malware. But at the end of last year, we started observing that ransomware was losing its popularity to coin … Continue reading

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Skygofree: Following in the footsteps of HackingTeam

At the beginning of October 2017, we discovered new Android spyware with several features previously unseen in the wild. In the course of further research, we found a number of related samples that point to a long-term development process. We … Continue reading

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Be wary of Mega Millions winner “giveaway” on social media

I don’t do lotteries, but if I did, I’d probably never, ever win in a million years. That’s not a problem faced by 20-year-old Shane Missler, winner of the fourth-largest haul in Mega Millions’ 21 years of handing out large … Continue reading

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A week in security (January 8 – January 14)

It’s very early in the year, yet everyone has already had a complete meltdown (pun intended) over a number of serious vulnerabilities found in legacy and modern microprocessors. Last week, rightly so, vendors released patches for hardware and OSes to help … Continue reading

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Cookies: Should I worry about them?

Starting off the new year, many of us are worried about cookies—how many we ate over the holidays and how we’re going to avoid them in the break room, for example. With so much cybercrime and data theft swirling around … Continue reading

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Stripchat bot spells block

Here at Malwarebytes, we spent a lot of time and effort scouring the Internet looking for malicious websites that we can protect our users from. Sometimes, these websites are pushing malware or some kind of scam. Other times it comes … Continue reading

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Fake Spectre and Meltdown patch pushes Smoke Loader malware

The Meltdown and Spectre bugs have generated a lot of media attention, and users have been urged to update their machines with fixes made available by various vendors. While some patches have created more issues than they fixed, we came … Continue reading

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