New Ransomware Attacks Critical Infrastructure

Ars Technica is reporting on a new type of ransomware that tampers with and stops critical infrastructure software, such as that used by gas refineries, power grids and dams. Ransomware has become a multi-billion dollar plague, with some estimates placing…

Ransomware Responsible For $7.5 Billion Hit On Economy In 2019

The MIT Technology Review is reporting that ransomware may have cost the U.S. economy as much as $7.5 billion in 2019. Ransomware is a kind of computer malware that encrypts or locks out a system until the owner pays a…

Spotify Ignores Basic Security Rules, Sends USB Drives to Journalists

In another case of “what were they thinking,” Spotify sent journalists USB drives with a note saying: “Play me.” The journalists at TechCrunch were brave enough to plug in the drive and open it—after taking the necessary precautions, of course.…

Modified Malware Hijacking WiFi Routers, Killing Competing Malware

Another day, another malware attack. ZDNet is reporting that a modified version of Gafgyt is targeting WiFi routers in a rather aggressive fashion. The malware in question has a long history of targeting known vulnerabilities in popular home and small-office…

Google’s Web Store Spreads Malware Again, 100,000 Users Infected By Malicious Chrome Extensions

Security firm Radware has uncovered malicious extensions believed to infect more than 100,000 Google Chrome users. According to a report released on Thursday, malware was discovered in the browser’s official Web Store. Using machine-learning algorithms, Radware was able to pinpoint a…

Intel to Make Chip With Built-In Spectre & Meltdown Malware Protection

In January of this year, the revelation of memory-related vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown rocked the entire computing world—everyone had been sitting on top of a potential landmine for decades that hackers could have taken advantage of. After the…

Over 500,000 Google Chrome Users Affected by Malicious Extensions

Google has just recently removed four extensions from the Chrome Web Store after they were discovered to be malicious. The extensions, which already had over 500,000 downloads, were used to carry out click fraud and SEO manipulation. The malicious extensions…

Google Removed 1.7 Billion Bad Ads in 2016

Google more than doubled the amount of ads it took down in 2016 from its platform compared to 2015, removing over 1.7 billion “bad” ads. Why take down so many ads? “Ultimately, bad ads pose a threat to users, Google’s…

Hard Rock Las Vegas Credit Card Data Scraped

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas discovered a major breach of their credit card processing data with card scraping malware placed on its payment-card system. Cardholders who purchased anything at Hard Rock Las Vegas including restaurant and…

Google Ads Get New Botnet Protection Feature

Google announced a new feature for its ads that automates the filtering of traffic from three ad fraud botnets along with the ones Google is already monitoring and defending against. According to the company, it’s resilient to possible changes to…