Cyber criminals camouflage malware with Grammy-winning tracks
Songs by three Grammy Award-winning artists took the prize for the most popular hiding places for malware.   According to Kaspersky, more than 30,000 malware files were wrapped behind song titles from Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Post Malone. Malicious files bearing the names of these three
Tech executives become targets of swattings 
Police are struggling to find a solution to the growing number of Swatting incidents that are reportedly targeting tech giants and their wealthy executives.  Swatting is a harassment tactic that involves deceiving police with false reports of a violent crime inside a home hoping they deploy a he
Shlayer trojan now spreading through YouTube and Wikipedia
The adware-dropping Shlayer Trojan accounted for nearly 30% of all attacks on macOS devices throughout last year.  Researchers at Kaspersky Labs identified Shlayer as the most common threat to target its macOS userbase over the course of the last two years. The security firm said that one in ten
Microsoft’s customer service database leaked online
Microsoft exposed nearly 250 million customer records, spanning 14 years, by making the data accessible to anyone with a web browser.  Comparitech researchers discovered the massive batch of exposed data that contained customer support logs and other sensitive information, which could have been
Hacker leaks over 500,000 Telnet credentials for IoT devices
A hacker published a trove of credentials for more than 515,000 servers, IOT devices and routers in what is being described as one of the biggest leaks to date. The list, published on a popular hacking forum, exposes usernames, passwords, and IP addresses. The hacker, who himself runs a DDoS-f
Evil Rebranded: New Version of Satan Ransomware Resurfaces in China
The son of Satan has emerged on the scene in China in the form of a new ransomware virus. The malware dubbed 5ss5c is reportedly the rebranded version of the infamous rent-a-ransomware service, Satan.   Its creators offered Satan for tailor-made ransomware attacks by third parties. The malware
Australian bushfire donation site hit by data stealing malware
A website set up to collect donations for victims of Australia’s bushfires has fallen victim to a credit card skimming attack.  Researchers at Malwarebytes reported in a Twitter post that Magecart groups infected the site by implanting a card-skimming script on the checkout page of the website
Russian hackers target Ukrainian gas company at heart of Trump impeachment saga
Russia’s military intelligence organization, the GRU, is being accused of successfully hacking a Ukranian gas company that is at the center of impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump.  The Russian hackers reportedly tricked employees at Burisma Holdings into giving up their c
Phishing email scam costs Texas school district $2.3 million  
An FBI investigation is underway after a Texas school district lost about $2.3 million in a phishing email scam. The Manor Independent School District is based outside of Austin and encompasses more than 9,000 students.  The attackers didn’t use state-of-the-art malware or complex hacking. Ins
Multiple TikTok security flaws found & fixed
One of the world’s most popular smartphone apps, TikTok, had serious flaws that made users vulnerable to information exposure and partial account takeover.  Researchers at CheckPoint, a renowned cybersecurity company, identified the multiple vulnerabilities.  The SMS verification protocol
Michigan school district closed due to ransomware attack
Students at three public schools in Michigan had their winter break extended after a  ransomware attack paralyzed several servers.   The December 27 hack against Richmond Community Schools affected telephones, copiers and classroom technology. The hackers requested a payout of $10,000 in Bitco
Xiaomi smart camera users get a sneak peek into strangers’ homes
Smart camera owners linked to Google were able to see inside strangers’ homes due to a security glitch from Chinese tech giant Xiaomi.  The mishap was reported by a Reddit user who shared still images of strangers, including a man sleeping in a chair, a security camera view of a porch, and a s