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Cybersecurity insurance firm Chubb investigates its own ransomware attack

A notorious ransomware gang claims to have successfully compromised the infrastructure… of a company selling cyberinsurance.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security #170: PornHub, Coronavirus apps, and remote working

It’s a self-isolated Coronavirus special as we discuss with our quarantined special guest how COVID-19 is making itself felt in the world of cybersecurity, and we offer tips on how to better protect yourself if you’re unexpectedly working from home.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Malicious Life’s Ran Levi from his attic.

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More business websites hit by credit-card skimming malware

In the last few days it has come to light that blender manufacturer NutriBullet and guitar tuition website Truefire fell foul of hackers who planted Magecart-style malicious code on their sites which went undetected for months, stealing the credit card details and personal information from users.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.

Talking love and viruses on the BBC World Service

Can you believe it’s very nearly exactly 20 years since the Love Bug virus spread around the world, infecting millions of computers? No, I can’t either…

A few weeks ago it was my pleasure to be interviewed by the BBC’s Gabriela Jones for a World Service “Witness History” documentary all about the Love Bug virus (aka ILOVEYOU or LoveLetter), and now you can listen to it too!

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UK intelligence agency warns of cybercriminals exploiting the Coronavirus outbreak

A division of GCHQ (Britain’s equivalent to the NSA) has warned the public to be on their guard against cybercriminals exploiting the Coronavirus outbreak.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Malicious Coronavirus victim tracking app demands ransom payment from Android users

A malicious Android app that pretends to warn users about those nearby infected with the COVID-19 Coronavirus actually locks devices, and demands a $100 payment in Bitcoin.

Android anti-virus products put to the test – which are the best at stopping new malicious apps?

If there’s one clear message you can take away from the latest real-world test of Android security products, it’s that relying upon Google to protect your smartphone isn’t really good enough.

Coronavirus map used to spread malware

Security researchers have found malicious code hiding behind a website that claimed to show an up-to-date global heatmap of Coronavirus reports.

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Over one billion Android devices at risk as they no longer receive security updates

More than one billion Android devices are at risk of being hacked or infected by malware, because they are no longer supported by security updates and built-in protection.

That’s the conclusion of an investigation which found that at-risk smartphones are still being sold, despite the range of malware and other threats to which they are vulnerable.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Cathay Pacific slammed for security failures following hack which exposed 9.4 million people worldwide

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Cathay Pacific for “a number of basic security inadequacies” which resulted in hackers stealing the data of 9.4 million people worldwide – including 111,578 from the UK.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Teenage girls tempt Israeli soldiers to install spyware for Hamas

It’s not the first time Israeli soldiers have been targeted with Hamas honeytraps to infect their smartphones with spyware.

Smashing Security #165: Cheapfakes, deepfakes, and Ashley Madison

Wi-Fi hopping malware, the return of Ashley Madison extortion scams, and should social media be doing anything about cheapfakes?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Jessica Barker.

Dutch university paid $220,000 ransom to hackers after Christmas attack

Maastricht University has admitted paying a 30 bitcoin ransom to hackers who compromised its network in the immediate run-up to Christmas 2019, and infected it with the Clop ransomware.

Android users at risk from Bluetooth hijack attack, and are warned of “short distance worm” threat

Hackers could exploit a flaw on unpatched Android 8.0 and 9.0 phones to run malicious code such as a worm, with no user interaction required.

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How your network could be hacked through a Philips Hue smart bulb

Security researchers have shared some details of vulnerabilities they have found in Philips Hue smart bulbs that could be exploited by hackers to compromise networks remotely.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Coronavirus – hackers exploit fear of infection to spread malware

With sad predictability cybercriminals are exploiting the Coronavirus outbreak that occurred in Wuhan, mainland China, and is now causing new infections around the world.