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Apple iTunes and iCloud for Windows 0-Day Exploited in Ransomware Attacks

Apple iTunes and iCloud for Windows 0-Day Exploited in Ransomware Attacks

October 10, 2019Mohit Kumar
Watch out Windows users! The cybercriminal group behind BitPaymer and iEncrypt ransomware attacks has been found exploiting a zero-day vulnerability affecting a little-known component that comes bundled with Apple's iTunes and iCloud software for Windows to evade antivirus detection. The vulnerable component in question is the Bonjour updater, a zero-configuration implementation of network communication protocol that works silently in the background and automates various low-level network tasks, including automatically download the future updates for Apple software. To be noted, since the Bonjour updater gets installed as a separate program on the system, uninstalling iTunes and iCloud doesn't remove Bonjour, which is why it eventually left installed on many Windows computers — un-updated and silently running in the background. Cybersecurity researchers from Morphisec Labs discovered the exploitation of the Bonjour zero-day vulnerability in August when the attackers
Breaches are now commonplace, but Reason Cybersecurity lets users guard their privacy

Breaches are now commonplace, but Reason Cybersecurity lets users guard their privacy

October 09, 2019The Hacker News
There has been no shortage of massive security breaches so far this year. Just last July, Capital One disclosed that it was hit by a breach that affected more than 100 million customers. Also recently, researchers came across an unsecured cloud server that contained the names, phone numbers, and financial information of virtually all citizens of Ecuador – around 20 million people . These are just the latest in a long line of security breaches affecting enterprises over the past few years. The Yahoo!, Equifax, and Marriott hacks and Facebook's scandal should still be fresh in people's memories, reminding everyone that even large corporations with budgets for enterprise cybersecurity may not be secure enough to protect customer information. These records are now out there, stored in hackers' data dumps , and are potentially tradable over the Dark Web. The availability of such information online increases a person's risk of being victimized through fraud and iden
Microsoft Office 365 Gets Built-in Ransomware Protection and Enhanced Security Features

Microsoft Office 365 Gets Built-in Ransomware Protection and Enhanced Security Features

April 06, 2018Mohit Kumar
Ransomware has been around for a few years, but it has become an albatross around everyone's neck, targeting big businesses, hospitals, financial institutions and individuals worldwide and extorting millions of dollars. Last year, we saw some major ransomware outbreaks, including WannaCry  and  NotPetya , which wreaked havoc across the world, hitting hundreds of thousands of computers and business networks worldwide. From small to mid-range businesses, Microsoft Office 365 remains the most widely used and fastest-growing work office suite, so it's no surprise that it has become a primary target for viruses, ransomware, and phishing scams. In fact, most strains of ransomware target Microsoft productivity apps such as Word, Excel and encrypt sensitive data to hold the company hostage until the ransom is paid. Now, to combat such cyber attacks, Microsoft has announced some new security features for Office 365 that can help users mitigate the damage done by ransomware a
Google's New Tool Lets You Easily Backup & Sync Your Entire PC to the Cloud

Google's New Tool Lets You Easily Backup & Sync Your Entire PC to the Cloud

June 15, 2017Wang Wei
Soon you will be able to auto backup and sync your whole computer on Google Drive. Yes, you heard that right. By the end of this month, Google will launch Backup and Sync — a new, simple tool that has been designed to help you backup not only your documents and photos in the cloud but your entire computer as well. Data loss is always the worst thing that can happen to anyone, so having backups of all your data is always a good idea. Also, having regular backups can save you and your company in the events of data breaches and ransomware attacks. "On June 28th, 2017, we will launch Backup and Sync from Google, a tool intended to help everyday users back up files and photos from their computers, so they're safe and accessible from anywhere," reads Google's post on the G Suite Blog. The Backup and Sync tool will replace the current Google Drive uploader client for Mac/PC, and will also be integrated into the desktop Google Photos uploader. So, instead of creati
Los Angeles College Pays Hackers $28,000 Ransom To Get Its Files Back

Los Angeles College Pays Hackers $28,000 Ransom To Get Its Files Back

January 10, 2017Mohit Kumar
Ransomware has turned on to a noxious game of Hackers to get paid effortlessly. Once again the heat was felt by the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) when hackers managed to infect its computer network with ransomware and demanded US$28,000 payment in Bitcoins to get back online. The cyber-attack occurred over winter break and caused widespread disruption to online, financial aid, email and voicemail systems, including locking out 1,800 students and staffs from their computers. As the situation was gone out of its hand, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) agreed to pay the ransom demand of $28,000 in Bitcoin to criminals to resume their operations after gaining the decryption keys, the school newspaper, The Valley Star, reports . The cyber criminals gave the college a week to pay the ransom and threatened to delete all the data if they were not paid. Also Read: RansomFree Tool Detects Never-Seen-Before Ransomware Before It Encrypts Your Data Just like mos
This Ransomware Unlocks Your Files For Free If You Read CyberSecurity Articles

This Ransomware Unlocks Your Files For Free If You Read CyberSecurity Articles

January 05, 2017Wang Wei
Ransomware has been around for a few years, but in last two years, it has become one of the fastest growing threats to businesses and users across the world, so will be in 2017. Ransomware is a piece of malware that encrypts files on your computer with strong encryption algorithms and then demands a ransom money in Bitcoin to decrypt the data so you can regain access to your encrypted files. We have seen some nastier ransomware infections over the past couple of years. The most interesting one was Popcorn Time that decrypts victims files for free if they pass the infection on to other people. Now, a new strain of ransomware takes the infection to a whole new level of craziness. Dubbed Koolova , the ransomware will restore your encrypted files for free, just like Popcorn Time. The only difference between both the infections is that you don't have to infect others to get free decryption key. Instead, all you have to do is educate yourself about ransomware by reading two
Europol and IT Security Companies Team Up to Combat Ransomware Threat

Europol and IT Security Companies Team Up to Combat Ransomware Threat

July 25, 2016Swati Khandelwal
No More Ransom, so is the Ransomware Threat. The European Police agency Europol has joined forces with police and cyber security companies to launch a worldwide initiative to combat and tackle together the exponential growth of Ransomware used by cyber criminals. Europol announced today the initiative, dubbed NO More Ransom, that has been backed by technology giant Intel, cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab and the Netherlands police, aiming at decreasing an "exponential" rise in Ransomware threat. Ransomware is a piece of malware that typically locks victim's device using encryption and demands a fee to decrypt the important data. The estimated number of ransomware victims tripled in the first quarter of this year alone. "For a few years now ransomware has become a dominant concern for EU law enforcement," said Europol's deputy director Wil van Gemert. "We expect to help many people to recover control over their files, while raising awareness
CoinVault Ransomware Decryption Tool Released

CoinVault Ransomware Decryption Tool Released

April 14, 2015Mohit Kumar
Are you one of those Windows users who have found themselves as victims of the CoinVault Ransomware ? If Yes, then we have a Good news for you: Victims of CoinVault ransomware can now decrypt their files encrypted by malware using a free tool released by Kaspersky Lab. With the Help of The National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Dutch Police, Security Researchers at Kaspersky Labs have developed ' CoinVault Ransomware Decryptor ' that decrypts files locked by ransomware like CoinVault. Ransomware malware is a growing cyber threat in which hackers primarily gain access to a user's system and demand a ransom be paid. Ransomware malware infects a computer or device to restrict the user's access to the infected computer. Typically, the ransomware malware will either 'lock' the computer to prevent normal usage or encrypt the files on it to prevent access. Recently, during an investigation of the CoinVault ransomware, the Dutch police we
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