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Top 7 Cybersecurity Stories This Week 02-24-2017

February 24, 2017 - 2 min read

Android ransomware attacks have grown by 50 percent in a year

Ransomware targeting Android users has increased by over 50 percent in just a year, as cybercriminals increasingly take aim at what they view as an easy ecosystem to penetrate. This, the highest number of attempts to infect Android smartphones and tablets with malicious file-encrypting software so far, comes as users increasingly turn to mobiles as their primary devices, storing more and more valuable data on them. Read More.


Computer Microphones Malware Stealing Hundreds Of Gigs Of Data


It’s very common to read about malware pilfering all kinds of confidential data from computers — spreadsheets, documents, databases, pictures. Researchers have uncovered a new malware campaign that takes things a step further. It’s recording audio near compromised systems by stealthily switching on the computers’ microphones. Read More.

How to Bury a Major Breach Notification

The RSA report detailed the threat from a malware operation the company dubbed “Kingslayer.” According to RSA, the attackers compromised the Web site of a company that sells software to help Windows system administrators better parse and understand Windows event logs. RSA said the site hosting the event log management software was only compromised for two weeks — from April 9-25, 2015 — but that the intrusion was likely far more severe than the short duration of the intrusion suggests. Read More.

Coachella user accounts headline dark web marketplace

More than 950,000 user accounts of the Coachella music festival allegedly are being sold on the dark web's Tochka marketplace through data trader who goes by the handle Berkut. "Coachella complete database dump from this month," Berkut posted, according to a report by Motherboard, about information that includes usernames, hashed passwords and email addresses but no payment data. Read More.


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