Category Archives: Tech

Billing fraud apps can disable Android Wi-Fi and intercept text messages

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) Android malware developers are stepping up their billing fraud game with apps that disable Wi-Fi connections, surreptitiously subscribe users to pricey wireless services, and intercept text messages, all in a bid to collect hefty fees from unsuspecting users, Microsoft said on Friday. This threat class has been a fact of life… Read More »

Microsoft Exchange servers worldwide hit by stealthy new backdoor

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Researchers have identified stealthy new malware that threat actors have been using for the past 15 months to backdoor Microsoft Exchange servers after they have been hacked. Dubbed SessionManager, the malicious software poses as a legitimate module for Internet Information Services (IIS), the web server installed by default on Exchange servers.… Read More »

China lured graduate jobseekers into digital espionage

Enlarge (credit: FT montage | Getty Images | Dreamstime) Chinese university students have been lured to work at a secretive technology company that masked the true nature of their jobs: researching western targets for spying and translating hacked documents as part of Beijing’s industrial-scale intelligence regime. The Financial Times has identified and contacted 140 potential… Read More »

YouTube content creator credentials are under siege by YTStealer malware

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) In online crime forums, specialization is everything. Enter YTStealer, a new piece of malware that steals authentication credentials belonging to YouTube content creators. “What sets YTStealer aside from other stealers sold on the Dark Web market is that it is solely focused on harvesting credentials for one single service instead of… Read More »

A wide range of routers are under attack by new, unusually sophisticated malware

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) An unusually advanced hacking group has spent almost two years infecting a wide range of routers in North America and Europe with malware that takes full control of connected devices running Windows, macOS, and Linux, researchers reported on Tuesday. So far, researchers from Lumen Technologies’ Black Lotus Labs say they’ve identified… Read More »

Pro-Russia threat group Killnet is pummeling Lithuania with DDoS attacks

Enlarge / Drowning in a sea of data. (credit: Getty Images) Internet services in Lithuania came under “intense” distributed denial of service attacks on Monday as the pro-Russia threat-actor group Killnet took credit. Killnet said its attacks were in retaliation regarding Lithuania’s recent banning of shipments sanctioned by the European Union to the Russian exclave… Read More »

How to get started with machine learning and AI

Enlarge / “It’s a cookbook?!” (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images) “Artificial Intelligence” as we know it today is, at best, a misnomer. AI is in no way intelligent, but it is artificial. It remains one of the hottest topics in industry and is enjoying a renewed interest in academia. This isn’t new—the world has been… Read More »

Mega says it can’t decrypt your files. New POC exploit shows otherwise

Enlarge In the decade since larger-than-life character Kim Dotcom founded Mega, the cloud storage service has amassed 250 million registered users and stores a whopping 120 billion files that take up more than 1,000 petabytes of storage. A key selling point that has helped fuel the growth is an extraordinary promise that no top-tier Mega… Read More »