Malware which aims to steal Facebook login credentials and also aggressively displays pop-up adverts has been uncovered targeting Android users via the Google Play store -- and may have been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of unwitting victims.
Dubbed GhostTeam after strings in the code by the analysts at security company Trend Micro which uncovered it, the malware was first published in April 2017 and was disguised in the official Android marketplace as utility apps, performance boosters, and social media video downloaders.Read more
A new variant of XcodeGhost has been discovered in the wild, leaving China behind to tackle US companies. In September this year, researchers discovered malware able to infect legitimate Apple iOS applications.
The malicious code, known as XcodeGhost, lurked within at least 4000 legitimate iOS apps offered to the Chinese market, placing millions of users at risk. The malware was able to hijack apps through the developer toolkit Xcode, which is used to develop software for Apple's ecosystem. By adding the code to Xcode packages hosted on third-party websites rather than Apple domains, cybercriminals were able to bypass Apple's stringent security protocols.Read more
The funkily-named bug of the week is GHOST. It's a vulnerability caused by a buffer overflow in a system library that is used in many, if not most, Linux distributions. As it happens, the vulnerability is connected with network names and numbers.
The spooky name comes from the system functions where the vulnerable code was found. An attacker may be able to rig up messages or network requests that crash your program; and with a bit of trial and error, they might be able to trigger that crash in a way that gives them control over your computer. That's known as a Remote Code Execution exploit, similar to the bug recently found in the super-secure Blackphone.Read more
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