A new spam wave has hit hundreds of mailboxes with malicious .chm attachments to spread the infamous Cryptowall ransomware.
Cryptowall is an advanced version of Cryptolocker, a file-encrypting ransomware known for disguising its viral payload as a non-threatening application or file. Its payload encrypts the files of infected computers in an effort to extract money for the decryption key. Malware researchers found that the email blast, which took place in February, targeted users from around the world, including the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Slovakia and Australia.Read more
All you wanted to do was download a game from the Internet, and the next thing you knew, your browser homepage had changed, an unwanted toolbar appeared, and you found yourself plagued by annoying pop-up ads that danced around your screen.
Such experiences should be less of a problem for Canadians thanks to new rules from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission which came into effect last week. The new guidelines make it illegal to install programs on an individual’s computing device without the operator’s consent. The rules are designed to protect Canadians from damaging and deceptive forms of spam.Read more
Text message spam is best ignored, but when a security researcher followed a trail of deception laid out on Apple's iMessage he became the proud owner of cheap designer accessories from China.
If you haven't gotten spam on your Apple iMessage, count yourself lucky. Spam has been ballooning on the tech giant's mobile messaging service, security researchers at CloudMark say. In May, iMessage spam made up more than 40 percent of all mobile spam. Landesman, anti-spam researcher, confirmed his suspicion that the spam came from China after buying the advertised designer-label knock-offs. They were all shipped from China.Read more
If you’ve got an email in your inbox from the World Health Organization offering “information and prevention” tips about Ebola, don’t click on its attachment – you’re likely to end up with a nasty digital infection.
Cybercriminals are using the current Ebola outbreak as a topical hook for spam emails that can install malware giving them remote access to computers, including logging key presses, capturing video from webcams and stealing passwords. Online Security firm Trustwave’s SpiderLabs team of ethical hackers published details of the scam, noting that emails pretend to be from the World Health Organization.Read more
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