Android Spyware Targets Executives

Doctor Chaos

A newly discovered Android spyware believed to be targeting high-level executives, but requires manual installation on devices, according to security firm Skycure. The malicious application was identified as a commercial spyware called Exaspy, which provides an attacker with access to a lot of the victim’s data. The program, Skycure researchers reveal, was installed on an […]. Wireless mobile wireless


How to Avoid Spyware

IT Toolbox

This post looks at a few ways to avoid getting spyware


Skygofree Android spyware active since 2014, say researchers

Computer Weekly

Powerful, highly advanced spyware has been targeting Android mobiles for the past four years, security researchers have discovered


Spyware targets North Korean dissidents via social links, says McAfee

Computer Weekly

Researchers at security firm McAfee have confirmed that social networks are being used to target North Korean dissidents with spyware


New Android spyware can record your voice, take photos with your camera, and steal app data

Tech Republic Security

The Lipizzan spyware family, which can record calls and screenshots, was recently discovered and blocked by Google Security researchers


Apple patches iOS against potent zero-day spyware attack

Network World

Apple is issuing patches for three iOS zero-day vulnerabilities known as Trident that have been exploited for years by an Israel-based spyware vendor against a human rights activist, an investigative journalist and others. The attack, called Pegasus, is flexible, letting attackers steal a broad range of data from iPhones and iPads, according to the firms that discovered it. “In


There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

Network World

Has your computer been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that can tell. Luke Jennings of security firm Countercept wrote a script in response to last week’s high-profile leak of cyberweapons that some researchers believe are from the U.S. National Security Agency. It's designed to detect an implant called Doublepulsar, which is delivered by many of the Windows-based exploits found in the leak and can be used to load other malware.


Apple patches iOS security flaws found in spyware targeting activist

Network World

The claims -- from research at Toronto-based Citizen Lab and mobile security firm Lookout -- focus on spyware that targeted Ahmed Mansoor, an activist in the United Arab Emirates. However, inside the message was a link that, once clicked, can infect an iPhone with spyware, using three zero-day exploits of iOS, the research found. To spy on a human rights activist, hackers allegedly connected to a Middle Eastern government used three previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS.


Stealth Falcon group uses custom spyware, fake journalists to target UAE dissidents

Network World

Meet Stealth Falcon, a sophisticated and likely state-sponsored cyberespionage group, which is hell bent on conducting targeted spyware attacks “against Emriati journalists, activists and dissidents.” It’s not “just” spying with custom spyware that leads to dissidents being “arbitrarily detained;” once identified as criticizing the authorities, UAE dissidents can be forcibly disappeared.


Video: Did your HP laptop come with preinstalled spyware?

Tech Republic Security

Several of HP's laptops have a keylogging problem: The audio driver is actually saving every press you make to an unsecured log file


Verizon's new app launcher brings spyware to all its Android phones, says EFF

Tech Republic Security

Verizon's impending release of a new app launcher for Android called AppFlash has some privacy experts worried, as the launcher collects a lot of personal information for advertising


Unknown Government Using Advanced Hacking Spyware to Attack Russia and Saudi Arabia

Data Center Knowledge

Data collection and spying continues to make news with a never before seen complex surveillance software called Regin. Read More. Shared


Why CIOs May Be The Company's Biggest Security Risk (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

Post tags: company hierarchies , corporate network , cybercrime , email attachment , firewall , hacker , hackers , job posting , LinkedIn , personal gadget , spear-phishing attack , spyware , viruses. Your actions may be inviting danger into the company. The world is a very dangerous place.


The Importance of Security in the Online Space

Doctor Chaos

Many of us would like to think we are not the gullible type but as spyware and scammers become increasingly sophisticated, anyone could be at risk. […].


Using XaaS for your business? Then you need one of these multifactor authentication apps

Tech Republic Data Center

Spyware, brute force attacks, dictionary attacks, and phishing can make circumventing passwords easy. The password simply isn't secure anymore. Here are five tools to add an extra layer of security


Programs are spies and they like us.

IT Toolbox

I just recently read a news article on how HP sneakily slipped in a spyware program onto recent HP computers under the guise of an update. It seems that the bigger you are the more incentive you have to spy on people for fun and profit. However, it wasn't an update at all but a new program altogether and it sent information back to HP on a daily basis. People have given reports


Learn Key Security Features of Windows 10 Enterprise Environment


Once upon a time, an antivirus software with a malware/spyware protection was more than enough to protect Windows endpoint device. The cyber attacks are getting more and more sophisticated. And Windows 10 is Microsoft’s answer to modern world sophisticated cyber attacks. This post will get you the detailed about Windows 10 Security Infographic, and this […].


Malicious online ads expose millions to possible hack

Network World

Since October, millions of internet users have been exposed to malicious code served from the pixels in tainted banner ads meant to install Trojans and spyware, according to security firm ESET. The attack campaign, called Stegano, has been spreading from malicious ads in a “number of reputable news websites,” ESET said in a Tuesday blog post. It’s been preying on Internet Explorer users by scanning for vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and then exploiting them.


Google cites progress in Android security, but patching issues linger

Network World

percent of Android devices had installed a " potentially harmful application ," such as spyware, a Trojan, or other malicious software. The chances of you encountering malware on your Android phone is incredibly small, according to Google. By the end of last year, less than 0.71 That figure was even lower, at 0.05 percent, for Android phones that downloaded apps exclusively from the Google Play store.


Download YouTube Videos


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Nuke your computer


DBAN is also a commonly used solution to remove viruses and spyware from Microsoft Windows installations. DBAN is free erasure software designed for the personal user. It automatically deletes the contents of any hard disk that it can detect.


Appeals court rules Americans have no legal recourse if hacked by foreign governments

Network World

Put aside the matter of Russian interference in our presidential election to instead consider this scenario: If Vladimir Putin ordered his government-employed hackers to plant spyware on your personal computer – stealing all your data and even recording your Skype calls – you would have no access to any legal remedy in the U.S.


Microsoft Word exploit linked to cyberspying in Ukraine conflict

Network World

A previously unknown Microsoft Office vulnerability was recently used to deliver spyware to Russian-speaking targets, in a possible case of cyberespionage. Security firm FireEye noticed the intrusion attempt, which taps a critical software flaw that hackers are using to craft malicious Microsoft Word documents. On Wednesday, FireEye said it uncovered one attack that weaponized a Russian military training manual.


Court blocks American from suing Ethiopia for infecting his computer

Network World

citizen from filing a civil suit against the African country, which allegedly infected his computer with spyware and monitored his communications. An appeals court has barred an Ethiopian-born U.S. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that foreign states are immune from suit in a U.S. court unless an exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) applies.


Technology Context From the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)


They do what it takes to get in, including devising very sophisticated phishing schemes, creating spyware, placing code in RAM, leaving hacker tools, installing rootkits and continually adjusting/re-placing spyware. By Bob Gourley.


Fed Tech Roundup July 24


Advanced spyware for Android now available to script kiddies everywhere. The following are some of the hot topics in the federal technology ecosystem (from and ): Fed Tech Ticker. How to apply threat intelligence feeds to remediate threats. Hortonworks Named to 2015 CRN Emerging Vendors List; Mitch Ferguson Comments. Federal Lab Explodes, Police Say Evidence Points to a Meth Lab | Mediaite - Mediaite.


The modern guide to staying safe online

Network World

Phishing emails from supposed family members, spyware piggybacking on legitimate apps, well-known sites hijacked with malicious code -- digital safety clearly needs new rules to meet today's evolving threatscape. The internet can be a scary place. Threats come in many forms, lurking in practically any corner. Worse, yesterday’s prevailing advice for staying safe online -- avoid dodgy websites, don’t traffic in stolen or illegal goods, interact only with people you know -- no longer holds.


How to Remove Malware Tips


These can include: Spyware. Today, malware is often created for profit through forced (adware) advertising, stealing sensitive information (spyware), email spamming via infected computers, or to extort money (ransomware).


F-Secure buys Little Flocker to combat macOS ransomware

Network World

It's particularly effective against ransomware, spyware, computer Trojans and other malicious programs that attempt to steal, encrypt or destroy files. With attacks against Mac users growing in number and sophistication, endpoint security vendor F-Secure has decided to acquire Little Flocker, a macOS application that provides behavior-based protection against ransomware and other malicious programs.


Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2896666

IT Pros Rock!

As a best practice, we always encourage customers to follow the "Protect Your Computer" guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Today we released Security Advisory 2896666 regarding an issue that affects customers using Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Office 2003 through 2010, and all supported versions of Microsoft Lync.


Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2914486

IT Pros Rock!

We also always encourage people to follow the "Protect Your Computer" guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Today we released Security Advisory 2914486 regarding a local elevation of privilege (EoP) issue that affects customers using Microsoft Windows XP and Server 2003. Windows Vista and later are not affected by this local EoP issue.


Worst Computer Viruses


33% of the world’s computers have been affected by malicious software: viruses, trojans, trojan downloaders and droppers, unwanted software, adware, exploits, worms, phishing and monitoring tools, backdoors, spyware Countries most affected: China, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey.


Maker of web monitoring software can be sued, says court

Network World

The maker of so-called spyware program WebWatcher can be sued for violating state and federal wiretap laws, a U.S. appeals court has ruled, in a case that may have broader implications for online monitoring software and software as a service. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected WebWatcher vendor Awareness Technologies' motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the company. The appeals court overturned a lower court ruling granting the motion to dismiss.