Tag Archive: Malware


Google Authenticator can’t keep your 2FA codes safe from this malware

The banking trojan Cerberus is currently testing a version that can steal 2FA codes from Google Authenticator.

What you need to know Dutch research firm ThreatFabric has discovered malware that can steal two-factor authentication codes from Google Authenticator. Cerberus is the name of the banking trojan, but the strain that can steal 2FA codes is currently in testing and not yet available. In general, it is more secure to use an app to generate 2FA codes such  [Read More…]

Google’s App Defense Alliance teams up to fight malware on Android

Will they be enough to defend against Ransomware and the Legion of Blling Fraud?

What you need to know Google has formed the “App Defense Alliance.” ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium are all part of the new group. The goal of the Alliance is to further combat malware on Android.

Google will partner with three mobile security software makers to improve its ability to catch malware on Android. The new App Defense Alliance will bring Google together with  [Read More…]

A nearly impossible to remove Android malware has infected 45,000 devices

Even factory resets aren’t working.

What you need to know The app has infected over 45,000 devices in the last six months, says Symantec. The malware has, so far, only carried out relatively benign activities such as showing pop-up ads and unwanted notifications. The most notable thing about xHelper is its persistence. Even factory resets are no match against it.

A new security threat has been making mobile security researchers scratch their collective heads for the past  [Read More…]

Antivirus apps secure your Android from malware

We tested several antivirus apps on Android cellphones and tablets to learn, which offer excellent malware protection without causing too much drag on your device. Here are some of the best.

Comprehensive security Bitdefender Mobile Security

Staff pick

Bitdefender stops malware attacks, has a VPN and web protection that warns of dangerous websites before you visit them. This app uses power management to use little of your phone’s battery to avoid slow down, and connects to  [Read More…]

Block ads, trackers and even some malware with the best Chrome ad blockers

Deeply hidden in your Chrome settings are tools for blocking pop-ups, but because of how Chrome and other web browsers are programmed to earn money, there are still a lot of types of ads that display. Cybercriminals cleverly disguised phishing schemes, adware, or malicious downloads as legitimate ads, so the best and easiest way to protect yourself is with an ad blocker. Here are some of our favorites.

Staff pick AdBlock

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Amazon Fire TV and the ADB.Miner malware — what you need to know

Staying safe from the ADB.Miner worm is simple — just don’t do anything to help it!

You might have heard about a new piece of malware that’s said to be hitting Amazon’s Fire TV users and hijacking resources to mine cryptocurrency. It’s known as ADB.Miner and if you get bit by it your Fire TV stops being a great way to see the content you love and turns into a sluggish appendage that isn’t  [Read More…]

VPNFilter malware has infected a million routers — here’s what you need to know

Malware linked to the Russian government can manipulate your internet traffic, harvest personal information, and serve as a launch point for a broad range of internet attacks.

The ASUS RT66U router, one of the devices known to be vulnerable to VPNFilter.

A recent discovery that new router-based malware, known as VPNFilter, had infected well over 500,000 routers just became even worse news. In a report expected to be released June 13, Cisco states that over 200,000  [Read More…]

Why you should care about Android malware and the importance of security patches

Android is secure, but your phone probably isn’t. 3.5 million pieces of malware in 2017 means that matters.

When you’re king of the hill you are a target for everyone and everything. Sometimes that’s great — LG’s G6 is an awesome phone that wants to compete with the Galaxy S8 because the GS8 will be the king of the Android hill. Other times it’s not, and security company G Data takes a look at one of those  [Read More…]

Google explains how Android detects malware before it gets out of hand

Hummingbad, Ghost Push, and Googligan — malware that didn’t stand a chance against Google’s DOI metric.

Security! No, really, security. That word is practically synonymous with the Android operating system, which is why the Android Developers Blog is always taking about it. In today’s installation, Megan Ruthven, Software Engineer for Android, writes about how the development team developed a metric to help identify Dead or Insecure (DOI) apps floating around in the Play Store.

If you remember  [Read More…]

Russian Hackers used Android malware to track Ukrainian artillery

More proof that you need to be extra careful downloading apps online.

Android software is everywhere these days, even finding use on modern battlefields. And just like the apps on your smartphone, downloading potentially compromised .APKs from unofficial sources can lead to unforeseen consequences.

A new report from American cybersecurity technology company CrowdStrike found that a hacker group known as Fancy Bear embedded a malware implant known as X-Agent into an Android app used by the  [Read More…]