10 reasons why cybercriminals target smartphones

There is little doubt that smartphones have become a central part of our lives, allowing us to perform all sorts of tasks that make our everyday existence easier and more enjoyable. But while they aim to heighten convenience, there is a real feeling that smartphones are becoming a bigger target for cybercriminals. So why are … More 10 reasons why cybercriminals target smartphones

Talking Android ransomware extorts victims

Imagine a situation where your Android mobile phone or tablet unexpectedly starts talking to you. A super cool new feature, right? Sure, but only until you realize that the female voice that has just “congratulated” you is actually delivering a message on behalf of lockscreen ransomware. And, if you speak Chinese, you’ve worked out that … More Talking Android ransomware extorts victims

A strong scam assault on Irish emails detected, faking Irish sites

ESET Ireland finds new scams faking Irish Revenue, Irish Water and Irish Motor Tax correspondence, linked to phishing sites registered from China. Cybercriminals know that familiar names of services or institutions can fool people into believing they’re receiving legitimate correspondence and make them click on things they shouldn’t be clicking on. That is why, tailored … More A strong scam assault on Irish emails detected, faking Irish sites

British man arrested after 900,000 broadband routers knocked offline in Germany

A 29-year-old man has been arrested at Luton airport by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) in connection with a massive internet attack that disrupted telephone, television and internet services in Germany last November. As regular readers of We Live Security will recall, over 900,000 Deutsche Telekom broadband customers were knocked offline last November as … More British man arrested after 900,000 broadband routers knocked offline in Germany

New crypto-ransomware hits macOS

Crypto-ransomware has been very popular lately amongst cybercriminals. While most of it targets the Windows desktop, we’ve also seen machines running Linux or macOS being compromised by ransomware in 2016 with, for example, KillDisk affecting Linux and KeRanger attacking OS X. Early last week, we have seen a new ransomware campaign for Mac. This new ransomware, … More New crypto-ransomware hits macOS

Released Android malware source code used to run a banking botnet

The new Android banking malware ESET recently discovered on Google Play was spotted in the wild again, targeting more banks. Further investigation of this resurfacing threat has uncovered its code was built using source code that was made public a couple of months ago. The previous version was detected by ESET as Trojan.Android/Spy.Banker.HU (version 1.1 … More Released Android malware source code used to run a banking botnet

Sunny with a chance of stolen credentials: Malicious weather app found on Google Play

See also Released Android malware source code used to run a banking botnet. Android users were the target of new banking malware with screen locking capabilities, which was disguised as a weather forecast app on Google Play. Detected by ESET as Trojan.Android/Spy.Banker.HU, the malware was a trojanized version of the otherwise benign weather forecast application Good … More Sunny with a chance of stolen credentials: Malicious weather app found on Google Play