Kodi add-ons launch cryptomining campaign

ESET researchers have discovered several third-party add-ons for the popular open-source media player Kodi being used to distribute Linux and Windows cryptocurrency-mining malware. If you use Kodi, you may have noticed that a popular, Dutch repository for third-party add-ons, XvBMC, was recently shut down upon copyright-infringement warnings. Following the shutdown, we discovered that the repository was … More Kodi add-ons launch cryptomining campaign

PowerPool malware exploits ALPC LPE zero-day vulnerability

Malware from newly uncovered group PowerPool exploits zero-day vulnerability in the wild, only two days after its disclosure. On August 27, 2018, a so-called zero-day vulnerability affecting Microsoft Windows was published on GitHub and publicized via a rather acerbic tweet. It seems obvious that this was not part of a coordinated vulnerability disclosure and there was no … More PowerPool malware exploits ALPC LPE zero-day vulnerability

System update headaches? ESET is the cure

On average, people have more than 50 software applications on their Windows computers.1 Combine this with your mobile device apps and alternative operating systems, and you could end up spending all of your time updating applications or fixing update issues. How to handle the headaches associated with keeping your devices up to date? Let ESET … More System update headaches? ESET is the cure

An acoustic attack can blue screen your Windows computer

Security researchers have demonstrated how attackers could cause physical damage to hard drives, and cause PCs to crash, just by playing sounds through a computer’s speaker. A denial-of-service (DoS) attack against your organisation’s website is bad enough, preventing customers from reaching your online presence and perhaps preventing you from processing new orders – but imagine the chaos … More An acoustic attack can blue screen your Windows computer

Rough patch, or how to shut the window of (unpatched) opportunity

Simply throwing more staff at the patching problem won’t cut it, a study suggests. To paraphrase English novelist Jane Austen, it is a fact universally acknowledged that organizations must act with alacrity when it comes to applying software patches to their systems. A number of recent notorious incidents – think the WannaCryptor malware outbreak or the breach … More Rough patch, or how to shut the window of (unpatched) opportunity

Windows Movie Maker Scam spreads massively due to high Google ranking

Scammers have been surprisingly successful at distributing a modified version of Windows Movie Maker that aims to collect money from unaware users. The spread of the scam (which itself is far from new) has been boosted by search engine optimization of the crooks’ website, as well as continuing demand for Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft’s free video editing … More Windows Movie Maker Scam spreads massively due to high Google ranking