If malware that can infect your computer through its speakers sounds like some kind of horrible nightmare, that's the appropriate reaction and demonstrates that your brain is functioning normally. However, it's probably a good thing that science discovered it, because there's a possibility that it's already circulating.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is continuing to receive reports relating to Cryptolocker, a destructive malware that installs itself on your computer and holds your files to ransom by encrypting them. Following their original alert and subsequent awareness raising by the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), the NFIB has seen an increase […]
Computer scientists have developed an audio malware prototype that’s capable of establishing communication between devices that do not have an active network connection, Ars Technica reports. Instead, the lab-created malware uses the built-in microphones and speakers to send out a high-frequency signal from an infected computer to a different source. Show More Summary
Air gaps aren't enough to protect a network anymore. Recent research has demonstrated that malware can propogate over audio signals and microphones -- leaving humans none the wiser.
When security researcher Dragos Ruiu claimed malware dubbed “badBIOS” allowed infected machines to communicate using sound waves alone—no network connection needed—people said he was crazy. New research from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute...Show More Summary
Straight from camp "what could go wrong" scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication have developed a proof-of-concept malware that can communicate with other machines nearby, using just standard laptop speakers and microphones. Most...
By and large, Bitcoin miners tend to be decent folk, and so it’s always disappointing to hear stories of those who’re abusing the system. Such is the case with a company that goes by the name of Mutual Public a.k.a. … Continue readi...
BlackBerry's collapse and Android's malware struggles have been boons for Apple in the enterprise space.
A team of computer scientists has developed a new breed of malware, which can leap between devices using inaudible audio signals—then covertly transmit passwords and other sensitive data without a network connection. Read more...
For many of us who run Linux, one of the attractions to doing so is being relatively free of security threats and malware. Every once in a while, though, a notable threat does target Linux, and Symantec researchers have ssued an advisory...Show More Summary
Malware communicates at a distance of 65 feet using built-in mics and speakers.
The personal information of approximately 90,000 patients of Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center, which are part of UW Medicine, has reportedly been compromised as the result of a malware attack that affected a facility computer that
Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on a PC so that users cannot access them anymore. To regain access to those files, users are asked to pay a ransom. While there may be options to recover files without paying ransom,...Show More Summary
The criminals behind the rapacious and terrifying Cryptolocker Trojan have lowered their ransom demands to take account of the soaring value of their preferred currency, Bitcoins, according to security firm F-Secure. The sum demanded...Show More Summary
Another week, more NSA developments, well allegations really. Somehow perhaps people are getting numb to these things as they come out there is less and less surprise left. Last week news emerged that the NSA had infected more than 50,000 … Continue reading ?
IT security often focuses on dealing with digital threats: targeted attacks and broad-based malware are often the focus of data protection planning. However, it’s just as important to physically secure your network and equipment. More »
Spider.io, a London company that specializes in detecting click-fraud on the internet, has done the world a huge favor by producing some graphics and a video that show exactly what happens when your PC becomes infected with malware that creates false clicks on ads. Show More Summary
A dreaded new form of malware that encrypts files and demands a ransom in Bitcoin has affected thousands of people in the U.K., and is spreading to the United States.
A new Trojan program that targets users of online financial services has the potential to spread very quickly over the next few months, security researchers warn. The malware was first advertised on a private cybercrime forum in July,...Show More Summary