IT Security News

CopyCat malware infects 14M Android devices, steals credits for app downloads
Jul 10, 2017: Dubbed CopyCat, the malware is the first known adware that injects its code into Zygote, a daemon tasked with launching apps on Android devices.
Anthem will pay $115 million in largest data breach settlement in history
Jun 27, 2017: Anthem Inc. agreed to pay $115 million in a deal to end a court battle over the 2015 data breach where hackers gained access to sensitive records for nearly 80 million Americans.
Why Girl Scouts Make Great Cybersecurity Hackers
Jun 20, 2017: On Thursday, Girl Scouts of the USA announced a new partnership with Palo Alto Networks to create a series of cybersecurity badges.
New Ransomware affects Microsoft Windows Operating Systems
Jun 16, 2017: According to multiple reports, a new widespread ransomware campaign (known as WannaCry, WCry, Wanna Decryptor) is affecting various organizations across the globe. One possible way you can be infected is through phishing.
Diversity in Recent Mac Malware
May 26, 2017: In recent weeks, there have been some high-profile reports about Mac malware, most notably OSX/Dok and OSX.Proton.B. Dok malware made headlines due to its unique ability to intercept all web traffic, while Proton.B gained fame when attackers replaced legitimate versions of HandBrake with an infected
WannaCry: Ransom note analysis throws up new clues
May 26, 2017: Linguistic analysis of ransom notes by Flashpoint suggests the ransomware note writer speaks Chinese - and used Google Translate.
Android Overlay and Accessibility Features Leave Millions at Risk
May 26, 2017: University researchers are warning that two features, not flaws, core to Google’s Android mobile operating system can be used together to launch clickjacking attacks to gain control of a target’s phone.
No More Ransom!
May 24, 2017: Ransomware is malware that locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files. When this happens, you can’t get to the data unless you pay a ransom. However this is not guaranteed and you should never pay!
Windows Defender does not defend Windows 7 against WannaCry
May 24, 2017: Thanks to Kaspersky, we now know that 98% of the Windows machines infected by WannaCry/WannaCrypt were running Windows 7.
BEC scammers picked off $5B, FBI says
May 10, 2017: Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) scams have now raked in a total of $5 billion, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

IT Security Latest Alerts

Printer Model/Toner Social Engineering Scam
Jul 24, 2017:

University staff members are reporting they have received phone calls from outside entities requesting printer model numbers.  The “vendor” will ship toner and printer supplies to any departments that disclose this information.  This will result in a large outstanding invoice and the vendor demanding payment because they were given verbal consent for the products shipped.  Please make departmental staff aware of this situation.  Follow our best practices to prevent being a victim of these scams.

Watch out for Malicious Apps Posing as Virus Scanners!
Jun 16, 2017:

A cybersecurity firm discovered several apps related to WannaCry ransomware in the Google Play Store for Androids and in Apple’s App Store. Another hundred fraudulent antivirus apps were also discovered on digital markets. In order to keep your device safe, be sure to only download software from reputable developers and check the app description for grammatical errors, things out of place and user reviews.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Reports Payment Card Security Incident
May 31, 2017:

Chipotle Mexican Grill worked in conjuction with law enforcement, payment card networks and cyber security firms to investigate a payment card security incident reported on April 25, 2017. The investigation uncovered malware designed to access payment card data from cards used on point-of-sale (POS) devices at certain Chipotle restaurants between March 24, 2017 and April 18, 2017. The malware searched for track data (which sometimes has cardholder name in addition to card number, expiration date, and internal verification code) read from the magnetic stripe of a payment card as it was being routed through the POS device. Both Columbia, MO restaurants have been identified as locations infected between March 24, 2017 and April 18, 2017. If you believe you have used a payment card at either location during this timeframe, please be vigiliant when reviewing your charge statements and report any unauthorized charges immediately. For more information, visit

Google Docs Phishing Scam: What We Know
May 04, 2017:

On May 3rd, 2017, news outlets and social media sites were reporting a phishing scam surrounding fake “Google Doc” emails. Learn more!

Apple releases iOS Update to Remedy WiFi Problems
Apr 19, 2017:

A security update was made available for a variety of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices after seeing that attackers within range were able to execute code on a WiFi chip. This update improved input validation, and is available for consumers now. More Info: Apple Security Content of iOS 10.3.1

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