Drammer: Are hardware vulnerabilities the Achilles heel of Android?

Drammer: Are hardware vulnerabilities the Achilles heel of Android?

10/28/2016 - Mobile devices, especially smartphones, are a very lucrative target for cyber criminals because they are a fixture of everyday private and working life. Researchers at VUSec Labs, the University of California and Graz University of Technology have succeeded in exploiting a security hole in Android smartphone hardware. The experts have called the attack vector “Deterministic Rowhammer” (Drammer for...

Author: Christian Lueg

Meet the latest member of the Locky family: Odin

Meet the latest member of the Locky family: Odin

10/13/2016 [UPDATE: 10/25/2016] - Towards the end of September, the makers of the infamous Locky ransomware have launched a new campaign to spread a new version of the crypto malware. The most obvious difference is the file extension: to identify encrypted personal files, it will be changed to *.odin. Otherwise it bears much resemblance with an earlier version which used the *.zepto file extension. Users of G DATA solutions are...

Author: Jaydee Valdez

World of Warcraft: one simple line of code can cost you dearly

World of Warcraft: one simple line of code can cost you dearly

07/22/2016 - A few days ago, a new type of gold/item scam made the rounds. Usually scamming in MMORPGs is done using social engineering techniques, e.g. an attacker sells a fake item code for alleged in-game items like mounts to a potential victim for in-game currency. But this most recent kind of attack does not only involve social engineering but also relies on the misuse of a previously undocumented feature...

Author: Sascha Curylo & Sabrina Berkenkopf

“HummingBad“ – Money-making Malware, Made in Asia

“HummingBad“ – Money-making Malware, Made in Asia

07/08/2016 - During the past few days and weeks reports surfaced according to which a new type of malware has infected millions of smartphones and tablet PCs worldwide. The malware in question is highly lucrative for its makers – each month they can rake in up to 300.000 Euros in revenue. The makers of this malware work for an advertising company called “Yingmob” which is based out of China, say researchers of...

Author: Tim Berghoff
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