New "Blue Screen of Death": Genuine Help or Security Risk?
06/22/2016 - There is hardly anything more annoying than error messages and the associated trouble with programs that crash, work that has been lost and the like. Microsoft appears to be trying to improve the user experience with its blue screen errors. However, they have not got rid of the infamous “BSOD”, but are allegedly providing a QR code with a link to a matching help page. This technology offers a...Author: Sabrina Berkenkopf
Sunglasses Spam: 85% Discount? That has to be 100% fake!
05/30/2016 - The experts at G DATA SecurityLabs deal with cyber criminals on a daily basis but there are always seasonal particularities. Especially now in spring, the questionable offers of popular sunglasses entering the market are springing up again via spam mails, social media platforms and even short messages on mobiles. The analysts have followed the tracks, explain background information and provide...Author: Sabrina Berkenkopf
Panama Papers: the result of neglected IT security
05/13/2016 - The financial, legal and political world have been turned upside down by the Panama Papers. But how on earth was it possible to steal 2.6 terabytes of data from Mossack Fonseca?Author: Eddy Willems
Dangerous Websites, Adware, Banking Trojans and Surprises
04/13/2016 - G DATA’s SecurityLabs experts are constantly analyzing the threat landscape computer users are facing. Our Malware Report for the second half-year 2015 has now been published. Check out the most important findings:Author: Sabrina Berkenkopf
Manamecrypt – a ransomware that takes a different route
04/11/2016 - Hardly a week passes these days without a new family of ransomware making the headlines. This week our analysts are taking apart Manamecrypt, also referred to as CryptoHost. Basically, Manamecrypt is a ransomware Trojan horse, but it differs from other ransomware families in a number of aspects. For instance, it not only encrypts files, but also prevents certain applications from running which...Author: Sabrina Berkenkopf
Ransomware Petya - a technical review
03/31/2016 - In March 24, researchers at G DATA received a sample of a new type of ransomware which was dubbed “Petya”. Unlike other types of ransomware, Petya prevents the operating system from starting by manipulating the MBR and installing its own bootloader as well as encrypting the file partition tables. This report outlines the current status of the analysis which is still ongoing.Author: Tim Berghoff
Ransomware Petya encrypts hard drives
03/24/2016 - The new ransomware which has been dubbed Petya (after the notification it shows to the user) is the first of its kind to encrypt entire hard drives.
Order turns out to be phishing attack in Excel look
03/17/2016 - Attempted attacks via email have not just been drawing attention since the latest waves of banking Trojan Dridex and ransomware Locky. Every day an average of almost 52 billion spam messages are sent. These involve not only mass attacks, but also highly targeted attacks such as spear phishing. In the current case, we are dealing with a scam that is generally aimed at companies. It seems to be a...Author: Sabrina Berkenkopf
Encryption Trojan Locky: What you need to know about the ransomware
02/25/2016 - In recent months and perhaps even years, there has hardly been a single computer malware strain that has been so prominent in media reports as the ransomware Locky. The reports of tens of thousands of computers being infected every day are unsettling. Many users are wondering what can be done about the daintily-named malware. Experts at G DATA SecurityLabs are providing an overview and tips for a...Author: Sabrina Berkenkopf
GAME OVER: HOW A COLOURFUL GAME TURNED INTO A SUBSCRIPTION TRAP
01/27/2016 - Premium SMS messages were the first attacks on Android users – almost six years ago, malware with this functionality was the primary risk. Since then of course, the malware landscape for mobile devices has moved on significantly. For this very reason, it is notable that a new type of subscription trap has been evident in the current Google Play store for several weeks now, causing Android users...Author: Sabrina Berkenkopf