A week in security (February 4 – 8)

A roundup of security news from February 4 – 8, including Facebook’s secure messaging integration, Google’s changes to URLs, a scam involving the Kindle store and John Wick, and more.

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Luas data ransom: the hacker who cried wolf?

Irish tram firm Luas were recently compromised and told to pay 1 Bitcoin, or risk user data being fired into the void. The deadline for paying the ransom has now passed: So what happens next? And is anyone out there really at risk?

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Christmas tech scams roundup

What’s under the Christmas tree? It’s worse than lumps of coal, it’s a not very festive assortment of tricks and scams designed to give you a festive season hangover.

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Sextortion emails: They’re probably not watching you

Yes, those sextortion email scams using old passwords are still making the rounds. How can you spot a real sextortion attempt from an empty threat? And when should you report to authorities? Read on to find out.

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Fortnite gamers targeted by data theft malware

If you’ve ever been tempted to cheat at Fortnite, think again—with the release of season six of the popular video game, we found a data theft malware masquerading as a cheat tool, ready to steal your browser sessions, cookies, and even your Bitcoin.

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Mass WordPress compromises redirect to tech support scams

Thousands of WordPress sites have been injected with the same malicious redirection. We review the infection details and the malicious traffic leading to browser lockers.

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New Deepfakes forum goes mining with Coinhive

With the collapse of the main Deepfakes hubs on Reddit, users have moved away to other forums. Problem is, at least one of them is mining for cryptocurrency. Can your PC handle it?

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A week in security (January 22 – January 28)

A compilation of notable security news from January 22 to January 28, featuring multiple bitcoin and ransomware scams, the rise of spyware, human trafficking as a twisted malware service, and more.

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RIG exploit kit campaign gets deep into crypto craze

We take a look at a prolific campaign that is focused on the distribution of coin miners via drive-by download attacks. We started to notice larger-than-usual payloads from the RIG exploit kit around November 2017, a trend that has continued more recently via a campaign dubbed Ngay.

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There’s a hole in my bucket: Bitcoin scams aim to exploit volatile market

The world of Bitcoin is ablaze with profit, speculation, and potential riches for all. Unfortunately, scammers are in on the action and will stop at nothing to relieve the unwary of their digital fortunes. What are the threats, and what can you do to stay safe?

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