A week in security (January 29 – February 04)

A compilation of notable security news from January 28 to February 4, featuring PUPs, a new Mac malware, two new ransomware variants, robocalls, and more.

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Ransomware’s difficult second album

We take a look at the difficulties faced by ransomware authors as they try to adapt and evolve to the next form of stealthier Bitcoin hoarding: cryptocurrency mining.

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Scarab ransomware: new variant changes tactics

We’ve found that a variant of the Scarab ransomware, called Scarabey, is distributed via a different technique, with a different payload code, and a new target: Russia.

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GandCrab ransomware distributed by RIG and GrandSoft exploit kits (updated)

Ransomware may have slowed its growth but is still a go-to payload for threat actors looking to monetize drive-by download attacks. The latest attempt: GandCrab ransomware.

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Presenting: Malwarebytes Labs 2017 State of Malware Report

In our 2017 State of Malware report, we examined attack methods, malware developments, and distribution techniques used by cybercriminals over the last 12 months.

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