Spyware News, Articles and Updates

Spyware replaced ransomware as hackers' weapon of choice in 2017

While ransomware attacks on consumers and businesses slowed down towards the fag end of 2017, they were replaced by spyware campaigns which rose by over 800 percent year-on-year.

Elusive FinFisher spyware can finally be cracked, researchers believe

The elusive FinFisher spyware, which is used widely in covert surveillance campaigns, especially by oppressive nations against political opposition, could soon be cracked, researchers believe.

AnubisSpy malware steals data, seemingly links to old Sphinx campaign

A newly discovered spyware that victimises Arabic-speakers has been potentially linked to the 2014-15 Sphinx cyber espionage campaign, which was launched by the threat group APT-C-15 to target PC users in the Middle East.

StrongPity2 spyware takes over for FinFisher

The cyber-gang behind the now defunct FinFisher man-in-the-middle attacks has switched over to using a new spyware dubbed StrongPity2 and is now using several popular websites to conduct watering hole attacks.

ICYMI: Spyware; US data law; NSA tools hack; Games DDoS'd; Skills gap

In Case You Missed It: Spyware in 1,000 apps; US global data grab; NSA tools used to hack hotels; Warcraft DDoS'd; Students narrow skills gap

What's behind backdoor #3? Mac version of Mokes malware follows Linux, Windows variants

Kaspersky Lab today released an analysis of a newly discovered version of Mokes - a malicious, cross-platform backdoor with spying functionality - this one targeting Apple's OS X operating system.

AgentTesla campaign engages in cyber-squatting to host and deliver spyware

Researchers recently discovered a new spyware campaign that used cyber-squatting techniques to distribute the AgentTesla keylogger via a domain whose name was strikingly similar to the consulting firm Diode Technologies.

Kaspersky: ProjectSauron, aka Strider, rivals the most elite APTs in sophistication

The cyber-espionage group identified as Strider by Symantec researchers is as sophisticated a threat as any known APT in history -- including Duqu, Flame, The Equation Group and Regin -- according to an analysis by Kaspersky Lab.

Stealth Falcon spyware used on UAE critics

Circumstantial evidence suggests a link between the Stealth Falcon spyware campaign and the UAE government.

'Wizz' kids: Talos researchers pinpoint French firm as source of spyware-adware threat

A supposedly legitimate French software firm, Tuto4PC, has actually infected an estimated 12 million PC users with a generic Trojan disguised as downloadable utilities programmes, according to an analysis from Cisco's Talos research division.

Malware using legit certs to avoid detection, surveil users

Researchers have discovered a new family of malware that hides behind legitimate digital certificates and spies on the infected device.

Android.Spywaller spyware hits China

Symantec has discovered a new mobile spyware it is calling Android.Spywaller which uses a legitimate security tool to spoof its way onto a device, specifically those found in the Chinese market.

The com[dot]com extension again directing users to fake sites

A new scheme has been uncovered making use of an old trick: capturing users who click on a link with a com[dot]com extension that will lead to fake websites.

Boeing drone crippled by Hacking Team legal eagles

Failure to see eye-to-eye over a non-disclosure agreement kept Boeing subsidiary Insitu and Hacking Team from creating a drone/spyware chimera.

Russia adopts quantum computing to counter foreign spyware and sabotaged cyber-imports

Russian government agencies have detected foreign-controlled spyware networks in the country, and a host of compromised devices, leading to moves to adopt quatum computing solutions.

Son of Superfish, Lenovo bloatware variants start to surface

There are as many as a dozen variants of the Superfish bloatware found last week on Lenovo laptops, it has been discovered.

Is NSA 'World's most advanced threat actor' revealed by Kaspersky?

Equation Group, the most advanced threat actor yet seen according to Kaspersky, may be the NSA.

ICYMI: iOS spyware, car vulnerabilities and Outlook privacy

This week's ICYMI column reviews the top stories on SC last week, from an espionage group targeting Apple iOS devices to Internet of Things flaws and privacy concerns around Outlook.

Not so smart: Samsung's web-connected TVs capture conversations

Samsung's latest line of internet-connected 'smart' TVs capture conversations through its Voice Recognition software, before sending this information onto third-parties.

Prolific espionage group returns with iOS spyware

A prolific cyber-espionage group has been actively targeting politicians, journalists, military and other entities by using spyware against Apple iOS devices.

ICYMI: EU data protection, iPhone spyware and Flash zero-days

The latest ICYMI column looks at the biggest stories on SC this week, including worrying news on EU data protection laws, claims of iPhone spyware and new Flash Player zero-days.

Who could deny that spies now use covert spyware?

A good spying programme in the 21st century cannot exist without good covert spyware. So it's time to put a military discipline behind defending our state IT infrastructure says Ralf Benzmüller.

UK surveillance questioned as government publishes anti-terror law

The British government today published details of its proposed anti-terror law, and subsequently faced fresh questions on surveillance and the mixed messages given out to local cyber-security start-ups.

Detekt anti-surveillance software released

Open source software capable of detecting the presence of surveillance spyware has been released by four European and US human rights and IT organisations.

Darkhotel APT steals IP from travelling executives

A sophisticated cyber-espionage campaign uses Wi-Fi and a backdoor to trick travelling C-level execs into downloading "Darkhotel" spying software.

GCHQ 'spied on Germany's Deutsche Telekom'; Germans sell spyware

UK and US spies reported to spy on Deutsche Telekom in Snowden documents, while Germany's FinFisher accused of supplying surveillance software to repressive regimes.

The 5 most read articles this week: August 8 to 14

Here are the five most popular articles, as read by you the reader, in the week for August 8 to 14.

Government spyware exposed after massive data breach

Gamma International Ltd - an Anglo-German company that makes and sells FinFisher spyware to various European, American and Asia Pacific governments and law enforcement agencies - has been bit by a big data breach, revealing hundreds of confidential documents.

The dungeon of the 'Deep Web'; where even the spiders dare not travel

Charles Sweeney asks, are your staff inadvertently leaving the back door open via an innocent lunch-time browse?

Deep Panda - three years of attacks to defend China's oil interests

Attack vectors demonstrate the sophistication of malware available to cyber-criminals globally, says CheckPoint MD Keith Bird.