Will cryptocurrency mining soon saturate AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud?

The Last Watchdog

Related: Why cryptojacking is more insidious than ransomware. On the face, the damage caused by cryptojacking may appear to be mostly limited to consumers and website publishers who are getting their computing resources diverted to mining fresh units of Monero, Ethereum and Bytecoin on behalf of leeching attackers. However, closer inspection reveals how cryptojacking morphed out of the ransomware plague of 2015 and 2016. You can mine them, if you have a powerful CPU.

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The Long Run of Shade Ransomware

Security Affairs

Since the beginning of the year, security firms observed a new intense ransomware campaign spreading the Shade ransomware. Between January and February, a new, intense, ransomware campaign has been observed by many security firms. Table 1: shade ransomware informations.

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Weekly podcast: Australian Cabinet Files, Matt Hancock MP’s app and Monero mining

IT Governance

Unfortunately, however, the BBC reports that there are a few “teething troubles […] with some users saying their privacy has been compromised after responding to an on-screen prompt asking for access to their photo library. The app then still […] accesses the photo library whether the user denies access or not.”. Finally, have we reached ‘peak ransomware’? Wait a moment – cryptocurrency mining ?

Q&A: Here’s why Android users must remain vigilant about malicious apps, more so than ever

The Last Watchdog

The adware applications were linked together by the use of third-party Android libraries, which bypass the background service restrictions present in newer Android versions. However, our analysts were able to detect it because apps using these libraries waste the user’s battery and make the device slower. In this instance, the libraries kept displaying more and more ads, which does violate the Google Play Store rules.

How to Keep Your WFH Employees Safe From new Cybersecurity Attacks


If yours doesn’t, Gizmo’s Freeware maintains an excellent library of free software curated by its community. A global pandemic is a gold mine for purveyors of phishing attacks, which are deceptive email messages that contain malicious links or attachments.

MY TAKE: Poorly protected local government networks cast shadow on midterm elections

The Last Watchdog

In March 2018, the city of Atlanta fell victim to a ransomware attack that shut down its computer network. This makes government networks even more vulnerable and hackers see them as a gold mine. If they can do that by stealing personally identifiable information or any of the other valuable things from a government institution, whether it’s a library or a court system, they’ll do just that.”.

Security Affairs newsletter Round 228

Security Affairs

At least 23 Texas local governments targeted by coordinated ransomware attacks. A backdoor mechanism found in tens of Ruby libraries. Employees abused systems at Ukrainian nuclear power plant to mine cryptocurrency. A new round of the weekly newsletter arrived!

Weekly podcast: 2018 end-of-year roundup

IT Governance

As is now traditional, I’ve installed myself in the porter’s chair next to the fire in the library, ready to recap some of the year’s more newsworthy information security events. Rather than dropping ransomware on victims’ machines and hoping they would pay to regain access to their files, cyber criminals were increasingly cutting out the middle man and infecting victims’ machines with software that used their spare processing power to mine for cryptocurrency.