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Ztorg: from rooting to SMS

Irsquo;ve been monitoring Google Play Store for new Ztorg Trojans since September 2016, and have so far found several dozen new malicious apps.

All of them were rooting malware that used exploits to gain root rights on the infected device.
In May 2017, a new Ztorg variant appeared on the Google Play Store – only this this time it wasnrsquo;t a rooting malware but a Trojan-SMS.

Yahoo and AOL are now a Verizon subsidiary called “Oath”

Yahoo/AOL combination will boost Verizon's advertising ambitions.

Dvmap: the first Android malware with code injection

In April 2017 we started observing new rooting malware being distributed through the Google Play Store. Unlike other rooting malware, this Trojan not only installs its modules into the system, it also injects malicious code into the system runtime libraries.

Google prepares publishers for the release of Chrome ad-blocking

The biggest online advertiser will now block ads; the Web won't look the same.

Android apps punched out by Judy malware

More than 36 million users feared infected As many as 36.5 million Android users may have been infected by advertising fraud malware that could have been lurking in Google Play Store for years.…

Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections

Lobbyists try to kill "opt-in" privacy standard before it can be implemented.

IT threat evolution Q1 2017. Statistics

According to KSN data, Kaspersky Lab solutions detected and repelled 479,528,279 malicious attacks from online resources located in 190 countries all over the world.

File antivirus detected a total of 174,989,956 unique malicious and potentially unwanted objects.

Ztorg: money for infecting your smartphone

This research started when we discovered an infected Pokeacute;mon GO guide in Google Play. We detected the malware as Trojan.AndroidOS.Ztorg.ad.

After some searching, I found some other similar infected apps that were being distributed from the Google Play Store.

After I started tracking these infected apps, two things struck me – how rapidly they became popular and the comments in the user review sections.

FCC chairman voted to sell your browsing history — so we...

Thanks to the FCC chairman, internet providers can now sell Americans' browsing histories for targeted advertising. We thought it was only fair to see his — so, we filed a Freedom of Information request.

Ransomware: Now available with slick marketing

Ransomware vendors are advertising their wares with ever-greater polish and skill.

Ultrasonic Beacons Are Tracking Your Every Movement

More than 200 Android mobile applications listen surreptitiously for ultrasonic beacons embedded in audio that are used to track users and serve them with targeted advertising.

Spam and phishing in Q1 2017

Although the beginning of Q1 2017 was marked by a decline in the amount of spam in overall global email traffic, in March the situation became more stable, and the average share of spam for the quarter amounted to 55.9%.

The US (18.75%) remained the biggest source of spam, followed by Vietnam (7.86%) and China (7.77%).