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Check Point says Fireball malware hit 250 million; Microsoft says no

Either way, Microsoft assures us that Windows 10 S would have been immune.

PoS Attacks on the Rise and Spam Rebounds, Trustwave Reports

The 2017 Trustwave Global Security Report provides insight into the different approach attackers now use to breach systems. eWEEK looks at the highlights and lowlights of the report.

As Republicans push ringless voicemail spam, Democrats take consumers’ side

Robocall rules should apply to ringless voicemail, Senate Democrats tell FCC.

Google adds Recaptcha API to Android to block the bots

Developers on the Android mobile platform, which has had ongoing problems with security, now have at their disposal an API intended to protect apps from malicious traffic and bots.Google is adding a Recaptcha API to Google Play Services for Android apps. The API is included with Google SafetyNet, a set of services and APIs to protect against threats that include device tampering and potentially harmful apps.[ Chatbots should be part of your intelligent systems arsenal: Build chat bots with Microsoft's Bot Framework • Cortana moves way beyond being a personal assistant. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]Critical to the API is Google’s latest Recaptcha technology, which provides behind-the-scenes risk analysis and has let actual people pass through with no clicks. With Android apps updated to support the new API, mobile users can use their apps without being interrupted yet still avoid spam and abuse.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Banking trojan executes when targets hover over link in PowerPoint doc

Novel infection method doesn't require link to be clicked.

People who were impersonated by anti-net neutrality spammers blast FCC

FCC should investigate and throw out fake comments, impersonation victims say.

Examining the FCC claim that DDoS attacks hit net neutrality comment...

Attacks came from either an unusual type of DDoS or poorly written spam bots.

Smyte Releases New Anti-Spam and Fraud/Harassment Prevention Tools

The online security company's trust and safety platform now includes a custom rules engine and deep learning neural network models for supervised and unsupervised image classification.

New Jaff Ransomware Part Of Active Necurs Spam Blitz

A new malware family called Jaff has been identified by researchers who say they are currently tracking multiple and massive spam campaigns distributing the malware via the Necurs botnet.

Jaff Ransomware Family Emerges In Force

A new ransomware family is making the rounds in multiple high-volume spam campaigns over the past day, according to Cisco Talos.

New ransomware Jaff demands $3,700 payments

Attackers behind the highly successful Locky and Bart ransomware campaigns have returned with a new creation: A malicious file-encrypting program called Jaff that asks victims for payments of around $3,700.Like Locky and Bart, Jaff is distributed via malicious spam emails sent by the Necurs botnet, according to researchers from Malwarebytes. Necurs first appeared in 2012 and is one of the largest and longest-running botnets aroundnbsp;today.[ Make threat intelligence meaningful: A 4-point plan. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security Report newsletter. ]According to an April analysis by researchers from IBM Security, Necurs is made up of about 6 million infected computers and is capable of sending batches of millions of emails at a time.
It is also indirectly responsible for a large percentage of the world's cybercrime because it's the main distribution channel for some of the worst banking Trojan and ransomware programs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

This new ransomware nightmare demands a big payday to decrypt your...

Infamous Necurs botnet seen sending spam emails containing new ransomware to millions of potential victims in just a few hours.