Cyber Bites

Researchers recently uncovered 49 adware-laced Android apps that were downloaded from the Google Play store more than 3 million times, collectively, before they were reportedly removed. Many of the apps were disguised as games, video editors and stylized photo and filter programs. Sample titles included Cut Out Studio Pro, Tattoo Maker, Bubble Effect, CLOWN MASK, Magazine Cover Studio and Music Video Maker. Source: SC Magazine

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SmartASP.net reported it was hit with a ransomware attack over the weekend that encrypted and knocked offline many of the hosting services customer accounts. For many SmarterASP.net’s customers their first indication something was wrong was when they were presented with a note from the company stating an attack was taking place and efforts were being made to rectify the situation. The company says it 440,516 customers but it did not indicate how many were affected...

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A vulnerability in Amazon's Ring doorbell cameras would have allowed a local attacker to gain access to a target's entire wireless network A vulnerability in Amazon’s Ring Video Doorbell Pro IoT device could have allowed a nearby attacker to imitate a disconnected device and then sniff the credentials of the wireless networks when the owner reconfigured the device, according to a report issued by security firm Bitdefender. Source: Dark Reading

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Breach remediation processes adversely impact timeliness in patient care and outcomes, a new study finds. Ransomware attacks and data breaches targeting hospitals may cause a higher mortality rate among heart patients in the months and years after an incident, Vanderbilt University researchers report, as breach remediation time interferes with patient care and outcomes. Source: Dark Reading

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Just as people express their political views through art, malware developers express their political ideologies, hopes, and frustrations through the computer infections they create. While investigating a recent malspam campaign, the Cisco Talos Group noticed that the payload was named Trump.exe. Noticing the politically themed name, Talos began researching other malicious programs that contained political references or themes and found hundreds of examples. Source: Bleeping Computer

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