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Author:: Lawrence Abrams

Scammers are creating fake Android cryptocurrency mining apps and promoting them on the Google Store. The kicker is that these apps claim to mine cryptocurrency that can't be mined in the first place.

Fortinet discovered these apps on the Google Play Store when they saw that the apps were being promoted as miners for Ripple (XRP), Cardano (ADA), and Tether. As these are cryptocurrencies that are not possible to mine, the apps only pretend to mine and instead display advertisements

For example, in the Ripple miner shown below, users can click on the Start button and supposedly mine for the Ripple cryptocurrency. While running, it will even show hash speeds and the slow increase of mined coins.

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Author: Zeljka Zorz, Managing EditorOctober 15, 2018

CryptominFullers have dethroned ransomware as the top malware threat and cybercriminals are coming up with new ways to keep the mining activity secret from the victims.

One of these includes tricking users into unknowingly downloading and running the mining software via a fake Adobe Flash updater. To keep up appearances, the fake updater uses pop-up notifications from the official Adobe installer.

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Author: Zeljka Zorz, Managing EditorOctober 15, 2018

he U.S. Department of Defense confirmed on Friday that personal information and credit card data of some 30,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel has been compromised in a breach affecting a DoD’s third party contractor.

Apparently, no classified information was accessed by the attackers.

The Associated Press cited an unnamed U.S. official who says that the breach might end up involving the information of more that 30,000 workers, but that the investigation is still ongoing.

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General Software / Re: Notepad++ Updates..
« Last post by hayc59 on Today at 07:29:03 am »
Notepad++ vv7.5.9
15 OCT 2018 00:12:10

2 command line flags are added in this version to make replacing Notepad easier. A new Notepad++ Plugin API NPPM_REMOVESHORTCUTBYCMDID is added in this version as well. Several critical bugs and some minors bugs are fixed in 7.5.9 release, please check the change log in the download page for more detail.

Whats New
• Fix hanging problem while switching back a fully-folded document by using shortcut (Ctrl-TAB).
• Fix possible file corruption during backup or power loss or other abnormal N++ termination.
• Fix wrong backup file deleted issue.
• Fix backup not fully disabled issue.
• Add new plugin API NPPM_REMOVESHORTCUTBYCMDID to allows plugins to remove unneeded shortcuts.
• Fix Tail monitoring incoherent status after deleting a monitored file.
• Fix issue with wrong smart highlighting when it is disabled.
• Fix last active tab is ignored on Notepad++ restart issue.
• Fix Tab non-responding by mouse click after dragging bug.
• Fix switching back position restoring issue for wrapped document.
• Add several spiritual quotes and a subtle Easter egg in the source code.

Download: Notepad++
VoodooShield / Re: VoodooShield v4 STABLE Thread
« Last post by schmidthouse on Today at 01:47:17 am »
So after Windows 10 update to 1809, there have been issues with protection software, in particular, NVT OSarmour not working as intended.
I'm not sure of the techy details other than the mitigations I guess in OSarmour are affected by the 1809 update......or something :-\

Dan has VS been affected (protection process/code in any way that would cause VS to not be protecting in the manner it
is meant too?
Author:  Lawrence Abrams

A malicious app called "Album by Google Photos" was found in the Microsoft Store today that pretends to be from Google. This app pretends to be part of Google Photos, but is actually an ad clicker that repeatedly opens hidden advertisements in Windows 10.

This free Album by Google Photos app claims to be created by Google LLC and has a description of "Finally, a photos app that's as smart as you.".  You can see an image of its Microsoft Store page below.

As this is an ad clicker, the reviews for the app are not very good. One review calls it a "Fake App" and another is titled "Fake, do not install".

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By Associated Press on October 13, 2018

Could hackers have been able to see the last person you cyberstalked, or that party photo you were tagged in? According to Facebooullk, the unfortunate answer is "yes."

On Friday, the social network said fewer users were affected in a security breach it disclosed two weeks ago than originally estimated — nearly 30 million, down from 50 million. In additional good news, the company said hackers weren't able to access more sensitive information like your password or financial information. And third-party apps weren't affected.

Still, for users already uneasy about the privacy and security of their Facebook accounts after a year of tumult , the details that hackers did gain access to — gender, relationship status, hometown and other info — might be even more unsettling.

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Author:  Mayank Parmar

The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is now performing more than 30 million searches in a single day. DuckDuckGo has experienced rapid growth and yesterday the company announced that it grew by 50% in a single year.

"It took us seven years to reach 10 million private searches in one day, then another two years to hit 20 million, and now less than a year later we're at 30 million," DuckDuckGo tweeted.

As DuckDuckGo makes their traffic statistics public, you can easily see their rapid growth over the past four years below.

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Security & Technology News / Most Fortune 50 companies unprepared for major DNS attack
« Last post by Antus67 on October 14, 2018, 03:04:24 am »
Author: Help Net SecurityOctober 11, 2018

ThousandEyes has found that 68 percent of the top 50 companies on the Global Fortune 500 rankings are not adequately prepared for the next major attack on the DNS. Additionally, researchers found similar vulnerability among 44 percent of the top 25 SaaS providers, as well as 72% of the FTSE 100 companies.

Because Digital Experience is so central to a brand’s success these days, it’s critical that businesses understand that not all DNS infrastructures are created equal — performance and risk exposure varies widely between providers and geographies, so they need to be aware and base decisions on data relevant to their market,” said Craig Matsumoto, Senior Analyst at 451 Research. “Moreover, very basic DNS architectural decisions matter. In this day and age, not properly architecting for potential attacks is a major risk factor that businesses need to mitigate immediately, if they care at all about their website or services being discoverable on the Internet.”

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Security & Technology News / Technology/First look: Topjoy Falcon 8 inch mini laptop
« Last post by Antus67 on October 13, 2018, 01:55:41 am »
Author:10/12/2018 at 5:52 PM by Brad Linder

The Topjoy Falcon is a tiny convertible laptop with an 8 inch touchscreen display, a hinge tha t lets you fold the screen back for use in tablet mode, and a design that’s… actually pretty familiar.

t’s the latest in a crop of mini laptops from Chinese device makers that bring back the netbook dream. But it’s slightly larger and heavier than other devices in this category. It’s also the first model I’ve seen to feature an Intel Gemini Lake processor.

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