This week, we’ll be looking at the latest exploits in the Zebra Gums market, as well as taking a look at the most recent exploits that have surfaced over the last two years.
We’ve put together a list of the top exploits of the past 12 months, along with our picks for the most interesting, innovative, and best.
If you’re a security expert and you’re not on the list, don’t worry!
The list is not comprehensive and there are some that we think are less interesting.
For example, there are many other exploits that we’d like to highlight, such as the exploit used to get around the malware detection system of Google, the exploit which was used to compromise a number of sites in the past year, and the recent exploit that got the malware scanning company Cylance to release an update.
We’ll also look at some of the more obscure exploits that are worth noting, such an exploit used by a couple of cyber criminals to gain access to a number and sites in Germany and Brazil, which they then used to target customers in Australia and New Zealand.
Finally, we’ve also put together our picks, for you to choose from, as you may need to scroll through our selection to see which ones you’d like.
This week’s exploits: A new exploit is on the rise in Australia, which is causing the country to have one of the worst ransomware markets in the world.
The latest ransomware attack has affected more than 6,000 computers across the country, with many Australians reporting that their machines are infected with a new strain of ransomware dubbed ‘The Black Widow’.
The Blackwidow is reportedly a version of the ransomware that was developed by two Australian criminals who used the same codebase.
In a recent blog post, the Australian Federal Police revealed that the Black Widow ransomware had been used to obtain data and files from more than 600 Australian banks and other financial institutions.
Although there’s no proof that the virus was actually developed by the criminals, the FBI believes the malware may have originated from a cybercriminal group known as ‘The Dark Web’, which is believed to have targeted the banking industry with attacks similar to the Black Widows.
There is also a new variant of ransomware that’s also targeting Australians, dubbed ‘Nova’.
This variant has a different ‘payload’ and is designed to encrypt files before sending them to the end user.
Nova ransomware encrypts the files before encrypting the system.
Researchers at Malwarebytes say that it is capable of encrypting a file and then sending the encrypted file to the internet for the victim to download.
It is also able to download additional files, which the user can then run as a separate command.
A group of cybercriminals is behind the latest variant of Nova ransomware, which has been described as a ‘cyber attack’ and the ‘most devastating malware to date’.
It encrypts files before infecting the computer.
When the victim tries to encrypt their file, they are redirected to a page with a text message and then a link that directs them to a command line.
The command prompts prompt asks for the administrator password.
The user must then enter their administrator password to proceed.
Once the victim has logged into their account, they can choose to decrypt the file or run it as an executable file.
“This variant of malware is designed specifically to encrypt data before encrypt, which leaves a user vulnerable to any future infection,” MalwareBytes wrote.
“In this scenario, Nova ransomware encrypting files and sending them over the internet can be used by cybercrims to encrypt and distribute other files.
The malware has been used in a number other countries around the world to target businesses, governments, and consumers.”
The FBI is warning Australians to be cautious about using their email addresses and other sensitive information.
Users can still access their emails, but it is recommended to be extra careful about the data you store on your device, as it could be used to download malware or steal credit card numbers.
Security expert and author of the best security book ever, ‘The Hacker’s Code’, Chris Vickery, said that it was critical that people were aware of the risk of ransomware attacks in the future.
As the ransomware continues to spread, he said, “the more you know about the risks, the better prepared you will be to mitigate them.”
Read more about ransomware here: Malwarebytes – The latest ransomware variant and the most devastating malware on the market Source: Malwarebuzz