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Beware of the Armage Ransomware – the File Destroyer!

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 August 8, 2018

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In July last week, Quick Heal Security Labs detected a new ransomware called Armage. It appends ‘.Armage’ extension to files it encrypts. Armage ransomware uses the AES-256 encryption algorithm to encode files making them inoperable. It spreads via spam emails and corrupted text files. Technical analysis Once executed on the...

Beware of the ‘Free Cycle Distribution Yojana’ WhatsApp message. It’s fake!

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 July 30, 2018

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As India’s Independence Day (15th of August) approaches, messages about free distribution schemes are doing the rounds on WhatsApp. Just recently, Quick Heal Security Labs detected a widespread circulation of one such message claiming that the Indian government will distribute free cycles to students on Independence Day, under the Free...

The evolution of a 4-year-old-threat Emotet: From an infamous Trojan to a complex threat distributer

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 July 25, 2018

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Emotet malware campaign has been existing for a long time. It comes frequently in intervals with different techniques and variants to deliver malware on a victim. Attackers are smart and they use complex techniques to avoid detection. At the start of 2017, we had seen the emotet campaign spreading through...

What is the price of your stolen identity on the online black market?

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 July 10, 2018

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If you thought there is only a black market for stolen mobile phones, drugs, pirated software, etc., then you could be wrong. There is a black market that exists on the Internet and its most lucrative commodity is your personally identifiable information (PII – sensitive information that can be used...

3 common types of phishing attacks and tips to avoid them

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 June 26, 2018

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Phishing is one of the oldest tricks in the book of hackers. But as old as it might be, phishing still remains the most lucrative tool for cybercriminals; as they say, old is gold. This post tells you about the 3 common types of phishing attacks and tips to avoid...

Can you spot a phishing email? Take this test and find out!

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 April 5, 2018

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One of the oldest, nastiest and most lucrative tools used by hackers is phishing – a method to fool you into revealing your personal and sensitive information such as debit/card numbers, passwords, ATM pin, date of birth – any data that can personal identify you. Here’s an example of a...

An in-depth analysis of a new, emerging “.url” malware campaign – by Quick Heal Security Labs

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 March 19, 2018

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Last week, we had blogged about the emergence of a new attack vector ‘.url’ which is used to spread malware. In this blog post, we will deep-dive into the attack chain of this ‘.url’ vector and elaborate on the Quant Loader malware which is actively making use of it. Let’s...

The A-Z dictionary of cybersecurity terms

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 March 15, 2018

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Whether you are a normal user or a tech-guru, being aware of the computer security threats will help fortify your defense against them. So, here’s a handy A-Z dictionary of cybersecurity terms.

A free guide to 7 computer viruses you should know about

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 March 13, 2018
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Computer viruses are nasty little programs that are designed to lay waste to your computer. Some destroy files stored on your PC, while some trigger different software to malfunction. More nefarious viruses steal your confidential information and some even go to an extent to rig a system’s power load and...

A massive security flaw discovered in Skype. Fix not coming anytime soon.

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 February 14, 2018

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Quick Heal Security Labs has recently learned about a serious vulnerability in Skype’s update installer – that’s the bad news. The worse news is, Microsoft is not going to patch the vulnerability anytime soon as this would require the updater to go through a ‘large code revision’. What is this...