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Unable to Shut down or Restart Windows 7 systems?

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

In the last two days, we have received reports from Windows 7 users who have been unable to shut down or restart their PC and ran into the below error. While the exact cause of the issue is yet to be ascertained there is no official confirmation from Microsoft yet....

Why secure your IoT Devices?

 February 6, 2020
Why secure your IoT Devices

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Introduction to IoT This blog describes one of the current disruptive technologies in the market, i.e. IoT (Internet of Things) devices. The Internet of things (IoT) is the Internet of connected physical devices, vehicles, appliances and everyday objects that can collect & share information without any intervention. Due to IoT...

HorseDeal Riding on The Curveball!

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

It’s surprising to see how quickly attackers make use of new vulnerabilities in malware campaigns. Microsoft recently patched a very interesting vulnerability in their monthly Patch Tuesday update for January 2020. It’s a spoofing vulnerability in Windows CryptoAPI (Crypt32.dll) validation mechanism for Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) certificates. An attacker could...

A sloppy click can exfiltrate your important data!

 February 3, 2020

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Phishing email still remains one of the top malware propagation medium. Recently, we came across an interesting phishing email containing couple of Jumpshare links pointing to malicious components. Jumpshare is an online file sharing service and often cyber criminals abuse these kind of file sharing services. Upon clicking on one of the links in...

New wave of Mal-Spam campaign attaching Disk Imaging Files

 January 24, 2020

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

From past few months at Quick-Heal Labs, we have been observing a sudden rise in Spear Phishing mail containing distinct file formats as attachment like IMG, ISO, etc. These new types of attachments are mainly used to deploy some well-known and older Remote Access Trojans. The subject of these emails...

Ako Ransomware targeting businesses using RaaS

 January 24, 2020

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Ako Ransomware targeting businesses using RaaS Quick Heal security researchers recently observed ransomware that uses RaaS (Ransomware as a Service) which is a subpart of MaaS (Malware as a Service). Before delving into the AKO ransomware or RaaS, one must understand what Malware as a Service means, as it is...

First Node.js-based Ransomware : Nodera

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Recently while threat hunting, Quick Heal Security Labs came across an unusual Node.js framework based Nodera ransomware. The use of Node.js framework is not seen commonly across malware families. Latest development by threat actors reveal a nasty and one-of-its-kind ransomware being created; one that uses Node.js framework, which enables it to infect Windows...

Windows 7 reaches End of Life (EOL) – Are you ready for the risks or would you rather upgrade your OS?

 January 22, 2020

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

14 Jan 2020 marked a huge day for Windows, as Microsoft ended support for Windows 7, the operating system that had been touching lives for nearly 11 years. Introduced almost a decade back, Windows 7 was designed basically to fix the failures that came with Windows Vista. The popularity of...

STOP (Djvu) Ransomware: Ransom For Your Shady Habits!

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

With almost 200 extensions, STOP (djvu) ransomware can be said to be 2019’s most active and widespread ransomware. Although this ransomware was active a year before, it started its campaign aggressively in early 2019. To evade detection, it has been continuously changing its extensions and payloads. For earlier infections, data...

Security resolutions for 2020 to stay safe online!

 December 31, 2019

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

As we are about to enter the new year, it’s ritualistic to reflect on our experiences from the passing year and make resolutions for the New Year. Most people make resolutions around good heath, their life goals, etc. Here is a different angle to our routine resolutions’ list – Security...