Asian Correspondent — MICROSOFT has released a list of Asia-Pacific countries that were most vulnerable to malware. The Malware Infection Index 2016 highlights threats undermining cybersecurity in the region. “Out of the top five locations across the globe most at risk of infection, a total of four are from the Asia Pacific — Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal,” Microsoft said on its website.
Fortune — The malware that was used to steal $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank has been linked to another cyber attack, this time on a bank in the Philippines, cyber security company Symantec said in a blog post on Thursday. The company said it had identified three pieces of malware that were used in limited targeted attacks against financial institutions in South-East Asia.
Symantec Says SWIFT Malware Is Linked to Cyber Attack in the Philippines
IT News — A Russian man who spent about three years behind bars in the United States for creating the malware known as Gozi has been ordered to pay US$6.9 million (A$8.9 million) to cover losses to bank customers, but was spared further US prison time.
IT News — Security researchers have uncovered new insights into how attackers were able to compromise the SWIFT software platform used by the Bangladesh central bank to steal US$81 million (A$107 million). SWIFT, a cooperative owned by 3000 financial institutions, confirmed it was aware of malware targeting its client software.
IT News — Cyber criminals have managed to hide their malware under the cover of a popular Chinese antivirus product, after they allegedly bribed the staff of a third-party gaming company to include the malicious code within their legitimate apps. According to Check Point Software, IT security company Qihoo 360 unintentionally whitelisted malware as part of the complex cyber attack.
NEW DELHI:Smartphone security is the new concern as cases of Android malware were reported to have doubled in 2015 as compared to 2014, said a new report which warned that, in 2016, more hacks on smart technologies could result in fatal privacy damage. The annual security report from security software company Trend Micro also noted that the rise in Android malware is owing to the aggressive adoption of smart technologies.
Computer Weekly — Kaspersky Lab has revealed that the Adwind malware-as-a-service platform was at the centre of an attack on a Singapore bank. A bank in Singapore has been targeted by cyber criminals using a malware-as-a-service platform that enables people with low-level computer skills to launch attacks against organisations.
Times of India — PUNE: India has moved up the rankings for countries with the most number of financial Trojan infections as per the latest Symantec Financial Threats 2015 research. India has gone from rank 5 in 2014 to 3 in the 2015 report, coming in behind the USA and Germany. It has jumped four places in the global rankings for the most infections since 2013. Over 60, 000 computers in India were compromised with financial Trojans in 2015.
Soft Pedia — Many ISPs (Internet Service Providers) set up proxy servers through which they re-route their clients’ Web traffic. The technical reasons for employing something like this have to do with improving caching, compressing / transcoding content, but also injecting ISP-customized messages inside DNS and HTTP error messages.
Tech in Asia — As cybercrimes increase worldwide, threats are not just limited to developed nations. Corporations and governments across Asia are aggressively pushing digital interfaces, and with that, have opened themselves up more to hackers and online criminals who are looking for data theft, and sometimes, even money.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Researchers at IT security firm ESET have discovered a strain of Android malware that can steal the login credentials of mobile banking users. The targeted banks are Westpac, Bendigo Bank, Commonwealth Bank, St. George Bank, National Australia Bank, Bankwest, Me Bank, ANZ Bank, ASB Bank, Bank of New Zealand, Kiwibank, Wells Fargo, Halkbank, Yapı Kredi Bank, VakıfBank, Garanti Bank, Akbank, Finansbank, Turkiye İş Bankası and Ziraat Bankası.
Dark Reading — The epic and ugly cyberattack on Sony in 2014 may now be one for the history books, but the attackers behind it remain active and prolific. “They didn’t disappear when the dust settled” after the Sony attacks, says Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. Guerrero-Saade and fellow researcher Jaime Blasco last week at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Tenerife, Spain, detailed new activity by the Sony hackers.
IT News — The NSW Department of Industry’s Resources and Energy division has revealed one of its regional offices was targeted by attackers but denied they managed to gain access to sensitive systems or data. The attack attempt took place in December 2015 and targeted the department’s Maitland office, north of Newcastle.
China Tech News — A number of Chinese Apple iOS apps this week were found infected with XcodeGhost malware. This makes both Apple and the technology companies who created the malware-infested apps look bad. Download speeds appear to be a prime reason why Chinese app developers of at least 57 apps, including WeChat and Didi Chuxing, chose to download the Xcode file from unsanctioned servers in China, rather than from Apple’s channels outside of China.
Nikkei — SILICON VALLEY: A wide variety of apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store, many of them Chinese, have been found to be infected with malware that could steal a user’s password and other personal information. The specific impact on users of the U.S. company’s iPhones and iPads has yet to be gauged, but at least 39 apps have been confirmed to be infected. Some reports indicate malicious software has spread to as many as 3,000 apps.
IT Ware — WeChat (6.2.5) is one of the most popular instant messaging applications in the world and the compromised app has made it to the US and Asia Pacific countries. Two other Chinese apps, CamCard, a business card scanner, and NetEase Cloud Music are affected too. “Hundreds of millions of users – about half a billion – are affected,” according to Palo Alto.
Want China Times — 225,000 jailbroken iPhones have fallen victim to a malware family called “KeyRaider,” constituting the most serious iOS malware attack ever, according to our Chinese-language sister-paper Want Daily. The malware, which has mainly affected users in China, can lock phones and steal user information, allowing those behind the malware to issue ransom requests to unlock phones.
IT News — Australia’s federal police and corporate regulator have uncovered efforts by a suspected Russian hacker to artificially inflate the share price of several unnamed ASX-listed companies. An investigation into the alleged plot by the AFP and ASIC – dubbed Operation Emerald – centred on an overseas account that traded through Morgan Stanley’s Australian operation.
The department, analyzing the reports of some domestic and foreign institutions , concluded that 66 out of every 100 computers in Vietnam have been attacked by malware. Meanwhile, malware existing in computers at state agencies will cause immeasurable consequences. Dung said hackers attack computers at state agencies by sending emails with malware to agency officers. When the malware gets into the computers, it will infect other computers of the same networks and collect important information or change the interface of the websites.