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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on July 21, 2014

July 18, Softpedia – (International) New Android ransomware locks device completely. Researchers at Lookout identified a new piece of Android ransomware dubbed ScarePakage that infects devices by posing as a legitimate app on third-party Android markets and then locks the device and demands a ransom. The ransomware uses a Java TimerTask to kill other processes and a wave lock mechanism to prevent the phone from entering sleep mode. Source:

July 17, Dark Reading – (International) Government-grade stealth malware in hands of criminals. Sentinel Labs researchers reported that a piece of malware likely originating from a state-sponsored espionage campaign known as Gyges is being repurposed by cybercriminals to conceal and protect various pieces of malware and ransomware. Gyges contains several sophisticated features to avoid detection and prevent reverse-engineering and appears to have originated in Russia. Source:

July 17, The Register – (International) Microsoft’s Black Thursday: Xbox Live goes down as Xbox Studio canned. Microsoft reported that its Xbox Live gaming and entertainment service went offline for several hours July 17, leaving users unable to access the service during the outage. Source:

July 17, Softpedia – (International) DDoS attacks decrease in Q2 2014, compared to Q1. Arbor Networks reported that distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks during the second quarter of 2014 decreased in terms of speeds and frequency compared to the previous quarter, with average DDoS attack size at 759.83 Mb/s, among other findings. Source:

July 17, Softpedia – (International) Neverquest banking trojan expands list of targets. Researchers with Symantec found that the attackers operating the Neverquest banking trojan, also known as Snifula, have focused their efforts on banks in the U.S. and Japan since December 2013. The trojan is able to obtain banking login information from victims and can also steal digital certificates, among other capabilities. Source:

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