Note: Each week we bring you the latest hacking news on the internet. Read on to find out who and what was hacked this week.
Android Malware Returns to Google Play Store
The Android Malware that infected over 10 million devices last year has returned.
A new form of the HummingBad malware has been found hidden in more than 20 Android apps. The apps were downloaded over 12 million times before the Google security team removed them.
The new iteration has been dubbed HummingWhale and uses cutting-edge techniques to conduct ad fraud and generate revenue for the developers.
The virus uses a disguised APK file which downloads and runs further apps. When the victim closes this process the APK file drops itself into a virtual machine. It then uploads malicious apps to the virtual machine without permission.
Bug Allows Hackers to Delete Any Facebook Video
A security researcher discovered a critical vulnerability in Facebook that allows attackers to delete videos on the site.
Ransomware Hits St. Louis Libraries
Hackers are demanding $35,000 after 700 computers in all 16 of the city libraries of St. louis were hit by ransomware this week.
The library will wipe its entire computer system and rebuild it from scratch. While the libraries will remain open, the computers will be off limit to the public for some time.
The attack froze the loan system, making it impossible to take out or return books, and froze all computers. The rebuild is expected to take several weeks.
Sundance Film Festival Hacked
Sundance Film Festival was hit by a cyberattack that caused network outages, shutting down the box office.
All movies screening will go on as planned, and Sundance is working to get the system back up and running.
Dark Web Marketplace Hacked
200,000 private, unencrypted messages from several users were hijacked when AlphaBay, an active dark web marketplace, was hacked this week.
The hacker exploited vulnerabilities in the internal mailing system of the site and held the site ransom for the messages.
The hacker posted five screenshots of private conversations to show AlphaBay the hack was real. The hacker made off with 218,000 private messages as well as usernames and user IDs.
AlphaBay paid the hacker and fixed the bug on its site.
New Trojan Hits Linux Devices
A new Trojan, Linux.Proxy.10, turns Linux-based devices into proxy servers, which allow hackers to protect their identity when launching cyberattacks from hijacked systems
Thousands of compromised machines have been discovered and the hunt is still ongoing.
The attackers gets onto the device and then attackers use other Trojans and techniques to compromise the devices and create backdoor login accounts. The attackers then logs in via SSH protocol and installs the SOCKSS proxy server using the Linux.Proxy.10 malware.
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