ZDNet: Over 20 Texas local governments hit in ‘coordinated ransomware attack’

ZDNet: Over 20 Texas local governments hit in ‘coordinated ransomware attack’. “Twenty-three local Texas governments have been infected with ransomware last week in what Texas officials have described as a coordinated attack. The attack took place on Friday morning, August 16, US time, when several smaller local Texas governments reported problems with accessing their data to the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR).”

Trend Micro Blog: Adware Posing as 85 Photography and Gaming Apps on Google Play Installed Over 8 Million Times

Trend Micro Blog: Adware Posing as 85 Photography and Gaming Apps on Google Play Installed Over 8 Million Times. “We found another example of adware’s potential real-life impact on Google Play. Trend Micro detects this as AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH. It isn’t your run-of-the-mill adware family: Apart from displaying advertisements that are difficult to close, it employs unique techniques to evade detection through user behavior and time-based triggers.”

Ars Technica: Four wormable bugs in newer versions of Windows need your attention now

Ars Technica: Four wormable bugs in newer versions of Windows need your attention now. “Microsoft is warning of a four new Windows vulnerabilities that are “wormable,” meaning they can be exploited to spread malware from one vulnerable computer to another without any user action in much the way the self-replicating WannaCry and NotPetya outbreaks did in 2017.”

Digital Trends: Google flags preinstalled malware as hidden threat on millions of Android phones

Digital Trends: Google flags preinstalled malware as hidden threat on millions of Android phones . “Maddie Stone, a security researcher on Google’s Project Zero and a former tech lead on the Android Security team, flagged preinstalled malware on millions of new Android smartphones as a hidden threat that requires more attention.”

Mashable: Hackers can ransomware your fancy digital camera

Mashable: Hackers can ransomware your fancy digital camera. “Not even your precious memories are safe from hackers. That much was made clear at the annual DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, where a security researcher demonstrated just how easy it is to remotely encrypt a digital camera with ransomware. And once that happens, you can say goodbye to all your photos — unless you pay up.”

The Sociable: DARPA unveils new incubators for cognitive dissonance detection, quantum bio-computing and more

The Sociable: DARPA unveils new incubators for cognitive dissonance detection, quantum bio-computing and more. “Today, DARPA launched the addition of four new incubators on the Polyplexus portal, raising the total to 16 since its inception, with eight being active. Launched in March, 2019 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s (DARPA) Polyplexus portal is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project.”

Naked Security: Attackers ransom bookseller’s exposed MongoDB database

Naked Security: Attackers ransom bookseller’s exposed MongoDB database. “Exposed MongoDB databases have become the easy money-maker ransomware criminals are busy filling their boots with. In mid-July 2019, another database fell to the extortion hackers, this time containing 2.1 million records belonging to well-known Mexican publisher and bookseller, Librería Porrúa.”