Neowin: Google’s Advanced Protection Program now scans for risky downloads in Chrome. “Google announced today that it is expanding the capabilities of its Advanced Protection Program (APP) to provide users with protection against malware across the internet. The program was first launched in 2017 with the goal of securing a user’s personal Google account from cyber attacks.” But apparently you have to turn on sync?
Ars Technica: Louisiana declares state of emergency in response to ransomware attack. “Louisiana’s declaration of a state of emergency follows a model established by Colorado in the wake of a ransomware attack there in March 2018. In Colorado, the declaration of emergency only came after a week the Colorado Office of Information Technology’s overwhelmed and short-staffed IT department spent trying to disinfect more than 2,000 infected machines. Declaring a state of emergency allows the National Guard’s resources and personnel to be brought in.”
Engadget: Local governments are still woefully unprepared to fight ransomware. “Our state and local governments found themselves under siege in 2019 from William Plunketts for the internet age. But rather than pistols and roadblocks, this new generation of bandits come armed with encryption algorithms and demands for bitcoin. Can today’s American cities and counties, long hamstrung by both a lack of interest and funding for cybersecurity efforts ever hope to withstand these digital muggings? Just ask Lake City, Florida.”
BBC: The quiet scheme saving thousands from ransomware. “A free scheme to prevent cyber-attack victims paying ransom to hackers claims to have saved more than 200,000 victims at least $108m (£86m). The No More Ransom project offers advice and software to recover computer files encrypted in ransomware attacks. Founded by Europol, police in the Netherlands, and McAfee, it now has more than 150 global partners.”
BetaNews: Banking malware grows as cryptominers decline. “The latest mid-year Cyber Attack Trends Report from Check Point shows mobile banking malware attacks are up 50 percent compared to the first half of 2018, while the number of organizations hit by cryptominers is down to 26 percent, from 41 percent last year.”
VICE: Researchers Easily Trick Cylance’s AI-Based Antivirus Into Thinking Malware Is ‘Goodware’. “By taking strings from an online gaming program and appending them to malicious files, researchers were able to trick Cylance’s AI-based antivirus engine into thinking programs like WannaCry and other malware are benign.”
Wired: Adware Is The Malware You Should Actually Worry About. “WHEN YOU THINK of malware, it’s understandable if your mind first goes to elite hackers launching sophisticated dragnets. But unless you’re being targeted by a nation-state or advanced crime syndicate, you’re unlikely to encounter these ultra-technical threats yourself. Run-of-the-mill profit-generating malware, on the other hand, is rampant. And the type you’re most likely to encounter is adware.”