Chinese Android smartphones shipped with pre-installed malware

Rather than wait for the user to do it himself, middle men in the Chinese mobile phone industry are pre-stalling malware, according to G Data. Some mobile phones are coming pre-installed with toxic software.

According to a newly published report on mobile malware from researchers at G Data, “well over 26” smartphones have been discovered shipping complete with pre-installed malware in the device firmware.

Earlier this year the same company revealed the presence of adware on Android devices, along with…


Attackers can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive files without a user’s password

Hackers don’t even need your password anymore to get access to your cloud data.

Newly published research, released at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday by security firm Imperva, shows how a “man-in-the-cloud” attack can grab cloud-based files — as well as infecting users with malware — without users even noticing.


Cyber-thieves can reap returns of almost 1,500% when they invest in ransomware

Look at how much cash typical cybercriminals spend and what their potential profits might be: It estimated it would cost $5,900 (£3,860) to buy a ransomware kit that could return up to $90,000 in one month of operation. Experts said people should take precautions and avoid paying up if they get hit.

Ransomware involves a malicious program infecting a machine, scrambling key files and then demanding the machine’s owner pay cash before the data is unscrambled. According to a report from Intel-owned security firm McAfee Labs, high-tech extortion schemes nearly doubled in the first three months of 2015.


Let’s talk security…a race against time

The sounds of hushed voices and hurried keyboard strokes filled the room. Lines of code flickered across screens. Beads of sweat formed on foreheads. A group of cyber terrorists were gearing up for an attack on Central London, and the only thing in their way? A team of amateur security agents — could they neutralise the threat in time?

This (thankfully fictional) scenario faced the finalists of the Cyber Security Challenge as they vied to become this year’s champion. Working aboard the HMS Belfast across two days, the contestants split into teams in an attempt to take down the terrorists….


Own a Business? 5 Surprising Things You Need to Know About Cyber-Liability Insurance

Target, Sony, Premera: It seems almost every week we hear the news of yet another large company that’s been hit with a data security breach and the inevitable flood of lawsuits that follows.

If you’re a small business owner, incidents like these might make you wonder: What would you do if something like this happened in your company? How could you protect yourself? Do you need cyber-liability insurance?