FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: August 25th – August 31st

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We’re back with another edition of our weekly roundup where we deliver the most recent comings and goings of the cybersecurity world.

This week we’re dealing with news concerning a Russian cybercriminal, arrested in a $1 million ransomware conspiracy, a new mistakenly Apple-approved malware, and how many Android users are receiving a series of random notifications.

According to reports, a Russian hacker has recently been caught planning a malware attack against a US company, while also negotiating with an employee of said company to implant the malware.

Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, the criminal caught in the middle of the situation, had allegedly offered $1 million to an employee at an undisclosed US company – in return, the hacker had received vital information that would allow the perpetrators to gain access to the company’s systems, where they would unleash the malware.

However, after the information was provided to Kriuchkov, the insider quickly reported the situation to the FBI, who managed to nab Kriuchkov before he left the US on a plane to Russia. While it’s believed that Kriuchkov didn’t act alone, the hack has been on hold for now.

Curious? You can read into the situation here.

While Macs are considered to be safer and generally more resistant to malware than Windows computers, they’ve recently become the target for many malware campaigns. This seems to be the recent case, as researchers have found the first Mac malware inadvertently notarized by Apple.

The malware disguises itself as an Adobe Flash installer, which contains a code typically used by the Shlayer malware. Since the malware has been mistakenly approved by Apple, users can download the virus without any type of alert.

Though Apple has since been informed of the incident and halted any downloads of the application, it’s important to note that this is the first time any malware has been able to bypass Apple’s notarization scan.

You can read up on the situation here!

FixMeTip: viruses are trying to sneak on to your computer, just because you have a Mac doesn’t mean you;re immune. Run your FixMeStick once a month to keep your Macs and PCs clean and safe!

If you’re an Android user and you’ve been receiving a bunch of strange notifications on your phone lately – have no fear, you’re not alone!

Android users across the world have been receiving random notifications on their phone with no explanation as to why. Users reported receiving notifications from a handful of apps with the message “test notification”, however, many of these apps admitted that they were not actually testing out their notification settings.

While Android has since looked into the incident, it’s safe to assume that these notifications are relatively harmless.

You can read up on the incident here!

That’s all for this week’s roundup folks! We hope you’re staying safe with all that’s going on, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity!

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