Author: Francisco Memoria

Google Removes 300 Play Store Apps That Secretly Used Phones for DDoS Attacks

Android users generally assume Google’s Play Store is safe to use since the tech giant scans all its apps to ensure none contain malware. Every once in a while, however, hackers manage to get malicious apps past Google. Recently, according to reports, Google had to remove 300 apps from its Play Store as they were found to be using Android devices to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Hijacking Phones for Large-scale …
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Android App Allows Wannabe Cybercriminals to Create Custom Ransomware

Cybercriminals no longer need any coding experience to be able to make money extorting others. According to Symantec researchers, there is a new Android app spreading on Chinese underground forums allowing wannabe cybercriminals to create custom ransomware without having to write a single line of code. Creating Ransomware with an Android app The user-friendly app can be downloaded for free from Chinese hacking discussion boards. It is essentially a Trojan Development Kit (TDK) …
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Cryptocurrency Mining Malware CoinMiner Spreads Using NSA Exploit

Mining cryptocurrency can be extremely profitable, especially if you use someone else’s computer to avoid paying for expensive hardware or electricity. According to Japanese security firm Trend Micro, hackers have created malware known as CoinMiner that uses an exploit developed by the NSA to use victims’ computers to mine cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrency Mining Malware According to reports, CoinMiner exploits a component in PCs known as Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and infects computers using …
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Researchers Develop AI That Evaluates Quality and Potential Popularity of Short Stories

Researchers have been trying to get artificial intelligence (AI) to understand and generate narratives for years. A big problem in this line of research has now been seemingly solved, as researchers from Disney and the University of Massachusetts at Boston have developed neural networks that can evaluate short stories and predict how popular they could be with a large audience. AI that can Evaluate Short Stories Though this AI can evaluate stories, …
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