February 24, 2020
David Redekop

This Week In Nerd News – February 24, 2020

Your weekly top 5 technical and security issues you should pay attention to:

Nasty Android malware reinfects its targets, and no one knows how .

Makes me wonder, are Android phones really cheaper in TCO calculations?

A widely circulating piece of Android malware primarily targeting US-based phones used a clever trick to reinfect one of its targets in a feat that stumped researchers as to precisely how it was pulled off.

 

Read More: Nasty Android malware reinfects its targets, and no one knows how

 

Fraud Case in Charleston, S.C.

Shines Light on Web’s Dark Corners. Interesting what happens when IP (IPv4) addresses are in short supply.

A first-of-its-kind fraud prosecution of a small technology company and its owner has shed light on how the architecture of the internet allows spammers, hackers and other bad actors to flourish online while cloaking their true identities.

 

Read More: Fraud Case in Charleston, S.C., Shines Light on Web’s Dark Corners

 

US natural gas operator shuts down for 2 days after being infected by ransomware.

Lest we grow weary of ransomware news.

A US-based natural gas facility shut down operations for two days after sustaining a ransomware infection that prevented personnel from receiving crucial real-time operational data from control and communication equipment, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday.

 

Read More: US natural gas operator shuts down for 2 days after being infected by ransomware

 

Dell Sells RSA to Private Equity Firm for $2.1B.

The value of security industry still growing in investors’ minds.

Nearly five years after Dell Technologies scooped up RSA’s security business via its $67 billion buy of RSA’s then-parent firm EMC Corp., the technology company now plans to sell RSA to a private equity firm for $2.075 billion in cash.

 

Read More: Dell Sells RSA to Private Equity Firm for $2.1B

 

Pay Up, Or We’ll Make Google Ban Your Ads.

A new email-based extortion scheme apparently is making the rounds, targeting Web site owners serving banner ads through Google’s AdSense program. In this scam, the fraudsters demand bitcoin in exchange for a promise not to flood the publisher’s ads with so much bot and junk traffic that Google’s automated anti-fraud systems suspend the user’s AdSense account for suspicious traffic.

Earlier this month, KrebsOnSecurity heard from a reader who maintains several sites that receive a fair amount of traffic. The message this reader shared began by quoting from an automated email Google’s systems might send if they detect your site is seeking to benefit from automated clicks.

 

Read More: Pay Up, Or We’ll Make Google Ban Your Ads

 

Did you know?

On iPhone 11 Pro you can now use front and back cameras simultaneously on a free app called Doubletake. Great for one-on-one quick interviews.

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