Cloud Security News: Week in Review is our blog series, grabbing the more interesting cloud security scoops from the web. Sit back, relax, and catch up on all you should know about this week.
Remember the ransomware ‘Locky’, the one that wreaked all sorts of havoc in 2016? Well, it turns out it decided to take a vacation during the holidays. We’ll see if it turns into an extended break or not. On another note: Gamers beware. It was just discovered that over a million Supercell gaming accounts were hacked last year. If you have an account, you’ll want to go ahead and change your passwords. And lastly, a Mac malware has been targeting biomedical research for what could be years now. Read more details below.
By Danny Palmer (@dannyjpalmer)
Though there were countless stories of the infamous Locky last year, it appears that cybercriminals behind the malware decided to give everyone a break during the holiday season. According to this article, the average number of attacks dropped by a shocking 81% during the month of December. The malware ‘Nemucod’ took Locky’s place as the second most popular type of malware in December, while Locky itself dropped off the list of top ten. Despite this sudden decline, this likely won’t be the last we see of this notorious ransomware.
By Waqas Amir (@Writerblues)
Are you an avid player of Clash of Clans or Hay Day? If so, you’ll definitely want to read this one. Turns out that the company behind these games, Supercell, was hacked back in September, leaving an estimated 1.1 million user accounts compromised. Not only were usernames stolen, but email IDs, hashed passwords, and IP addresses were also breached.
By Michael Kan (@Michael_Kan)
A recent study has indicated that a Mac malware may have been attacking biomedical research centers unbeknownst for years now. Dubbed “Fruitfly” by Apple, this malware has the ability to take screenshots, access the webcam, as well as mimic mouse clicks and keystrokes; ultimately leading to complete remote control of the victim’s system. Oddly enough, the hacker behind Fruitfly created it using “‘ancient’ coding functions, dating back before the Mac OS X operating system launch in 2001.”