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An extortion scam is being distributed that claims a Remote Access Trojan, or RAT, was installed on your computer using the EternalBlue exploit. The scammers then go on to say that they used the RAT to take videos of you on adult web sites and that you must pay a ransom or they will send it to all of your contacts. EternalBlue is an exploit allegedly created by the NSA that targets a vulnerability in the SMBv1 protocol. This vulnerability allows attackers to execute commands on a vulnerable computer that can be used to install malware. The extortion emails being distributed have a subject of "Security Alert. Your account was compromised. Password must be changed" and spins a tale that while visiting a porn site, the EternalBlue exploit was triggered to install a Remote Access Trojan on your computer. This Trojan was then allegedly used to take videos of you, steal your contacts, and your passwords. It goes on to say if you do not pay a $600 extortion demand, the attacker will send your video to all of your contacts. The reality is that this is just a scam and the senders have not utilized any exploits on your computer, there is no RAT installed, and there are no videos of you while using an adult web site. Any passwords or email addresses listed in the email are simply from data breaches where your account info was publicly disclosed. While you now know this is a scam, unfortunately not everyone else does and some people actually pay the extortion demand. Visit OUR FORUM for more.

An Android horror game with over 50,000 installs was found to exhibit malicious behavior, stealing the gamers' Google and Facebook credentials, and siphoning their data after logging into their accounts. The game is called Scary Granny ZOMBYE Mod: The Horror Game 2019 (Scary Granny) and it is designed to bank on the success of another Android game dubbed Granny that currently has over 100 million installs. While Scary Granny is a fully functional game which would actually keep gamers playing it to avoid any suspicion and raising any red flags, it was removed on June 27 from Google's Play Store after the researchers who unearthed its phishing and data siphoning abilities reported it to Google. To hide its actual "horror" side, the game would delay exhibiting any malicious activity for up to two days after being installed as Wandera's research team discovered. The app would also only turn on its data-stealing modules only if it was being used on older Android versions, with users of newer devices running up to date operating systems not being impacted. When being installed, the Scary Granny game gains persistence on the devices by asking for permissions to launch itself after the smartphone or tablet is restarted. This allows it to show full-screen phishing overlays even after the Android users reboot their devices, by first displaying "a notification telling the user to update Google security services. When the user hits ‘update’, a fake Google login page is presented, which is very convincing other than the fact ‘sign in’ is spelled incorrectly." Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

The update mechanism as it is currently implemented in Microsoft Teams desktop app allows downloading and executing arbitrary files on the system. The same issue affects GitHub, WhatsApp, and UiPath software for desktop computers but it can be used only to download a payload. These applications rely on the open source Squirrel project to manage installation and updating routines, which uses NuGet package manager to create the necessary files. Multiple security researchers discovered that using the 'update' command for a vulnerable application it is possible to execute an arbitrary binary in the context of the current user. The same goes for 'squirrel.exe.' With Microsoft Teams, a payload is added to its folder and executed automatically using certain commands. These commands can be used with other arguments, including 'download,' which enables retrieving the payload in the form of a NuGet package from a remote location.  The same method is valid for "squirrel.exe," which is also part of the Microsoft Teams installation package. Both executables are now part of the Living Off The Land Binaries and Scripts database on GitHub. Reverse engineer Reegun Richard tested the issue on Microsoft Teams and reported it to the company on June 4. The application continues to be vulnerable at this point as Microsoft informed the researcher that the fix would come in a future release of the software. Trying to replicate the effect with GitHub, and WhatsApp, and UiPath did not achieve execution for the payload and only downloading it from a remote server was possible. "In this scenario, an attacker can use this method to mask the payload download," which is still useful for an adversary, Richard told BleepingComputer. If you use Microsoft Teams, you surely want to learn more about this security infraction and visit OUR FORUM.

Some Windows 10 users are seeing notifications from Microsoft that their devices are temporarily blocked from receiving the Windows 10 1903 update. There have been some bugs and issues with Microsoft's Windows 10 May Update/1903 feature update since Microsoft kicked off its rollout in late May. But the 1903 complaint I've gotten most often (so far) is from users who want to install the update but can't and don't know why. Microsoft has added a new notification which some users whose devices aren't ready or able to install the update are seeing when they attempt to proactively grab the 1903 release. As originally noted last week by Windows Latest, Microsoft has added a new message to its Windows Update page. Users attempting to install 1903 on machines with out-of-date drivers or other issues are seeing this message: "The Windows 10 May 2019 Update is on its way. We're offering this update to compatible devices, but your device isn't ready for it. Once your device is ready, you'll see the update available on this page. There's nothing you need to do at this time." I confirmed with Microsoft that this notification is part of its 1903 rollout strategy. "The notification started with the latest changes made to improve the quality/transparency of the Windows update process," according to a Microsoft spokesperson. Microsoft officials said in a blog post on May 21 that the company planned to start automatically updating devices running the April 2018 Update and earlier versions of Windows 10 to Windows 10 1903. Last week, via the Windows Update account on Twitter, Microsoft officials communicated that they were building and training machine-learning rollout processes that would enable this to happen. Details on exactly when and how Microsoft plans to do this are scarce. More information on the automatic-update plan is posted on OUR FORUM.

Office 365 consumer subscribers soon will be able to buy up to an extra 1TB of storage for a fee. And OneDrive web, mobile, and Windows 10 PC users are getting a new secure-storage feature for no additional charge. Microsoft is bringing a new storage plan and security options to the consumer version of its OneDrive cloud storage service. On June 25, Microsoft announced new paid OneDrive Personal plans for OneDrive consumer customers and Office 365 consumer subscribers; and its OneDrive Personal Vault feature. Microsoft is increasing the storage baseline for OneDrive Personal users who currently pay $1.99 a month for 50 GB of storage. Now, these users will get 100 GB of cloud storage for the same $1.99 a month fee. The extra storage will be added "soon" to those users accounts without them needing to take any action, officials said. Microsoft also finally is enabling Office 365 consumer subscribers to buy more OneDrive storage. As part of their current Office 365 Home or Personal subscriptions, users already get 1TB of OneDrive storage per user for no additional cost. These users are going to be able to buy more storage in 200 GB increments for $1.99 per month, up to 1TB of additional storage for $9.99 per month. The new total maximum of storage that Microsoft is making available is 2TB; there are currently no plans to offer more, said Seth Patton, General Manager of Microsoft 365. These new additional storage options will be made available worldwide "in the coming months," Patton said. For those who have multiple users with 1TB each under their Office 365 Home plan, only the primary account holder is eligible for the extra storage purchase. For more visit OUR FORUM.

Google Earth has been available on desktop for over two years now, and if you want to run the platform in a browser, you’ve to use Google’s Chrome. Other browsers including Chromium Edge and Opera aren’t supported because Google built Earth using Chrome-only technology. Google Earth is now available for all major web browsers, including [urlMicrosoft Edge and Firefox. Google created Earth web version using Portable Native Client (or PNaCl) and the original Edge or Chromium-based Edge does not ship with the Portable Native Client (PNaCl) component. Google has been working on WebAssembly-powered Google Earth and a version built using WebAssembly was demonstrated during the Chrome Dev Summit 2017. Google Earth has been finally rewritten in WebAssembly and the beta version now works on Microsoft Edge, Chromium web browsers and Firefox. The new version of Google Earth offers the same experience as the existing site. “Once the new version of Edge based on Chromium ships, apps in WebAssembly will work as well in Edge as they do in Chrome,” Google said in a blog post. While Google Earth works smoothly in new Edge, the platform is not fully supported in old Edge as the browser does not have Google Earth WebAssembly (WASM) Beta. Google Earth in old Edge renders the unsupported warning, but you can try to run it in multiple threaded or single threaded version, and it may work. We have more plus the link to try Google Earth posted on OUR FORUM.

 

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