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Researchers at Microsoft are reporting a spike in the use of macros to spread malware via spam and social engineering.
Trend Micro researchers have come across a 64-bit version of Havex, a remote access tool (RAT) that has been used in cyber espionage campaigns aimed at industrial control systems (ICS)
A new report from Sophos dives deep into the Vawtrak malware, which has been linked to attacks on bank customers around the globe.
Researchers say the group focused on internal payment gateways and internal banking systems.
The new variant has been dubbed 'Spark' by researchers at Trustwave.
Akamai Technologies issued a report about attackers using the Xsser Trojan to target Android and iOS devices.
Researchers have uncovered a worm that's designed to plant backdoors on QNAP network-attached storage (NAS) devices. The malware is distributed through the exploitation of the GNU Bash vulnerability known as ShellShock.
Mobile security firm Lookout says that malware known as DeathRing is being detected on devices throughout Asia and Africa.
Facebook says the partnership will help protect users from malware.
The United States was home for 30 percent of the PoS malware infections identified by Trend Micro in the third quarter.

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