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Geodo Botnets Using New Spam Campaign to Deliver Qakbot Malware

Researchers discovered Geodo botnets using a new spam campaign to deliver samples of Qakbot malware.

Cofense observed the botnets delivering non-Geodo malware since at least Jan. 28 via increasingly targeted phishing efforts. The attack begins when a user receives a phishing email containing a weaponized Microsoft Office document. That file contains malicious embedded macros that, when enabled, directly deliver Qakbot malware to the victim’s device. Researchers also witnessed the campaign leveraging IcedID, another banking Trojan, as its final payload.

In both cases, the campaign ends by replacing the binary content with that of calc.exe. This tactic is designed to help the campaign hide in plain sight, which signals Geodo’s evolution as a digital threat. Cofense found additional evidence of this evolution in Geodo’s use of targeted addressing, internal signatures and previous threads to prey on state-level government departments in the U.S. as part of a related malware campaign.

A Surge in Banking Trojans

This attack campaign comes amid a rise in activity for banking Trojans such as Qakbot and IcedID. Check Point observed a 50 percent increase in banking Trojan activity in the first half of 2018, with Dorkbot and Ramnit earning spots on the company’s “Most Wanted Malware” list for June of that year. Two months later, Ramnit placed even higher on Check Point’s monthly malware index.

Other security companies have also observed this trend among banking Trojans. For example, Kaspersky Lab detected 61,000 installation packages for mobile banking malware in Q2 2018 — more than a threefold growth over the previous quarter.

How to Defend Against Threats Like Qakbot Malware

Security professionals can help defend against digital threats like Qakbot malware by using tools such as VBA editor to analyze Office documents for malicious macros. Organizations should also lead by example and implement two-factor authentication (2FA) to prevent digital attackers from accessing and weaponizing their business email accounts.

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Severe RCE Flaw Disclosed in Popular LibreOffice and OpenOffice Software

It's 2019, and just opening an innocent looking office document file on your system can still allow hackers to compromise your computer. No, I'm not talking about yet another vulnerability in Microsoft Office, but in two other most popular alternatives—LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice—free, open source office software used by millions of Windows, MacOS and Linux users. Security researcher

Microsoft Office 365 Is Now Available On Apple’s Mac App Store

Microsoft Office 365 is one of the most feature-rich office suite that is used by millions of users. The Microsoft Office 365 consists of many useful tools like Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Well, the Microsoft’s Office 365 suite is now finally available on the Mac App Store.

So here’s everything you need to know about the availability of Microsoft Office 365 on Apple’s Mac App Store.

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Microsoft Office 365 Is Now Available On Apple’s Mac Store

Last year at WWDC Apple promised to launch Microsoft Office 365. Apple has finally announced on Thursday that Microsoft Office 365 is now available on Mac App Store. Users can now directly download the signature Microsoft apps such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Excel on their MacOS computers.

Earlier, Mac users relied on Microsoft’s website for downloading Microsoft apps. It is worth noting, that the Microsoft Office 365 for MacOS will also offer some nifty features like Dark Mode and Continuity Camera. These features are exclusively available on MacOS only.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing stated that “Apple and Microsoft have worked together to bring great Office productivity to Mac users from the very beginning. Now, with Office 365 on the Mac App Store, it’s easier than ever to get the latest and best version of Office 365 for Mac, iPad, and iPhone.”


Microsoft Office 365 Subscription Plans

You can use the Microsoft Office 365 suite completely free of cost for a month. Later you can pay $70 per year for using the Microsoft services as a personal edition. Furthermore, you can pay $100 a year and upgrade to the Home version. It is worth noting that the Home version can be used by up to 6 people.

In addition to Microsoft Apps, the Home version also offers 1TB of Onedrive storage and 60 minutes of monthly Skype calls.

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GandCrab ransomware and Ursnif virus spreading via MS Word macros

Security researchers have discovered two separate malware campaigns, one of which is distributing the Ursnif data-stealing trojan and the GandCrab ransomware in the wild, whereas the second one is only infecting victims with Ursnif malware. Though both malware campaigns appear to be a work of two separate cybercriminal groups, we find many similarities in them. Both attacks start from

Hackers Using Zero-Width Spaces to Bypass MS Office 365 Protection

Security researchers have been warning about a simple technique that cybercriminals and email scammers are already being using in the wild to bypass security features of Microsoft Office 365, including Safe Links, which are originally designed to protect users from malware and phishing attacks. Safe Links has been included by Microsoft in Office 365 as part of its ATP (Advanced Threat Protection