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A coordinated cybercrime crackdown in six European nations last week ended with the arrest of six people suspected of buying counter anti-virus and crypter services. These cybercriminal tools are typically used to thwart antimalware solutions’ detection mechanisms by testing and clouding of malware samples.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) linked ransomware that negatively impacted more than 300,000 people in 150 countries to North Korea, according to The Washington Post. The NSA’s assessment, which is not available to the public, states that “cyber actors” thought to be sponsored by North Korea’s spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, were behind the WannaCry computer worm.

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FIN7, closely associated with the notorious Carbanak group, is behind a targeted phishing campaign singling out restaurants with fileless malware that is difficult to detect. The recent campaign incorporates, “never before seen evasive techniques that allow (malware) to bypass most security solutions,” wrote researchers at Morphisec Lab in a report release on Friday.

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Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday update today included a massive 95 fixes that tackle vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Skype, Internet Explorer and its Edge browser. Twenty-seven of Microsoft’s patches fix remote code execution issues, allowing attackers to remotely take control of a victim’s PC. Eighteen patches are rated critical by Microsoft, 76 important and one is rated moderate.

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