Anglo African weekly news wrap on trending cyber-attacks, to keep you alert

February 22, 2019

These past couple of years, the battle royale (last player standing) genre has conquered gaming hearts and minds. In early February, the world-beating Fortnite and PUBG were joined by another smash hit in the form of Electronic Arts’ Apex Legends (25 million downloads in the first week). As with the other two titles, fans are waiting with bated breath for the mobile releases of Apex Legends. On this score, EA is dragging its feet. Cybercriminals, however, are licking their chops.

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Found a new Android smartphone that you want to buy? Here are the steps you need to go through to safely and securely wipe the data off your existing smartphone before you’re done with it.

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A new cyber-criminal group that is believed to operate out of China has been hacking into Linux servers since last fall and installing a new strain of malware that mines cryptocurrency. Discovered by security researchers at Intezer, this new group –which they named Pacha Group– hasn’t targeted Linux servers directly, but the apps that run on top.

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Researchers have uncovered an ongoing campaign against retail VMWare Horizon Point-of-Sale (PoS) thin clients.

The new attack wave, which has taken place over the past eight to ten weeks, is attempting to spread Cobalt Strike, a legitimate penetration testing tool which has also, unfortunately, been adopted in recent years by threat actors.

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