Avast acquires rival AVG for $1.3 billion to create a security software giant | VentureBeat | Business | by Paul Sawers

Security software giant Avast Software has acquired rival AVG Technologies. Avast will pay $25 cash for each of AVG’s outstanding ordinary shares in a deal amounting to around $1.3 billion.

Source: Avast acquires rival AVG for $1.3 billion to create a security software giant | VentureBeat | Business | by Paul Sawers

New Mac malware can remotely access FaceTime camera, but macOS Gatekeeper users are protected

A new piece of Mac-targeting malware is in the wild, potentially allowing hackers to remotely execute code and even control the FaceTime camera on a user’s computer, but Apple’s own Gatekeeper security prevents the unsigned app from being installed.

Source: New Mac malware can remotely access FaceTime camera, but macOS Gatekeeper users are protected

From HummingBad to Worse: New In-Depth Details and Analysis of the HummingBad Android Malware Campaign | Check Point Blog

For five months, Check Point mobile threat researchers had unprecedented access to the inner-workings of Yingmob, a group of Chinese cyber criminals behind the HummingBad malware campaign. HummingBad is a malware Check Point discovered that establishes a persistent rootkit on Android devices, generates fraudulent ad revenue, and installs additional fraudulent apps. Yingmob runs alongside a legitimate Chinese advertising analytics company, sharing its resources and technology. The group is highly organized with 25 employees that staff four separate groups responsible for developing HummingBad’s malicious components.

Source: From HummingBad to Worse: New In-Depth Details and Analysis of the HummingBad Android Malware Campaign | Check Point Blog