Category: Malware

Chinese PCs ship with viruses preinstalled

September 14, 2012

Chinese PCs ship with viruses preinstalledMost virus creators rely on exploiting human behavior such as tricking people into clicking bogus links. Now it appears scammers in China find it simpler to just put the virus on the computer before the customer even gets it.

DNSChanger doomsday has arrived

July 5, 2012

On Monday July 9 many of the computers still infected by the DNSChanger trojan horse malware will be disconnected from the Internet. Be warned, online blackouts are never fun.

Kaspersky: Apple facing Mac malware problem

April 27, 2012

Apple is facing a serious problem, that of malware targeted specifically at Mac computers. So says Eugene Kaspersky, the founder and CEO of security software company Kaspersky.

Flashback Trojan hits over 500,000 Macs

April 6, 2012

Flashback Trojan hits over 500,000 MacsFor years one of the many selling points of buying an Apple computer was the fact that they rarely got a virus or a trojan.  Unfortunately for at least 550,000 Mac owners worldwide, they have computers that are infected with the Flashback Trojan.  Apple already knows about it and has already sent out a fix but that doesn’t mean that the infected computers are fixed.  It’s a bit like shutting the barn door after the horse has gotten out.

NASA: Not A Secure Administration

March 2, 2012

NASA: Not A Secure AdministrationThe office responsible for overseeing NASA’s activities has reported some spectacular security breaches. Not only did Chinese-based hackers briefly gain control of a lab’s network, but a stolen laptop contained unencrypted codes for controlling the International Space Station.

Android 2.x: It’s what you want to develop for in 2012

January 4, 2012

Google’s mobile operating system gets a lot of grief for fragmentation. For better, worse and whatever comes after that, the platform is actually standardizing and rapidly so. In fact, a 55 percent and increasing share of active devices are running a version of Android that Google released two Christmases ago.

Computer password hall of shame

December 5, 2011

The big black hole of personal computer security can usually be found right between the user’s ears. From phishing (miracle weight loss, cheap Viagra, anyone?) to the subject of this wake up call, passwords, it’s people like you and me making bad, bad and easily avoidable choices.

As its star rises, HTML5 security called into question

December 4, 2011

Any computer can be hacked, it’s simply a matter of time, motivation and, increasingly less, skill. If you want to exploit Adobe Flash, the source of much hacker inspiration, there are ready made exploit kits available for download. With Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and, yes, even Adobe turning to HTML5, the question of security comes to mind.

Rating the Black Friday/Cyber Monday scams

November 29, 2011

Rating the Black Friday/Cyber Monday scamsMalware distributors who try to trick people using topical subjects are, of course, the scum of the earth. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t acknowledge that some of them are more skilful than others.

Android viruses up 472% since July

November 15, 2011

Too often the words “open and free” can be summarized with a single word, “infection,” thus presenting an increasingly dire situation that Google and its Android partners ignore at their peril.

Adobe Flash: Another nail in the coffin

September 15, 2011

If you’re considering coding a website using Adobe’s malodorous multimedia middleware, unless you want to do it again very soon, think again. When Microsoft ships Windows 8 in 2012, about 365 days from now, one of the two browsers on offer won’t support plugins of any kind and that includes Adobe’s Flash.

Mobile malware finds a home

August 24, 2011

What do you want in a smartphone? For many people, “is a phone, does that touch thing and can play Angry Birds” pretty much covers it. If the salesperson adds “free” or “buy one, get one free” to the pitch and the customer’s walking out the door with a bag.

Flash is dead? Thank Steve Jobs

August 12, 2011

What a difference a year makes. In 2010, Apple’s CEO was vilified by the haters for saying what everyone knew was true — Adobe’s bloated multimedia middleware would never run well on mobile, is woefully insecure and uses resources like a Hummer driving Republican. The haters still hate, but most everything else has changed.

Android security: 2.5X more likely to encounter malware

August 5, 2011

No matter who you are and what devices you use, the sky is indeed falling — pain is coming. However, the rate at which the heavens are crashing down depends greatly on which widgets you use and Android folks will be screwed faster and more often.

How to watch the companies watching you

July 26, 2011

Whether you take precautions or not, your activity on the internet is being tracked — call it a fact of life. That said, if you’re curious about who’s doing the tracking and what they’re after, there’s a Firefox plugin that can help you find out.

Google’s new feature: You’ve Got Malware!

July 20, 2011

Google's new feature: You've Got Malware!We’ve become used to search engines warning us that particular sites in the results list may contain malicious software. Now Google is telling users that they may already be infected.

Facebook scam gets more sophisticated

June 2, 2011

Facebook scam gets more sophisticatedWhat Facebook malware scammers do is illegal, despicable and indefensible. But boy, some of them sure do it well.

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