malware

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  1. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    These 26 brand new Android smartphones come with malware pre-installed

    Trojans capable of installing additional malware are currently affecting the stock firmware of at least 26 Android smartphone models. Russian anti-malware company Dr Web found that the Pixus Touch 7.85 3G, the Marshal ME-711, and more than 20 other smartphones for Android currently ship with...
  2. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Fake Blue Screen of Death faux-freezes your system like the real McCoy

    Thanks to Andrew O’Donnell of SophosLabs for his behind-the-scenes work on this article. There’s a new fake support scam in town, hiding behind a file calling itself Microsoft Security Essentials, and it’s trying to trick victims into contacting bogus help centers. The malware, known to Sophos...
  3. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Massive cyberattack turned ordinary devices into weapons

    A cyberattack that took down large swaths of the internet around the world on Friday was carried out, in part, by unsuspecting devices connected to the internet. Security firm Flashpoint said it believes that digital video recorders and webcams in people's homes were taken over by malware and...
  4. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Enjoy taking selfies? That plays right into the hands of this identity-stealing malware...

    A new Android malware loves users' love of selfies. How much? Enough to ask them to take one so that it can steal access to their accounts, and potentially steal their identity. The unnamed malware masquerades primarily as a video codec or plugin. In some cases, it arrives as a fake Adobe Flash...
  5. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Hackers are automatically seeding trackers with malware disguised as most popular downloads

    Cybercriminals are spreading malware via torrent distribution networks, using an automated tool to disguise the downloads as trending audio, video and other digital content in an attempt to infect more unsuspecting victims. Researchers at InfoArmor say they have uncovered a malicious torrent...
  6. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Don’t plug it in! Scammers post infected USB sticks through letterboxes

    Unexpectedly received a USB stick in the post? Whatever you do … DON’T PLUG IT IN!! Police in the Australian state of Victoria are warning the public about cybercriminals’ latest tactic: randomly dropping unmarked USB sticks containing malware through letterboxes. The criminals are of course...
  7. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Now WikiLeaks is distributing malware

    Veteran anti-virus researcher Vesselin Bontchev has discovered that there are thousands of samples of malware available for download from the WikiLeaks website. The malware found by Bontchev is found in a large tranche of emails leaked from AKP, a Turkish political party. Bontchev writes...
  8. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Update Your iPhone Now To Fix Flaw That Can Let Hackers Steal Your Stuff With A Single Text

    There remains a perception, among many owners of Apple devices and products, that they are immune from the malware, security flaws, and viruses that often hit the competition. Sadly, that’s not true. An iOS device or a Mac can be just as vulnerable to a flaw as any other — and right now, yours...
  9. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    When is malware not malware? When the FBI says so, of course

    Is there such a thing as good malware? The FBI would argue that there is, if they are the ones who created it. The origins of the case date back to February 2015, when the FBI seized control of a child sexual abuse website called Playpen. You might have expected the FBI to shut down the site...
  10. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Accidentally Typing “.om” Instead of “.com” Puts Your Computer At Risk For Malware

    We’ve all done it: typed too quickly and gone to Amazonco.m, Netfli.xcom, or countless other incorrect URLs. These goofs often lead to harmless dead ends, but cybersquatters are increasingly using these URLs to spread malware. A new scam, targeting both PC and Mac users, aims to install malware...
  11. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Did Microsoft make the right move by labeling some versions of the Ask Toolbar as malware?

    Last week Microsoft's malware protection efforts made headlines across the Internet because they decided to add the Ask Toolbar to its list of blocked software on Windows systems. This news was met with widespread praise as the Ask Toolbar, which accompanies Oracle's Java installation and other...
  12. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Software Solutions to De-crapify the Crappiest PCs

    Thanks to the recent Lenovo debacle, more of the consumer industry has become aware of the unwanted applications that come preinstalled on almost every available PC. This is not a new thing, by any means. Who remembers when it started exactly? In the early days, the software would come in the...
  13. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions Of Computers To Malware

    Last night, researchers at Malwarebytes noticed strange behavior on sites like Last.fm, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post. Ads on the sites were being unusually aggressive, setting off anti-virus warnings and raising flags in a number of Malwarebytes systems. After some digging...
  14. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Sneaky New Malware Hides in Windows Registry

    A new piece of malware called Poweliks can seize control of a Windows computer — and it can't be detected by antivirus programs. That's because it doesn't download any files to the infected computer; instead, it resides as encrypted text in the computer's registry. From there it can seize...
  15. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

    Researchers have detailed a rare form of Windows malware that maintains infection on machines and steals data without installing files. The malware resides in the computer registry only and is therefore not easy to detect. It code reaches machines through a malicious Microsoft Word document...
  16. allheart55 (Cindy E)

    Uh Oh, The Humble USB Has A Serious Security Problem

    So sinister, you won't even know it's there Ah, the USB. The framework holding our digital lives together. The one we can always rely on. And no matter how many times we pull you out without ejecting first, you still work anyway. USB, we love you. But the USB could also become a weapon of mass...