While some studies point to a decrease in malware, that is more of an indication that virus writers are getting better at hiding their wares.
A new outbreak of spam claims to be a critical update for Microsoft Outlook, but the message really aims to infect users with the information-stealing trojan ZBot, security firm Trend Micro warned Monday.
Next week, Microsoft will make available to consumers a new, free anti-malware service to replace its subscription model.
In reaction to a letter from 37 respected names in the computer security field, Google is considering tighter security of its web applications.
Sanford Wallace, the so-called spam king who has been sued on multiple occasions, may finally face prison time.
Users of popular blogging platform Twitter fell victim this past week to a scareware scam.
After last week's phishing attacks on social networking sites, yet another round has struck Twitter.
Spam levels rose again in May -- and there is no sign of a slowdown, according to a new report.
In the past three months, twelve million new computers have joined botnets worldwide.
Image spam is making a comeback, making up almost 22 percent of all unsolicited mail, according to IBM's X-Force research team. Much of the spam involves messages pushing pharmaceutical products, researchers Ralf Iffert and Holly Stewart said Monday. Two years ago, most image spam, in which the payload is carried in an embedded image, focused on stock trading, but that is no longer as lucrative. The focus on drugs is likely a way to prey on people who seek help in dismal economic times, the researchers said. — CAM
A principal player in the spreading of adware -- software that silently loads advertising onto web users' computers -- has been forced to close down after a decade in business.
Google searches for a number of security products and vendors -- including F-Secure, Norton, McAfee and Trend Micro -- have yielded advertisements with links to rogue products.
A new campaign to lure users into downloading malware is running on the Waledac botnet, according to security researchers.
The percentage of people losing money to phishing attacks is higher than ever -- five million consumers in the United States fell victim during 2008, an increase of 40 percent over 2007, according to a new report from Gartner.
As the death toll from the earthquake in central Italy grows, spammers have moved to capitalize on the catastrophe.
With the U.S. tax filing deadline looming, cybercriminals are putting fraud efforts into high gear with tax-related phishing emails and websites designed to lure users into handing over their personal information, security firms are warning.
After pleading guilty last year, two Nigerians and a French citizen were sentenced by a New York federal judge to jail Thursday for scamming $1.2 million through email.
Following the highly publicized takedown of the McColo web-hosting company last November, worldwide spam levels dropped by around 70 percent. But four months later, spam is now back up to pre-McColo levels, according to the latest figures from Google's Postini.
A new torrent of spam, disguised as a message from package carrier DHL, is making its way into inboxes.
Emails spoofed to look like they are coming from Delta Airlines to confirm a ticket purchase are attempting to infect users with a trojan.
A new variant of the Waledac malware campaign has been unleashed, taking advantage of the economic crisis by spoofing a legitimate coupon website and using IP address geolocation to appear to offer coupons for local stores.
Cybercriminals behind the Waledac botnet are trying to capture more victims by using Valentine's Day-themed exploits, researchers from McAfee Avert Labs warned Monday.
The Monday announcement of Internet Explorer (IE) Release Candidate 1 (RC1) will be the last public update of IE8 before the final product is released. RC1 is available for public download in 25 languages, and is billed as Microsoft's most secure browser ever.
The amount of spam is nearing pre-McColo numbers, and junk mailers are using crafty new methods to infect computers, two spam reports released on Monday conclude.
A new email worm has replaced Storm in an attempt to trick end-users into opening malware-laden holiday e-cards.
Lance Atkinson, a member of the Herbal King spam gang, also faces additional charges in the United States.
In less than nine months in 2007, a botnet-driven junk email network earned $7.5 million for its operators -- just one example of the polished, modern-day spam operation, a panelist said Wednesday at the SC World Congress.
For possibly the first time ever, Apple is recommending Mac OS X users deploy anti-virus solutions -- but it remains unclear exactly why.
Spam levels are returning to normal levels after a number of potent botnets have regained life.
Though worldwide spam levels are still diminished in the wake of the McColo hosting-company shutdown, it may only be a matter of time before they come roaring back.
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