Viruses

Researchers consider threat of car hacking

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It's not necessarily new, but researchers are upping their work into discovering weaknesses in on-board automobile computers, which conceivably could allow an hacker to do harm. They also are preaching the importance of building security in.

Threat of the month: Ukash ransomware

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One of the most talked about threats this month is the infamous Ukash ransomware.

Trojan patches library code to avoid detection

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Researchers have discovered a dropper trojan that uses a new trick to stay active but hidden as it takes advantage of vulnerabilities in Windows code.

New Ramnit variant steals Facebook logins

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A new variant of the Ramnit virus harvested the login credentials of more than 45,000 Facebook users worldwide, according to researchers.

ACH debit transfer emails leading to malware

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Attackers have been circulating a trojan via email messages with subjects such as "ACH payroll payment was not accepted by Central Trust and Savings Bank."

The virus problem is worse than you think

The virus problem is worse than you think

With record numbers of threats and the increasing inability to detect them through traditional means, the time is now for the anti-virus industry to reinvent itself.

Air Force downplays drone malware infection

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A U.S. military spokeswoman said a "credential stealer," not a keylogger, was responsible, and that no missions were impacted.

Virus Bulletin 2011: A surprise 21st birthday present

A trojan downloader is not a birthday gift you want to open.

Microsoft Windows 8 will ship with built-in anti-virus

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Microsoft may face challenges from anti-virus rivals after announcing this week that the next version of Windows will come with built-in AV protection.

Cybercrime costs $388B annually, report says

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The cost of digital crimes now rivals the illegal drug trade, according to a new report from Symantec.

Fact, fiction and authoring malware

If it isn't maliciously intended, can it be malware?

Stuxnet: The way we were

The way we were is too much like the way we are: There is no way I will ever say there is no way.

Worm steals data from unemployed in Massachusetts

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An undetectable version of a two-year-old worm has infiltrated the network of a state agency in Massachusetts to steal sensitive information.

"Stars" worm targets systems in Iran, official says

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On the heels of the Stuxnet worm, Iran officials say they have discovered a new piece of malware also designed to sabotage government systems.

RSA Conference 2011: Smartphone threats imminent, security lacking

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Most users are not aware of the risks in smartphones and the security industry is struggling to develop tools to defend these devices, a panel of experts said on Wednesday at RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Virus strikes University of Oklahoma computer

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A virus recently compromised a clinic computer at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa neurology practice to possibly retrieve sensitive documents on the machine.

Major U.S. organizations hit by 'Here you have' email worm

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A number of major U.S. major organizations were affected by a rapidly spreading email worm that hit inboxes worldwide beginning Thursday.

Security defenses limited at SMBs, survey finds

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Nearly half of all small and midsize businesses (SMBs) have fallen victim to cybercrime, yet some still are operating with no security defenses in place, according to a report released this week by anti-virus firm Panda Security.

Avenging host: The impact of virtualization on network security

Avenging host: The impact of virtualization on network security

Virtualization is quickly transforming the IT landscape, but some organizations may have overlooked the security ramifications it presents.

LoveBug: A decade of virus detection

LoveBug: A decade of virus detection

A top Symantec engineer recounts one of the most exciting days of his career: Ten years ago this week, the ILOVEYOU, or LoveBug, worm spread across the world and crippled PCs.

McAfee error wreaks havoc on corporate systems

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A flawed McAfee update caused computers around the world to become stuck in an endless cycle of reboots.

Eastern Illinois University server hacked

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The personal information of former, prospective, and current undergraduate students at the university may have been stolen when a hacker gained access to the university's Office of Admissions server.

Huge uptick in spam-borne malware since mid-September

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The amount of the amount of spam containing malware increased ninefold during September over the previous month, according to Symantec.

AV makers fault Apple on Snow Leopard malware scanner

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The new anti-virus feature in Snow Leopard could entice cybercriminals to create more Mac malware, say security firms.

"Dirtiest" websites host average 18,000 threats

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The most dangerous websites on the web propagate an average of 18,000 different pieces of malware.

Most malware dies within 24 hours

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Nineteen percent of malware variants last for two days, and just nine percent last three days, according to anti-virus vendor Panda Security.

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