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04
Sep
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New Zeus Trojan Uses Instant Messaging to Expedite ID Theft

In an effort to expedite stolen personal identities and financial records of unsuspecting users, online deviants are using an Instant Messaging component of their attack software, coupled malware. According to RSA Security, the Zeus Trojan informs ... hackers when their desired information has been poached. With Zeus, hackers can act faster in completing their time-sensitive illegal acts, which could lead to even more victims being targeted. Internet security firms are very familiar with the Zeus Trojan, blaming it for an endless trail of online bank account heists. Most believe Zeus is the ... (view more)

Mon
24
Aug
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Don't be Duped: Obama Spam Scam is Nothing But False Promises

Hackers have launched a new wave of malware attacks against critics of Barack Obama, duping users into a supposed cyber "protest" against the policies of the US President. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. The message has been cited ... as a mere ploy to get users to install malware on their machines. (Source: sfgate.com ) So why are so many falling for it? Read on. A Hot Political Issue Few people can argue that Obama's rise to the Presidency was a historic feat. However, it is often forgotten that while the majority of democratic voters chose Obama, hundreds of ... (view more)

Mon
17
Aug
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IE8 'Safest' Among Leading Browsers, Report Says

Those who made the upgrade to Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) will be pleased to learn that the browser has proven to be the most effective at blocking malware, following a recent study by NSS Labs . However, some experts question the validity ... of the results. Five Browsers Tested NSS tested a total of five Windows-based browsers including: IE8, Firefox 3.0.11, Safari 4.0.2, Chrome 2.0.0.172.33 and Opera 10 beta. The browsers were to defend their users against more than 2,100 malware sites in 69 tests run over a 12-day period. The malware peddled on the infected sites is "socially ... (view more)

Fri
10
Jul
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Security Experts Attack Google's Quest for Immune OS

Google made quite the controversial statement recently after attempting to shed some light concerning their new Chrome operating system . Google has raised eyebrows after promising that their customers will no longer have to worry about viruses, ... malware and security updates. In a recent blog entry, Google announced that the company was prepared to "go back to the basics" and redesign the essential security foundations of the OS in such a way so that users would never again have to deal with viruses, malware and the need for constant updates. It didn't take long for a number of security ... (view more)

Thu
11
Jun
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Windows XP-Based ATMs Targeted by Hackers

Banks are being warned of trouble ahead after approximately 20 ATMs, mostly in Eastern Europe, were compromised. The ATMs running Microsoft's Windows XP operating system were infected with malware that captures magnetic strip data and PIN codes. ... According to a report from Trustwave's SpiderLabs, the malware uses the strip data and PIN codes to access the private memory space of transaction-processing applications. Advanced Management Functionality Built into the Malware Attackers gain control over the ATMs by inserting specialized controller cards into the ATM's card reader. (Source: tgdaily. ... (view more)

Mon
01
Jun
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Gumbler Virus Infects Google Search, Deadliest Yet

A new malware worm that targets Google fans and uses Javascript to attack computers through vulnerabilities in Adobe PDF reader and Flash player is on the loose. According to SophosLabs, the virus known as JSRedir-R blows all other web-based malware ... out of the water. JSRedir-R accounted for 42 per cent of all malicious infections found on websites in a one week period. The malware, also known as 'Gumblar,' infected a new page every 4.5 seconds. (Source: sophos.com ) Infected Redirected via Google Result Pages Google users are redirected to other sites that download more malware onto the user' ... (view more)

Wed
27
May
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New Netbook Ships, Preloaded with Factory Malware

Kapersky Labs recently took a new, out-of-the-box M ... (view more)

Mon
04
May
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Malware

Malware (a portmanteau of "malicious software") is any software program developed for the purpose of causing harm to a computer system, similar to a virus or Trojan horse. Malware can be classified based on how it is executed, how it spreads, and/or ... what it does. The classification is not perfect, however, in the sense that the groups often overlap and the difference is not always obvious, giving rise to frequent flame wars. Overuse of the term 'Virus' Because viruses were historically the first to appear, the term "virus" is often applied, especially in the popular media, to all sorts of ... (view more)

Wed
01
Apr
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Conficker Detection Breakthrough From Germany

German security researchers at the Honeynet Project have scored a major breakthrough in studying the behavior of the Conficker/Downadup worm. According to reports, there now may be a way to detect the malware on infected networks. Security ... researchers, with the help of Dan Kaminsky and Rich Mogull, have the ability to remotely and anonymously detect Conficker infections. Kaminsky explained that since the Conficker/Downadup malware changes the way Windows looks on a network, it is possible to scan a network and have it "respond" whether or not it is or is not infected with Conficker ... (view more)

Mon
23
Feb
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Spyware Doctor With Antivirus Review

If you're lucky, spyware will slow down your computer and make your daily use a frustrating experience. That is *NOT* a typo. If you are lucky, that's what will happen ... but if you are unlucky, spyware will leave your computer as good as useless, ... steal your personal data, banking information, credit card numbers, and passwords -- and make your life a living hell. What is the Difference between Spyware, Malware, and a Virus? There are distinct classifications for rogue software: all of which cause harm to your PC in some way or another. The terms spyware and malware generally refer to ... (view more)

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