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Wed
17
Jul
John Lister's picture

New Router Exploit Auto-redirects to Rogue Sites

A security firm says hackers have hijacked 180,000 routers in Brazil alone so far this year. They target people who haven't changed the default login for the router's control system. According to Avast, there have been more than 4.6 million attempts ... to modify router settings remotely. Although the attacks were targeted at people using particular Internet service providers in Brazil, there's no reason the same tactics couldn't work elsewhere. The goal of the attacks is to change the DNS settings on a router. In simple terms, that's like the address book that a router uses to turn a website ... (view more)

Wed
15
May
John Lister's picture

Researchers: Android Bloatware a Security Risk

Unwanted pre-installed software on Android devices often poses privacy and security risks according to a new study. That's because the so-called "bloatware" often by-passes Google's vetting process. One of the key selling points, or big drawbacks - ... depending on your perspective - of the Android operating system is that phone and tablet makers can customize their own devices, through the user interface and the apps that appear when a new device is first powered on. That's different from systems such as Apple, where both the hardware and software are controlled by the same company . The study ... (view more)

Tue
19
Mar
John Lister's picture

Most Android Antivirus Useless: Report

A new report claims most Android "antivirus" apps don't provide enough protection to justify that term. It says two-thirds of the antivirus programs were so ineffective, they were practically useless. The report comes from AV-Comparatives, a website ... that tests antivirus and other security software. It says it was inspired to look at Android apps after spotting one that literally did nothing but show a fake progress bar before saying no malicious apps were present (without actually carrying out a scan). The test involved putting 250 different Android antivirus apps to work on Samsung Galaxy S9 ... (view more)

Fri
18
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Explained: Do I need Antivirus for my Smartphone?

Infopackets Reader Mike B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just read John Lister's article on ' 700M Android Phones Contain Chinese Spyware ', and I have a related question. I've just bought myself a Windows 10 phone (Lumia 640 XLT LTE). I like it, but am ... unsure what I need to do, if anything, about antivirus / malware protection. I'm a bit paranoid about this stuff and keep my home PC up to date and protected, and backed up. I read in a number of places that it's not necessary to have antivirus / anti-malware software on the Windows Phone. Is this true, or do I need some form of malware protection ... (view more)

Thu
23
Oct
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Malware Scam Hits Yahoo, AOL, and Match.com

Some of the web's most popular sites, including Yahoo, AOL, and dating portal Match.com, were recently hit by a wave of malicious advertisements linked to ransomware . The attack was carried out using vulnerabilities in web browsers plugins , and if ... successful, automatically (and silently) installed file-encrypting software CryptoWall on victim's PCs. According to reports, the malicious advertising -- or 'malvertising', as it's being called -- appeared on 22 different websites, including realestate.aol.com, and several Yahoo pages, including Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports. Three Million ... (view more)

Fri
20
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Searching For These Celebrities Could Be Trouble

Security firm McAfee has released its list of the most dangerous celebrity search terms. Essentially, it's a list of celebrity names that too often result in web surfers visiting malware-laced websites. This year the most dangerous celebrity is Lily ... Collins, daughter of famous rocker Phil Collins and star of "Mirror, Mirror" and "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones." Collins was also ranked fourth on People's 2012 list of the World's Most Beautiful People. McAfee says there's a 14.5 per cent chance that you'll end up on a malicious website if you use the web to find information about the ... (view more)

Mon
16
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

'Hardwipe 3.0.3', and 'Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.4'

Hardwipe 3.0.3 Worried that the files you recently deleted are still accessible from your computer? Then give Hardwipe a try. As the name suggests, this program performs a permanent sanitizing for your computer, forever eliminating any files you no ... longer want. http://www.hardwipe.com Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.4 Protect your computer against various malicious software programs -- including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom -- using Microsoft's own Malicious Software Removal Tool. This tool check your computer for any infections and then helps you take immediate action. http://www. ... (view more)

Wed
11
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Fixes Serious Outlook Flaw

Another monthly Patch Tuesday security update has arrived and this time Microsoft is providing fixes for 'critical' flaws in its Internet Explorer web browser and its Outlook email manager. In total, Microsoft's Patch Tuesday offering includes 13 ... bulletins, four of which have been marked critical -- Microsoft's highest security rating. Many security experts are pointing to the critical bulletin affecting Outlook as the most important security issue this month. Code Execution Flaw Affects Outlook Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer at IT security firm Qualys, says it's imperative that ... (view more)

Fri
17
May
Dennis Faas's picture

Internet Explorer 10: Best Against Malware

A new study has found that Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 is the best browser when it comes to defending against malware threats. The study, which was carried out by NSS Labs, involved more than 700 different types of malware. NSS collected data ... over the course of 28 days by studying the impact malicious software had on the built-in protection measures found in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari. Internet Explorer 10 Blocks 99% of Malware Threats NSS says it found that Internet Explorer 10 blocked 99 per cent of the malicious threats tossed its way. (Source: pcworld.com ... (view more)

Tue
01
Jan
Dennis Faas's picture

Major Internet Explorer Security Flaw Discovered

A newly-discovered flaw in Microsoft's popular Internet Explorer (IE) web browser could allow hackers to take control of a Windows-based computer. The Redmond, Washington-based firm has acknowledged that the problem exists and that it affects older ... versions of IE. The firm has also released a temporary fix for the problem. Microsoft Advises: Avoid Suspicious Links "Microsoft is aware of targeted attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer 8," Microsoft said in a security advisory issued on Sunday, December 30, 2012. Microsoft says the remote code ... (view more)

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