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Samsung is taking it on the chin after revelations that a keylogger was found by a Network World writer, on not one but two Samsung computers. Because of the placement of the files in the same location, the writer, security consultant Mohammed Hassan, says in fact that this may be something intentional that Samsung is doing. According to Hassan, he spoke to a Samsung supervisor. That supervisor: [...] confirmed that yes, Samsung did knowingly put this software on the laptop to, as he put it, "monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used." This whole incident makes... Read more...
If there's one thing none of us want, it's a computer virus. There are plenty of antivirus options available; one of the newest options is Avast Pro Antivirus 6.0 which was recently announced by Globalshareware.com. This new version comes with an improved antivirus and anti-spyware engine. With version 6.0, you'll get real time anti-root kit protection, a mail shield, and a safe zone designed specifically for times where you'll be conducting sensitive transactions such as secure online banking. To help protect you, Avast Pro Antivirus 6.0 uses a sandbox to run potentially dangerous programs in... Read more...
Ever the crafty (and malicious) bunch, malware writers added a new trick to an old scam, and it appears to be working. According to the Internet Crime Complain Center (IC3), a recent FBI analysis reveals that cyber crooks are targeting employers with fake job applications capable of wreaking havoc. "Recently, more than $150,000 was stolen from a U.S. business via unauthorized wire transfer as a result of an email the business received that contained malware," IC3 warns. "The malware was embedded in an email response to a job posting the business placed on an employment website and allowed the attacker... Read more...
One of the most active spam bots, Asprox, has a new gimmick for a Trojan it's been e-mailing around for the past six months: Facebook. Its botmasters are trying to cash in on last week's blocked accounts and unfriending frenzy. Wednesday, November 17, was National Facebook Unfriend day, the brainchild of late night talk show comedian Jimmy Kimmel. However, the day before, Facebook confirmed that it was automatically disabling accounts it found to be suspiciously "fake." In the process it said a "bug" made it also disable a bunch of real users' accounts. Lots of information and disinformation began... Read more...
It's always hilarious when a security firm has its site hacked or has some other security-related SNAFU occur that you would think their own products could prevent. Such is the case with Kaspersky Labs, which recently saw its site not just hacked, but serving up malware. Reports first came from users on Kaspersky's own support forums. The company initially denied the issue, with tech support and this user having the following conversation: I called Kaspersky this morning and they are denying that this happened. They are stating that I must have went to a phishing site or a site that looks like... Read more...
A sophisticated computer virus that targets solely Siemens SCADA, or "supervisory control and data acquisition," systems, has infiltrated systems across the globe, and has hit Iran "very hard." The Stuxnet virus has reportedly struck industrial sites throughout Iran, including its nuclear facilities. SCADA systems are commonly used to manage oil rigs, power plants, water facilities, and other industrial plants. Stuxnet was first identified this summer, but the Windows vulnerability exploited by the malware was first described in April of 2009. Microsoft confirmed earlier this week that it... Read more...
Malware has been implicated as a contributing factor in a Spanair plane crash that killed 154 people two years ago Friday. The crash of Spanair flight JK 5022 occurred just after takeoff, two years ago, on August 20, 2008. The crash was Spain's deadliest in 25 years. Only 18 of the 172 passengers and crew survived. The plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft, was taking on from Madrid's Barajas Airport on a scheduled flight to Las Palmas. While not directly involved in the crash, the malware affected the mainframe that monitors technical problems on the plane, according to the Spanish language... Read more...
No one enjoys spam. In fact, it's probably one of the most universally hated things on the Internet. Spam senders probably don't even enjoy the spam that they're distributing, and it's safe to think that Microsoft loathes spam more than anyone else. Or at least that's the impression we get from the amount of fighting it went through to land at the place they're at now.A U.S. just recently granted the company's request to do away with a total of 277 Internet domains, which they maintain were used to "command and control" the Waledac botnet. If you aren't aware, a botnet "is a network of infected... Read more...
Microsoft's new Security Essentials anti-malware product has just gone live. The site has been updated in the past hour or so, since we last checked it, and users can now download Microsoft Security Essentials for 32-bit Windows XP, and 32- and 64-bit Windows Vista/7. That's correct, in case you're wondering. There is no support for 64-bit Windows XP, at least for now. Microsoft's reasoning behind the free security software is, according to the company, to be sure that users in emerging markets are protected, as many of those users can't afford to buy antivirus software. As you probably know (and... Read more...
More than half of computer viruses last a mere 24 hours.Panda Security's malware detection laboratory, PandaLabs, has been analyzing the nearly 37,000 samples of new viruses, worms, Trojans and other security threats that it receives each day and found that 52 percent of them work for just 24 hours. "After that timeframe, they become inactive and harmless as they are replaced by other, new variants that join the list of new specimens in circulation," according to PandaLabs.Of course, that still means that about 19,000 Internet threats each day last more than 24 hours.PandaLabs says the reason so... Read more...
Mac users who've been smug for years over how secure their OS is, could be in for a rude awakening if news out of the Black Hat Security Conference is true.As Macs have slowly gained market share on PCs — 9 percent of the market in the second quarter of 2009 and growing — the interest in hacking them has increased. The advances in security for the computers, however, has not kept pace, experts said at the Black Hat security conference in Vegas.Apparently, this time, what happens in Vegas is not staying there, and the 4,000 "security professionals" (including hackers) who are attending the conference... Read more...
There's hardly anything that gets us at HotHardware more steamed than spyware, and we can only imagine how infuriated over 100,000 BlackBerry users in the UAE are after being fooled with a spyware-infused update. In a story that's sounds too bizarre to be true (but is, in fact, true), Etisalat--a major cellular operator in the United Arab Emirates--pushed out an update to its 145,000 BlackBerry customers that actually contained spyware.The application was reportedly developed by SS8, and it promised BlackBerry users that it would improve performance. In fact, the company is still maintaining that... Read more...
It probably comes as no surprise, but it seems most people ignore routine computer maintenance and only think about it when disaster strikes. You know, like falling victim to more than 3,000 viruses. At once. A survey done of Staples "EasyTechs," indicated that more than 80 percent of the chain's customers don't bother with routine maintenance and most of the problems they call in the techs for could have been prevented. The problems the techs found included the personal record number of viruses cited above as well as some much, much ickier ones: Enough dust inside to fill the tech's hand-held... Read more...
Symantec, McAfee and Norton. What do all three of those have in common? A little something with Microsoft, now. For years upon years, the first three companies have been ruling the PC security roost, all while Microsoft scrambles to patch its own operating systems when new exploits are discovered and reported. At long last, the OS maker has decided to give itself some of the medicine rather than taking it from the spoons of other vendors. A spokesperson for the company recently stated that it would soon reveal an anti-virus service to compete with the solutions already dominating the market; the... Read more...
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