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Town will NOT pay ransom after malware infection
Town will NOT pay ransom after malware infection
A New Hampshire town absolutely will not pay a ransom to recover files that were encrypted by raonsomware that infected systems at the police department. ...... 07 Jun 2014 - 7 comments
Android malware encrypts files on SD card, demands ransom payment
Android malware encrypts files on SD card, demands ransom payment
ESET has identified the first form of ransonware for Android that actually encrypts personal files on the device's memory card and won't decrypt ...... 04 Jun 2014 - 7 comments
Head of UK's cyber-security website 'sorry' after it crashes
Head of UK's cyber-security website 'sorry' after it crashes
UK's Get Safe Online website collapsed this week under heavy traffic after Brits were urged to visit it and protect themselves from the GOZeuS threat. ...... 04 Jun 2014
Should infected PCs be 'quarantined' by ISPs?
Should infected PCs be 'quarantined' by ISPs?
If an Internet Service Provider detects that a customer is running a PC infected with Gameover Zeus, or any comparable threat, should the default ...... 04 Jun 2014 - 16 comments
Feds target notorious ZeuS botnet, Cryptolocker malware
Feds target notorious ZeuS botnet, Cryptolocker malware
A US-led effort has disrupted the operation of the notorious Gameover Zeus botnet and the Cryptolocker ransomware that has cost businesses and ...... 02 Jun 2014
Neiman Marcus hackers stole information for months, tripped security alerts nearly 60,000 times
Neiman Marcus hackers stole information for months, tripped security alerts nearly 60,000 times
According to an internal company analysis of the breach, the hackers who attacked Neiman Marcus and stole hundreds of thousands of credit card ...... 24 Feb 2014
Cisco: Java exploits behind 90 percent of security attacks
Cisco: Java exploits behind 90 percent of security attacks
Cisco, in their 2014 Annual Security Report, blames Java for being far and away the leading cause of security exploits. In fact, "Java represented ...... 20 Jan 2014 - 5 comments
Yahoo malware turns PCs into Bitcoin mining slaves
Yahoo malware turns PCs into Bitcoin mining slaves
Malicious advertisements that made their way onto Yahoo's mainpage may have turned millions of PCs into Bitcoin mining slaves. Yahoo admitted ...... 09 Jan 2014
Hundreds of thousands of Yahoo.com users hit with malware
Hundreds of thousands of Yahoo.com users hit with malware
Yahoo has confirmed that their advertising servers had been hijacked allowing malware to be distributed to hundreds of thousands of users. ...... 05 Jan 2014 - 7 comments
Warez group spies on pirates who download cracked software
Warez group spies on pirates who download cracked software
A Warez group has been exposed for collecting information on pirates who downloaded cracked software they released. The group, "MeGaHeRTZ", ...... 12 Nov 2013 - 11 comments
FBI hunts elusive malware author, offers $50k for information
FBI hunts elusive malware author, offers $50k for information
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has identified a malware author as one of its most wanted, and is offering a reward up to $50,000 for information. ...... 11 Nov 2013
Amount of mobile malware strains for Android increasing quickly
Amount of mobile malware strains for Android increasing quickly
According to the latest F-Secure report, mobile malware threat families rose 26 percent quarter-over-quarter, to 259. The security firm says ...... 10 Nov 2013 - 1 comment
80 percent of smartphones still have no malware protection
80 percent of smartphones still have no malware protection
According to new a Juniper Research whitepaper, mobile device users continue to leave their phones and tablets unprotected from malware. ...... 15 Oct 2013 - 5 comments
Google reveals which countries have the most sites with malware
Google reveals which countries have the most sites with malware
Google has updated their Transparency Report to include a new section in which they highlight malware. Says the site: "Google Safe Browsing ...... 26 Jun 2013 - 5 comments
SpyEye malware peddler extradited to the United States
SpyEye malware peddler extradited to the United States
An Algerian man accused of developing, marketing, distributing and controlling the SpyEye malware has been extradited to the United States. ...... 07 May 2013 - 4 comments
Lookout: New Android malware family could have affected up to 9 million downloads
Lookout: New Android malware family could have affected up to 9 million downloads
Lookout, the popular security suite for Android devices has announced the discovery of BadNews, a malware family that has affected many downloaders. ...... 21 Apr 2013 - 2 comments
Europol dismantles ransomware cybercrime network
Europol dismantles ransomware cybercrime network
Europol leads charge against cybercriminals who profited from distributing ransomware to victim's computers, forcing them to hand over money. ...... 15 Feb 2013 - 1 comment
Panda Labs: One third of PCs are infected with malware
Panda Labs: One third of PCs are infected with malware
Although rates have dropped, Panda Labs is reporting that one third of all PCs are infected with malware. 32 percent of users the security ...... 08 Feb 2013 - 1 comment
'You view child porn, pay a 100eur fine', says virus
'You view child porn, pay a 100eur fine', says virus
German police warn about ransomware. Windows users being extorted by malicious software into handing over money is nothing new. Fake anti-virus ...... 02 Feb 2013 - 8 comments
Estonian pleads guilty in DNS Changer malware scam
Estonian pleads guilty in DNS Changer malware scam
Malware infected four million computers, targeted popular web sites. Remember the DNS Changer malware that caused a stir in the middle of ...... 02 Feb 2013
Google had to block TwitPic temporarily
Google had to block TwitPic temporarily
Earlier today, Google was forced to block TwitPic temporarily, causing issues for Twitter fans who were using Chrome to try to access some of ...... 31 Dec 2012
McAfee: 'Anonymous' attacks will decline into the future
McAfee: 'Anonymous' attacks will decline into the future
Security firm McAfee Labs has released their annual "Threat Predictions" report this week, giving some insight into the malware world into 2013. ...... 30 Dec 2012 - 3 comments
Android malware peddler arrested
Android malware peddler arrested
French man arrested for mobile malware. The 20 year old reportedly worked out of his parents basement, where he wrote rogue Android apps ...... 23 Oct 2012 - 5 comments
McAfee: Emma Watson most 'dangerous' celebrity to search for online
McAfee: Emma Watson most 'dangerous' celebrity to search for online
According to McAfee, actress Emma Watson is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online, if you hope to avoid malware. Watson is best ...... 13 Sep 2012 - 8 comments
Google buys up in-browser malware scanner VirusTotal
Google buys up in-browser malware scanner VirusTotal
Google has purchased the browser-based URL scanner VirusTotal for an undisclosed amount. How VirusTotal works is simple; head over to the ...... 09 Sep 2012 - 1 comment
Thousands will lose Internet on Monday; Make sure you don't
Thousands will lose Internet on Monday; Make sure you don't
FBI deadline may see thousands of Internet users unable to browse web. These users have been affected by malicious software (dubbed DNSChanger, ...... 05 Jul 2012 - 13 comments
Fake anti-virus apps show up for Android
Fake anti-virus apps show up for Android
Scareware abound for Android phones. Most people reading this page will have seen some form of fake anti-virus utility running on a Windows ...... 19 May 2012 - 3 comments
Android malware charges for free apps
Android malware charges for free apps
Android.Opfake rips off mostly Russian users. Symantec reports hundreds of fake websites, some which appear to be websites dedicated to specific ...... 18 May 2012 - 1 comment
Kaspersky: Apple is a decade behind Microsoft on security
Kaspersky: Apple is a decade behind Microsoft on security
Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of security company Kaspersky Lab, had some choice words for Apple and its recent malware woes. The ...... 27 Apr 2012 - 5 comments
350,000 infected PCs to lose Internet access in July
350,000 infected PCs to lose Internet access in July
The FBI has made it clear today that all Internet users should check their PCs for infection by the "DNSChanger" malware, which is expected ...... 22 Apr 2012 - 9 comments
Macs hit with another widespread malware
Macs hit with another widespread malware
Security firm Sophos has announced today the discovery of another widespread malware attacking Mac computers. Dubbed "Sabpab," the threat ...... 13 Apr 2012 - 12 comments
Apple working to shut down Mac-based botnet, creating Flashback removal tool
Apple working to shut down Mac-based botnet, creating Flashback removal tool
Last week we reported that over 500,000 Mac computers were infected with the BackDoor.Flashback trojan, which had turned the computers into a major botnet. ...... 11 Apr 2012
FBI sets July 9 deadline to clean DNSChanger malware
FBI sets July 9 deadline to clean DNSChanger malware
FBI delays shut down of malicious DNS servers. The DNSChanger malware does what it says in its own title, it changes the DNS settings of ...... 09 Mar 2012 - 3 comments
'Anonymous' DDoS software contained trojan
'Anonymous' DDoS software contained trojan
The hacktivist collective known as Anonymous was hit with a "taste of its own medicine," says security software company Symantec. Anonymous ...... 04 Mar 2012 - 11 comments
Scareware victims to get cut of $8 million pay out
Scareware victims to get cut of $8 million pay out
More than 300,000 conned customers entitled to a cut. Innovative Marketing, responsible for rogue software such as Winfixer, Drive Cleaner, ...... 14 Dec 2011
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