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“New weapon” against malware intrusion designed by American student

A new technique for spotting cyber attacks has been designed by a young American student – and could prevent attacks against planes and power plants, by looking for abnormal communications within computers, rather than sifting for malicious software.

If you love someone, upgrade them from XP

It is us, the nerdy geeks who are into computers, who have a moral right to help the great unwashed, and lead them into a bright new future without Windows XP.

“Virus Shield” app is top-selling hit – but does absolutely nothing

Armed with an impressive-looking shield logo, security app Virus Shield shot to the top of the sales charts on Android last week. There was one, tiny, problem: the app was a fake.

Microsoft to fix zero-day flaw that meant just previewing an Outlook email could infect your computer

It’s one thing to have a security hole that relies upon users visiting an infected website, or opening a dodgy attachment – but it’s quite a different level of threat when simply *previewing* a message in your email client infects your computer.

“Domestic spyware” apps increasingly precursor to violence – or murder

Apps designed to ‘report’ on handset users’ communications while remaining undetected have increasingly become a factor in cases of domestic violence and even murder.

Surveillance cameras hijacked to mine Bitcoin while watching you

Malware written specifically for DVR recorders used for the output of surveillance cameras has forced some machines to mine Bitcoin – although the low-powered machines are ‘very bad’ miners, Wired points out.

With just days to go, just how many PCs are still running Windows XP?

If computers continue to run Windows XP, and don’t receive any more security patches. they are not just putting themselves and the data they carry at risk, they are endangering all of us who use the internet.

Win32/Sality newest component: a router’s primary DNS changer named Win32/RBrute

DNS hijacking is still going strong and the Win32/Sality operators have added this technique to their long-lasting botnet. This blog post describes how the malware guesses router passwords as part of its campaign to misdirect users, send spam and infect new victims.

The Internet of Things isn’t a malware-laced game of cyber-Cluedo… yet

Will the future be a murderous game of ‘smart device’ Cluedo, where Colonel Mustard meets his death at the hands of a Wi-Fi pacemaker, and Miss Scarlett is consumed in a Smart Home-ignited blaze. Not likely, says David Harley – where’s the profit motive?

Google Glass spyware lets snoopers “see through wearer’s eyes”

Spyware which stealthily takes photographs using Google Glass’s built-in camera and uploads them to a remote server without the user being aware has been demonstrated successfully on the eyepiece – despite Google’s policies explicitly forbidding such programs.

Over 500,000 PCs attacked every day after 25,000 UNIX servers hijacked by Operation Windigo

Malware researchers at ESET have uncovered a widespread cybercriminal operation that has seized control of tens of thousands of Unix servers. Learn more about how to check your systems for compromise, and prevent innocent computer users from being attacked.

Operation Windigo – the vivisection of a large Linux server-side credential-stealing malware campaign

Our report titled “Operation Windigo – the vivisection of a large Linux server-side credential-stealing malware campaign” details our analysis of a set of malicious programs that infect servers and desktop PCs, and send nearly 500,000 web users to malicious content daily.”

“You have cancer” phishing attack shows how low cybercriminals will go

A “particularly unpleasant” phishing email purporting to be the results of a blood count report showing that the recipient may have cancer is circulating. It seems to be sent from a government health care organization – but it’s a malware-laced scam.

Microsoft Word users urged to apply urgent fix after targeted attacks

Microsoft Word users have been urged to update their software after attacks against users of MS Word 2010, where opening a “specially crafted” Rich Text Format file allowed attackers to remotely execute code on the victim’s machine.

Fake video of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 rescue is ‘callous’ cyber scam

A post promising a video of a plane landing on water has been circulating on Facebook, with a title suggesting that it contains news footage of the rescue of passengers on board the missing flight MH370 – but there is no video, and it’s a criminal scam.

Fridge attacks “raise big questions” says Microsoft security chief

The emerging ‘internet of things’ raises big security questions, and vulnerabilities in connected devices such as ‘smart’ fridges may force companies to work together in a way never previously seen, according to Microsoft’s Jan Neutze.

Critical Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability patched by Microsoft

Microsoft releases a fix for a zero-day vulnerability that has already been exploited by hackers in targeted attacks against some organisations. Don’t delay!

Android phones and tablets ship “pre-infected” with malware

Android phones and tablets from four different manufacturers are arriving with malware “pre-installed” – a bogus version of Netflix which sends password and credit card information to Russia, according to app security specialist Marble Security.

Cisco offers $300,000 for “visionary” solutions to defend ‘Internet of Things’

Networking giant Cisco has launched a “grand challenge” to invent a security solution for the “internet of things” – a broad term used to describe connected devices from industrial equipment to cars to smart home appliances.

Wi-Fi virus Chameleon infects whole cities ‘like airborne disease’

A virus designed to infect Wi-Fi networks can spread through cities “as efficiently as the common cold spreads between humans”, researchers at the University of Liverpool have found.

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