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Articles tagged with: malware

July 9, Internet’s doomsday!!

You might have come across the threatening messages on social networks or Facebook more specifically that you may lose your access to the internet on July 9 and would probably have considered it a scam but it’s not a scam! Tens of thousands of internet user across the globe will have to lose their internet access July 9 onwards…

Facebook Pictures Can Lure You Into A Botnet

For those of you who are related to IT in one way or another, ‘Botnet’ shouldn’t be a new term. However, for those who are unaware, a botnet is a system of computers which are compromised by malware and each individual computer is called a Bot.

A botnet is a very complex method of hacking which may be used to steal your private information without you even knowing it. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in New Delhi, India have designed Stegobot, a new type of Botnet system which pulls out secret information via social networks by attaching to user profiles.

A picture is just a chunk of bytes and nothing more.

Trojan: Android System Messenger Records All Your Calls

Researchers at CA Technologies have recently uncovered a new Android Trojan that records both incoming and outgoing calls, and the user never even knows whats happening. The app claims to be a useful package, and is dubbed Android System Messenger (sounds important, right?).

The program runs quietly in the background while the user goes about their normal routine, and as we have mentioned, records the audio from all incoming and outgoing conversations in a compressed AMR format.

Google Detects Malware Causing Search Traffic

Google has just detected a malware on users’ system which causes unnecessary search traffic on the servers. Google has tried to overcome this problem by sending a notification on every computer that might be infected.

Google found out that this unusual traffic was due to a malicious software on users’ computers. Google claims that this malware might have infected users’ computer through other websites which the user himself might be unaware of. Hence, by notifying the user on their Google search page, Google can make the user to take an action against it.

Finally A Mobile Security App Released By Lookout Mobile Security

Lookout Mobile Security has released an Android Application for Smartphones known as Mobile Security API to fight against any kind of Malware. Though our computers might not be safe, but Lookout Security has made our smartphones safe so that we can enjoy a threat free environment.

This application eliminates any threat of Malware by keeping track of every Application uploaded by a developer. So in a sense, it compromises a malware at the time of its origin and never lets it enter the cloud of applications.

Apple’s iOS 4.3.4 Fixes PDF Bug, Blocks Jailbreaking

Apple has just released a software update for iOS phones and tablets that fixes a serious vulnerability in the operating system in regards to the way PDF files handled fonts. The vulnerability included the potential of a malicious PDF file to sneak malware into the device.

Of course, before you hurry to update your iOS gadget, do note that the refresh also prevents hacking and jailbreaking. So, it’s kind of a double edged sword, and if jailbreaking means anything to you, you’ll stay away from this update and quit using PDFs all together.

Zitmo: A New Malicious Trojan That Steals Your Bank Info

The people responsible for the horrible ZeuS botnet have started exploiting a vulnerability in mobile banking that allows them to steal bank passwords. The spyware app is a Trojan called Zitmo and it has recently been modified to attack Android devices.

The malware works by posing as bank activation software, in where it preys upon its victims and steals all your bank details as you bank online.

Protect Your iPhone With VirusBarrier

If you’re feeling a little anxious about all the malware that has been showing up on Androids marketplace, you may be a little concerned over your iPhone as well. Although Apple is known to generally have less malware than PCs, that doesn’t mean they are immune to the baddies.

A new app called VirusBarrier seeks to protect your iOS device (ipod touch, iphone, or ipad). The maker of this app is actually from Intego, and once installed and launched, VirusBarrier performs a deep scan of all the files stored on your iOS gadget.

PDFs Pose Threat In iOS Devices

It recently came to light that a security hole in iOS means users could potentially find their iDevices infected with malware if they open dodgy attachments.

Users are particularly vulnerable when they view Portable Document Format, or PDF, files, which give attackers an opportunity to infect the devices with malicious software, giving them administrative rights to the device.

Microsoft Retires Office XP And Vista SP1

Well, wadya know. Microsoft is finally going to retire it’s 2001 Office XP and first service pack for Windows Vista next week, according to the company’s own calendar. Both platforms will end on July 12th, and will no longer have updates supporting the antiquated software.

Since Microsoft supports its business products for ten years, this change shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. Vista users will still be able to get security updates by upgrading to service pack 2, that is, if they are still using SP1.