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Articles tagged with: spybot

New Malware Disguised As Microsoft Update

Be careful, a new anti-virus scam has appeared on the web that appears to be a Microsoft update popup, the only exception is that it happens on Mozilla Firefox browsers. Machines infected by the drive-by downloads from compromised sites, receive the malware that make the user think they need to click-through the urgent update notification.

Anti-virus security group, Sophos states that legitimate updates only come through the Internet Explorer browser. Unfortunately, some victims click through and that’s when their computers become infected with the malware.

New Malware Turns Your Droid Into A Bot

Google removed around 24 applications from the Android Marketplace last week due to excessive Malware and virus problems. According to the North Carolina State University Blog, a new type of malware called DroidKungFu works like the previously removed DroidDream, although deadlier.

DroidKungFu works through a security bypass on the affected mobile device. The latest malware acts as a trojan (or a backdoor that gives hackers full control of the phone). Not only can this expose all user data, but it can also turn the phone into a bot, forcing the phone to do whatever the hacker wants.

Sony Pictures Gets Hacked: 1 Million Passwords Exposed

The same group of hackers that targeted the PBS website not too long ago, claim they have hacked into a Sony website. The hackers call themselves LulzSec or the Lulz Boat and claim that they’ve exploited the Sony Pictures website through a SQL injection attack.

The hackers claim, “We recently broke into SonyPictures.com and compromised over 1,000,000 users’ personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts…

99.7% Of Android Users At Risk To Data Leaks

According to Adrian Kingsley Hughes from ZDNet, 99.7% of Android smartphones are leaking login information for Google services. This massive data leak may allow other cloud-stored information to be leaked as well. Where does this massive leak come from? Apparently, it is based on the way Google requests authentication tokens (tokens that exist to eliminate the hassle of logging in each time into a service).

Protect Your Thumb Drive From Viruses, For Free!

Unlike floppy drives, modern USB devices do not have a protection switch that allows users to revert to a previous, uninfected state. So how do you protect your USB drive (thumb drive) from getting corrupted on an infected machine? USB Dummy Protect may just be your solution. USB Dummy Protect is a portable software that can be placed on any USB device.

The software is basically a fake file that takes up all the free space on the drive, and without any space left on the drive, viruses cannot write themselves onto it. The program can be run on any Windows operating system (sorry Mac folks, you’re not the center of attention here!)

Over 5K Sites Compromised On Google’s Image Search

If you are using Google’s image search, for any reason, you may want to stop, immediately. Security experts have found thousands of sites compromised by code injection (malicious code that redirects users to fake antivirus applications). In fact, I’ve also been a victim of the Google image malware in the past and had to get a brand new hard drive because a reformatting did not work. What was I searching for? Simple tech stuff like laptops and cellphones. You’d be surprised how many types of images are compromised, but you can bet the most popular searches are the worst.

First Dynamic Firewall For Android, WhisperMonitor

There have been an increasing number of attempts of malware available to Android users. A lot of these applications are disguised as free apps and even if these apps have a five star rating, a low number of ratings can be an indicator that the app you are about to download is malware. That said, Moxie Marlinspike released the first dynamic Android firewall today called WhisperMonitor.

The firewall was specifically designed for Android phones and monitors all outbound connection attempts by installed applications and the operating system.

Massive Botnet Taken Down After Ten Years Of Mayhem

After ten years, the U.S. has finally killed a botnet that has spread a continually evolving virus known as “Coreflood.” The botnet first became active in 2001 and has steadily infected computers finally reaching a number of 2 million computers worldwide, with the assistance of malware. Coreflood has stolen a total near 100 million dollars worldwide from both businesses and consumers. The botnet of course is a group of infected machines that “work together” to steal personal data from other users. The botnets can also be programmed to send malicious files, spam, and phishing e-mails to targeted computers. The creators of the botnet used Coreflood to steal information and conduct thousands of fraudulent banking and wire transfers. Some individuals lost as much as $240,000 in the scam.