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Articles tagged with: Spyware

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 Warns Of New Security Scams

Microsoft is warning consumers about ongoing scams that have been occurring throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. The scams involve crooks calling honest victims up, referring to them by name and claiming that they represent legitimate companies that are offering free security checks for compromised computers.

Out of 7,000 people in said countries, 15% of them received these phone calls, and 22% were duped into believing the scammers. Victims were persuaded to give their credit card information, to download an infected application (disguised as an Anti-Virus tool), with the average victim losing $875, not including computer repairs.

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…

7% Of All Downloads Are Infected

Microsoft has recently claimed that one out of every 14 programs downloaded by Windows users are malicious, so be careful with your trigger-happy fingers, especially after you’ve had that second cup of coffee. Although some modern browsers have quite a few security features to help protect users against Internet danger, about 5% of these people ignore the warnings and download the malicious Trojan horse programs anyway.

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!)