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More Mac Malware Found By Intego
2012-12-04 12:28:23

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Earlier this spring, a Russian security firm discovered a trojan piece of malware which took advantage of a Java vulnerability on many computers, Macs and PCs alike. This trojan, known as “Flashback,” was used to enlist some 600,000 infected computers into a botnet. Some of these computers were even located at Apple´s own 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California. Now, the security experts at Intego have...

Botnet Infects Skype Users Who Click Picture Links
2012-10-09 12:43:11

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A good rule of thumb when surfing about this great wide web of ours: Be wary of what you click. More specifically, be particularly careful when the link alleges to lead to a picture. If, for instance, you see a link promising a gruesome or shocking picture, such as a spider underneath someone´s skin, best not to click. Skype users have recently been under attack with the promise of pictures of themselves, assumedly in...

Hacked Twitter Users Are Sending Scam Messages To Fellow Followers
2012-09-25 11:41:44

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In today´s culture, it seems so obvious, so well known that Internet thieves and scams are rampant, and that clicking on anything that sounds suspicious (or anything with an egregious misspelling) is generally a bad idea. This knowledge is so common, in fact, that it´s even been the punch line to many sitcom jokes, often created so the wide swath of the population will “get them” and understand. Yet, with...

US Cyber War With Iran Larger Than Suspected
2012-09-17 13:43:43

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Earlier this year, the Iranian nuclear program was attacked by a powerful and targeted form of cyber weaponry known as the Stuxnet Trojan. Then in May, a cyber-surveillance tool called Flame was uncovered and was later called "the most sophisticated cyber weapon yet unleashed" by researchers at Kaspersky Labs. It was later discovered that US military and intelligence agencies — including the CIA and NSA — had worked...

Malware Attacks At Four Year High
2012-09-05 11:52:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Malware attacks have skyrocketed at the fastest pace in four years, according to a second-quarter Threat Report by security software maker McAfee, a subsidiary of Intel. The firm said it had found more than 8 million new kinds of malware during the second quarter, a 23 percent increase from the previous quarter. There are now more than 90 million unique strands of malware in existence, including new threats like mobile...

2012-07-21 23:02:14

iAndroidtablet.com, the leading online news and updates site for Android tablets, today revealed that the cyberattacks on Android devices are almost certainly being carried out using a new form of malware. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 21, 2012 Thousands of Android tablets and smartphones have been infected with malware and turned into a giant spam botnet, it´s been reported today. Researchers have discovered that spam emails are being sent from dozens of tablets and smartphones using...

Android Botnet Caught Red-handed
2012-07-06 04:20:56

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It's an evil triangle that touches all three of the major search engines. Microsoft engineer Terri Zink uncovered spam revealing a botnet running on Android mobile phones using Yahoo! Mail. The good news, if there is any, is that the malware is somewhat traceable due to the Yahoo! Mail IP addresses listed in the headers of the email. Zink, who writes the Cyber Security Blog on MSDN Blogs, identified the spam messages earlier this...

White House Officials Declare War On Botnets
2012-05-31 10:47:31

Officials from the White House have announced a coordinated effort with several trade groups and private companies to combat botnets, reports Grant Gross from IDG News Service. Members of the Industry Botnet Group (IBG) will share information, educate users and promote innovation with the aim of mitigating threats. Members have agreed to report on attacks and the measures they´ve used to combat infected networks, members of President Obama´s administration announced....


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