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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....

Malware Explosion Reported By McAfee Labs
2012-05-24 11:08:42

Computer security experts at McAfee Labs are reporting a surge of malware on Google´s Android mobile operating system and are advising that PC users should be watching their desktops and laptops more closely than ever for malware and trojans, writes Rachel King for ZD Net. McAfee´s threat report for the first quarter of 2011 highlights that PC malware has reached its highest levels in four years. The primary attacks were increases in rootkits and password stealers, the latter of...

Cyber Attacks Jump 81% In 2011, Mobile Threats On The Rise
2012-05-01 07:48:30

The number of cyber attacks jumped 81% in 2011, with mobile platforms like Google´s Android operating system increasingly being targeted, according to an annual “Internet Security Threat Report” released on Monday by security software vendor Symantec. Social networks are also increasingly under attack, and represent a new frontier for cyber criminals, Symantec said. "The very nature of these [social] networks makes users incorrectly assume they are not at risk and...

Sophos Finds Traces Of More Mac Malware, Windows Users Should Also Take Note
2012-04-27 14:22:54

Michael Harper for RedOrbit.com Mac users who haven´t already installed the recent system updates should take this story as a very stern reminder that they are still at high risk of contracting malware on their machines. English security firm Sophos has identified a new malware attack which not only targets Mac users, but Windows users as well. Just like the 2 recent malware attacks which topped the headlines for weeks now, this new malware attack takes advantage of the same Java...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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