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2010-02-02 06:25:00

A new "Social Security" investigation has revealed a rapid spike in the amount of spam messages and nefarious software targeting users of popular social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The report, which was released Monday by the IT security and data protection firm Sophos, shows that criminals have increasingly focused attacks on social networking users during the past year, with an "explosion" in the number of reports of spam and malware. "Computer users are spending more...

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2009-07-02 09:23:45

A mass email is floating around the Internet claming to contain secret songs and photos of Michael Jackson, according to computer security firm Sophos. The email has a subject line of "Remembering Michael Jackson" and is sent from "sarah@michaeljackson.com", Sophos said in a statement. The email tells its recipients than an attached file called "Michael songs and pictures.zip" has secret songs and photos of the late pop icon, who died in the U.S. on June 25 at the age of 50. Sophos is telling...

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2009-06-12 14:57:35

Two new forms of Mac OS X malware discovered by security experts are making it easier for Mac users to get hacked, BBC News reported. Security experts have found cases of OSX/Tored-A - an updated version of the Mac OS Tored worm - and a Trojan called OSX/Jahlav-C on popular pornographic websites. Members of these sites are being prompted to download a "missing Video ActiveX Object" during log in, but are sent a virus payload instead. Most viruses have traditionally targeted PC users, but a...

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2009-02-25 13:45:57

The number of fake anti-virus web sites is on the rise, security experts warned on Wednesday. Hackers are using "scareware" to convince people that their computers are infected with a Trojan virus so that they will purchase fake anti-virus products. Last year several sites selling fake products were shut down in the US, but the number of sites continues to grow. Matthew Woolley, chairman of the Independent Trade Association of Computer Specialists, told BBC News he has seen more than 300...

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2008-12-29 08:10:00

If 2007 saw the rise of professional cyber-thieves, then 2008 was the year they perfected their work.    "The underground economy is flourishing," said Dan Hubbard, chief technology officer at security firm Websense. "They are not just more organized," he told BBC News, "they are co-operating more and showing more business savvy in how they monetize what they do." Data collected by companies fighting high-tech crime show just how busy professional high-tech criminals have been...

2008-07-15 09:00:38

IT security and control firm Sophos has published its report on the latest spam trends, and revealed the top twelve spam-relaying countries for the second quarter of 2008. SophosLabs(TM) research reveals a disturbing rise in the level of email spam traveling across the internet between April - June 2008, and how some spammers are now using Facebook and mobile phones to spread their messages. By June 2008, research reveals that the level of spam had risen to 96.5% of all business email....

2006-02-03 08:43:54

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A computer virus that was designed to start its malicious work on Friday did not cause the mayhem that was anticipated, computer security firms said. The worm, known as "Blackmal" and "Kama Sutra," hides inside email attachments and contains a time-activated payload due to execute on the third day of each month, first occurring on Friday. Once activated, the worm will try to spread itself, attempt to stop anti-worm software from running and try to delete all...

2006-02-03 08:21:33

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A computer virus that was designed to start its malicious work on Friday did not cause the mayhem that was anticipated, computer security firms said. The worm, known as "Blackmal" and "Kama Sutra," hides inside email attachments and contains a time-activated payload due to execute on the third day of each month, first occurring on Friday. Once activated, the worm will try to spread itself, attempt to stop anti-worm software from running and try to delete all...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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