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2010-09-10 10:41:43

Cybercriminals are creating approximately 57,000 new websites every week, often using established brand names in order to dupe computer users into downloading viruses or disclosing private information such as banking accounts or social security numbers. Those findings are the result of a new, three-month long study by PandaLabs, the anti-malware research department of Panda Security. The PandaLabs researchers, who announced their findings on Thursday, report that the hackers "exploit...

2010-08-26 07:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's antimalware laboratory, has discovered that in 2010, 25 percent of new worms have been specifically designed to spread through USB storage devices connected to computers. These types of threats can copy themselves to any device capable of storing information such as cell phones, external hard drives, DVDs, flash memories and MP3/4 players. The data from Panda Security's Second International SMB Security Barometer...

2010-08-18 10:48:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's antimalware laboratory, has detected more than 200 spoof Web addresses using the name 'Justin Bieber' as bait to lure users. When including the name of this pop singer and teen sensation in malicious links, cyber-criminals are distributing the fake antivirus MySecurityEngine. This technique has been used many times in the past, taking advantage of popular topics such as the series finale of 'Lost' or the release of the...

2010-07-06 15:23:00

ORLANDO, Fla., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, the anti-malware laboratory of Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today published its annual security tips for consumers to stay safe and prevent falling victim to computer fraud this summer. In addition to the usual security measures, "This year we ask users to take particular care with the information they share across social networks. This applies particularly to applications used to plan vacations or to locate people...

2010-06-23 07:30:00

ORLANDO, Fla., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's antimalware laboratory, has revealed that malware designed to infect iPhones can also compromise the popular iPad, as demonstrated in a video on the PandaLabs blog at http://www.pandalabs.com. "This doesn't mean we're about to face an avalanche of infections. We have always stated that as Apple increases its market share, cyber-crooks will begin to show more interest in targeting the platform," said Luis Corrons,...

2010-06-16 13:43:00

ORLANDO, Fla., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, the anti-malware laboratory of Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, has reported the proliferation of scams hijacking the Facebook "Like" option. The attack uses eye-catching messages related to the popular game Farmville, the "Sex and the City 2" movie or the keyword sex to grab the attention of logged-in Facebook users as they browse Web pages with the "Like" button, the Facebook wall feature or messaging system. Clicking the link...

2010-02-12 07:30:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware analysis and detection laboratory, warns that cybercriminals are continuing to exploit Valentine's Day with holiday-themed malware as a lure to trick users and infect computers. As in years past, Internet users can expect to see numerous e-mails this weekend with links to malicious downloads, which are often perpetrated through romantic greeting cards or messages with subject lines related to Valentine's Day. In...

2009-12-09 07:30:00

GLENDALE, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Cybercriminals are capitalizing on the Christmas holiday in a new Facebook scam that renders users' computers useless, reports PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware analysis and detection laboratory. Following the posting of malicious links on Facebook users' walls, the bait directs to a fake embedded video player that poses as a Christmas greeting. When users try to play the video or click on a link on the page, their computers download and install...

2009-11-05 07:00:00

GLENDALE, Calif., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, the Cloud Security Company, today announced that PandaLabs, the company's laboratory for detecting and analyzing malware, revealed that Spain, with an alarming 44.49 percent, tops the global ranking of computers that are infected with bots. These programs, once they have infected a computer, allow hackers to take remote control of the system and carry out a series of actions including sending spam and downloading viruses, worms and...

2009-10-14 08:54:00

GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware analysis and detection laboratory, has identified a new, more aggressive trend cyber criminals are using to sell fake anti-virus programs, otherwise known as rogueware. Cyber criminals are now combining rogueware with ransomware, hijacking users' computers and rendering them useless until victims purchase fake anti-virus programs. The fake program that PandaLabs has discovered, called Total Security...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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