Latest Rootkit Stories

2010-04-03 07:46:58

Two computer scientists explored how smart phones can be hacked, hijacked and exploited without their owner's knowledge Smart phones are becoming a common part of everyday life. Millions of Americans are using these powerful devices whose impressive capabilities and features rival that of desktop computers from just a few years ago, including new tools that can help simplify everyday tasks such as finding a parking garage or the nearest drycleaner. But suppose you're a criminal who wants to...

2010-02-22 13:20:00

Computer scientists at Rutgers University have shown how a familiar type of personal computer security threat can now attack new generations of smart mobile phones, with the potential to cause more serious consequences. The researchers, who are presenting their findings at a mobile computing workshop this week in Maryland, demonstrated how such a software attack could cause a smart phone to eavesdrop on a meeting, track its owner's travels, or rapidly drain its battery to render the phone...

2009-12-21 07:30:00

GLENDALE, Calif., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security today announced that Panda Cloud Antivirus, the company's free cloud-based antivirus, has earned the "Editors' Choice(TM)" distinction for free antivirus solutions from PCMag.com. PCMag.com security analyst Neil Rubenking, who recently reviewed Panda Cloud Antivirus, writes the following about the product: "It's a very good, very lightweight tool even when measured against the for-pay security antivirus available. And it's the best...

2009-11-23 09:05:00

CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunbelt Software today announced that its VIPRE® Enterprise product was named as a gold medal winner of the "2009 Community Choice Awards" in the Best Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Product category by Penton Media's Windows IT Pro® magazine. "The 2009 Community Choice Awards had a record number of entries this year. Thousands of products were nominated by our audience of IT professionals. Peer-to-peer product and...

2009-11-03 14:11:03

The spread of malicious software, also known as malware or computer viruses, is a growing problem that can lead to crashed computer systems, stolen personal information, and billions of dollars in lost productivity every year. One of the most insidious types of malware is a "rootkit," which can effectively hide the presence of other spyware or viruses from the user "“ allowing third parties to steal information from your computer without your knowledge. But now researchers from North...

2009-09-29 12:00:00

Microsoft released its free computer security package on Tuesday, BBC News reported. Windows users can now download the software from Microsoft's Security Essentials website, where the free software provides basic protection against viruses, trojans, rootkits, and spyware. The Essentials software is Microsoft's second try at making an own-brand security package. Before the release, a beta version of Microsoft's Security Essentials (MSE) software, codenamed Morro, had been available to users...

2009-07-31 10:50:00

A popular laptop theft-recovery service that is embedded in notebooks made by HP, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, Gateway, Asus and Panasonic is actually a dangerous BIOS rootkit that can be hijacked and controlled by malicious hackers. The service, known as Computrace LoJack for Laptops from Vancouver-based Absolute Software Corp., is subscribed to as a way to recover lost or stolen computers. Most people are unaware that the software exists in their computer, but it is pre-installed in about 60...

2009-07-30 07:00:00

GLENDALE, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, the Cloud Security Company, today announced that its 2010 consumer solutions, which include Panda Antivirus for Netbooks, Panda Antivirus Pro 2010, Panda Internet Security 2010 and Panda Global Protection 2010 are now being sold in retail stores throughout the US. Major chains that sell Panda Security products include Fry's Electronics, Micro Center, Office Depot, Office Max and Staples. Consumers can also purchase through major...

2009-07-29 07:00:00

GLENDALE, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware analysis and detection laboratory, today announced the general availability of a multi-year study that examines the proliferation of rogueware into the overall cybercriminal economy. The report, "The Business of Rogueware," by PandaLabs researchers, Luis Corrons and Sean-Paul Correll, reviews the various forms of rogueware that have been created, and displays how this new class of malware has become an...

2009-07-20 03:30:00

MADRID, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security (http://www.pandasecurity.com), The Cloud Security Company, today announced the general availability of the Beta2 version of Panda Cloud Antivirus (http://www.cloudantivirus.com), the industry's first and only free, thin-client, cloud-based antivirus which halves the impact on computer performance compared with traditional antivirus products. Users can download this new version for free from http://www.cloudantivirus.com or visit the official...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
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