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March 29, 2011

Spotify says sorry for malware ad payload

by Darren Allan
Spotify has apologised for an embarrassing incident whereby the streaming music platform served up a dose of malware via its third-party adverts on the free player. Users running Spotify Free or Open in the UK, Sweden, France and Spain were potentially hit by the virus which was hidden in an advert that ran on Thursday and Friday of last ...

March 3, 2011

Malware apps found on Android Market

by Darren Allan
When they gather momentum, desktop and mobile platforms attract the attention of malware authors, keen to visit exploits on growing user bases. And it would seem Android has been the focus of a spate of malware activity which has seen a number of virus-loaded apps hit the operating system's marketplace. Some fifty apps were apparently loaded up with malicious code which allowed ...

November 25, 2010

TalkTalk begins trialling anti-malware system

by Darren Allan
TalkTalk is to officially begin testing an anti-malware system designed to protect its customers from dodgy virus-laden websites. And this time, the company has actually asked the limited amount of customers taking part in the first official trials whether they want to take part. Previously, TalkTalk had experimented with URL scanning without telling ...

November 15, 2010

25% of UK surfers targeted by cold calling scams

by Darren Allan
Safe surfing campaigners Get Safe Online have revealed some interesting statistics regarding online security in the UK. According to a report on PC Pro, Get Safe Online reckons that a quarter of UK citizens have been targeted by a different kind of virus scam. It involves cold calling from a fake anti-virus organisation who inform the user that there's a ...

September 10, 2010

“Here you have” adult movie worm causes corporate chaos

by Darren Allan
A new mass-mailing worm has been spreading quickly, with security experts from McAfee to Sophos issuing warnings about the virus. It's been dubbed the “Here you have” worm as that's the subject of the email message which delivers the malware. The mail contains a link to supposed free adult movie footage, or ...

June 30, 2010

Network Box reports increase in virus production from Russia

by Janet Harris
Virus production from Russia is on the up again, after a temporary decline last month when Russian hosting service, PROXIEZ-NET – notoriously used by criminal gangs – was taken down in early May. This is according to analysis of internet threats in June, by managed security company, Network Box. Russia is now responsible for 7.4 per cent of the world’s malware, and ...

June 21, 2010

Apple’s secret malware patching tinkers

by Darren Allan
Apple has apparently stealth-released a patch for a Mac OS X malware threat. Security experts Sophos spotted this, and Graham Cluley wrote about it on his blog. The malware in question was the HellRTS trojan, and protection from it was added to Apple's latest OS X update without a whisper of a ...

October 30, 2009

Saturday is kill a zombie day

by David Allen
To many kids around the world tomorrow is Halloween and it is a licence to go around terrorising the neighbours. However, for the grown-ups, Halloween this year could mean going out into the big world and killing a few zombies. The 31st October has officially been declared “Kill a Zombie Day” This is a marketing initiative being set ...

July 31, 2009

Ninety two per cent of all email is SPAM

by David Allen
It has been found that ninety two per cent of all email is now Spam according to research carried out by the computer security firm McAfee, which has claimed that the growth of Spam in the past three months is cause for concern. During the month of June, it was found that ...

April 21, 2009

Free AVG link scanner launched

by David Allen
The free security software company AVG is offering a new tool that scans links in order to find some of the estimated two million web pages that are infected with malware before its customers get infected. It has been estimated that around sixty per cent of infected pages are closed down on a daily basis, but these are quickly ...

April 14, 2009

Fake antivirus on the rise

by David Allen
More computer users are being fooled into buying fake anti-virus protection, according to the software producer Microsoft. These claims are supported by computer security experts, who say that the problem is that users believe they are buying proper software. However, what turns out to be fake is increasing more than ever, as users are being told to protect their ...

Conficker suddenly slithers into life

by David Allen
The saga of the conficker or downanup worm continues. First it was believed that the 1st April was going to see it launch into attack mode, then it was claimed that this was happening, and now it seems that confiker is back and this time it means business. The program began to stir on the 8th April and since then the ...

April 2, 2009

QualysGuard now remotely detects Conficker

by David Masters
IT security provider Qualys announced yesterday that it has added remote detection of the Conficker Worm to its QualysGuard security audit service. The upgrade enables QualysGuard users to detect multiple variants of the Conficker Worm and to control its spread within enterprise networks. Wolfgang Kandek, Qualys CTO, said: "This security breakthrough will help many organizations tame Conficker and stop it from spreading ...

K7 releases updated Conficker neutraliser

by David Masters
Security software firm K7 Computing today released a new free tool to neutralise the latest version of the Conficker Worm. Conficker, also known as Downadup or Kido, has already infected over 200 million PCs around the world. A new manifestation of the worm is expected to launch today, illicitly hosting itself on weak-security websites. Conficker seriously compromises the security of infected PCs by ...

Unsecured USBs could cause 'total meltdown'

by David Masters
Businesses are being warned to check for malware on their computer systems today, as staff distracted by April Fool's jokes may have let their guard slip. USB safestick provider BlockMaster warned that hackers may yesterday have used the opportunity given by April Fool's day to take advantage of the lack of care paid to USB security. With 20,000,000 unsecured USB sticks used ...

March 9, 2009

Facebook suffers another Koobface attack

by David Allen
The social networking site, Facebook, must have really come of age, as once again the site has come under attack from the infamous Koobface virus, which tries to steal information from users through their profile pages. This attack first came to light during December of last year when users were targeted with a video that appeared to have been ...

February 25, 2009

Gmail fails for a time

by David Allen
A number of Gmail users were unable to access their accounts yesterday, the problem being made public through users of the micro blogging site Twitter. At first, there was not much information for users about what had happened and what Google were doing to fix the problem. User on Twitter were saying that there was no problem with Imap ...

January 27, 2009

K7 Computing creates Downadup neutraliser

by David Masters
Security software firm K7 Computing has created a solution to the internet worm 'Downadup' that has already infected millions of computers around the world. Downadup, also known as Conficker and Kido, exploits the Microsoft Windows Server Service. With an estimated 15 million PCs infected by the virus, security experts fear that the worm could effectively create a massive 'botnet' network that ...

December 11, 2008

Credit crunch increases cybercrime

by David Allen
The credit crunch has a lot to answer for, what with property prices, the collapse of the banking industry and the increased possibility of job losses, but it is the latter that would seem to be fuelling an increase in cybercrime. Now it looks as if the cybercriminals are looking to cash in on the bad luck that some ...

December 10, 2008

Facebook suffering from Koobface

by David Allen
The worm that refuses to die has returned and is even more slippery this time. Koobface, as this threat has become known, spreads through the Facebook message system by offering funny videos to watch. Users are getting messages that say something like “You look funny”, but when the user clicks on the video they are taken to another website; ...

November 19, 2008

Next Monday is virus attack day

by David Allen
Internet security experts warn anyone using the internet next Monday, that this day is believed to be the worst day of the year for computer attacks. These experts have been looking into the data collected from viruses and worms that have been found on nearly half a million computers from all around the world. This data has been studied ...

September 5, 2008

Huge rise in zombie computers

by David Allen
In recent months there has been a surge in the amount of computers that have been hijacked and turned into zombie machines. This is according to internet security experts, the Shadowserver Foundation. The group estimate that there could be more than 450,000 computers, which have been hijacked and turned into zombies. This increase has been put down to the ...

July 2, 2008

EU may ban infected computers

by David Allen
Under new rules being put together by the European Union, it would appear that if a computer becomes infected by a virus, the ISP will have to ban that machine from getting onto the internet. There is to be no argument as to whether the computer owner knows about this problem or not, under the new rules being considered ...

May 27, 2008

ISPs exposed in Top 10 Spam list

by David Allen
The anti spam software producer, Clearmymail has been doing a lot of research recently into who are the ISPs most targeted by spam, virus infected and phishing emails, not necessarily in that order, but all serious to the end user. However many ISPs maintain that they take their customers' security very seriously, but spam is obviously still a serious ...