News tagged: Malware
Qualcomm's next mobile chip, the Snapdragon 820, comes with the ability to identify malicious apps. A new feature called Smart Protect has been detailed by Qualcomm. That feature is capable of monitoring the activities of apps installed on a device and find malicious software.
Malware has hit hundreds of thousands of jailbroken iPhones. Palo Alto Networks, a security firm, says malware called KeyRaider has been found hiding in the code of tweaks available from Cydia, the popular app store for jailbroken devices. KeyRaider stole 225,000 iTunes logins.
Ad networks are often being used by hackers to infect large numbers of computers and a study has found ad malware has tripled in the last year. Cyphort has released a study which found the amount of malware served by ad networks tripled between June 2014 and February 2015.
Another flaw has been discovered in OS X that could let attackers into your Mac without them ever needing your password. Sudoers, a hidden document in OS X, is used to list the permissions each piece of software has. That document is vulnerable in OS X Yosemite though.
Most people largely avoid seeing spam nowadays as a result of more advanced spam filters, but there has also been a continued decrease in spam itself. A report from Symantec says spam has hit its lowest point in 12 years, coming in at 49.7% for June.
At least 70 people around the world have been arrested in connection with the Darkode cybercrime forum. Raids took place in 20 countries and the majority of people searched and arrested were not in the United States--12 people were in the United States.
Facebook has partnered with Kaspersky to fight malware on the social network. Kaspersky is one of a number of companies helping Facebook rid the network of malicious content. Facebook has already been working with ESET, Trend Micro, and F-Secure for the past year.
A security flaw in Samsung devices has been discovered and it could be putting millions of units at risk. NowSecure, a security firm, has published a report about a bug in the Swift keyboard software which is preinstalled on 600 million Samsung devices.
The Ask Toolbar is attached to many pieces of software and can be quite annoying since basically no one ever actually wants it installed on their computer. Since the Ask Toolbar is so hated, Microsoft is treating most versions as unwanted software and will remove them.
An announcement from the US Office of Personnel Management has revealed the US was hacked and files on government personnel were accessed and taken. Personal information was accessed last year and the intrusion was detected in April. China has been blamed for the hack.
Google is constantly fighting malware and its latest move will lock down Chrome apps to fight bad software. All Chrome extensions must now be hosted on the Chrome Web Store. That means you can no longer download plugins from third-party sources that aren't governed by Google.
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Millions of dollars are being spent on spyware by the DEA. Motherboard reports $2.4 million was spent on a "remote control system" that can be put into a phone to record texts, emails, passwords, and nearby conversations. Government records revealed the cost.
Android malware was cut in half during 2014, Google says. In the company's Android State of the Union report, Google said that bad software installations dropped by 50% last year. Just 1 percent of all Android devices had a bad malware-infested application installed...
Panda Security reports malware had a record-breaking year in 2014. The security firm says there were twice as many new types of malware detected last year than there were in 2013. Each day, on average, 200,000 new types of malware were detected by the firm.
It was recently discovered that the NSA and GCHQ may have hacked into Gemalto, the world's largest SIM card maker. It is now being reported that the NSA could have used its access to SIMs to plant spyware directly on the affected phones. Many carriers use the SIMs.
Lenovo is now having to own up to the fact that it royally screwed up with Superfish, a piece of adware that was pre-installed on tons of laptops. The company's CTO is responding to the issue by saying the company "messed up." CTO Peter Hortensius is owning up.
The tactics used in the security industry to avoid hacks and other forms of cyber attack are not effective, a FireEye study has found. FireEye researchers say hackers are far ahead of the white hat industry and new tactics being developed for security are largely
Wordpress is one of the most used content management system by users thanks to its simplicity and big support. Thanks to Sucuri analysis, we now know that over 100,000 Wordpress sites are infected by the SoakSoak malware and are being blacklisted by Google.
A piece of malware called Destover has been discovered, and it is using the Sony security certificate. By operating with that certificate, the malware has an easier time infecting Windows machines since many are made to readily work with certificates from a