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Drive-by attack relies on hacked GoDaddy accounts

The Angler exploit kit is using subdomains created by cybercriminals on real domain name accounts as part of its infrastructure

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Flappy apps give users the angry bird

Beware buying apps as they may not be what they seem. Criminals often crowd stores with malware-laden fake versions. Here are several examples.

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Attackers clone malware-laden copies of popular apps

Don’t get angry when cyber crooks give your enterprise the bird, get even.

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Attackers target subdomains of GoDaddy customers

Attackers have set up around 10,000 malicious subdomains on accounts belonging to GoDaddy customers, according to a new report. The technique, called domain shadowing, first appeared in 2011 but has dramatically grown in popularity in...

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How a Blu-ray disc could install malware on your computer

A pair of vulnerabilities found in hardware and software for playing Blu-ray discs might come in handy for secret snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency.

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Lenovo to flush 'crapware' from its consumer PCs after Superfish sin

Lenovo will immediately begin reducing the amount of "crapware" on its consumer PCs, a move triggered by last week's admission that adware pre-loaded onto the company's machines posed a critical security threat.

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Personal data on 50,000 Uber drivers exposed in breach

An investigation revealed a database had been accessed last May

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Researchers uncover signs of Superfish-style attacks

Researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation found evidence that indicates attackers have exploited a security vulnerability in the Superfish adware and a slew of other programs

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Anthem: 78.8 million affected, FBI close to naming suspect

On Tuesday, Anthem, the nation's second largest health insurer, said that 8.8 to 18.8 million people who were not customers could be impacted by their recent data breach, which at last count is presumed to affect some 78.8 million...


DOJ offers $3 million reward for Gameover Zeus botnet suspect

Two U.S. government agencies are offering a US$3 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of a Russian man suspected of having served as an administrator for the destructive Gameover Zeus botnet.


Malware creators embraced mobile, cryptoransom malware last year

The malware landscape changed last year compared to previous years, with attackers increasingly focus on the mobile channel and embracing cryptoransomware, according to a new report from Trend Micro

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Comodo's PrivDog advertising software leaves some users at risk

PrivDog, Comodo's advertising replacement software, has been flagged by researchers as a risk due to the way it handles SSL connections (HTTPS). Like Superfish, PrivDog breaks the trust and protection of HTTPS by using its own...

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Spin and FUD: Superfish CEO says software presents no security risk

In a statement to Ars Technica, Adi Pinhas, CEO of Superfish Inc. said his company's pre-installed advertising software on Lenovo PCs poses no security risk – despite clear evidence otherwise.

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After the Anthem breach: How we can help secure health data

The Anthem breach may have seemed a baffling or inexcusable security lapse. But once you understand what’s going on in healthcare security and technology right now, you can see why this was inevitable and how we can help prevent such...

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Lenovo says Superfish problems are theoretical, but that simply isn't the case

On Thursday, the world woke to the news that commercial-grade Lenovo PCs were being shipped from the factory with adware pre-installed on the system. Designed to provide a visual shopping experience, the software is insecure and...

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FAQ: How to find and remove Superfish from your Lenovo laptop

Lenovo has shipped consumer PCs with software designed to offer a visual shopping experience, but in reality it's adware that breaks HTTPS online – leaving customers vulnerable to attack and information theft. Here’s how to determine...


Hamamatsu eliminates malware with virtual appliances

OpenDNS rescues optical sensor maker from crippling infections.

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Commercial spyware invades enterprises

Two out of every 1,000 employee smartphones in the U.S. are infected with commercial "child-monitoring" spyware, according to a first-of-its-kind study by security firms Lacoon and Check Point.

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