Researchers Snuck Malware Onto the App Store By Making It a Transformer

No one really knows exactly how Apple makes sure the apps that wind up in its store are safe. All we know is that the App Store has a comparatively better track record than its Android counterpart. But nothing is ever totally safe. Researchers managed to sneak malware onto the App Store with ease by giving their app the power to transform.
The app, called Jekyll, was able to send e-mails and texts, steal information and device ID numbers, take photos, send tweets, and attack other apps. But its trick was that it couldn't do this right away. Instead, the malicious code was broken into innocent looking segments that would transform after download. Read More >>

Android's One-Click Google Auth Is a Buffet for Hackers

If you've got an Android device, you've probably used Google's handy one-click authentication shortcut, that handy little button that lets you sign into various Google service sites without having to enter your password. It's super convenient! For you and for hackers. Read More >>

The Most Suspicious File of All

We've all done it. We've all clicked on a link that we probably shouldn't have, confused a gremlin for a Mogwai. But if you ever click the mother of all suspicious links, you deserve whatever's coming to you. Read More >>

Man Turned Himself In For Child Porn Because Malware Told Him to

We're already well aware of the damage malware can do to your machine, but apparently, guilty consciences don't fare all that well, either. At least not for one 21-year-old man who, after getting a fake pop-up demanding a fine for the child pornography on his computer, decided to take his laptop straight to the police — and was then promptly arrested on three counts of possession of child pornography. Read More >>

US Government Destroys Millions of Quid of Hardware in Absurd Effort to Stop Malware

This is a story about government incompetence on the grossest, most unforgivable scale. Here's how the US's Economic Development Administration unnecessarily spent about £1.5 million to fight a common case of malware. Warning: much innocent hardware was lost. Yes, even the mice. Read More >>

Hardcore Porn Beating YouTube's Filters and Hitting Users with SMS Spam Links

A security firm has uncovered a porn-themed attack on YouTube users, which is using links in video descriptions to forward watchers to an SMS gateway to continue viewing the clip -- with the rather obvious result being an enormous mobile phone bill. Read More >>

14 Infamous Computer Virus Snippets That Trace a History of Havoc

Computer viruses are almost as old as personal computers themselves, and their evolution was only hastened by the birth of Internet. And within each code is a story about its author, about the time it was written, and about the state of computing when it terrorized our hard drives. Read More >>

Jay-Z's Pirated Magna Carta Holy Grail App Is Full of Trojans

It's the 4th of July, which means the US is on holiday. Something about breaking away from a really great country. Anyway, it's also the day when legions of eager Samsung-using Jay Zed fans manage to get their mitts on his new album early. Thing is, pirates have already been there, done that, and gotten the malware-infused T-shirt. Read More >>

How the Operations of State-Sponsored Malware Match the Operations of Human Intelligence Agencies

Unlike typical, run-of-the-mill malware threats, state-sponsored malware is developed for the purpose of cyber espionage or sabotage; aspects that are -- believe me -- kept in mind at every stage of its inception. Their operations are strikingly similar to human intelligence agencies rather than traditional malware which steals your passwords; read on for four main similarities below. Read More >>

Do You Run Anti-Virus on Your Mac?

Just because there aren't many viruses infecting Macs, doesn't mean OS X can't be a vector. I run ClamXav, not really to protect my Mac from viruses, but to protect my Windows machines from catching malware from files on my Mac. So, do you Mac-using folks run any kind of AV software, and if so, which one? Read More >>

Watch Out: Infected PCs Spreading Malware Through Hacked Tweets

Those clever hackers have come up with a new way to exploit Twitter, with a browser-based exploit launched from malware infected PCs, helping spread links of shame in the form of tweets that appear to be sent from the user's account. Read More >>

Five Simple Ways to Keep Your Android Device Secure

Although it's true that Android devices are a little more susceptible to malware attacks than iOS, the situation isn't nearly as bad as Cook & Co. would have you believe. Yes, Android's a wee bit insecure, but using a little bit of nous and a healthy dollop of common sense, you can make your device impervious to dastardly assaults on its dignity (and your bank account). Read More >>

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This Family of Data-Stealing Android Malware Got Downloaded from Google Play Millions of Times

Everyone knows there's malware on Android, but for the most part it just hangs out in the seedier back alleys of the OS. You're only likely to run into it if you start side-loading pirated apps, or frequenting sketchy unofficial app stores. But a newly uncovered family of malware—fittingly called "BadNews"—was just chillin' in Google Play, and has been downloaded somewhere between two and nine million times. In other words, a whole lot. Read More >>

Bing Serves Up Five Times More Malicious Sites Than Google

Not all search engines are created equal—and when it comes to Microsoft's Bing, it seems that means malicious websites are happily returned far more often than by Google. Read More >>

Brave Researcher Visits Porn Sites and Discovers Shock Malware Risk

Security researcher Conrad Longmore has been putting in some terribly long hours browsing the most popular porn sites, arriving at the predictable conclusion that many feature aggressive adverts that have the ability to download files to your PC and open the door to all manner of nasty sexually transmitted malware. Read More >>

Want Your Own British Botnet? That'll Be Just £53 Please

If you're in need a zombie-PC army, for whatever nefarious or good-intentioned task you've got in mind, it might not cost you as much as you'd think. How does £17 per 1,000 machines sound? Hell, with just £133 in your pocket you can set up your own 10,000-machine cluster. Read More >>


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