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The Scam Hunter: What it's Like to Track Internet Bad Guys for a Living

These days, new malware scams are a dime a dozen. Phony email links, misleading URLs, fake call centres; if you haven't already stumbled across one yourself, chances are you know someone who has. But what's stopping all this malicious code from running rampant and turning every last corner of the internet into a kill zone? Read More >>

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Android Now Offers Routine Malware Surveillance for Your Phone

It's no secret that Android apps can get a little shifty, but having the freedom to explore that is part of what makes Android great. Now Google is helping you stay even safer by keeping a constant eye on whether or not any of your apps are doing anything they shouldn't be. Read More >>

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Intrepid Hackers Use Chinese Takeaway Menu to Access a Major Oil Company

With big companies taking every precaution against malware they can possibly think of, it's getting increasingly difficult for hackers to wedge their way in. So instead of going after the highly secure company employee accounts themselves, hackers are going after what those employees hold most dear—Chinese takeaways. Read More >>

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Watch Every Cyber Attack in the World in Real Time

Kasperkspy Labs recently launched a beautifully terrifying interactive map that shows online threats around the world in real time. In practice, it's a global visualization of cyber attacks that, Kaspersky hopes, will motivate you to buy their security software. But it's still a hell of a spectacle. Read More >>

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NSA Responds to Facebook Mimicking Allegations

It doesn't normally do this, but the NSA just released a statement in response to the recent report about the agency's habit of infecting millions of computers with malware and impersonating Facebook servers. Unsurprisingly, the NSA is denying everything. Read More >>

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The NSA Has Impersonated Facebook to Spread Malware

So the NSA is spying on you. You've known that for quite some time now. What you might not know much about is exactly how they're doing, and a new report from Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald offers up some pretty grizzly details about the agency's worldwide, automated malware network. Read More >>

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A Contagious Computer Virus That Spreads Through Wi-Fi

It's nearly your worst nightmare: a computer virus as contagious as the common cold that avoids detection and infects every computer on a given Wi-Fi network. You just pop into your local cafe for a latte and a little internet surfing, and you leave with a virus. This is scary! Read More >>

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Coding Typo "Hacked" the NHS and Redirected Visitors to Malware Sites

The online advice services offered by the NHS are currently under siege, after a reader discovered that pages on the NHS Choices web portal were redirecting users to ad-serving and malware sites. But this was no hack, it was the discovery of a teeny tiny typo that allowed shady coders to hijack innocent hypochondriacs. Read More >>

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If You Used Yahoo This Week, You Might Have Malware

Security researchers at Fox IT say they've detected a malicious exploit kit among Yahoo's ad network active since December 30th. The malware seems to have hit Romania, Great Britain, and France the hardest, so if you've browsed a Yahoo site this week, you may want to run a scan or two. Read More >>

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SD Cards Are Tiny, Hackable Computers (For Good or Evil)

An SD card isn't just a dumb chunk of memory; it's a dumb chunk of memory with a built-in brain, a microcontroller. And at this year's Chaos Computer Congress, enterprising hackers showed off exactly what those brains can be used for: cheap hardware for makers or malware machines for malcontents. Read More >>

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Popular Android Flashlight App Straight-Up Lied About Selling Data

Were you one of the 100 million Android users that downloaded the Brightest Flashlight Free app? Did you conscientiously click "no" when asked if you'd like to allow the app to track your location data? Well, too bad, suckers. Because not only has the FTC revealed that the popular, light-giving app was secretly selling data to third parties, but its "option" to refuse the data collection in the first place was one big, fat lie. Read More >>

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Don't Freak Out About Ultrasonic Malware (Yet)

The Internet's been abuzz lately with news that computer scientists have found a way to transmit malware using ultrasonic audio signals. If true, this means that you'd never be safe from the hackers, as long as your computer has a microphone and speakers. But don't freak out just yet. Read More >>

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Get Out of Work Early With This Handy Happy Hour Virus

Everybody hates malware. It's scary—all your personal information could be exposed! It's annoying—all your data could disappear! It's confusing—none of your friends really know how it works! This is why fake malware is the best new way to play hooky. Read More >>

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Did a USB Stick Infect a Russian Nuclear Plant with Stuxnet?

There's a common misconception that you need to be connected to the internet to get infected with malware. Well, that's not true, and according to renowned cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky, the folks at a nuclear power plant in Russia learned this the hard way. Read More >>

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Russian Authorities Seize Goods from China Implanted with "Spy" Chips

A weird thing happened in St. Petersburg last week. The Russian press reports that local officials intercepted a shipment from China that contained home appliances with "spy" microchips capable of spreading malware to Wi-Fi enabled devices within 200 metres. Tea kettles were apparently the chief culprit. Read More >>

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This Smartphone Charger Also Hunts Down Malware

Numbers show that malware on smartphones is a bigger and bigger problem every year, and it's not like the phone companies are making it any easier. Would it really kill them to include a native virus scanner in iOS or Android? This is where the Skorpion comes in. Read More >>

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