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Cold Call Scammer Convicted for Scaring Windows Users Into Paying for Software

Hooray! One of the people behind the "Your computer is leaking personal information" phone scams has been convicted, with Mohammed Khalid Jamil earning a four-month suspended jail term for hiring call centre staff to trick unaware Windows users into paying for bogus malware protection. Read More >>

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Will Smallpox Reemerge in Siberia as Corpses Thaw from Climate Change?

In an article primarily about the potential folly of holding onto stockpiles of smallpox virus for research purposes the BBC includes one vile idea. Could the frozen bodies of smallpox victims in Siberia, now thawing because of climate change, re-release the virus into the environment and thus start a global pandemic? Read More >>

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It's Easy to Seem Popular When a Virus Gives You Instagram Followers

There are always those greedy people who would wish for more wishes from a genie. They're what's wrong with this whole internet fairy tale. And now they're using malware developed for pilfering credit card numbers to give out likes and followers on Instagram. For a price, of course. Read More >>

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What Online Scammers Would Look Like If They Were Real People

When we see Nigerian princes or weird links or invasive people who want to much personal information pop up in our email inbox, we immediately know that they're scams. It's part of the Internet. But what if it was a part of real life too? It would be absolutely terrifying to see online scams and viruses as people. Read More >>

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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 >>

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Um, A Vial of a Deadly Virus Went Missing from a Lab

This is completely reassuring; we don't have to worry at all. A vial containing a virus that causes hemorrhagic fever has gone missing from a research facility in Texas. Okay, maybe we should worry. Just a little. A smidge. Read More >>

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A Baby Has Been Cured of HIV

It may sound hard to believe, but doctors from Mississippi are saying that for the first time, an infant has been cured of an HIV infection. The New York Times relays reports from doctors who say the infant had tested positive for HIV on five separate occasions and now, at age two and a half and off drugs for an entire year, the child shows no signs of the virus in its body. Read More >>

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This Is What a Virus Infecting a Cell Looks Like

This isn't a cartoon tree or some strange piece of modern art. In fact, it's what researchers from the University of Texas at Austin saw when they managed to observe a virus in the act of penetrating a cell. Read More >>

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New Money-Destroying Virus Attacks Iran

After the US and Israel cooked up Stuxnet — a potent cyber weapon aimed at Iran's nuclear facilities — whenever a virus targets Iran, it could be something major. This time around, the web threat wants to erase Iranian banks. Read More >>

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At Least Hackers Reckon BlackBerrys are Still Worth Something

Ah the BlackBerry. Once upon a time it was a global icon that was in the hands of essentially every celebrity and businessman, but now? The line sits at the bottom of the pile looking up at the might of the iPhone and Android handsets. But apparently, some hackers think it's still worth a punt in the malware department, and have crafted a package that will unleash a Zeus malware variant on BlackBerry devices. Read More >>

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Is There Anyone Stupid Enough to Believe That This Cable Has Anti-Virus Protection?

This "Xbox 360 Elite HDMI cable" should be just like any other HDMI cable in the planet, right? Wrong! According to the box, it's a "100% Mylar" double shield 1.3c grade cable with anti-virus protection to reduce virus noises and to obtain perfect image transmission." Read More >>

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Your Internet Might Shut Off Tomorrow Because of a Virus—Here's How to Fix It

Tonight at 12:01 AM EDT (04:01AM GMT) Monday July 9th, the Internet is going to become inaccessible for nearly half a million people around the world because of malware called DNS Changer. If your computer is infected with DNS Changer, it won't be able to get on the Internet anymore. Here's how to get rid of it and make sure the Internet still works for you. Read More >>

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Apple Let Malware Into Its iOS App Store

The iPhone's walled garden isn't quite as safe as Apple claims it is. Cupertino apparently let some sneaky malware through its approval process that stole your address book, Facebook and Twitter, and spammed your friends with text messages pretending to be you. Read More >>

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Apple Softens Its Virus Immunity Claims

Apple's quietly changed the wording on its site regarding OSX's virus protection a tad. Looks like Apple's hand was forced by the embarrassing Flashback botnet attack last month and its tardy response. Macs aren't quite as invulnerable as Apple used to boast. Read More >>

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Printer Virus on the Loose, Good Day For Paper Companies, Bad Day For Trees

A computer virus that sends garbled code to your printer queue is affecting homes and offices worldwide. The virus wastes loads of ink and paper printing out crap in a year when Kodak went bust and HP's printer business is 'facing challenges'. Hmm, suspicious... Read More >>

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Flame Trojan Gets Strange Auto-Destruct Command

Remember that massive piece of spy malware that was running about the internet called Flame? In a very strange turn of events, apparently it's just been told to immediately commit suicide and destroy itself, leaving no trace it was ever there. Read More >>

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