September 16, 2011

Norton to introduce multiple devices security solution

by Kerry Butters

Symantec, the makers of AV solution Norton, has announced plans to release a new product that will protect customers across multiple devices. Norton One is intended to be a personalised product that gives consumers “the option to select a combination of solutions” to provide a more secure browsing environment across different platforms. The new service […]

September 13, 2011

30% of Fortune 500 susceptible to Doppelganger domain attacks

by Kerry Butters

Malware creators have long since caught on to the idea that they can catch out people who misspell words when typing in the address bar and have bought up domains accordingly. New research has found that a new type of “domain squatting” has emerged, in which crooks are buying up domains that have a dot […]

September 7, 2011

Malware costs creators pennies per target machine

by Kerry Butters

A new study has investigated the proliferation of pay-per-install (PPI) services and has found that of the top 20 malware infections worldwide, 12 of them use PPI. In simple terms, malware writers use the services to source victims in order to install malicious software on their computers. The most popular forms of malware using PPI […]

New trojan locks down Windows

by Kerry Butters

Panda Labs have revealed a new Trojan, described as being the latest in “ransomware” which hijacks a users Windows OS in order to extort money. The malware, which Panda says most likely comes in through spam or p2p files, restarts the system once it has found a way in. It then displays a screen before […]

August 31, 2011

New Facebook scams reported

by Jan Harris

The Cutwail botnet, which first came to light in 2007, is targeting Facebook users with spam messages containing links to malware sites. The messages appear to be genuine Facebook friend invite notifications but unlike the real thing, they do not display Facebook profile photos and recipient’s email address does not appear in small print at […]

August 12, 2011

US responsible for most malware infected sites

by Jan Harris

Nearly half (44.5 per cent) of malware infected websites originate from the US and Russia according to Kapersky Lab’s report for the second quarter of 2011. The US accounted for 28 per cent of the websites used to spread malicious programs during the quarter and Russia accounted for 15.99 per cent. The vast majority of […]

July 27, 2011

SpyEye Trojan updated to make detection harder

by Jan Harris

Trusteer has warned of code changes to the SpyEye Trojan which makes its detection by banks’ transaction monitoring systems more difficult. In a blog post, Trusteer’s chief executive Mickey Boodaei, explains that the code changes are designed to stop the Trojan being detected by transaction monitoring systems which analyse customers’ online activity and identify abnormal […]

July 21, 2011

Google issues malware warnings

by Jan Harris

While Google has been diversifying into all sorts of areas over the last few years, one market it hasn’t so far ventured into is IT security. The fact that since Tuesday it has been displaying malware warnings at the top of search pages, telling a user that their computer is infected, has therefore raised a […]

July 4, 2011

Trend Micro claims TDL4 botnet not ‘indestructable’

by Jan Harris

Kaspersky Labs’ concerns that the highly active TDL4 botnet could prove to be indestructible have been dismissed by Trend Micro. V3 reports that Trend Micro has been studying TDL4 for some time and the rootkit which the botnet uses to infect a machine’s boot sector can be eradicated with Microsoft’s own system repair tools. The […]

June 29, 2011

Tumblr logins compromised by phishers

by Jan Harris

Blog hosting platform Tumblr has suffered a major phishing attack over the past few days, with more than 8,000 users falling for the scam according to security firm GFI Software. Tumblr users should beat a hasty retreat from web pages displaying links to adult content as the link could be malicious. The bogus pages require […]

June 24, 2011

WordPress restored following backdoor attack

by Jan Harris

Blogging platform WordPress has suffered a malware attack forcing all users of to change their passwords to one bearing no resemblance to their old one. Three “plug-ins” used by the blog-hosting site, AddThis, WPTouch, and W3 Total Cache, were infected with “cleverly disguised backdoors” by hackers, according to WordPress. The plug-ins have now been […]

June 17, 2011

Microsoft winning Autorun battle

by Jan Harris

Microsoft claims it is winning the battle against ‘Autorun’ malware such as the Conficker worm, with infection rates falling substantially this year. The Autorun feature starts a program automatically when a CD, DVD or USB stick is inserted into a Windows PC. Microsoft detected 59 per cent less Autorun-related malware infections on XP machines between […]

June 1, 2011

Cyber crime slowing says McAfee

by Jan Harris

In its latest threat report, security firm McAfee reported that the efforts of the police and security companies to combat cyber crime are starting to pay off. The report mentions several successful police raids which have taken down botnets and uncovered fraud and money laundering operations. This has been made possible by improved communication and […]

May 17, 2011

Microsoft identifies Alureon variant

by Jan Harris

Alureon, a trojan and bootkit which was particularly prevalent this time last year, has reared its head again, with a new version being identified by researchers from Microsoft. The latest incarnation of the malware is designed to avoid detection by anti-virus software. However the evasion algorithm it uses includes unusual encryption and decryption routines which […]

March 16, 2011

Japan disaster sites may host malware

by Jan Harris

Security companies are reporting a surge in malware on sites related to the disaster in Japan. Trend Micro reported that malicious websites were being set up within minutes of the 9 magnitude earthquake hitting the country on Friday. With huge numbers of people searching for news of the unfolding tragedy, cybercriminals aim to attract people […]

March 2, 2011

Symantec reports increase in collaborative malware

by Jan Harris

In its MessageLabs Intelligence Report for February, Symantec reported an increase in attacks using multiple malware botnets in an effort to evade detection. The company identified collaborative attacks employing Zeus, SpyEye and Bredolab malware. Attacks with multiple malware families and botnets have been found to be coming from a single source since late January. MessageLabs’ […]

February 7, 2011

UK worst in Europe for financial phishing

by Jan Harris

Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day and according to the latest statistics from the EU, the Internet certainly isn’t safe for many surfers. The EU report, covering the 27 member states, highlights that a third of Internet users were attacked by malware in 2010, despite the fact that 84 per cent had security software installed on […]

January 26, 2011

Kaspersky warns ICQ ads contain malware

by Jan Harris

A Charlotte Russe clothing ad on messaging site ICQ is serving up malware according to security firm Kaspersky. The malware is infecting computers with a fake anti-virus application called “Antivirus 8″. Unusually, the popup for Antivirus 8 appears when users are not actively performing an action that typically triggers such popups – clicking on a […]

January 12, 2011

Social network malware could be biggest mobile security threat

by Darren Allan

Security firm BitDefender reckons that platform-independent malware which targets social networks is becoming as widely spread as the malware targeting PCs. And furthermore, payloads delivered via social networks could be the most pressing security threat when it comes to mobile devices. The outfit cites statistics which show one of the URLs used to propagate […]

December 20, 2010

Google improves malware warning

by Jan Harris

Google has introduced a number of changes to the way it deals with compromised websites. The search company has been warning Internet users since 2006 when search results include sites that are infected with malware, with messages such as ‘this site may harm your computer’. It has now extended the warnings to include sites that […]

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