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Kaspersky tipped to be sabotaging rival anti-virus software

Kaspersky tipped to be sabotaging rival anti-virus software

Russian security company Kaspersky is one of the most trusted names when it comes to software protection but, while a recent hacking incident may have portrayed it as a victim, it might not actually be that innocent after all. Two former employees, who of course desires to remain anonymous, reveals that Kaspersky has been covertly working to undermine rival anti-virus software by flagging innocent and important system files as malware, causing these other AV programs to delete those files, turning unsuspecting users into collateral damage in their wake.

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Apple’s OS X 10.10.5 update patches DYLD security vulnerability

Apple’s OS X 10.10.5 update patches DYLD security vulnerability

Apple has released an OS X system update for Yosemite users, bringing the version up to 10.10.5. While the update addresses a number of small bugs, its primary focus is fixing the recently discussed DYLD privilege escalation security exploit. The vulnerability has the potential to allow malware to get root access to a Mac, which is why concerns were raised last week that Apple may not be issuing a fix until the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Fortunately the company has followed through on its promise, releasing the patch right away.

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Nexus OTA updates for Stagefright appearing today

Nexus OTA updates for Stagefright appearing today

This morning OTA (over the air) updates for Android devices in Google's Nexus stable have begun to arrive for Stagefright. A vulnerability in the security bits of all Android devices was found earlier this month, a vulnerability in Stagefright that you really should get to know up close and personal. Google took action - as have many major manufacturers of smartphones - and updates are coming starting today.

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Grandma malware warning: smartphone app downloads of death

Grandma malware warning: smartphone app downloads of death

If you're reading this article, chances are you're the person in your family that does all the tech support. Today we've got a bit of a warning for you from the likes of a developer by the name of Rudis Muiznieks. This fellow bared his soul this week in an article all about how he used to work for a company that spammed desktop and mobile computer users with apps and data-harvesting software. It occurred to us that some readers might never have heard of one of this phantom company's methods, and should therefor be informed and warned.

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Apple to fix latest security bug in OS X 10.10.5 update

Apple to fix latest security bug in OS X 10.10.5 update

With this week's news about a pair of malware threatening the security of OS X, it's starting to become a bit concerning that Apple's platform is losing its place as a "virus free" environment. Nonetheless, the company is planning to release a patch for the bug "as soon as possible," reports The Guardian. The patch is said to come in the form of a security update included in a OS X 10.10.5 update.

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Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo was recently hit by hackers who used its advertisements to deliver malware to an unspecified number of visitors on several of its own websites, it has been revealed. The malware campaign carried on for a full 7-day week before Yahoo, having been alerted by the researchers who discovered it, took it down. Yahoo says it is investigating the matter, and though it has not revealed how many people were affected, it said through a spokesperson that the initial reports "grossly misrepresented" the scale of the attack.

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These OS X malware are like zombies that refuse to die

These OS X malware are like zombies that refuse to die

Traditionally, PCs, especially those running Windows, are notorious for their security vulnerabilities. That is something that Apple is only too happy to point out, often blowing its own horn when it comes to being immune to your typical viruses. Trying to wake Apple up to reality, a group of hackers will present at Black Hat and Def Con security conferences this week how Macs are just as vulnerable to malware, even the same malware as PCs. And in this case, it might be even be worse, since even reformatting doesn't wipe out the malware.

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Sinking the bloatware ship

Sinking the bloatware ship

Bloatware, the not so loving term used to described software equivalent of spam in our inboxes, software we never asked for but are shoved in our faces and take up space and attention. But while we continually fight off spam with some amount of success, the practice of including pre-installed apps in devices have become so common that most people just shake their heads and shrug their shoulders. Not so the government of China, whose Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission is not only putting bloatware on the hot seat again, it is also, for the first time, putting it on legal notice.

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Android app secretly mines for Dogecoin, FTC not amused

Android app secretly mines for Dogecoin, FTC not amused

When you say your app is free of malware but does exactly the opposite, you aren't just lying, you could also be committing a crime. That is exactly what Prized app developers Equiliv Investments and Ryan Ramminger learned the hard way when they were slapped with an FTC complaint because their app actually used infected smartphones to help the developers mine for cryptocurrency like Dogecoin. The defendants wisely decided to settle out of court, which included a monetary judgment of $50,000, which is no small amount for someone desperately hunting for digital currency.

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Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Microsoft security tools will now be treating the Ask Toolbar that comes alongside Oracle's Java installations as "unwanted software" (a category that also includes malware). For a while now, when Windows users install Java, they have to opt out of getting the Ask Toolbar installed in their browser. Opting out is a small task, but it's enough to give Java users a bad impression of Oracle.

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Stuxnet malware child hits Kaspersky with “zero-day trampoline”

Stuxnet malware child hits Kaspersky with “zero-day trampoline”

While you don't hear the words "trampoline" and "malware" in the same sentence very often, today it's entirely warranted. Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, a research organization that concentrates on hackers and hacking activity, have discovered a second state-sponsored group of hackers that've created malware derived from Stuxnet. A second, that is, after the USA and Isreali group discovered in 2012, creators of the Stuxnet malware used for hacking international groups, the same malware this new group used to create their own sophisticated worm.

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Hackers able to steal fingerprints from Galaxy S5, other Android phones

Hackers able to steal fingerprints from Galaxy S5, other Android phones

Fingerprint readers have quickly become commonplace on our smartphones, and while they are touted as offering some of the best security, it seems that may not be true across the board. A group of researchers at FireEye have reported a flaw in certain Android phones like the Galaxy S5 that could allow hackers to steal fingerprint data. Now, before you start panicking and preparing to set your fingerprint-based phone on fire in the name of security, know that this can only take place in extremely limited situations, and as for Android itself, the loophole was already patched with the release of Lollipop.

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