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Android malware level triples in Q2 2012

Android malware level triples in Q2 2012

Anyone that uses a smartphone, tablet, or computer knows that there's a lot of malware out there with the goal of infiltrating your device and stealing information or causing you headaches. According to security company Kaspersky Labs the amount of malware out there specifically targeting Android increased by a significant amount in Q2 of 2012. The company reports that malware levels increased threefold during Q2.

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Gauss malware eats banking details: Flame just got hotter

Gauss malware eats banking details: Flame just got hotter

A new "cyber-espionage" toolkit that can track browser passwords, online banking credentials, cookies and other personal data has been identified in the wild, security researchers have announced. "Gauss" has until now been targeting users in the Middle-East, Kapersky Lab reports, exploiting previously-unseen loopholes and capable of stealing data from banks including Citibank, PayPal and Bank of Beirut. Somewhat bizarrely - and still unexplained - it also installs a special font on the victim's machine.

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DNSChanger Danger: Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t

DNSChanger Danger: Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t

How much warning is too much warning? At what point does an excess of caution evolve into fear, uncertainty and doubt? That the DNSChanger malware failed to down internet connections across the globe on Monday, despite increasingly shrill warnings that the FBI was preparing to pull the plug on the temporary servers keeping them afloat, is undoubtedly A Good Thing. However, it highlights one of the persistent issues facing computing: the challenges in balancing caution and panic.

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Internet goes offline for thousands as DNSChanger cleanup peaks

Internet goes offline for thousands as DNSChanger cleanup peaks

Thousands of internet users are waking up to no web connection this morning, with the temporary servers handling those infected by DNSChanger being shut down. ISPs and the FBI had warned surfers that, had their DNS settings been changed by the malware, they would lose access to the workaround fix that had been in operation for the past few months. Estimates of how many people will be impacted today are unclear, with the numbers of those relying on the most active servers last month exceeding 100,000.

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PSA: Evict DNSChanger now or lose the web Monday

PSA: Evict DNSChanger now or lose the web Monday

Today's malware has a deadline: get rid of DNSChanger now, or come Monday, July 9, you may find yourself without access to the internet altogether. Hundreds of thousands of computers around the world have been infected by the trojan, which changes DNS settings - among other things - so as to route web traffic through compromised servers. Now, the FBI is preparing to pull the plug on those servers - and many people's internet connection with them.

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DNSChanger malware for dummies: Sophos video explains it all

DNSChanger malware for dummies: Sophos video explains it all

Today the folks at the security group Sophos have released a simple "how to" video on the DNSChanger (or DNS Changer, if you prefer) Malware, showing how you can avoid losing your internet connection on July 9th. This information has been published by us before in the post DNSChanger: How to find it and how to fix it earlier this week, but for those of you that prefer a simple explanatory video instead, today we've got that for you as well.

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Malware Botnet may have framed Android

Malware Botnet may have framed Android

Android may have been wrongly maligned for its role in a malware botnet, security researchers have admitted, with findings that devices running Google's software could be responsible for spam potentially fooled by a fake email signature. Despite claims from Sophos and Microsoft earlier this week that email header information pinned down Android devices as the guilty carriers, each has since backtracked having conceded that Android's involvement is in no way certain.

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DNSChanger: How to find it and how to fix it

DNSChanger: How to find it and how to fix it

Time is running out for computers running the DNSChanger malware, with the FBI planning to cut infected machines off from the internet teat come Monday, but how do you know if your system is at risk? The malware reroutes internet traffic through compromised servers, opening systems up to the dangers of keylogging, pushing fake software and products, and otherwise manipulating the web experience. Thankfully, checking out the status of your computer isn't hard.

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FBI to kill servers supporting DNSChanger virus victims

FBI to kill servers supporting DNSChanger virus victims

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world could lose access to the Internet on July 9 when the FBI plans to kill temporary servers servicing victims of a virus. That virus is called DNSChanger, and the FBI plans to shut down the temporary DNS servers that were being used to assist victims of the Internet theft ring. Any computer that still uses the servers won't be able to go online starting July 9.

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