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Android malware: Threat or FUD?

Android malware: Threat or FUD?

Android faces an exponential growth in mobile malware, according to researchers, with a 472-percent increase in rogue Android Market apps since July 2011. Increasingly complex apps are taking advantage of loopholes in the Android platform's security to gain root access and grab user-data, Juniper Networks claims, going on to send premium-rate messages unknown to the user or share data covertly with remote hackers. However, while those apps are supposedly proliferating in the Market, it's unclear how many users are actually impacted.

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Nitro hack steals R&D and defense secrets

Nitro hack steals R&D and defense secrets

Hackers used email scams distributing a notorious malware tool to steal research & development secrets from chemical manufacturers, defense companies and other targets in a huge industrial espionage attack dubbed Nitro, it has been revealed. Poison Ivy, a Windows-based trojan which allows covert remote access to infected PCs, was distributed among firms between April and September this year, according to a new paper [pdf link] from security firm Symantec, with 29 chemical sector companies and a further 19 - primarily in defense - in other sectors targeted.

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New Mac Trojan virus disables OS X anti-malware

New Mac Trojan virus disables OS X anti-malware

According to internet and computer security research firm F-Secure, there's a new Mac Trojan virus making the rounds. The virus has been labeled as OSX/Flashback.C and attacks by disabling the updater component of XProtect, which is OS X's built-in anti-malware protection.

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Facebook adds malware link scanning and racism block

Facebook adds malware link scanning and racism block

Facebook has confirmed that it will now scan all third-party URLs posted on the social network, partnering with Websense to check for malware and viruses in real-time whenever a link is clicked. "If the destination site is considered unsafe," Websense explains, "the user is presented with a warning page that offers the choice to continue at their own risk, return to the previous screen, or get more information on why it was flagged as suspicious."

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Microsoft accidentally flagged Chrome as malware

Microsoft accidentally flagged Chrome as malware

Earlier today, Microsoft's Security Essentials mistakenly flagged Google Chrome as malware and began blocking the program. In many instances Chrome was entirely removed from users' computers. Apparently, Chrome was being incorrectly identified as a member of the Zeus malware family, but Microsoft has since released an update to fix the issue.

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Mac OS X vulnerable to new PDF trojan malware

Mac OS X vulnerable to new PDF trojan malware

Although Macs have the squeaky clean image of being malware-free, things may start to change as the platform gets increasingly more popular. Researchers at F-Secure and Sophos have discovered a new trojan horse malware that targets Mac OS X and is disguised as a PDF file. The malware was first seen in July but has now been identified as two utilities that work together to install a backdoor.

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Security researcher shines spotlight on Sophos anti-malware flaws

Security researcher shines spotlight on Sophos anti-malware flaws

A Google engineer has slated the anti-virus industry, accusing it of obfuscating its own effectiveness with buzzwords and branding, and singling out Sophos for offering software with flaws that could easily be gamed by malware authors. Presenting his findings at the Black Hat conference this week, Forbes reports, Tavis Ormandy described his actions as "publishing the missing technical specifications for Sophos" having criticized the company - and its peers - as guilty of "high level double speak. They make up Hollywood-sounding names, but there's little technical substance."

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Android malware twice as common today compared to six months ago

Android malware twice as common today compared to six months ago

The incidence of malware and security threats is growing every day across a number of markets. Many think about networks and computers when it comes to security threats, but the number of threats on smartphones like the Android platform and others are growing every day. A new report was published by Lookout that claims Android users are twice as likely to come across malware today than they were six months ago.

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Android Trojan Malware Records Your Phone Conversations

Android Trojan Malware Records Your Phone Conversations

A new Android malware has hit the scene that will surely cause some paranoia the next time you have a private---or at least you thought was private---phone conversation. According to researchers at CA Security Advisor, a new Android Trojan has been discovered that lodges itself in your phone when you download an infected app and then proceeds to record your phone calls.

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