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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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Apple promises fix for PDF exploit (and will block JailbreakMe exploit in the process)

Apple promises fix for PDF exploit (and will block JailbreakMe exploit in the process)

For a long time the general consensus among many geeks was that Apple gear didn’t have the security flaws that some other brands suffered from. As the Apple gear has grown in popularity, especially the iPhone and iPad, more and more exploits and attacks for Apple devices are surfacing. One of the more recent security vulnerabilities in iOS surfaced this week when a German IT security agency warned of a vulnerability in the way PDFs are handled.

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Mac malware bypasses Apple File Quarantine in hours

Mac malware bypasses Apple File Quarantine in hours

Dear Apple: welcome to the malware race. Despite Apple having released a new, daily-updating antivirus system yesterday to clean out the MacDefender menace, the authors of the malware responded within hours with a new version that bypasses the OS X defenses. ZDNet reports that it took less than 8hrs from the Mac Security Update 2011-003 definitions being released to an updated MacDefender build arriving.

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Apple Update Removes MacDefender Malware

Apple Update Removes MacDefender Malware

Apple customers have been in for a rude awakening with the recent MacDefender malware problem. The trojan malware tricked unsuspecting users to enter their admin passwords and even credit card information. AppleCare staff were instructed not to assist with the removal of the malware, but that may have been because Apple was planning to send out a security update to take care of the problem.

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MacDefender malware renamed MacGuard, bypasses Apple fix

MacDefender malware renamed MacGuard, bypasses Apple fix

Apple's attempts to handle the MacDefender malware have already been circumnavigated by the apps author, with a new version resilient to the official removal method in the wild within 12 hours. Spotted by Intego, the updated variant now uses a two-part approach to infection. Renamed as MacGuard, it first installs a downloader - with no administrator password required, as long as the person using the Mac has an administrator account - and then that grabs the new version of MacDefender and installs that without the user realizing.

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Apple To Nuke MacDefender Malware With OS X Update

Apple To Nuke MacDefender Malware With OS X Update

There's been a high alert recently regarding the Mac Defender and Mac Security trojans that have been fooling unsuspecting Mac users into handing over admin passwords and credit card information. And although Apple has remained particularly mum on the topic, it looks like they will be nuking the malware in an upcoming OSX update.

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Apple warns AppleCare team off fixing Mac malware

Apple warns AppleCare team off fixing Mac malware

Apple has reportedly advised its AppleCare staff not to assist Mac users in removing malware, while the company conducts an investigation into the "Mac Defender" and "Mac Security" trojans. According to a leaked internal memo, acquired by ZDNet, support staff should only advise Mac owners not to install the malicious apps, and - if they discover that their warning comes too late - direct them to an Apple Support document on malware rather than "make recommendations for specific software to assist."

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