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Flame cyber-espionage discovered in vast infection net

Flame cyber-espionage discovered in vast infection net

A new and fast spreading malware tipped to already dwarf the notorious Stuxnet has been identified, codenamed Flame and believed to be state-run cyberespionage affecting PCs in Iran and nearby countries. Spotted by Kaspersky Lab, "Worm.Win32.Flame" blends features from backdoor, trojan and worm malware, and once surreptitiously loaded onto a target machine can monitor network traffic, local use, grab screenshots and record audio, sending all that data back to its home servers. Believed to be active from at least March 2010, Flame is tipped to be 20x more prevalent than Stuxnet.

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Apple Flashback Removal tool hits Leopard

Apple Flashback Removal tool hits Leopard

The malicious software known as Flashback has been a burden on the Apple world for some weeks now, Apple this week sending out an official Flashback removal tool to those users working with the Apple OS X Leopard operating system. This fix comes in the form of a security update not unlike what we've seen for OS X Lion in weeks past as well, this version coming in under the name Leopard Security Update 2012-003. This package comes aside another download by the name of FlashBack Removal Security Update, both of these downloads available via your own software update page which can be accessed by hitting the Apple in the upper right-hand side of your screen and scrolling down to "Software Update."

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Kaspersky Lab exec calls OS X “really vulnerable”

Kaspersky Lab exec calls OS X “really vulnerable”

Malware has increasingly become a problem for Mac OS X, most recently having been affected by the Flashback trojan which infected over half a million systems. Apple were slow to respond to the threat, and although two Flashback removal tools were offered for users to download, the number of machines still infected remains high. Apple has reportedly asked Kaspersky Labs to advise the company on OS X security issues.

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New Android malware spreads via hacked websites

New Android malware spreads via hacked websites

Android is being plagued by malware once again. The security firm Lookout has warned users about a new Android trojan that spreads itself via compromised websites. The trojan can potentially break into government and corporate networks if left unchecked. Right now the trojan seems fairly innocuous, posing as a software update to the user and residing on the system once installed.

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Flashback Malware grabbed hackers $10k a day

Flashback Malware grabbed hackers $10k a day

The folks responsible for the Apple-affected malware by the name of Flashback have had their activities analyzed today and it would appear that they're cashing in at $10,0000 a day. That's a lot of cash they're earning from an Apple hack that's spread across the web like a brush fire over the past few weeks. Apple has provided a fix for the malware already, but as there are quite a few people out there in the computing world that have no idea Flashback is affecting them right this second, the cash continues to flow. Where's that cash coming from, you might be asking?

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Apple hands Gatekeeper keys to developers

Apple hands Gatekeeper keys to developers

Apple has begun to encourage the developer masses to begin preparing for OS X Mountain Lion by working with new Developer IDs and Gatekeeper in advance of its ultimate final product. This program will allow users to gain greater trust in Apple-distributed software through the Mac App Store as each piece of software downloaded in the future will contain a Developer ID certificate. This Developer ID certificate lets Gatekeeper verify (like magic!) the app to make sure it's not any sort of known Malware so that the user can download without worry.

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Apple “ten years behind Microsoft” in malware readiness

Apple “ten years behind Microsoft” in malware readiness

Apple is a decade behind Microsoft in terms of Mac malware security, research firm Kaspersky has contentiously suggested, something it predicts the Cupertino firm will quickly realize in a fast-approaching storm of rogue software. "I think they are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security" company CEO Eugene Kaspersky told Computer Business Review at a security event this week, predicting a torrent of malware is incoming for OS X and that Apple will have to pull its boots up in order to handle it.

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One in five Macs likely to carry Windows malware

One in five Macs likely to carry Windows malware

A new study performed by security firm Sophos has found that one in five Macs is likely to carry some sort of Windows malware, but only one in 36 could be infected with malware specifically designed to target Mac OS X. The numbers come after Sophos collected data from around 100,000 Macs that have the Sophos anti-virus software installed.

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New Flashback variant plagues Mac world

New Flashback variant plagues Mac world

If you thought the fuss over the Flashback malware for Mac computers was behind us, apparently it's not. A new variant of the Mac malware has been making the rounds according to Intego. The new version of Flashback has been dubbed Flashback.S. The malware continues to take advantage of the Java vulnerability that Apple patched.

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Flashback Trojan infection still going strong

Flashback Trojan infection still going strong

Despite various tools released by antivirus companies and a fix released by Apple itself over a week ago, the number of computers infected with the Flashback Trojan is still high. According to Russian security firm Dr. Web, there were at least 566,000 Macs still infected late last week, which is considerably higher than the number reported by Symantec and Kaspersky Labs.

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Lookout partners with Deutsche Telekom for mobile security

Lookout partners with Deutsche Telekom for mobile security

Malware has increasingly become a problem on Android, but anti-virus and security companies have risen to the occasion and developed apps that should help you tackle any nasties in the wild. Lookout is one such company, and Deutsche Telekom has signed a deal that would see its Android phones bundled with the Mobile Security app.

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FBI: check for DNS Changer malware before it’s too late

FBI: check for DNS Changer malware before it’s too late

Previously, on The Internet: millions of computers across the globe were infected by malware called DNS Changer. The software targeted both PCs and Macs, and redirected users away from websites to ones that were deployed by cybercriminals. The new websites were filled with advertisements, with enough views and click throughs generating millions of dollars worth of revenue for the bad guys.

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