malware

FBI-themed ransomware now affecting OS X users

FBI-themed ransomware now affecting OS X users

Everyone has had to deal with malware of some sort at one point or another, with some being unlucky enough to come across the FBI-themed "ransomware" variety that presents itself as being a government threat of criminal charges should one refuse to pay a fine. This kind of malware has typically been the domain of Windows users, but has made its way to OS X.

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Google Transparency Report expands: malware and phishing on tap

Google Transparency Report expands: malware and phishing on tap

The team at Google's Transparency department have brought on a new level of threat reporting - massive amounts of phishing and malware-infected sites from across the web. This newest Google Transparency Report is being laid bare this week with a cool 67,909 compromised sites tracked by the company in mid-June, showing an interesting cross-section of ups and downs over the past six years.

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Proposal seeks to lock copyright infringing computers, force owners to contact police

Proposal seeks to lock copyright infringing computers, force owners to contact police

The Internet-using public is no stranger to off-the-wall plans and ideas to stop the so-called blight of copyrighted content sharing, but a new proposal recently submitted to the government is perhaps unlike any before it in terms of craziness. In a report, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property proposed many ways piracy can be combated, including infecting alleged violators' computers with malware that can wreck havoc, including and up to destroying the user's computer.

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Fake Firefox spreads spyware as makers Mozilla retort

Fake Firefox spreads spyware as makers Mozilla retort

Mozilla has sent out a cease-and-desist letter to Gamma International, who has been disguising commercial malware as Mozilla's Firefox web browser. Gamma's software uses Mozilla's trademarks and brand to mislead consumers into thinking its product is affiliated with the company. In the properties of the fake Firefox browser, all of the information, including version number, copyright, trademark claims, and more are exactly the same as the genuine Firefox browser.

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NQ: Malware on mobile devices grew 163% last year

NQ: Malware on mobile devices grew 163% last year

According to a security report from NQ Mobile Security, mobile malware is on the high rise. In 2012, malware infections grew by 163% year-over-year. There were 65,227 newly discovered mobile malware floating around, compared to the 24,794 that were discovered back in 2011. The malware is beginning to spread to various markets, including China, India, Russia, the United States, and Saudi Arabia.

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Skype trojan turns your computer into a Bitcoin miner

Skype trojan turns your computer into a Bitcoin miner

There is a Skype trojan going around that is turning PCs into Bitcoin miners. So far, victims are mostly located in countries like Italy, Russia, Poland, Costa Rica, Spain, Germany, and a few others. Bitcoin Mining is a another way for users to acquire Bitcoin's currency by "making computer hardware do mathematical calculations for the Bitcoin network to confirm transactions and increase security."

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