malware

Facebook expands AV Marketplace with 7 new partners

Facebook expands AV Marketplace with 7 new partners

Nearly six months ago, Facebook launched the AV Marketplace, offering users access to antivirus applications. This morning, the company announced a deal with seven new partners: avast!, AVG, Avira, Panda, Kaspersky, Webroot, and Total Defense. In addition, Facebook's existing partners McAfree, Norton, TrendMicro, Microsoft, and Sophos, are also now providing antivirus apps for mobile devices.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 1, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 1, 2012

Well look at that: one minute we're in the middle of summer, and then October is suddenly here the next. Let's jump into the Evening Wrap-Up, shall we? Today we heard that Apple may begin sending out invitations to its rumored iPad Mini reveal event on October 10, and we were impressed by the leaked specifications for an upcoming BlackBerry 10 phone called Aristo. The Kindle Paperwhite started shipping to excited readers across the country today, and we found out that the Android remote wipe is still roaming around out there.

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US Navy helps develop scary PlaceRaider smartphone malware

US Navy helps develop scary PlaceRaider smartphone malware

As society begins to rely more and more on the smartphones and mobile devices in our everyday lives, there are many who aren't thinking about the security risks that come along with having a constantly connected computer in your pocket. The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana and a group of scientists at Indiana University just reminded us that security should be a major concern, however, in developing a particularly nasty bit of malware for phones running Android 2.3 and later.

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Flamer malware spied for over five years

Flamer malware spied for over five years

The Flamer malware was really more of a cyber espionage tool. Security researchers have been analyzing a pair of recently discovered command-and-control servers that controlled Flamer. The researchers have uncovered some interesting, and disturbing facts about Flamer from those servers.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 13, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 13, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks - just one day left to go before the weekend is here once again. Today we were finally given some actual details about the Wii U, and it's safe to say that anticipation is quite a bit higher now that we know it's release date and pricing. Nintendo started off early with pricing and release information for Japan, and later on in the day, gave us pricing and release date details for the US and European releases. We were also given a list of "launch window" titles for the Wii U, and we have to say - it looks pretty impressive.

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Microsoft makes major progress in fight against Nitol Botnet

Microsoft makes major progress in fight against Nitol Botnet

Microsoft has kicked off a new initiative to try to stop the spread of the Nitol Botnet, and it has the backing of a US District Court in East Virginia in doing so. Microsoft's Digital Crime Unit was granted permission to go after those distributing the Botnet after it was discovered that cybercriminals were infiltrating the company's supply chain. Apparently, these unfavorable folks were loading counterfeit software housing the malware onto PCs at some point in the supply chain, leading retailers to unknowingly sell the infected machines.

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500,000 Android users in China infected with SMSZombie

500,000 Android users in China infected with SMSZombie

The amount of malware crafted and aimed at Android devices is ever-increasing. With Android being the most popular platform for smartphones and tablets around the world, Android users have become the low-hanging fruit when it comes to writing malware by the nefarious users. A new Android threat has affected 500,000 devices in China so far.

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