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First Mac ransomware: Am I infected?

First Mac ransomware: Am I infected?

If you want to see your files again, cough up one Bitcoin. That's the message some unwitting Mac owners faced after accidentally installing malware on their computers, with the so-called ransomware encrypting their personal data and then charging them the equivalent of around $400 to retrieve it. Dubbed KeRanger, the malware - identified this weekend - is believed to be the first of its kind spotted in the wild.

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How to avoid the new Netflix viruses and malware

How to avoid the new Netflix viruses and malware

Netflix scams are on the rise, so say the security crews at Tripwire and Symantec. How do you avoid such malware? How does your grandmother avoid downloading a virus? The answers are relatively simple, and they begin with sticking to the course. That is, not clicking on any advertisements that promise lower costs and coupons for Netflix-based deals on subscriptions. That's where this newest wave of internet evil is coming from - let your uncle know what's up.

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Malware Museum shows how past viruses were creative, artful

Malware Museum shows how past viruses were creative, artful

Today's viruses make your heart ache with sorrow and stress. Yesteryear's viruses sometimes made your heart ache from laughter. While still relatively destructive during their time period, the malware of previous decades showed one thing that is lost upon today's cybercriminals: a sense of humor. Thanks to the Internet Archive, however, those can now be relived, or reviled if you were a victim, showcasing the viruses prevalent during the 80s and 90s, in all their animated pixel art glory. Without the damaging virus itself, of course.

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The Malware Museum offers a look at the viruses of yesteryear

The Malware Museum offers a look at the viruses of yesteryear

Most people have a pretty good idea of what computer malware and viruses look like in the current era: pop-up windows, spam sites set as the homepage, and bogus apps installed if they're lucky, with spyware and software that allows remote hacking being some of the worst. But about in the MS-DOS era? What did computer users of yore dread when getting infected? Well, the Malware Museum offers a historic, and safe, look back at what was conjured up in the 80s and 90s.

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Kaspersky tipped to be sabotaging rival anti-virus software

Kaspersky tipped to be sabotaging rival anti-virus software

Russian security company Kaspersky is one of the most trusted names when it comes to software protection but, while a recent hacking incident may have portrayed it as a victim, it might not actually be that innocent after all. Two former employees, who of course desires to remain anonymous, reveals that Kaspersky has been covertly working to undermine rival anti-virus software by flagging innocent and important system files as malware, causing these other AV programs to delete those files, turning unsuspecting users into collateral damage in their wake.

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Facebook targets malware with new notifications

Facebook targets malware with new notifications

Facebook is again targeting malware, this time by adding a new notification that will show up on infected users' computers. If the notification shows up, one of two software options will be displayed depending on the best for the type of issue the user is having.

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Bitcoin mining being forced by new Linkup ransomware

Bitcoin mining being forced by new Linkup ransomware

Emisoft has come forward with details on a newly discovered form of ransomware. This one is dubbed "Linkup" and while it will hold your computer hostage, it doesn't lock your computer or encrypt all your files like we have seen in the past. Instead, this version of Linkup blocks Internet access and also turns your system into a bitcoin mining zombie.

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AVG AntiVirus for Mac launches with triple protection

AVG AntiVirus for Mac launches with triple protection

AVG has been offering fee antivirus software for Windows PC users and smartphones for a long time. The antivirus software that the company offers users for free works well and protects 172 million active users today according to the company. AVG has announced the launch of a new software suite aimed at protecting Mac computers.

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Linux-based Internet-connected devices widely vulnerable to new worm

Linux-based Internet-connected devices widely vulnerable to new worm

Symantec researcher Kaoru Hayashi has posted a report to the effect that a sizable portion of the "Internet of Things" is now vulnerable to a worm called Linux.Darlloz. The worm attacks CPUs running on devices like routers, set-top boxes, security cameras and industrial control systems, as well as PCs. The worm relies on a pre-May 2012 vulnerability still present in many devices running Linux.

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International Space Station experienced “virus epidemics” due to infected USB drive

International Space Station experienced “virus epidemics” due to infected USB drive

The international space station's computer systems were infected by an unspecified virus this year, according to Kaspersky. The malware made its way into space on a removable device carried by Russian astronauts, and though the extent of the damage hasn't been specified, it has been revealed that on occasion, the station has suffered "virus epidemics".

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Windows XP is 469 percent more infection-prone than Windows 8

Windows XP is 469 percent more infection-prone than Windows 8

In a report overseen by Microsoft, the Windows XP operating system was found to be more than five times as vulnerable to viruses as Windows 8 is. Out of every 1,000 computers scanned, 9.1 Windows XP SP3 systems were infected with a virus, while only 1.6 Windows 8 RTM machines had to be cleaned. The report, which was conducted by Microsoft's own Trustworthy Computing Group, shows that the older the OS, the more vulnerable it is.

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NSA-themed ransomware exploits recent government leaks to scam PC users

NSA-themed ransomware exploits recent government leaks to scam PC users

FBI-themed ransomware has been around for a long time, scaring non-tech savvy computer users into believing the government agency had identified them as violating various laws, threatening jail time if a "fine" isn't paid immediately. While many have fallen prey to the scam, never before have users been so vulnerable towards believing the nature of these attacks as now, in light of a myriad of leaks showing government spying on domestic data. Scammers have taken advantage of this public fear, generating NSA-theme ransomware telling users they've been pegged for various crimes under the PRISM program.

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