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Symantec security report reveals attacks up and spam down

Symantec security report reveals attacks up and spam down

Symantec has published its 2013 Internet Security Threat Report, revealing data about the state of the Internet and the threats in it. According to the security report, small and medium businesses have seen the greatest increase in threats, with over all targeted attacks in 2012 jumping to 42-percent, with 31-percent of those attacks being aimed at companies with less than 250 employees.

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MiniDuke virus attacks government institutions all around the world

MiniDuke virus attacks government institutions all around the world

It looks like this just isn’t Adobe’s week. A new virus, called MiniDuke, has been attacking government institutions all around Europe and the United States using a security exploit in the Adobe Reader program. The virus is sent around as a very credible looking PDF file. The file carries information about a human rights seminar (ASEM), Ukraine’s foreign policy, and NATO membership plans. But while the information might seem credible on the surface, it secretly uploads malware onto the computer and disguises itself from various anti-malware, anti-virus, and other cyber-security programs.

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Stuxnet virus existed 2 years prior to attacks

Stuxnet virus existed 2 years prior to attacks

Researchers from Symantec have uncovered more information about Stuxnet, the virus that was used to damage Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities back in 2007. The Stuxnet virus was speculated to be created solely to damage the nuclear plants in Iran. In an 18-page report by Symantec, it turns out that the existence of Stuxnet dates back to 2005. The virus was called Stuxnet 0.5 at the time, but there isn't any word yet on whether or not this version of the virus was used to do any damage.

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Multinational cybercrime gang arrested in Spain’s Costa del Sol

Multinational cybercrime gang arrested in Spain’s Costa del Sol

A group of ten criminals have recently been arrested in the Costa del Sol area of Spain. These ten are from varying countries and are said to have been running a ransomware scam. The arrests were made by Europol, the European police agency and follow the arrest of the head of the network who was taken into custody last month while in Dubai. The head of the network is reportedly from Russia and this latest round of ten includes two Ukrainians, two Georgians and an additional six from Russia.

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Three charged over “Gozi” computer virus

Three charged over “Gozi” computer virus

Three men involved in creating and distributing the "Gozi" virus that infected over one million computers worldwide have been officially charged today. The group's hack allowed them to steal millions of dollars from users over a five-year period, stealing passwords and various banking information, like credit card numbers and bank account information.

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Multiple power plant workstations slammed by malware

Multiple power plant workstations slammed by malware

According to the Homeland Security Department, multiple power plants in the United States were affected by malware during the beginning of October 2012. While details are relatively scarce, it was revealed that one of the power plants had been infected via a USB flash drive. The infection happened during a software update.

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Batchwiper malware wipes disk partitions on Iranian computers

Batchwiper malware wipes disk partitions on Iranian computers

Iranian computer systems have been hit with another bout of damage, this time from the malware Batchwiper, which, as its name suggests, infects a computer and promptly proceeds to wipe its disk partitions and user profile directories. The attack is said to be simplistic and is designed to only wipe data on specific dates, with the next one being January 21. Thus far, how the malware is spreading to machines is unknown.

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Skype users stalked by ransom trojan

Skype users stalked by ransom trojan

Skype has warned users to update to the latest version of the VoIP and video calling app, as well as to check their computer security settings, after a fast-spreading worm was spotted targeting the software. The worm, "Dorkbot," is being distributed via masked links sent out via Skype's instant messaging system, Trend Micro reports, co-opting the PC into a botnet and eventually demanding $200 from users in order to unlock their files else see them permanently deleted.

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FTC slaps scareware distributor with $163 million fine

FTC slaps scareware distributor with $163 million fine

We've all had it happen to us before: we're browsing the web when we're greeted with a pop-up alert claiming that our computer is infected and that our immediate action is required. Most tech savvy people wouldn't be tricked into falling for that, but for a while, these scams had many computer users legitimately scared. A handful of people involved in one of these scareware scams have been ordered by a US District Court to pay out a whopping $163 million FTC fine today, after it was discovered that they scammed more than 1 million people out of money.

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