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Researchers develop Gauss detection tools

Researchers develop Gauss detection tools

Kaspersky Labs discovered a new computer virus recently dubbed Gauss that targeted banking systems and financial information. According to Kaspersky Labs, the virus has infected over 2,500 computers, primarily located in Lebanon, and targets specific banks and financial institutions such as BlomBank and Credit Libanais. Now, web-based tools have been released that allows anyone to check if they’ve been infected by Gauss.

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Gauss malware eats banking details: Flame just got hotter

Gauss malware eats banking details: Flame just got hotter

A new "cyber-espionage" toolkit that can track browser passwords, online banking credentials, cookies and other personal data has been identified in the wild, security researchers have announced. "Gauss" has until now been targeting users in the Middle-East, Kapersky Lab reports, exploiting previously-unseen loopholes and capable of stealing data from banks including Citibank, PayPal and Bank of Beirut. Somewhat bizarrely - and still unexplained - it also installs a special font on the victim's machine.

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Facebook directing users to free antivirus offerings

Facebook directing users to free antivirus offerings

People are understandably concerned about viruses anywhere online today. People know they can pick up a virus from some of their favorite websites if they aren't careful. Facebook has now begun directing users who fear their computers might be infected to websites where they can download free antivirus software proactively.

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DNSChanger: By the Numbers

DNSChanger: By the Numbers

Over the past week or two, we've been following the DNSChanger or "Internet Doomsday" saga as the final day approached - today - and now it's time to take a head count for what's actually happened. Despite the name, this doomsday didn't actually affect very many computers at all. In fact, according the the folks at DCWG and their study of the infection over the last couple of years, we'd just reached the lowest number of infections per DNS Top Level Domain Country Code in the history of the virus.

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Internet Doomsday simple fix rundown

Internet Doomsday simple fix rundown

Believe it or not, this so-called "Internet Doomsday" you've heard about over the past week or so is a real situation - but taking care of it on your own computer is not as terrifying as the name of the day suggests. The so-called virus is called DNSChanger, and thought the fear-mongering amongst us would have all collecting water and dry food for the oncoming electrical winter, there's not actually that much to worry about. In fact, according to several internet service providers across the country, nothing significant has even appeared on their grid as the day has progressed.

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PSA: Evict DNSChanger now or lose the web Monday

PSA: Evict DNSChanger now or lose the web Monday

Today's malware has a deadline: get rid of DNSChanger now, or come Monday, July 9, you may find yourself without access to the internet altogether. Hundreds of thousands of computers around the world have been infected by the trojan, which changes DNS settings - among other things - so as to route web traffic through compromised servers. Now, the FBI is preparing to pull the plug on those servers - and many people's internet connection with them.

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FBI to kill servers supporting DNSChanger virus victims

FBI to kill servers supporting DNSChanger virus victims

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world could lose access to the Internet on July 9 when the FBI plans to kill temporary servers servicing victims of a virus. That virus is called DNSChanger, and the FBI plans to shut down the temporary DNS servers that were being used to assist victims of the Internet theft ring. Any computer that still uses the servers won't be able to go online starting July 9.

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Flame malware developed by US, Israel to slow Iranian nuclear efforts

Flame malware developed by US, Israel to slow Iranian nuclear efforts

It turns out that the massive Flame malware attack last month was a sophisticated computer virus developed by the US and Israel in an effort to sabotage Iran's nuclear program. Citing unnamed Western officials with knowledge of the effort, the Washington Post reported that the attack involved the National Security Agency, the CIA, and Israel's military as well as the use of the infamous Stuxnet virus.

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Microsoft fixes Windows flaw exploited by Flame

Microsoft fixes Windows flaw exploited by Flame

Microsoft has issued a security warning and an emergency update over the weekend that fixes a serious flaw in Windows that was exploited by the Flame malware attack last month. Flame was massive and sophisticated but luckily a targeted attack. However, the same method could be exploited in a less sophisticated implementation for a more widespread attack.

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Stuxnet virus origin confirmed: USA and Isreali governments

Stuxnet virus origin confirmed: USA and Isreali governments

This week it has been confirmed that the computer virus known as Stuxnet which spread accidentally across the global internet in 2010 was created originally by the governments of the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. The worm was originally created to sabotage and shake apart Iran's nuclear program, and was part of a larger program code-named "Olympic Games." This virus became public after what's assumed to have been a rogue laptop transported the virus out to the global web.

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