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Flame virus abilities expand with Bluetooth

Flame virus abilities expand with Bluetooth

This past week the web has been on its toes as one of the most massive cyber infections to hit the web has taken effect in areas throughout the Middle East. Today this malicious software, dreadfully named "Flame", is having its Bluetooth capabilities touted by those who would warn against it. Professor of computing at the University of Surrey in southern England Alan Woodward spoke on the next-level capabilities of this virus, noting that this software can turn an infected computer into an "industrial vacuum cleaner."

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Facebook Antivirus Marketplace offers protection

Facebook Antivirus Marketplace offers protection

There's nothing like a good reminder that computing isn't always safe, and Facebook, McAfee, Norton and others have done just that today with their new "Antivirus Marketplace." This new section of Facebook has taken the safety of your computer - not just on the web, but everywhere, to a new level with free downloads of McAfee software directly from your Facebook page. This is cross-branding at it's best, ladies and gentlemen, let's have a look.

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Flashback Trojan infection still going strong

Flashback Trojan infection still going strong

Despite various tools released by antivirus companies and a fix released by Apple itself over a week ago, the number of computers infected with the Flashback Trojan is still high. According to Russian security firm Dr. Web, there were at least 566,000 Macs still infected late last week, which is considerably higher than the number reported by Symantec and Kaspersky Labs.

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Flashback Trojan infection down, but more Mac malware on the way

Flashback Trojan infection down, but more Mac malware on the way

The number of Macs infected by the Flashback, or Flashfake, Trojan has gone down since the initial estimate of 650,000, but more malware targeting Mac users are on their way, says security researchers at Kaspersky Labs, who recently identified other SabPub variants that can be used for targeted attacks of Mac users. It appears the myth that Macs are invincible to viruses has now officially been busted.

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Kaspersky offers Mac Flashback trojan removal tool

Kaspersky offers Mac Flashback trojan removal tool

Apple computers have recently been hit by the Mac Flashback trojan, the first attack on Macs that does not require any social engineering or phishing schemes. Kaspersky confirmed that the Flashback, or what it calls the Flashfake, botnet has infected 670,000 computers worldwide and the security firm is now releasing a free detection and removal tool.

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Flashback trojan infected 2% of all Macs, Kaspersky confirms botnet size

Flashback trojan infected 2% of all Macs, Kaspersky confirms botnet size

A second antivirus company has confirmed the extent of the Flashback malware infestation of Macs, supporting the claims made last week by Russian firm Dr. Web, which estimated more than 600,000 systems being compromised by the growing botnet. Dr. Web offered a free tool for Mac users to check their systems and found that of those who did, nearly 2% were infected. For perspective, the massive Conficker attack on PCs back in 2008 infected 4% to 5% of Windows systems during its peak.

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Fortinet sees future where computer virus and biological virus combine

Fortinet sees future where computer virus and biological virus combine

What we know today as a "computer virus" might eventually evolve into the point where it's able to affect human biology. And no, we're not talking about a forgettable 1999 Jamie Lee Curtis flick. In one of those cases where science fiction could turn into fiction, researchers legitimately see a future where someone who's able to make a computer virus today is able to make a biological weapon tomorrow.

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Symantec changes their mind on Android malware

Symantec changes their mind on Android malware

Not one week after the security group known as Symantec announced that they'd discovered the largest malware attack in the history of Android planted firmly in the guts of the official market, they've announced that there is no such infection. In fact, the malware the group said it'd found, Android.Counterclank, is actually just an overly-aggressive adware code. This is in accordance with a report put out by rival security group Lookout whom has essentially "told them so" late last month - always double check!

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Android Trojans highlight basic problem with a non-curated Market

Android Trojans highlight basic problem with a non-curated Market

There's a whole lot of malware going down right now in the Android Marketplace, and aside from scaring the bajeesus out of new Android users everywhere, the situation has highlighted a basic mis-step on the part of both consumers and Google. What Google has fallen under fire for many more times than here and now is that their Android Market has next to no curation process for apps, this allowing the possibility for malicious apps to be dropped and run rampant as they are today. As far as consumers go, there's a fantastically large amount of people out there who have no idea what they're doing.

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Microsoft tells story of Antivirus programmer turned Kelihos botnet hacker

Microsoft tells story of Antivirus programmer turned Kelihos botnet hacker

Several months ago there was a massive spam operation by the name of Kelihos botnet that both Microsoft and partners took offline, this menace having already sent 3.8 billion spam emails a day for some time. What you should know, and perhaps much more importantly, is the following fact: the controller and creator of that spam factory was no less than a former employee of several Antivirus firms. What does this mean for you? It means you should think twice before firing Johnny No-Virus from your Antivirus group, folks, because he'll probably be spamming you soon.

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