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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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USPS Promotes physical mail, warns against evil Internet

USPS Promotes physical mail, warns against evil Internet

This week the United States Postal Office has decided to go with a commercial made to warn against the many dangers of using the Internet for daily communication. In a move that's sure to have the masses seeing this commercial on the Internet saying "this can't be real," the USPS brings a message that clearly states that they're trying to win back customers who've moved to much more environmentally friendly means of sending letters. But hey, who are we to put such a move down, there's nothing more classic in this country than the pony express!

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New Mac Trojan virus disables OS X anti-malware

New Mac Trojan virus disables OS X anti-malware

According to internet and computer security research firm F-Secure, there's a new Mac Trojan virus making the rounds. The virus has been labeled as OSX/Flashback.C and attacks by disabling the updater component of XProtect, which is OS X's built-in anti-malware protection.

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US Predator and Reaper drone fleet hit with virus

US Predator and Reaper drone fleet hit with virus

If anyone I know gets a virus on their computer and wants me to fix it, I don’t bother with anything past antivirus protection. If that doesn't remove the virus, I reformat and reinstall the OS. The US military doesn't always have that option when it comes to drone flights. The Predator and Reaper drone sin the US military arsenal are used for missions ranging from attack to covert surveillance.

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Facebook adds malware link scanning and racism block

Facebook adds malware link scanning and racism block

Facebook has confirmed that it will now scan all third-party URLs posted on the social network, partnering with Websense to check for malware and viruses in real-time whenever a link is clicked. "If the destination site is considered unsafe," Websense explains, "the user is presented with a warning page that offers the choice to continue at their own risk, return to the previous screen, or get more information on why it was flagged as suspicious."

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Security researcher shines spotlight on Sophos anti-malware flaws

Security researcher shines spotlight on Sophos anti-malware flaws

A Google engineer has slated the anti-virus industry, accusing it of obfuscating its own effectiveness with buzzwords and branding, and singling out Sophos for offering software with flaws that could easily be gamed by malware authors. Presenting his findings at the Black Hat conference this week, Forbes reports, Tavis Ormandy described his actions as "publishing the missing technical specifications for Sophos" having criticized the company - and its peers - as guilty of "high level double speak. They make up Hollywood-sounding names, but there's little technical substance."

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