Intel has completed its acquisition of McAfee, promising "the first fruits" of the strategic partnership later in 2011. Although the exact nature of the new products is unknown, it's said to be a combination of software - like traditional anti-virus and malware protection - hardware and services.
A virus affecting third-party Android app stores has been spotted, with the potential to strip handset and SIM identifier data and send it, as well as location information, to the trojan's authors. Dubbed Geinimi, the malware is currently infecting various Chinese third-party app stores; according to Lookout, as well as stealing personal information, the trojan could leave an Android phone open to remote access and control by a hacker.
As 2011 prediction pieces go, McAfee Labs' threat report for the coming year is on the depressing side. The company's security researchers reckon that Apple kit along with mobile devices and geolocation services will be the most popular targets for threats in 2011, though smart TV systems like Google TV are also suggested as likely to see attacks. Clicking on Facebook and other social network links will also become a potentially harrowing experience, McAfee believes, with URL-shortening services used to redirect users to malware.
Computer viruses are something that most computer users are familiar with. We know these infections can steal our personal data and render our computers useless. A scientist in the UK claims that he has become the first person infected with a computer virus. The claim isn't as strange as it sounds.
Whether you consider Apple notorious or glorious for having a relative lack of viruses and other malicious content available to ruin your machines, it looks like Apple has gone and done a little forward thinking in their ever-expanding market share, and officially included a virus checker with their upcoming release, Snow Leopard. But, how effective is it?
Does Snow Leopard include an anti-virus app along with all its other OS X improvements? That's the question The Mac Security Blog are asking, having received tip-offs that disc images infected with a trojan were flagged up as dangerous by Safari.
Microsoft has announced they will be releasing their own antivirus software very soon. Given the codename, "Morro," the new software will be a competitor to the major antivirus software makers like Symantec and McAfee.
The main goal of this software is to remove trojans, spyware and viruses. That's it. It's currently undergoing testing and is likely to see a beta very soon for the public. What's interesting, is this antivirus software will be free for Windows users, which is likely to stick a thorn in the side of its competitors.
Microsoft tried the antivirus market before with their OneCare bundle, though it required an annual fee. It never really took hold, so now the free price tag is likely to bring in added interest.
Some brand new Viliv S5 MIDs have been found to have viruses infecting them, despite being fresh from the factory. Nobody knows quite how many of the 4.8-inch touchscreen mini-tablets are affected, but there have been multiple reports that those machines have several viruses present.
If ever there was a good reason to keep your computer spyware-free, this is it. Last month a group of more than 100,000 Windows-based PCs saw their operating systems self-destruct, after the botnet that infected them issued the "nuclear option". Little-used, though apparently present in several different types of trojan, the "kos" or "kill operating system" command basically wipes access to the user's system.
Various torrents of the Windows 7 RC have been infected with a trojan that, if allowed to run successfully, could open a security hole in a user's system. The affected torrents have the setup.exe install file encapsulated in a self-extracting archive, along with an installer for the trojan itself; launching it triggers an install of both Windows 7 RC and the malware.