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Android Geinimi trojan infecting phones through side-loaded apps

Android Geinimi trojan infecting phones through side-loaded apps

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.

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McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

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.

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Microsoft Morro antivirus software on the way

Microsoft Morro antivirus software on the way

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....

100,000 PCs wiped as malware pulls “Kill OS” trigger

100,000 PCs wiped as malware pulls “Kill OS” trigger

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.

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Photoshop Mac Trojan identified in pirate downloads

Photoshop Mac Trojan identified in pirate downloads

A second version of the trojan infecting pirated copies of iWork '09 has been identified, this time distributed with torrents of Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Mac.  OSX.Trojan.iServices.B installs with root privileges and then opens a back-door to the trojan author, leaving the Mac potentially open to remote takeover.  The malware was identified by security firm Intego, who believe around 5,000 people have already downloaded the pirated CS4.

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