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Malware Attack on Facebook Users through Google Chrome
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Malware attacks on Facebook are not uncommon, especially given the popularity of the site. The current attack is on Facebook users using Google Chrome. What happens is that a Facebook user is scammed into downloading the malware through a notification. The comment tagging feature of the social site is what acts as a carrier for the malware. A user gets a notification of a comment tag from a “friend” in their email or on the app and when the link is clicked, the malware downloads. If a user goes as far as to click the downloaded link, the malware infects the device. The problem...

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The Return of the Malicious Attachment
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Malicious attachment is malware embedded into often innocuous looking email attachments. When the user clicks and opens the attachment, the malware downloads into the system and wrecks it.

The low costs it takes to blast emails, the ability of attachments to evade signature and reputation based filters, and their resilience, not being dependent on vulnerabilities in the operating system or code, make malicious attachments the favourite of cyber criminals. They are cross-platform as well.

The spate of high profile botnet takedowns, and improved email filtering capabilities that saw an...

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Simply Clueless: Most People Aren't Afraid of Ransomware
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In a recent survey covering 3,000 computer users in USA and Canada, up to 85% of people said they weren't afraid of ransomware. Specifically they pointed out their refusal to pay a ransom, should they ever find their computer has been hi-jacked by ransomware. This is good! There are legitimate ways to get rid of this problem without endorsing the criminals behind it. However…

As many as 70% of the interviewed users admitted they don't actually know what is ransomware. This is not so good, since it suggests most users simply aren't afraid of this potential issue due to...

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Don´t underestimate the virus threat
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Computer viruses can have a very detrimental effect on a home PC that is used for a bit of internet browsing or perhaps some gaming for time to time, but the problem is even worse for businesses which rely on computer terminals for staff to conduct their daily work. Viruses like the Sobig one, which got into thousands of computers in the UK recently, are often spread by email accounts which have been hacked into, sending often benign messages like “thanks” or “details”, encouraging users to open them up. Worryingly, this particularly tricky virus managed to spread between 134 countries in...

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Microsoft Azure in focus
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Although Microsoft Azure is not the cheapest cloud service available right now, for small businesses it is undoubtedly one of the best around. It’s an extremely slick and multifaceted system, yet for people who have previous experience of Windows software, it’s a breeze to set up and use. Azure comes complete with its own install wizard and runs in conjunction with other Microsoft services like web hosting. Better still there’s no third party involvement, all information is stored in the company’s own managed data centres. Lately, Azure has undergone a revamp and Microsoft has introduced...

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Android Malware Threats and How to Stay Safe
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The growth in the popularity of Android smartphones has been a great contributor to the spread of malware based on the platform. Delving a bit into details, the Android market share grew to a whopping 87% in 2013 and at the time, the platform accounted for about 97% of all infection cases. Looking at the growth in the number of threats, there were 238 reported in 2012 and 804 in 2013. During this time, the combined total of all new threats on the BlackBerry OS, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows Phone platforms was zero. The 3% was from the Symbian platform.

So how do you stay secure?


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New to fans of Malware-Cocktails: the CosmicDuke
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New in supply and the ideal choice for fans of palatable and efficient Malware-Cocktails is the new CosmicDuke. As the name suggests, it combines the flavors of the spy virus MiniDuke with those of the malware Cosmu. It has just been added to the menu card by the labs of the security provider F-Secure.

And with that said, a new attacker has been identified that is indeed really heavy, according to the experts by F-Secure, for its mode of operation is simple, but effective. Users are encouraged to open a picture or a pdf infected with malware and by an exploit gap, the attacker tries to log...

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Massive increase of malware in company networks revealed
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Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., the company, currently leading in the field of internet security, has released a new report. The survey suggests that there is a rapid increase of unknown malware in company networks.

A complete copy of the survey can be particularly looked at on http://www.checkpoint.com/securityreport .

The constantly increasing perils in the field of cyber threats ought to be known to most of the users by now.

But what about the details of the current security report of 2014 by Check Point?

A couple of details are following: One of the most important and...

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New interactive map of cyberthreats from Kaspersky Lab published
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Kaspersky Lab has published a new interactive map that shows cyberthreats in realtime all over the world. The worldmap is available in 3D or 2D an shows in realtime, which kind of threats are detected in all countries of the world.

The threats are colored and separated in different categories. Threats that are found by systemscans with Kasperska Lab (“on-access” and “on-demand”), Malware found with Kaspersky technologies like e-mail and web-antivirus, as well as threats detected by threat analyses and intrusion detection. You can activate and deactivate the different threat categories for a...

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A virus analyst talks about IT-security
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At the CeBIT we were able to talk with Mr. Kollberg (Senior Virus Analyst in the Global Research and Analysis Team of Kaspersky Labs). He gave us some interesting insights into his vision about IT-security from the standpoint of a specialist, who is confronted with thousands of threats in his daily job.

Daily Business is working with 315,000 threat each day, that are identified by the systems of Kaspersky Labs. Most of them could be managed automatically to generate counteractions. With this automation it is guaranteed that the most threats are harmed in a few minutes due to the cloud...

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