Responding to the recent claim by Bluebox Security indicating that 99% of Android devices are at risk from malware attack due to a security vulnerability, Google has released a fix. Google said that they’ve issued a patch for the security …Read More »
Microsoft reveals two viruses that avoid removal by regularly downloading updated versions of each other
Recent research carried out by Microsoft has showed that a combination of two viruses, Vobfus and Beebone, is proving quite difficult to remove from infected Windows PCs.
Like other typical malware, these two offers data thieves the opportunity to steal …Read More »
A new malicious data wiper program dubbed Trojan.Korhigh by Symantec containing similar functionality to another piece of malware, which took the networks of several South Korean companies offline in a matter of hours back in March, has recently been uncovered …Read More »
This story is definitely going to force us to be careful with what we use to charge our phones. The Black Hat security conference is taking place next month, and three researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology plan to …Read More »
FinFisher spyware used by governments around the world is disguised as Firefox, and Mozilla is not happy about it
FinFisher, also known as FinSpy, is a piece of malware developed by Gamma International and sold to governments of 36 different countries (the US included) to monitor the activities of computer users. The spyware was originally designed to aid with …Read More »
Google releases Chrome Office Viewer extension, will help you avoid those pesky virus-infected Office files
Google just released a new Chrome extension called the Chrome Office Viewer — it of course let’s you open and view Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint only) directly in your browser. It sounds like just another way to …Read More »
24% of PCs worldwide are vulnerable to viruses and cyber attacks, because people don’t update their antivirus
According to the most recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, an average of 24 percent of computers worldwide are vulnerable to viruses and cyber attacks. The reason? Simple — the lack of up-to-date antivirus software.
The report says that some …Read More »
We’ve all heard the stories about malware and Android. Many believe the claims to be false, especially considering most malware has to be actively installed by the user before it can cause any damage. The biggest problem with malware is …Read More »
Search engines like Google and Bing index the web. The web contains thousands (millions?) of malware links, either malicious websites or malicious downloads. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that malware links can be found when searching via a search engine. …Read More »
As I’m sure most dotTechies know, VirusTotal is an awesome online virus/malware scanner that allows users to scan files and programs for viruses or malware using over 40 different anti-virus/anti-malware engines.
VirusTotal historically had a maximum file size limit of …Read More »
I’ve been reviewing software since dotTech was born back in October 2008. By now, over four years on, I have become very good at avoiding crapware that comes bundled with many programs, notably toolbars; I can only remember one time …Read More »
Internet-wide scan reveals millions of devices are exploitable due to use of default passwords like “admin” or “root”
A researcher, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has performed an internet-wide scan to determine the security level of gadgets like printers, webcams, and set-top boxes all across the world.
The scan was done by using the researcher’s custom-written code …Read More »
A handful of banks in South Korea have reportedly experienced serious network outages due to a malware attack.
The KBS and MBC networks said that all their computers shut down at 2pm local time, although this did not disrupt or …Read More »
EA’s online video game service Origin is exploitable by bug that lets attackers remotely run malicious code
Video game publisher Electronic Arts recently put out one of the bigger releases of the year in SimCity. The game was plagued with launch woes and continuous server issues as it required an online connection to EA’s Origin service to …Read More »
Anyone who feels Mac “doesn’t get viruses” hasn’t heard of ‘Pintsized.A’, a new trojan that bypasses Mac security measures
Remember that hack marathon earlier this year that saw Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft compromised? Yeah, well, the breach occurred courtesy infected Macs. And now researchers have identified the malware that infected these Macs — ‘Pintsized.A’.
Pintsized.A is a new …Read More »
F-Secure, a security firm, has released their Mobile Threat Report for Q4 2012 and the trend is not surprising: Android has a bullseye on its back.
Accounting for a whopping 79% of 301 new malware discovered in 2012, Android is …Read More »
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We have had a lot of hacking stories lately on dotTech simply due to a sudden spike in public cybercrime incidents. However, by and large the most recent incidents were either low-key (e.g. Twitter attack hacked) or aimed at the …Read More »
Is China innocent? New reports claim cyber attacks on Facebook, Twitter, and Apple came from Eastern Europe
After recent cyber attacks on high-profile companies like Facebook, Twitter and then Apple, everyone seemed to be pointing fingers at China. But now reports have surfaced claiming that the attacks on those companies originated from Eastern Europe.
An Eastern European …Read More »
In a statement released yestreday, Apple has disclosed that a number of their employees’ Macs have been compromised by malware through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers.
The website that was infected and considered responsible for hosing the …Read More »
The same time the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Twitter were attacked, there was a fourth company that also fell victim to a “sophisticated attack.”
Facebook, which is home to more than a billion users worldwide, …Read More »
Adobe Reader, Adobe’s popular PDF viewer, has a flaw that is allowing hackers to install malware on users’ computers. The exploit affects the latest version of the program (11.0.1), as well as earlier versions. This appears to be Windows only.…Read More »
A new study says that watching porn can be bad for your smartphone or tablet. The reason for this? Malware. Visiting mobile porn sites will bring up the chances of downloading malware three-fold — it’s worse than e-mail spam, malicious …Read More »
32% of computers around the world are infected with viruses and malware, according to Panda Security
Most anti-virus companies like to release yearly reports based on their findings throughout the year. Panda Security is no exception and has released its ’2012 Annual Security Report’. In this report you will find some stats that may or may …Read More »
There are two groups in this world that are notoriously quick to react to technological change — the porn industry and hackers. The porn industry is known for pioneering new technology to try to increase revenue. For example, porn websites …Read More »
‘Red October’ is global espionage malware that targeted governments around the world (USA, Iran, Russia, etc.) for 5 years… without being detected
Researchers from antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab have discovered something that sounds like it came straight out of a spy movie. A massive, on-going espionage network targeting hundreds of governmental, diplomatic and scientific organizations in at least 39 countries. Before you …Read More »
Backdoor.Makadoc — a trojan that has been floating in the wild for a while now, attacking Windows, and has recently been updated to target Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 — is a clever piece of malware. What makes this …Read More »
New malware (ransomware) locks your computer claiming you violated the law under SOPA, asks for $200 if you want your files back
Ransomware is a type of malware that locks your computers, encrypts your files, etc. to prevent you from accessing your data and asks for money if you want to regain access. In other words, your data is held ransom, hence …Read More »
PlaceRaider. The name sounds like a gamer tag someone would use on Xbox. It isn’t a gamer tag, however. (Well it might be but not in the context of this article.) PlaceRaider is the name of a new malware developed …Read More »
You know how you are always cautioned about clicking on any and all links you see? The reason behind this is you simply don’t know what may be behind the URL, and by the time you find it out it …Read More »
Password stealing trojan hits Mac OS X and Linux, declared “first in history” to affect both platforms
Russian security firm Doctor Web is reporting the discovery of a password stealing trojan that is taking aim at Mac OS X and Linux. (
Should have bought a Windows.)
According to Doctor Web, the maker of Dr. Web …Read More »
We all know what URLs (Uniform Resource Locator) are; put in popular jargon, a URL is the address to a web page. URIs (Uniform Resource Identifier) are similar to URLs but are …Read More »
You get an e-mail that looks like it is from Facebook. The e-mail says you have been tagged in a photo by a friend and the photo is attached to the e-mail. You open the attachment and BAM you are …Read More »
Did you think the Stuxnet and Flame were the end of geographically targeted malware attacks? Yeah, you wish. A new malware has been detected roaming in the Middle East, targeting ‘sensitive’ organizations and stealing e-mails, passwords, files, and nearby conversations.…Read More »
Thousands of Internet users are expected to face an Internet blackout from July 9, 2012 (this coming Monday). Whom will be affected, you ask? The users who’s machines are infected by the DNSChanger malware.
DNSChanger is a piece of malware …Read More »