February 19, 2013 |
Apple acknowledged Tuesday that hackers had infiltrated a small number of the company's computers. No user information was compromised in the attack, according to the tech giant, which said it had fallen victim to the same hackers that targeted Facebook last month. The malware found its way onto Mac computers through a vulnerability in an Internet browser plug-in developed for Oracle's Java program. Apple said it will release a software patch Tuesday to prevent the problem from spreading.
February 8, 2013 |
The security firm Bit9 disclosed Friday that it has been the victim of a hack and that attackers have used the firm's own software to spread malware even further. The hack was first reported by Krebs on Security's Brian Krebs, who noted that Bit9's own encryption keys were on several pieces of malware — essentially making the security firm, which certifies safe software, a vector for the distribution of the bad software. Confirming the attack, the company said that the problem was not due to a flaw in its...
January 18, 2013 |
Microsoft's anti-virus software Security Essentials failed a test by the well-known AV-Test institute , which issues out certifications for the most reliable anti-virus programs. The test on Microsoft's anti-virus product found that it only protected against 71 percent of the zero-day attacks tested, and 92 percent of malware "discovered in the last two to three months). But, of course, Microsoft isn't buying it. The company released a blog post yesterday saying it tests its own products based...
January 14, 2013 |
Computer security researchers have uncovered malware that appears to have been used as part of a widespread cyber-espionage campaign targeting European diplomatic and government agencies. Kaspersky Lab, a global firm based in Moscow, said in a report released Monday that in terms of complexity, the malware rivals the Flame virus , a cyber-spying tool that was created by the United States and Israel for use against Iran. The malware, called Rocra, has been in existence for at least five...
December 13, 2012 |
The FBI arrested 10 people associated with the a crime ring pushing the malware Yahos, according to an announcement Wednesday , saying the malware affected over 11 million people. Facebook's security team helped the FBI by identifying both the criminals and the victims. Yahos is a type of malware that steals bank account information, credit card numbers, and other personally identifiable information to siphon off money from its victims. Various criminals using Yahos have also created botnets to...
December 5, 2012 |
Your neighborhood may seem clean and safe when you step outside, but in the midst of birds chirping and friendly waves, you could be living in cyber security hell. Security company Sophos released its Security Threats in 2013 report , which included analysis of which countries are the most at risk when it comes to malware and spam. Specifically the company looked at blackholes, or "prepackaged software kits," that live on an infected server. They then scan your computer...