Viruses And Malware archive

  • Apple's Phil Schiller takes a stab at Android: 'Be safe out there'
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    Apple's Phil Schiller takes a stab at Android: 'Be safe out there'

    By 7 March 2013

    Apple's SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller took to Twitter to take a crack at Google's Android, one of the company's biggest competitors in the mobile space, over security concerns. Schiller tweeted the words "Be safe out there" along with a link...

  • Tumblr accounts hacked with racist spam and virus
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    Tumblr accounts hacked with racist spam and virus

    By 3 December 2012

    Reports are flooding that many, but not all, Tumblr accounts have been attacked and hacked by a group calling itself the GNAA - a deeply racist anti-blogging and internet trolling organisation. Not only does the spam posting that's appearing across personal...

  • Android, how safe is it? Security experts slam malicious apps
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    Android, how safe is it? Security experts slam malicious apps

    By 3 July 2012

    Security experts say the threat of hackers and malicious apps is now more prominent than ever when it comes to Google’s Android platform.  According to Trend Micro’s TrendLabs, the number of malicious apps circulating the operating system has increased...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Lookout Security and Anitivirus review (Android)
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    APP OF THE DAY: Lookout Security and Anitivirus review (Android)

    By 28 June 2012

    Security software isn’t the sexiest area to think about, but then neither is getting rinsed for all you're worth by a malicious app that you’ve mistakenly downloaded. While that may not be a problem on iOS, it’s starting to become something worth...

  • Tips for creating a strong password
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    Tips for creating a strong password

    By 7 June 2012

    With password leaks become more frequent, having one password for all your online accounts isn't a great idea. Neither is still using the same password you created when you first used the internet all those years ago. There is no better time to change...

  • Google responds to RuFraud Android mobile attack: 22 apps removed
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    Google responds to RuFraud Android mobile attack: 22 apps removed

    By 13 December 2011

    Google has responded to an emerging attack called RuFraud by removing 22 apps from the Android Marketplace. The RuFraud Malware was alerted to Google by security firm Lookout Mobile, who noticed a hat full of apps residing in its app store which on downloading...

  • Windows Phone SMS bug leaves handsets open to attack
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    Windows Phone SMS bug leaves handsets open to attack

    By 13 December 2011

    A bug within the Windows Phone 7 operating system has been uncovered which can be exploited by attackers, allowing a Denial of Service attack to be sent via SMS which will disable messaging on the device. This flaw is apparently targeted at Windows Phone...

  • Android worst OS for malware attacks according to Q3 report
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    Android worst OS for malware attacks according to Q3 report

    By 21 November 2011

    Android has been outed as the worst OS for malware attacks according to McAfee's third quarter threat reports, highlighting some of the difficulties associated with the Google's "open source" mobile operating system. Although the Q3 report comes as no...

  • iOS app bug leaves iPhones at risk from attack
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    iOS app bug leaves iPhones at risk from attack

    By 8 November 2011

    An iPhone security flaw has been unearthed by former NSA analyst Charlie Miller, who says that the iOS bug leaves handsets open to malicious attack. Apple is renowned for having an extremely tight app approval process, and for a long time now it has served...

  • HTC confirms security hole, patch coming
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    HTC confirms security hole, patch coming

    By 4 October 2011

    HTC has confirmed that it is looking into a security loophole found over the weekend that would allow some apps to peek at personal information stored on HTC smartphones. "HTC takes claims related to the security of our products very seriously. In our...

  • Pottermore hit by dark magic ahead of big launch
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    Pottermore hit by dark magic ahead of big launch

    By 5 August 2011

    Harry Potter and his chums are under attack - but this time it's not You Know Who and the Death Eaters, it's crafty cyber criminals looking to cash in on the anticipation ahead of the big Pottermore launch in October. GFI Lab's Christopher Boyd has exposed...

  • The greatest hacks in history
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    The greatest hacks in history

    By 27 June 2011

    All the guffor currently surrounding LulzSec's hacking shenanigans got us thinking. The more stories we wrote about the group, the more we wondered where it all began... We set about sorting our DDoS attacks from our phreaks, our worms from our trojans...

  • Skype aware of ONLINE HELP vishing scam attack
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    Skype aware of ONLINE HELP vishing scam attack

    By 10 June 2011

    Skype has responded to Pocket-lint's story published yesterday about the new kind of scam calls its users are receiving. Nicknamed "vishing" (voice phishing), the new type of attack can even lead unwitting customers into visiting websites that subsequently...

  • Skype users attacked by ONLINE HELP scam call
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    Skype users attacked by ONLINE HELP scam call

    By 9 June 2011

    Like the rest of the world, Pocket-lint has been targeted by email scams, and telephone call and text message spam. And, like a vast majority of you, we don't particularly want to give away our banking details, haven't been in accident lately, nor want...

  • Romanian president dead... according to malware scam
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    Romanian president dead... according to malware scam

    By 31 May 2011

    The crafty virus concoction continues, this time with email scams that entice potential victims with messages containing tempting gossip and stories. Be it celebrities or even video allegedly depicting the death of Osama Bin Laden, many of them are...

  • Government cyber weapons programme to defend UK digital networks
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    Government cyber weapons programme to defend UK digital networks

    By 31 May 2011

    UK cyber security is apparently getting a boost according to a report by the Guardian, which states that a Government programme has begun developing offensive cyber weapons - adding to existing defensive capabilities. The defence minister, Nick Harvey,...

  • Apple’s defences decay in wake of stronger Mac Defender malware
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    Apple’s defences decay in wake of stronger Mac Defender malware

    By 26 May 2011

    Apple computers are renowned for their virus free environment, so you can imagine the fear struck into Mac user’s hearts last week when they learned of the credit card hunting Mac Defender malware. The Cupertino based company immediately rushed to bring...

  • Apple admits Mac Defender malware issue
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    Apple admits Mac Defender malware issue

    By 25 May 2011

    There's an old wive's tale in the tech world that Apple Mac machines aren't susceptible to the cyber nasties that blight their Windows nemesis. In fact, the official Mac OS X security page states: "Mac OS X doesn’t get PC viruses. And its built-in defences...

  • Fake anti-virus scams rain on royal wedding searches
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    Fake anti-virus scams rain on royal wedding searches

    By 21 April 2011

    Pocket-lint just had a heads up from the  GFi Labs blog that the royal wedding has started a batch of fake anti-virus scams - rewarding folks that are searching for snippets of the big day with a nasty dose of spyware. Search terms related to the wedding...

  • Lizamoon mass injection attack hits Apple iTunes
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    Lizamoon mass injection attack hits Apple iTunes

    By 30 March 2011

    While you've been browsing around the web, you may have noticed that a few web URLs have been exhibiting a similar name in the address, Liza Moon. That's because of a new malicious mass injection campaign that has been targeting thousands of sites with...

  • Spotify users hit by Malware attack
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    Spotify users hit by Malware attack

    By 29 March 2011

    Spotify has admitted that it has been the victim of a security exploit and apologised to users infected via a malware-riddled advert that appeared on the Windows desktop version of the popular music streaming platform. The malvertising incident first...

  • AVG ramps up Android tablet security with AntivirusFree
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    AVG ramps up Android tablet security with AntivirusFree

    By 23 March 2011

    AVG has extended its Android protection offerings by announcing the launch of AntivirusFree for Android tablets which, confusingly, also goes by the name of AVG Mobilation for Android. But what's in a name? The important detail is that it will look after...

  • Sophos warns of iOS 4.3 security problems
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    Sophos warns of iOS 4.3 security problems

    By 10 March 2011

    Online security expert Sophos has welcomed the arrival of the more secure iOS 4.3, but criticised Apple for excluding older iPhone and iPod touch models, accusing the tech giant of leaving fanboys "exposed to security holes". "If you have an earlier iPhone...

  • Iranian infrastructure targeted by cyber attack
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    Iranian infrastructure targeted by cyber attack

    By 27 September 2010

    The Guardian is reporting that the Stuxnet malware worm could well be a strategic attack on Iran's infrastructure by another national government agency, with Israel mentioned as the possible suspect. The malware, which has been described as one of the...

  • Twitter security flaw conceives goat sex fetish
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    Twitter security flaw conceives goat sex fetish

    By 27 September 2010

    A security flaw on Twitter has been exposed that sounds pretty funny, unless you are a goat who has been the victim of a sex attack that is. A Twitter worm created random Tweets beginning with WTF that contained a bogus link which, in turn, created goat-sex...