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Windows driveby attack on aeronautical website may be state sponsored

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The website of a European aeronautical parts supplier was infected with an exploit that uses an unpatched Windows vulnerability to execute malicious code on end users' computers, researchers from antivirus provider Sophos said. The active exploit of an XML Core Services package in all supported versions of Windows, which Ars...
Windows driveby attack on aeronautical website may be state sponsored

India overtakes US to become top spam purveyer in early 2012

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According to research by IT security company Sophos, India is now the leading source of junk email. In the first three months of 2011, India relayed 9.3 percent of the world's spam, up from around 8 percent in 2011. More notably, it's overtaken the United States, which previously held...
India overtakes US to become top spam purveyer in early 2012

Facebook beefs up security with new anti-virus partners

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Facebook is stepping up its security focus to better protect users from malicious links and malware. The social networking giant on Tuesday announced seven new additions to the its Antivirus Marketplace. The new security partners include Avast, AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, Panda, Total Defense, and Webroot. Those companies join existing partners...
Facebook beefs up security with new anti-virus partners

Facebook Malware Scam Takes Hold

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A "worrying number" of Facebook users are sharing a link to a malware-laden fake CNN news page reporting the U.S. has attacked Iran and Saudi Arabia, security firm Sophos said Friday....
Facebook Malware Scam Takes Hold

Instagram users on Android hit by malware fake

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Android's app climate had some of its problems exemplified late Wednesday after Sophos discovered a fake version of Instagram for Android. At least one scam site has claimed to offer the app and copied much of the marketing into Russian. Isntead of downloading the real app, it loads a superficial,...
Instagram users on Android hit by malware fake

The Flame Virus: Spyware on an Unprecedented Scale

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Security researchers recently discovered one of the most complex instances of computer malware on record. Flame, which also goes by the names SkyWiper and Viper, has infected hundreds of computers across the Middle East and Europe. What does it do? Where did it come from? Who unleashed it? What makes...
The Flame Virus: Spyware on an Unprecedented Scale

A CAPTCHA That Asks How You Feel About Homosexuality

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Choose wisely. (Photo: screencap) CAPTCHAs are a good way to sort the bots from the bodies, providing a bulwark against the never-ending flood of spam. But because proving you’re human requires a moment of your attention, captchas also happen to be a great place to embed a political message. That’s...
A CAPTCHA That Asks How You Feel About Homosexuality

Facebook expands its anti-virus marketplace to help keep its users' computers secure

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Facebook has become a major part of the way we interact with one another. Unfortunately with its growing popularity, the service has been plagued by spam and phishing scams and many have been affected by this. To help combat this, the social network established its anti-virus marketplace six months ago...
Facebook expands its anti-virus marketplace to help keep its users' computers secure

For Sale: Your Old Tweets

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Twitter is the latest social network to turn a buck with content you created. The company sold two years worth of old tweets to Datasift, a marketing data firm. Datasift will make the tweets and other data, including the locations of where people were when they used Twitter, available to...
For Sale: Your Old Tweets

Twitter to boost login security to fight hacking

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Social media firm to introduce 'two-factor authentication' system, making it impossible for hackers to break into accountsTwitter plans to introduce a "two-factor authentication" option that would make it impossible for hackers or vandals to break into accounts - even if they acquired the passwords.The "2FA" system, which is also offered...
Twitter to boost login security to fight hacking

Apax Partners buys stake in security company Sophos for $400M

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Private equity firm Apax Partners is buying a 70 percent stake in security firm Sophos for more than $400 million plus debt assumption. The deal values Sophos at $830 million. Boston-based Sophos is No. 3 in the security and data protection suite software business, behind only Symantec and McAfee....
Apax Partners buys stake in security company Sophos for $400M

Cybercriminals are increasingly abusing .eu domains in attacks

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Cybercriminals are increasingly using .eu domain names in their attack campaigns, according to data from multiple security companies. "Numerous malicious .eu domains have been registered during November which are being used to infect PCs with malware via the Blackhole exploit kit," said Fraser Howard, principal virus researcher at security...
Cybercriminals are increasingly abusing .eu domains in attacks

Security firms warn of malware that exploits Windows AutoRun

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Antivirus vendors are warning customers of a spreading malware that can infect computers through a well-known bug in the Windows AutoRun software used to automatically launch programs on a DVD or USB device. The significant increase in infection is curious because Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs will not...
Security firms warn of malware that exploits Windows AutoRun

India overtakes U.S. as top email spam source

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The volume of email spam that originated from India during the first three months of 2012 exceeded the volume coming from the U.S. and transformed the Asian country into the world top spam source in the world, security firm Sophos said on Monday....
India overtakes U.S. as top email spam source
LulzSec hackers sentenced to between one and three years in prison by UK court

Facebook partners with anti-virus software makers to provide free computer security

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Facebook today announced the Antivirus Marketplace, a partnership with Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec, to provide the social network’s users with free six-month licenses to anti-virus software. The anti-virus partners will augment Facebook’s URL blacklist system with their own URL blacklist databases. The companies will also contribute to the Facebook Security Blog...
Facebook partners with anti-virus software makers to provide free computer security

Sophos Takes Down Partner Portal After Signs of Hacking

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Security firm Sophos has taken its partner portal offline and will reset every user's password after it found signs of a potential security breach on the server......
Sophos Takes Down Partner Portal After Signs of Hacking
Facebook gives users more security controls with Malware Checkpoint

Researcher advises against use of Sophos antivirus on critical systems

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Antivirus provider Sophos has fixed a variety of dangerous defects in its products that were discovered by a security researcher who is recommending many customers reconsider their decision to rely on the company. "Sophos claim that their products are deployed throughout healthcare, government, finance, and even the military," Tavis Ormandy...
Researcher advises against use of Sophos antivirus on critical systems

Though risks are minimal, one in five Mac computers found to contain Windows malware

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Security firm Sophos on Tuesday indicated that a surprisingly high level of malware has been found on Mac computers — the firm’s research revealed that one in every five Mac computers is harboring some kind of Windows malware. Of the 100,000 customers sampled through Sophos’s antivirus offerings, 20% of...
Though risks are minimal, one in five Mac computers found to contain Windows malware

Facebook's official help forum flooded with spam, again

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Back in November 2011, Facebook saw spammers take over the Facebook Help Center Community Forum. Now it’s happening all over again. While the forum is meant for asking questions regarding various help topics, spammers are instead using it to spread their crap. Last time, all 22 sections were overrun with...
Facebook's official help forum flooded with spam, again

Facebook's antivirus marketplace updated to support seven new languages

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Facebook has improved its Anitivirus (AV) Marketplace today by adding support for seven new languages; French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Portuguese. The social network has been offering antivirus software since April last year. It partnered initially with Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos and Symantec, giving users access to the...
Facebook's antivirus marketplace updated to support seven new languages

Sophos buys mobile device management vendor Dialogs

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Sophos has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Dialogs Software, a mobile device management vendor based in Dortmund, Germany, the security firm announced on Monday....
Sophos buys mobile device management vendor Dialogs

Keeping your privacy online

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Rob wonders if an 'automated watcher' is tracking his web use and sending relevant spamWithin seconds of placing an order at Amazon I received two messages purporting to come from DHL saying "Processing complete successfully". I assumed they related to my Amazon order, but I noticed a couple of odd...
Keeping your privacy online

So Much For Bouncer: New Android Malware Uses Facebook To Spread

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Even though Google recently introduced a malware-blocking system called Bouncer to keep the Android Market safe from malicious software, crafty spammers and fraudsters are still managing to find ways around the restrictions to get their software onto users’ phones. The latest example? A malware program disguised, innocuously, as an Android...
So Much For Bouncer: New Android Malware Uses Facebook To Spread

Fake Instagram apps are spreading malware on Android devices

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Sophos, the IT security and data protection company has a new warning on its Naked Security blog today that a fake Instagram app is infecting Android devices with malware. This goes to show how fast the creators of dirty software can move as Instagram launched for Android users a few...
Fake Instagram apps are spreading malware on Android devices

How Flame has changed everything for online security firms

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The Flame virus went undetected for two years by every online security firm. Now they need to find a new way to protect the world's PCs from malwareHere's a question: if you connect an unprotected Windows computer to the internet, how long will it take before it is infected by...
How Flame has changed everything for online security firms

LulzSec: the unanswered questions

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The sentencing of four members of the LulzSec hacking crew closes the book on their activities, but questions remainThe sentencing of four of the members of the LulzSec hacking crew closes the book on its three-month campaign, waged between May and July 2011, against a range of sites and targets...
LulzSec: the unanswered questions

Poll: Facebook Users Dislike 'Timeline' Profile Format

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Like it or not, Facebook is getting ready to roll out its mandatory Timeline profile feature en masse. Judging by a recent poll, the majority of users would mash the Dislike button on the new profile format, if only one existed. To be fair, Facebook users have a history of...
Poll: Facebook Users Dislike 'Timeline' Profile Format

Twitter ‘LOL’ Phishing Attack Turns Into Spam Wave

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Yesterday we wrote of a new phishing attack on Twitter, that lured unsuspecting users into giving away their Twitter credentials. The compromised accounts were then used to spread the attack further via direct messages containing text such as “lol, is this you”, “Lol. this is me??”, “lol , this...
Twitter ‘LOL’ Phishing Attack Turns Into Spam Wave
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