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Malware

Malware: Malware, short for malicious software, consists of programming (code, scripts, active content, and other software) designed to disrupt or deny operation, gather information that leads to loss of privacy or exploitation, gain unauthorized access to system resources, and other abusive behavior. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code.  (Source: Wikipedia)

2012 Data Breach Investigations Report


Section: Research
An insightful study, packed full of useful, well-presented data on information security breaches covering a dataset of 855 confirmed security breaches accounting for a combined 174 million compromised records. Complied with the collaboration of enforcement agencies from around the world, including the US Secret Service, Verizon’s 2012 report shows that many security breaches are the results of more than one threat action (malware, hacking, social, misuse, physic ...   read more

“Bouncer” Phishing Kit 'Laser-targets' Victims


Section: News
A new phishing kit has been discovered by security experts at RSA which targets its victims specifically, depending on their computer set-up and email address. RSA report  that phishing attacks grew again last year, a huge 59% higher than 2011, at a cost to the global economy of $1.5 ...   read more

1 in 4 Organisations affected by mobile malware in 2011


Section: News
Analysts Goode Intelligence published a new report yesterday that found the incidence of mobile malware has increased significantly within organisations, with a quarter of those asked reporting they had been affected. The survey asked 130 IT managers and CEOs in a cross section of industries around the world and found that malware has increased from 9% in 2009 to 24% in 2011. Goode also found that 71% of all organisations allow BYOD, but are not really paying attention to the se ...   read more

2014: The Year of ‘Madware’?


Section: News
2013 has, as always, brought new security threats thanks to the ever-increasing world of cybercrime. We’ve seen Cryptolocker, a type of ransomware that originally targeted businesses, before moving on to attack the more lucrative (and easier) home PC market. It’s thought that the malware has now infected around a quarter of a million Windows PCs worldwide, with UK infections coming in just behind the US on the worst affected leaderboard. read more

75% of Mobile Security Breaches Due to Misconfiguration


Section: News
According to analysts at Gartner, 75% of all mobile security breaches in the enterprise are due to the misconfiguration of mobile apps. This is a worrying statistic, not least because the analysts believe that by 2017 the focus will shift for attackers from PCs onto mobile and tablet devices as attacks on mobile devices continue to "mature”. In order for an attack to do any "significant damage” to a mobile device, it must have been altered at an administrative level. ...   read more

Adobe Server Compromised by Hackers


Section: News
Adobe has released a security advisory after it found that one of its build servers had been compromised and used to create malicious files for signing digital certificates. All security certificate issued by the server from June 10th this year are expected to be recalled by the 4th October 2012. Whilst Adobe say that the vast majority of PC users will not be affected, they will also be issuing a software security update in the near future. "However, some cust ...   read more

Android malware could hit mobile workers


Section: News
The amount of malware affecting Google's Android mobile operating system has increased more than fourfold during the third quarter of 2011. The rise could have a hugely negative impact on businesses that have adopted Android devices to boost their mobile working capabilities without considering the cloud security implications. The figur ...   read more

Apple Attempts Flashback Botnet Take Down


Section: News
The news last week that more than half a million Apple Macs had been infected with a botnet-building trojan known as Flashback had many PC users secretly sniggering into their computer screens. For decades now, Mac users have managed to remain pretty smug about the misconception that Macs were incapable of becoming infected with malware, but now they have. ...   read more

Cybercrime presents an 'epic challenge'


Section: News
Overcoming cybercrime will be an epic challenge that will require international cooperation between governments and industry. According to Anthony O'Mara, senior vice president for Trend Micro Europe, the Middle East and Africa, domestic cyber security initiatives like those proposed by the UK are welcome, but they are not the solution to the problem. Placeholder0Mr O'Mara believes that resources and knowledge should be pooled to create a worldwide defence force against hackers an ...   read more

EU businesses can be shut down by new cyber law


Section: News
New laws on cyberattacks voted in by the European parliament will allow any business found to be engaging in hacking or any other cyber crime to be closed down. The new framework  will require member states ...   read more

FBI Warn DNSChanger Could Knock Half a Million Offline


Section: News
The FBI has warned that as many as half a million PC users could find themselves knocked offline on July 9th if they are still infected with the DNSChanger malware. Whilst the cyber-criminals responsible for distributing viruses which altered DNS last year, a replacement DNS service set up by the FBI is due to expire on July 9th. This means that infected machines will then be routed back through the DNS changing servers, which are located in Estonia. The criminals responsible oper ...   read more

F-Secure Mobile Threat Report Overview


Section: News
Security experts F-Secure Labs has released its Mobile Threat Report for the first quarter of 2012, which shows that the Android platform continues to be the most attacked in terms of malware, spyware and other threats. The popularity of Android has meant that, historically, we have seen a significant rise in the number of malicious apps developed for the platform. This shows no sign of slowing down as in Q1 of 2011 just 10 new threats were discovered and this number has almost ...   read more

GFI Labs Observe Increase in Social Media Attacks


Section: News
The latest VIPRE threat report from GFI Labs found March 2012 saw a further increase in attacks on social media sites and popular brands and products. These not only included popular targets such as Facebook and Twitter, but were further extended to include Google, LinkedIn and Skype. The release of video game Mass Effect 3 also saw cybercriminals taking advantage of the game's popularity, with a surge of fake download links appearing which direct victims to fake surveys and other marketi ...   read more

Hague Warning on Cybercrime


Section: News
Foreign Secretary William Hague is to warn the Budapest Conference on Cyberspace that cybercrime is now easier than ever, as a part of the UK’s strategy to become a world leader in cyber security. He is expected to warn delegates at the conference on the growing dangers of cybercrime and it’s thought that the UK is to spend an additional £2m annually in the fight against online criminal activity. This will include the construction of a research centre in the UK fo ...   read more

iPhone overtakes BlackBerry as business phone of choice


Section: News
Apple's iPhone has become the smartphone of choice for businesses pursuing mobile working initiatives. According to iPass, for the first time, remote workers using iPhones outnumber those using BlackBerrys. The firm polled 2,300 of its customers and found that the popularity of Apple's devices has skyrocketed. However, the firm noted that 42 per cent of read more

Iran: a Cyber-force to be reckoned with


Section: News
A US general in charge of cyber security has warned that Iran will become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to global cyber-attacks, due the amount of times the country itself has suffered malware attacks. Gen William Shelton warned that the country will represent a threat to the United States in years to come as it has adapted and learnt how to deal with web-based attacks. Iran has been the target of malicious software for a few years now, with the first large ...   read more

IT Security becoming a Minefield


Section: News
IT security has been considered a growing threat in all of its incarnations for some time now. Not only are there plenty of cybercriminals poised to snatch data and cash from inadequately secured businesses, there is also a growing trend of cyber espionage that sees governments developing tools to gather sensitive data relating to infrastructures, weaponry and procedures. According to pretty much every study carried out over the past few years, it's not getting any better and se ...   read more

Java Still Insecure, Despite Fix


Section: News
A fix has been released for Java, following reports last week that the latest version of the software had a vulnerability which could affect any user on any platform and allow hackers to take control of a computer. Oracle released the fix on Sunday in an attempt to patch the security expl ...   read more

Kaspersky Lab scoops major security accolade at V3 awards


Section: News
Kaspersky Lab has scooped the highly-acclaimed Best Security Provider award in the Business Software category at the V3.co.uk Technology Awards 2011. The firm said that the reason it won the accolade was because of its dedication to tackling security threats such as malware and hacktivism. Placeholde ...   read more

Kaspersky: Mask Malware Been Around for 7 Years


Section: News
Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Labs has this week revealed that ‘Mask’, a sophisticated form of malware thought to be one of the most advanced threats ever seen, has been targeting victims for seven years. Mask, the name of which is taken from the Spanish ‘Careto’, a word that appears regularly in the core code, was uncovered last week and is thought to have compromised numerous machines in 31 countries. For the most part, the malware is aimed at businesses and ...   read more

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