malware

A New Attack Secretly Binds Malware To Legitimate Software Downloads

A team of researchers from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, has created a new kind of cyber attack where malicious code is able to be sent in parallel with a legitimate software download without modifying any code. The new attack binds the malware to free and open source software, because there are fewer code signing and integrity checks in place for such downloads.


FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware To Catch Kiddie Porn Creeps

Tor’s had a tough week. Just a few days ago, the organisation made the difficult announcement that an attack on its system likely stripped users of anonymity. Now, Wired reports that the FBI effort has been running a campaign to identify Tor users by installing malware on their computers for years, virtually unchecked by the courts.


The Common Facebook Scams You Should Never Click On

It’s been a little sad to watch Facebook devolve from being a squeaky clean site full of people you love to a spam-ridden wasteland. And with a fifth of the world’s population using the site, you can be sure the spam is going to keep coming. So you need all the help you can get separating the good links from the bad.


Stuxnet-Like Malware From Russia Is Attacking US Power Plants

Security researchers confirmed on Monday that a vicious new cyberattack has compromised the computer systems of over 1000 organisations in 84 countries. Dubbed “Energetic Bear”, the Stuxnet-like malware is largely targeting energy and utility companies. It’s almost certainly from Russia.


It's Easy To Infect People With Malware If You Pay Them A Few Cents

Would you install malware on your computer if someone paid you to do it?


A New Vulnerability Could Leave Smart TVs Exposed

A new hack that requires little more than a $US250 1-watt amplifier could leave your smart TV vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack. It’s called the “Red Button” attack, after the red button on your remote that allows you to control the interactive features of your smart TV, and was discovered by two researchers at the Columbia University Network Security Lab.


New Vulnerability Found In Every Single Version Of Internet Explorer

According to a confirmation by Microsoft late last night, a new zero day vulnerability has been found to affect every version of Internet Explorer. In other words — over a quarter of the entire browser market.


The Scam Hunter: What It's Like To Track Internet Bad Guys For A Living

These days, new malware scams are a dime a dozen. Phoney email links, misleading URLs, fake call centres; if you haven’t already stumbled across one yourself, chances are you know someone who has. But what’s stopping all this malicious code from running rampant and turning every last corner of the internet into a kill zone?


Android Now Offers Routine Malware Surveillance For Your Phone

It’s no secret that Android apps can get a little shifty, but having the freedom to explore that is part of what makes Android great. Now Google is helping you stay even safer by keeping a constant eye on whether or not any of your apps are doing anything they shouldn’t be.


Intrepid Hackers Use Chinese Take-Away Menu To Access Major Oil Company

With big companies taking every precaution against malware they can possibly think of, it’s getting increasingly difficult for hackers to wedge their way in. So instead of going after the highly secure company employee accounts themselves, hackers are going after what those employees hold most dear — Chinese food.