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Who doesn't love a good scary problem that has a "-gate" suffix? An Israeli security firm has dubbed a particularly nasty outbreak of ransomware "ImageGate" and that will help us all remember that if you receive a random image on your favourite social network, you probably shouldn't click it.

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Patrons of the National Republican Senatorial Committee's merchandise, such as #NeverHillary stickers or Make America Great Again wristbands, may be in for a nasty surprise. Why? Well, there's a pretty good chance that credit card details from these transactions are being sold online by Russian hackers right now.

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Last week, a malicious group tricked almost 10,000 Facebook users into sharing their email addresses and password with a phishing attack, discovered by Kaspersky Lab, that then went on to spread itself to those users' friends and family through seemingly innocuous Facebook messages. South America was especially hard hit by the infection.

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While online ads everywhere are becoming increasingly targeted to entice users to click on them, the same trend is taking off among criminals designing ransomware, a new report from SophosLabs has found. As awareness grows about online security, ransomware is becoming increasingly customised in order to fool more people into clicking into malicious spam.

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You've got to admire Google's honesty. Right now, the company's own safe browsing tool is flagging "google.com" as partially dangerous. Does that mean your computer is doomed if you need to Google search for "funny cat videos"? Likely no, Google — like lots of websites — is just unsafe when in the wrong hands.

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Most of Australia's major banks are being targeted by some potentially catastrophic malware on customers' Android smartphones. Android/Spy.Agent.SI, as it's been named, locks users' phones when they open a banking app, redirecting them to a phishing server masquerading as the bank's official site.

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If you're a computer professional, or even just the girl or guy that sits in front of a screen all day, then ransomware is one of the most annoying developments in your life over the last four or five years. Malware like CryptoLocker and CryptoWall can lock you out of your computer and its files entirely, until you pay up — and it's hard to combat. Malwarebytes has a new piece of anti-ransomware software in beta that should stop your system from becoming infected.