malware

A Contagious Computer Virus That Spreads Via Wi-Fi

It’s sort of your worst nightmare: a computer virus as contagious as the common cold that avoids detection and infects every computer on a given wi-fi network. You just pop into your local coffee for a latte and a little internet surfing, and you leave with a virus. This is scary!


If You Used Yahoo This Week, You Might Have Malware

Security researchers at Fox IT say they’ve detected a malicious exploit kit among Yahoo’s ad network active since December 30. The malware seems to have hit Romania, Great Britain and France the hardest, but wherever you are, if you’ve browsed a Yahoo site this week, you may want to run a scan or two.


SD Cards Are Tiny, Hackable Computers (For Good Or Evil)

An SD card isn’t just a dumb chunk of memory; it’s a dumb chunk of memory with a built-in brain, a microcontroller. And at this year’s Chaos Computer Congress, enterprising hackers showed off exactly what those brains can be used for cheap hardware for makers or malware machines for malcontents.


Popular Android Torch App Straight-Up Lied About Selling Data

Were you one of the 100 million Android users that downloaded the Brightest Flashlight Free app? Did you conscientiously click “no” when asked if you’d like to allow the app to track your location data? Well, too bad, suckers. Because not only have US authorities revealed that the popular, light-giving app was secretly selling data to third parties, but its “option” to refuse the data collection in the first place was one big, fat lie.


Don't Freak Out About Ultrasonic Malware (Yet)

The internet’s been abuzz lately with news that computer scientists have found a way to transmit malware using ultrasonic audio signals. If true, this means that you’d never be safe from the hackers, as long as your computer has a microphone and speakers. But don’t freak out just yet.


New Malware Can Jump Air Gaps Using Inaudible Sound

A team of computer scientists has developed a new breed of malware that can leap between devices using inaudible audio signals, and then covertly transmit passwords and other sensitive data without a network connection. Using just built-in microphones and speakers, the researchers can transmit passwords and other small quantities data over distances of 20m.


Get Out Of Work Early With This Handy Happy Hour Virus

Everybody hates malware. It’s scary — all your personal information could be exposed! It’s annoying — all your data could disappear! It’s confusing — none of your friends really know how it works! This is why fake malware is the best new way to play hooky.


Did A USB Stick Infect A Russian Nuclear Plant With Stuxnet?

There’s a common misconception that you need to be connected to the internet to get infected with malware. Well, that’s not true and, according to renowned cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky, the folks at a nuclear power plant in Russia learned this the hard way.


No, Malware Can't Infect Your Computer Over The Air

It’s enough of a nightmare to have malware of any sort, but the more persistent the stuff is, the scarier it gets. That’s why the rumours of badBIOS, a bug so bad that it can affect Macs and PCs and communicate itself wirelessly while the infected computers are being taken apart is terrifying. But maybe not entirely true.


Russian Authorities Seize Goods From China Implanted With 'Spy' Chips

A weird thing happened in St Petersburg last week. The Russian press reports that local officials intercepted a shipment from China that contained home appliances with “spy” microchips capable of spreading malware to Wi-Fi enabled devices within 200m. Tea kettles were apparently the chief culprit.