malware

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.


How The NSA Deploys Malware

We’ve long suspected that the NSA, the world’s premiere spy agency, was pretty good at breaking into computers. But now, thanks to an article by security expert Bruce Schneier — who is working with the Guardian to go through the Snowden documents — we have a much more detailed view of how the NSA uses exploits in order to infect the computers of targeted users.


This Smartphone Charger Also Hunts Down Malware

Numbers show that malware on smartphones is a bigger and bigger problem every year, and it’s not like the phone companies are making it any easier. Would it really kill them to include a native virus scanner in iOS or Android? This is where the Skorpion comes in.


Android Still Dominant In Mobile Malware, Followed By… Symbian?


Android, with its open nature being in the regrettable position of leading the pack when it comes to malware threats isn’t much of a surprise. Symbian being second somewhat is.


Researchers Snuck Malware Onto The App Store By Making It A Transformer

No one really knows exactly how Apple makes sure the apps that wind up in its store are safe. All we know is that the App Store has a comparatively better track record than its Android counterpart. But nothing is ever totally safe. Researchers managed to sneak malware onto the App Store with ease by giving their app the power to transform.


Is Your YouTube Slathered In Counterfeit Ads?

It’s bad enough seeing ads all over YouTube, but some shifty malware has been making things even worse. A couple of YouTube-downloader apps have been sliding in a bunch of unauthorised ads and selling them to big brands like Amazon, Blackberry, Kellogg’s and Toyota. So if you’ve been trying to snag some free YouTube vids, you might still be paying for them.