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Malware-Carrying Twitter DMs Push Fake Facebook Links

Twitter users need to be on the lookout for a new round of malware-carrying spam messages that are coming from compromised accounts, possibly even from Twitter profiles they trust. If you receive a direct message suggesting that someone has posted or tagged you in a Facebook video, beware. Clicking on the link could infect your computer with malware. According to …

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Mobile And Social Are The New Frontiers Of Cybercrime

Cybercrime is perhaps the most devastating, yet most preventable, form of crime. Victims can have their lives utterly destroyed by a hacker. Those same victims often share a part in the blame because it could have been easily prevented by using some common sense and utilizing online security tools that are freely available to all. Unfortunately, many of the rules …

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Emma Watson Is the Internet’s Riskiest Click

If your internet activities involve searching for Harry Potter star Emma Watson (and let’s be honest, they probably do), you might want to be extra careful about which links you click. That’s because the 22-year-old actress is officially the riskiest click online, in terms of malicious materials. The news comes to us from virus protection company McAfee, who have conducted …

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Google Buys VirusTotal, Will Keep It Running Independently

Google has acquired malware detection company VirusTotal. VirusTotal announced the acquisition in a blot post, saying, “Our goal is simple: to help keep you safe on the web. And we’ve worked hard to ensure that the services we offer continually improve. But as a small, resource-constrained company, that can sometimes be challenging. So we’re delighted that Google, a long-time partner, …

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McAfee Reports That Malware Is On The Rise

It seems like there’s a report of some new kind of malware hitting PCs and Mac every day now. Hackers are getting smarter and security companies are playing catch up. Even then, the regular computer user doesn’t seem to care. The latest statistics from McAfee may just start making you care. McAfee recently published its quarterly Threats Report and things …

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Facebook Goes After Fraudulent Likes

In order to cut down on fraudulent “likes” across the network, Facebook has announced that they have upped their automated efforts to remove likes that have been “gained by means that violate [thier] terms.” This means that likes derived from malware, fake accounts, compromised accounts, or bulk purchases will be stricken from the Facebook record. Why? Integrity, according to Facebook. …

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New Malware Comes Dressed as Facebook Photo Tag Email Notification

If you receive an email that looks like it’s from Facebook and says that you’ve been tagged in a photo, you may want to scour it for abnormalities. That’s because the latest malware on the loose involves a common Facebook email notification. “Greetings, One of Your Friends added a new photo with you to the album…,” says the email. “You …

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Java Gets Hit With A Zero-Day Exploit

Java is in everything. It’s in your browser at this very moment. The Java plug-in that is powering a lot of the Web also features one nasty exploit. The latest zero-day exploit should remain a topic of concern. The folks at FireEye security detected a Java vulnerability yesterday. The exploit affects Java 7 (1.7) update 0 to 6. Anything below …

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The Latest Mac Virus Is Hilariously Bad

Mac users should become increasingly aware of the threat that malware poses to their machines. Hackers and malicious coders are getting better everyday at breaking into the once thought unbreakable Mac. The Flashback trojan was a sign that Macs are no longer safe from the threat of malware. The latest Mac virus to hit the streets isn’t one of those …

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New Android Malware Steals Your Money Via SMS

Android is an incredibly open system. For the most part, that’s a very good thing. Sometimes, however, it can be a very bad thing. For instance, malware is easier to spread across Android devices due to its open nature. Unfortunately, a new and powerful piece of malware is making its way around the Android ecosystem. TrustGo Security recently stumbled upon …

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Porn Rebuke: Missile Defense Employees Caught Testing The Wrong Kind Of Missiles

The guys tasked with knocking a missile out of the sky (the ol’ hitting a bullet with a bullet approach), and finding other ways to protect our country from a ballistic missile attack, have been tending to the wrong kinds of launches. According to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg, there’s a porn problem in the Pentagon (albeit a small …

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Beware These Fake Malware-Carrying Groupon Emails

For those who subscribe to Groupon or another daily deal service, opening their emails is a daily occurrence – something that you do so often that you may mindlessly plunge into a half dozen daily deals emails in a pre-coffee morning stupor and not even realize it until later. That’s what makes a new malware attack so much more dangerous …

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