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Giant Virus Thawed Out By Global Warming?

Giant Virus Thawed Out By Global Warming?

By Toni Matthews-El March 4, 2014

What has been described as a “giant mystery virus” has been discovered in a largely desolate region of Siberia. The virus is thought to have been buried in Siberian permafrost untouched for over 30,000 years. The term “giant virus” is …

FBI: Massive Fraudulent Online Ad Scheme Affected More Than 4 Million Computers FBI: Massive Fraudulent Online Ad Scheme Affected More Than 4 Million Computers

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan, at least 4 million computers in over 100 different countries fell victim to a giant fraud scheme that involved a sophisticated virus that manipulated search results and used online ads to generate …

Journalists Not Protecting Themselves Online

BPM Forum and AVG Technologies released some interesting findings from the Protect the Press Poll, a survey of the cyber security habits of the working press. The biggest takeaway is that the supposedly well-informed members of the press are no better at protecting themselves online than the average user.

Worm Rains on Facebook’s Parade
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Just as Facebook unleashes its Facebook Connect program that ties the site in with any other site who wants to be involved, some virus has to come along and rain on the parade. The Koobface virus, which has in actuality been around for the majority of the year, is not directly related to Facebook Connect, but casts a shadow of vulnerability on Facebook in general.

What to Look For

Hackers Buying AdWords Now?
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Gotta hand it to the Web bandits. Buying AdWords is a brazen new realm for them. A paid link leading to a dangerous malware-laden download targeted President-Elect Obama’s sweeping victory.

The ad, which according to the screenshot at security company Sophos blog achieved top placement for the keyword phrase “Obama win,” clicked out to a “rogue” site and a download prompt for an installer that is “100% checked by Antivirus.”

Online Threats Concerning More Americans
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Internet users are becoming increasingly concerned about online threats such as viruses, spam and identity theft, according to survey by the American Consumer Institute.

Consumers also report significant worry that their privacy might be invaded by programs that track and record which Internet sites they visit.

The majority (74%) of those surveyed said they were "very concerned," about identity theft, compared to 68 percent who indicated great worry about identity theft in a similar ACI survey from 2006.

Google Sells AdWords First, Asks Questions Later
Google finds itself under fire again for helping to spread viruses and malware through AdWords.

Researchers at security software maker Exploit Prevention Labs have uncovered evidence that malware distributors are using Google AdWords to infect computers.

Unsafe On Blogger: Star Wars, Girlfriends, Drugs

Security firm Fortinet has found a lot of malicious code posted on Google’s Blogger service, with a mass mailer worm directing spam recipients to it in some instances.

Spam And Viruses Continue To Grow

The problem of spam continues to be a major annoyance for many. Over the past two years the amount of spam has increased. According to Postini, a communications security firm they blocked more than 25 million spam messages in December. This was a 144 percent increase from December 2005 to December 2006.

RFID Technology Vulnerable To Malware

RFID tags may become commonplace in the future, but not a lot of people are looking forward to widespread implementation. There was already concern that these “smart barcodes” would allow consumers’ habits to be more easily tracked, and that the technology could facilitate identity theft. It turns out that RFID tags can transmit computer viruses, as well.

Viruses & Spyware Don’t Taste Like Cookies
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When I first started working with computers a little over ten years ago I had never heard about viruses.

Computer Viruses – The New IT Arms Race

The stark reality is that network security in this Internet age is a race. This race starts every time a new virus, worm or vulnerability is discovered; and only finishes when either an organization’s network is protected or compromised.

Viruses and Unix

I was in a meeting last week where a customer was exploring switching from a Unix platform to Windows.

VoIP Users May Face Spam, Viruses

Mass adoption makes a technology a greater target for exploitation, and VoIP will be no exception.

IBM: Phishing Up, Viruses Abound

A new report from the Armonk, NY technology company suggests phishing attacks jumped more than 200 percent in May.

Mobile Viruses Double

Security software firm SimWorks announced today that the number of known “trojan” viruses found doubled, increasing the risk of computer-borne cell phone infection.

Instant Messaging Expressway for Identity Theft, Trojan Horses, Viruses, and Worms

Never before with Instant Messaging (IM) has a more vital warning been needed for current and potential IM buddies who chat online.