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February 19, 2015

New Lenovo Computers Had “Superfish” Adware Pre-Installed Since September

If you bought a new Lenovo computer between this past September and January, you might have a problem. Today, news hit that adware called “Superfish” had been installed on Lenovo computers starting late last year, which has been now been revealed to pose a serious security threat to users.

The story first broke on The Next Web last night, which points the way back to posts on Lenovo’s forums that detail how Superfish relies on a “man-in-the-middle certificate” to show advertisements from third parties in users’ web browsers, [...]

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April 25, 2014

Don’t Download that Wallpaper…It May Hide Secret Bitcoin Mining Malware

What good is a fancy Android smartphone if you don’t have equally schmancy wallpaper? Well, before you scour the Google Play Store for a background that sets your heart a-flutter, think about whether or not you want to run the risk of loading your phone up with malware. That’s malware that secretly mines for Bitcoins, to be precise.

The malware in question is known as BadLepricon, though other similar digital currency miner viruses were found hiding in Android apps last month. BadLepricon, however, seems to be lying in wait [...]

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November 28, 2013

I mSpy: New Key Logging App Could Track Your Every Move

A post on TheNextWeb points out a new application available for iOS and Android devices that you will never, ever want to encounter: it’s called mSpy, and it’s essentially a “legally” obtained key logging app that’s used to snoop on others who may or may not know that it’s even there.

According to the post, mSpy is advertised as being a useful application for parents or employers who want to monitor a phone or tablet’s activity. The disclaimer says that it’s meant for “a smartphone or mobile device that you own or have proper [...]

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October 16, 2013

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile App Now Available for Android

One of the benefits of the Android platform is its openness and accessibility, not just for the end-user, but for the breadth of applications and marketplaces out there. But with that freedom comes risk, risk of losing important data or worse, your identity, to the more nefarious folks and programs out there.

That risk still very much exists today for a number of unprotected users.

But now, there’s Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile, or MBAM Mobile for short. It’s an all-in-one security protection app for Android [...]

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July 4, 2013

Android Exploit Leaves Users Vulnerable

According to a post on Computerworld, there’s a long-unnoticed exploit lingering in the Android mobile operating system—one that leaves users extremely vulnerable to insidious programs and the people who make them. Apparently there’s a flaw in the OS’s security protocols that allows hackers to insert malicious code into otherwise innocuous applications without breaking the app’s security.

The discovery was made by Bluebox Security out of San Francisco. The situation is outlined on the company’s blog, saying the exploit “allows a [...]

 
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May 16, 2013

New Skype Phishing Scam Promises Premium Upgrade, Installs Malware

Skype users need to be on alert for a new phishing scam that is making its rounds across the Skype network.  Discovered by security researchers at Malwarebytes, the new scam makes an offer to unsuspecting users which they hope the users will not be able to resist: a free premium upgrade — if you visit this site, login with your Skype credentials, and download the premium update.

The scam works as follows, users receive a message on Skype similar to the one below:

hey go to hxxp://www.SkyPremiumSetup.com/ and activate [...]

 
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May 8, 2013

Malwarebytes Secure Backup Launches to Keep Backups Infection Free

Malwarebytes, the company behind the popular Anti-Malware software, announced that it has launched Malwarebytes Secure Backup, the first online backup service that automatically scans files for malware prior to backup.  This important for a couple of reasons, the first major reason being that it will keep you from reinfecting your computer down the road if you restore from a backup.

The second big reason it’s important is because it will help prevent people from sending infected files to others.  Malwarebytes Secure Backup [...]

 
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February 19, 2013

Apple and Facebook Hacked by the Same Website: iPhoneDevSDK

Apple announced today that a number of systems inside the company were infected with malware that made use of a Java vulnerability inside some Web browsers. Just days ago, Facebook made a similar claim; that last month, internal computers had been targeted and infiltrated as a result of a similar vulnerability.

As it turns out, these attacks came as a result of employees using their computers to visit the same website: an iPhone development forum called iPhoneDevSDK. For your safety, we have not linked to the website, and we [...]

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February 5, 2013

NetSeer Hacked, Corporate Servers Infected With Malware

The Internet has been facing some serious security threats recently, it all started with the news of the New York Times being hacked by the Chinese, then the Wall Street Journal, then Twitter, then the Department of Energy, and now NetSeer.  If you’re not familiar with NetSeer that’s most likely because you never see their technology, but rather, you see the ads it serves.  Websites such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Huffington Post all rely on NetSeer’s ad serving technology so when [...]

 
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January 14, 2013

Oracle Releases Emergency Java Update to Fix Vulnerabilities

Oracle released an emergency software update to fix its Java software from vulnerabilities days after security experts and the Department of Homeland Security recommended users disable the software due to hacking concerns.  Some experts say, however, that the patch doesn’t fix the problem and that bugs remain.

The update, available on Oracle’s Web site, fixes two vulnerabilities in Oracle’s version of Java 7 for Web browsers that has enabled hackers to install malicious software on PCs.  Oracle said in its [...]

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