ZeroAccess: A look at just how big a botnet can get

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine just how contagious a botnet can be, and then sometimes you see them from space. Security researchers at F-Secure created this look at ZeroAccess botnet infections today, across the United States and the world.

Google buys malware-scanning website VirusTotal

Companies like Google have to be especially cautious when it comes to security. They build out whole departments dedicated to protecting its internals, so it’s no wonder the search giant bought its own little security company today, VirusTotal.

Bit9 raises $34.5M to fight cybercrime (and maybe the League of Shadows)

Online security company Bit9 just announced the close of $34.5 million funding from some of the biggest names in venture capital. This is Bit9’s fourth round, and it’s led by Sequoia Capital. The round also includes existing investors Atlas Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and .406 Ventures.

Websense and Facebook will protect users from malicious links

Social networks such as Facebook have always been vulnerable to malicious hackers who share viral links that lead users to malware and malicious sites. That’s why Facebook is teaming up with Websense to protect users by preventing them from clicking on links without knowing the trustworthiness of the destination.

Malwarebytes quietly becomes a big player in anti-malware software

Chances are you haven’t heard about Malwarebytes. The company has quietly become a force in security technology, achieving more than 100 million downloads of its anti-malware product since 2008. Now the profitable company is adding a million users monthly for its Malwarebytes software, which cleans infections off computers.

Is Mac’s heyday as security king now over?

The commonly held, and perhaps misguided, idea that Apple’s Mac computers are impervious to viruses, malware, and spamware has been brought into question this week with reports that Apple is engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse with malware programmers, according to ZDNet.

DroidDreamLight malware hits dozens of Android apps

A new piece of malware dubbed DroidDreamLight has infiltrated more than 25 applications and affected tens of thousands of Android users, according to Lookout Mobile Security.