Mobile security company Lookout Mobile released a new app today to show just how many mobile threats exist.
Stuxnet has been called the most sophisticated computer worm ever created. We know there are siblings to the malware which took down Iran’s nuclear centrifuges, but now Kaspersky labs is saying there may be up to four other worms in the family tree.
Android malware has jumped 37 percent in the third quarter of 2011, according to a new quarterly report released by security provider McAfee. Where our phones go, so too go viruses, especially on the Android platform.
Security services company Rapid7 received $50 million in its third round of funding today, led by Technology Crossover Ventures.
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.
“Organized crime is exactly that – organized,” said Marc Goodman at this week’s O’Reilly Strata conference, “especially in the field of cyber crime.”
There’s a reason why malware creators are outrunning the security vendors now. It’s a lot easier to attack computer networks than it is to protect them, according to a cyber security expert at the Pentagon.
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.
The “TDL-4″ botnet now has more than 4.5 million infected PCs running on it and is the “most sophisticated threat” to computer security today, according to Kaspersky Labs researcher Sergey Golovanov.
Just inserting the image to the right into this story gives me the heebie jeebies.
Google last week removed 10 Angry-Birds-related applications from the Android Market after a computer science professor reported they were infected with malware. Xuxian Jiang, a professor at North Carolina State, reported the apps on June 5 and Google removed them the same day.
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.
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.
Apple plans to release a software update for OS X that will remove pesky MacDefender malware, the company said late Tuesday.
A ton of web pages have been compromised by a huge malware attack dubbed LizaMoon.
IBM says it monitors 13 billion real-time security events every day for more than 4,000 clients. That’s about 150,000 events per second, which include anything from phishing attacks to false alarms.
It used to be that cyber criminals hacked into accounts to steal credit card numbers or social security numbers. Now they’re moving upscale, building a huge underground economy around stealing more valuable intellectual property.
Google suffered a black eye with the malware that targeted dozens of Android Market apps last week. But even as users clean out their phones, now comes this: the Android Market Security Tool released by Google has been copied to third-party alternative Android markets and it is itself embedded with malware.
Lookout Mobile Security has deciphered the DroidDream malware that managed to infect numerous apps on the Android Market. Google has taken action to deal with DroidDream, but the risk of infection is still there given the wide diversity of the Android ecosystem.
Earlier this week, 58 malicious apps were discovered on the Android Market, causing deep embarrassment to Google and considerable alarm to users whose data was compromised.
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Dozens of apps have been pulled from the Android Market because they have been infected with malware. The infection is one of the worst to hit the mobile market, which has been relatively safe from malware attacks compared to the constant barrage of infections on PCs.
Malware of all kinds keeps spreading on computing platforms. But mobile malware grew at a particularly fast clip in 2010, according to McAfee.
Another trojan horse for devices running Google’s Android mobile operating system — this one capable of stealing information and uploading it to remote servers — has been spotted on third-party Android application marketplaces.
There will be no shortage of computer security threats for 2011. Among the most prominent will be new threats to geolocation services, mobile devices, and Apple machines, according to researchers at Intel’s McAfee security division.
There’s a gold rush going on in security investments, and Lookout Mobile Security is cashing in on it. The smartphone security company is announced today it has raised $19.5 million in a third round of funding led by Index Ventures.
Anti-malware firm M86 Security published a report today predicting that malware creators are going to target smartphones and get a lot smarter about creating viruses that are much tougher to detect.
Cyber security company Endgame Systems announced today that it has raised $29 million in its first round of funding from a number of firms including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Iranian officials have confirmed that the Stuxnet computer worm has infected at least 30,000 computers in the country.
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