Life-saving medical machinery prone to malware

It sucks when your PC gets clogged with viruses, slows to crawl, and generally makes your life miserable. But what if it put your life in danger? With medical facilities all around the United States running outdated software that can’t install new security patches, that very well may become the case.

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.

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.

Malware may have led to fatal Spanair plane crash

As if we needed another reason to fear malware, authorities investigating the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have discovered that the plane’s computer system — which is used to keep track of technical problems — was infected with malware, according to a report by the Spanish newspaper El Pais.