January 14, 2013 |
Oracle has issued an update for its Java software to fix a security flaw so severe that it led the U.S. government to issue a note last week urging computer users to disable Java. The vulnerability makes it possible for hackers to install malware that allows them to commit identify-theft crimes or add infected computers to networks that can be used for cyber attacks. Because of the severity of the vulnerability, Oracle said it "strongly recommends" that users update their software as soon as possible.
October 9, 2012 |
If someone on Skype asks you "lol is this your new profile pic?" don't click the link. A type of malware known as Dorkbot is going around the video-calling service tricking people into being scammed by asking that question, in both English and German. Once users click on it, they are redirected to download a file from hotfile.com that holds the malware. The worm was discovered by Trend Micro, a security firm that wrote about the malware Monday. Trend Micro says that once infected, computers become part of a botnet, or a network of computers controlled by hackers to execute denial of service attacks, in which attackers try to jam a website by getting large numbers of computers to contact it at the same time.
February 19, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- An Eastern European ring of hackers reportedly are responsible for hacking into at least 40 companies including Apple, Facebook and Twitter in an effort to steal company secrets, research and intellectual property that they can sell. The origin of the malware attacks was reported by Bloomberg News, which cited as sources two people familiar with the invasions. Investigators tracked at least one server being used by the hacker ring to a hosting company in the Ukraine, Bloomberg said.
May 31, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Computer virus experts at Kaspersky Lab, acting with the blessing of the United Nations, were searching for a villain dubbed the Wiper when they came across a much more menacing suspect requiring a new moniker: Flame. The malicious program left experts all but certain that a government sponsor intent on cyber warfare and intelligence gathering was behind some suspicious activity, in part because of the likely cost of such a sophisticated endeavor. "We entered a dark room in search of something and came out with something else in our hands, something different, something huge and sinister," Vitaly Kamlyuk, a senior antivirus expert at Kaspersky Lab, said in an interview Wednesday.
August 16, 2010 |
Here's a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. When a stranger calls: The FBI is warning consumers to exercise caution with telemarketers. When consumers disclose personal or financial information over the telephone, they increase the risk of becoming victims of telemarketing fraud, according to an advisory on the FBI website. Be particularly careful if the caller says any of the following: "Act now or the offer won't be good. " "You've won a free gift, vacation or prize.
February 15, 2013 |
Facebook said it fell victim to a "sophisticated attack" last month but has not found evidence that any user data was compromised. The Menlo Park, Calif., company said the attack occurred after some of its employees visited a mobile developer's website that had been compromised. A malicious code hosted on the hacked website made it possible for malware to be installed on the employees' laptops. "As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement and began a significant investigation that continues to this day," the company announced Friday.