October 16, 2013 |
Microsoft will officially retire its Windows XP operating system early next year, but Google on Wednesday announced it will continue to support its Chrome browser for the platform through at least early 2015. The Mountain View, Calif., Web giant announced it will keep sending out updates and security patches to the Windows XP version of Google Chrome "until at least April 2015. " That's good news for Windows XP users, who will stop receiving the same type of support for the operating system from Microsoft.
August 2, 2013 |
Russians have turned stealing money from Android smartphone users into an entire industry, according to a security app maker's investigation. Lookout Inc. studied how 10 Russian groups convince users to download what appears to be a legitimate mobile app. During the supposed download process, a computer code is run that sends a premium text message from the user's phone. Premium text messages result in an extra fee at the bottom of phone bills, typically about $3 to $18 in this case.
July 26, 2013 |
Asked in a survey to distinguish malicious emails from legitimate ones, nearly everyone in a group of 53 undergraduates failed. The results from a new study by researchers at North Carolina State University found most people are overconfident in their ability to spot phishing attacks directed at them. “Everyone's susceptible,” said psychology professor Christopher Mayhorn , one of the study's authors. “But there's relationships that make some people more susceptible.” PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Before taking the test, 89% of the group had said they were “confident" in their ability to tell the difference between an authentic email and one sent by a scammer.
June 26, 2013 |
Leaving the front door unlocked is a risky move. And that risk is the same with smartphones running Android, Google's open operating system. Android phones come with unlocked doors, allowing them to install applications found almost anywhere online. But when downloading applications from somewhere other than the Google Play store, Android device users must be more cautious than ever, according to Juniper Networks third annual Mobile Threats Report . People who create viruses and other malicious software, or malware, for mobile devices have targeted Android because it has become the dominant mobile operating system worldwide.
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March 29, 2013 |
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued a warning Friday about an uptick in complaints about an Internet virus that locks computers and demands payment after falsely alleging the user is guilty of a crime. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center first issued an alert in August about the virus known as Reveton ransomware virus, a malware program that can engage as soon as a victim clicks on a compromised website. The virus then locks the victim's computer and displays a message claiming that there has been a violation of federal law. The computer often displays a fake message purporting to be from the FBI or Department of Justice, claiming that the user's Internet address has been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal activity.
March 21, 2013 |
Beijing -- The cyber warriors who paralyzed more than 30,000 computers in South Korea used a simple technique decades old, but showed a flair for the classical by including Roman military references in their programing. Investigators said the simultaneous attacks at 2 p.m. Wednesday were traced to an IP address in Beijing, but that North Korea remained the leading suspect. "(The government) is closely analyzing the incident with all possibilities open, while bearing a strong suspicion that North Korea conducted the attack," a senior South Korean official was quoted Thursday telling Yonhap, the official news service.