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Malicious Android App Will Steal Your Data, Make You Feel Bad About It

Android users should be on the lookout for a malicious little app that's circulating around some file-sharing sites. The app, called 'Walk and Text,' advertises itself as a legitimate app of the same name, which uses a smartphone's camera to help guide texters as they walk. Unlike the real 'Walk and Text,' though, the fake app is available for free, and offers version 1.3.7 (which doesn't...

Cyber-Crooks Have Their Act Together This Tax Season

As if tax season weren't enough of a headache, security experts are warning that this year may be an unusually perilous one for those who file online. Between realistic-looking sites and e-mails, cyber-criminals have been on the malware warpath. Download a phony IRS form, and you may begin unwittingly sharing your Social Security number, address and other personal data. Jeff Horne, Webroot's...

No, Charlie Sheen Isn't Dead. It's Just a Facebook Scam.

His acting career may be on life support, but Charlie Sheen, believe it or not, is still not dead. And any Facebook post that says otherwise is just a silly virus. The scam is spreading through posts that begin with attention-grabbing headlines like, "Exclusive Video," "RIP!" or "Breaking News," followed by "Charlie Sheen found Dead at his House!", or something equally sensational. Accompanying...

Number of Malware-Infected Sites Has Doubled Since Last Year, Study Says

Well, this is discouraging. According to new statistics from security firm Dasient, the number of websites infected with malware has doubled since last year, with more than one million sites compromised during the fourth quarter of 2010. Malware-filled advertising, or 'malvertising,' is on an even more meteoric rise. Dasient detected three million malicious ads per day during the fourth quarter...

Hacked and Hijacked: What to Do if Your E-mail Account Gets Compromised

Symptoms: People listed in your e-mail contacts report being flooded with spam messages sent from your account. Or, you start receiving a bevy of "bounced" e-mails from random addresses you don't know. You aren't able to log into your account or change its settings, or you've discovered the settings have been altered. You attempt to use e-mail, and find it has been blocked by your provider. ...

Hacked and Hijacked: What to Do if Your PC Gets Compromised

Symptoms: There are a range of telltale signs that your PC has been infiltrated by a binary ne'er-do-well, but, counterintuitively, the worst case scenario is when there are no obvious symptoms at all. For starters, you may have an infection if your PC or Internet throughput has become consistently sluggish, and a restart doesn't cure it. Frequent, random pop-up windows with ads or system...

New Banking Malware Combines Elements From Zeus, SpyEye

A new piece of banking malware has finally surfaced, confirming fears that have been circulating for several months. The new worm combines elements from both Zeus and SpyEye, but, according to Seculert CTO and co-founder Aviv Raff, it has only infected a handful of people so far. Seculert's screenshots show that the malware has two control panels -- one resembling Zeus's, and the other...

'Scareware' Operators to Pay $8.2 Million to FTC, In Settlement

The father-son team behind a massive 'scareware' scam will have to pay $8.2 million to the Federal Trade Commission, in order to settle a complaint filed by the government agency. Marc D'Souza and his father Maurice were allegedly at the center of the scam, which tricked Internet users into buying fake security software to combat computer infections that didn't really exist. The operators...

Read This: William Gibson Explores Stuxnet's Hobbyist Roots

Last fall, when I learned of the Stuxnet attack on the computers running Iran's nuclear program, I briefly thought that here, finally, was the real thing: a cyberweapon purpose-built by one state actor to strategically interfere with the business of another. But as more details emerged, it began to look less like something new and more like a piece of hobbyist "street" technology, albeit one...

'My Total Facebook Views' Scam Hits Facebook, With Inflated Numbers and Spam

Share If you've avoided clicking on any Facebook posts promising to show you your 'Total Facebook Views,' give yourself a round of applause -- because it's just a scam. The spammy posts seem to be originating from various sources, but they all boast essentially the same syntax. A typical post from a friend who fell for the trick will read: "My total facebook views are: [random number]. Find...

Israeli Assassins Used Trojan Horse to Track Hamas Leader

Back in January, an Israeli hit squad assassinated Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh at a hotel in Dubai. Presumably operating under Mossad, the 11 assassins disguised themselves as tennis players in order to gain access to the hotel and do the deed, but, according to a new investigative report from GQ, they used a decidedly 21st-century technique to track their target. According to investigative...

Fake White House Christmas E-Card Swipes Government Documents

Share Over the holidays, several government employees and contractors received a Christmas e-card that purported to be from The White House, but actually contained document-swiping malware. According to Krebs on Security, when a recipient opened the file, or clicked on either of the included links, a trojan stole PDF, Word and Excel documents, and then uploaded them to a server in Belarus....

2011 May See Rise in Smartphone and Mac Attacks

In 2011, the malware scene may see some new trends that turn previously safe platforms into targets. McAfee claims in a new report that 2011 may be the year in which smartphones, Macs and location-based services become common targets for malicious software and hackers. URL-shortening services and social networks like Facebook will continue to be rife with attacks, but -- thanks to the explosive...

2010: A Record Year for Malware

Symantec says that 2010 will wind up being a record-setting year for malware -- that some 95 billion phishing e-mails will have been sent before the New Year. Combined with other spam messages, those e-mails will account for 89-percent of all e-mail traffic during 2010. Of those spam messages, 95-percent are now being sent by botnets, vast groups of hijacked computers. The number of new malicious...

Lady Gaga, J. Timberlake and Ri-Ri Hacked by German Teens for Juicy Info

Taking on Lady Gaga is scary. Taking on Gagaloo, Rihanna, Ke$ha and Justin Timberlake? Well, that goes beyond brazen and attains near-heroic levels of brass gonads. That's exactly what two German hackers -- mere kids at 17 and 23 -- claim to have done, infecting A-list stars with trojans and malware in hopes of snatching some juicy scoops. "The trick itself is nothing special," German prosecutor...