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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. ...

NJ Cop Thinks Parents Should Steal Their Kids' Facebook Passwords

Parents everywhere can now hack into their kids' Facebook accounts without feeling even an ounce of guilt -- because a cop in New Jersey says it's okay. Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli recently told NBC New York that all parents should use keystroke-logging spyware to keep tabs on every site their children visit, and every status or photo they post to Facebook. "When it comes down to safety...

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...

Cameron Diaz Is the 'Most Dangerous Celebrity' on the Web

Cameron Diaz has won an award! (And no, we're not talking about her Teen Choice Award for Most Disgusting Scene in 'There's Something About Mary.') Computer security giant McAfee has named Diaz the most dangerous celebrity on the Internet, due to the massive amount of malware associated with her name. According to McAfee, you have a one in ten chance of stumbling on adware and viruses when...

Pennsylvania School Accused of Spying on Students at Home

If accusations made by a suit filed against Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District on behalf of Harriton High School student Blake Robbins are true, we can't imagine a single valid defense for the school system's actions. According to the court documents, Robbins was disciplined last November by assistant principle Lindy Matsko for "improper behavior in the home." As evidence of this...

Facebook 'Un Named App' Not Dangerous, For Now

Share Lets say this right off the bat: if you've spotted an "un named app" in your settings on Facebook, don't freak out. It's not malware or anything dangerous. It's just a head-scratcher of a glitch that has been plaguing Facebook users for the last day or so. The bug was causing particular panic following a string of status updates that read something along the lines of: Has your facebook been...

5 Essential Tips to Keep Your PC Safe

One of the most important things everyone -- even Mac users -- needs to do with a computer is to make sure it is as secure from viruses, phishing scams, and other 'net threats as possible. No matter how often you practice safe browsing habits or think twice before clicking on a random link in your e-mail, you'd be surprised how often even the most cautious of folks can be caught off guard, which...

FBI Spyware Used to Gain Access to Suspects' Computers

A recent Wired.com story reports that the FBI has been using a proprietary spyware program to snoop on alleged ne'er-do-wells since at least 2004. According to heavily redacted documents that Wired obtained by invoking the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI has developed a sophisticated program it calls 'computer and Internet protocol address verifier,' or CIPAV, that can infiltrate target...

New SpyWare Pretends to be Anti-Virus, Offers Fake Reviews

Anti-Virus-1, a new bit of malware making its way around the Internet, has picked up a unique trick for fooling users; it spreads fake reviews of itself to convince users that it is a legitimate piece of anti-virus software. Anti-Virus-1 is what is often referred to as scareware. It uses social engineering techniques to lure its unsuspecting victims into handing over information like credit...

Valentine's Day Is the Time For Spying

Hallmark cards and candy hearts aren't the only products that see a bump in sales around Valentine's day. Spyware and tracking devices usually see a boost as spouses hope to catch their partners red-handed during the holiday, when private investigators say cheating partners are most likely to make contact with a secret lover. Although the holiday usually means a wave of new clients for private...

Get an Anti-Spyware Program

Spyware is everywhere; the average PC user has, at any given time, about 24 hidden nasties slowing their PC as it gathers up their private info, sends out spam, or just generally makes life miserable. Download, install and run a trusted anti-spyware program like Spybot Search and Destroy (free!) and be amazed at what it finds. For more Tech Tips, click here....

America Still Hosts the Most Computer Viruses, Study Finds

A new report released by anti-virus and security firm Sophos put 2008's online threats into perspective and give a hint of what 2009 may bring for all of us connected folks out there. Here are some of the reports biggest finds: The United States is still the source of most malware; current events like the election or financial crisis are the topics of most scam e-mail messages; and Apple...

iPhone Spyware Gets More Sophisticated

Spyware on the iPhone hasn't evolved quite as far as that on your Windows PC, but iSpyware is slowly becoming a real danger. Until now, spyware and viruses on the iPhone have been primarily proof-of-concept applications that would be difficult if not impossible for a user to accidentally install. Installing one of these baddies required a jailbroken phone, input from the user, and the apps left an...

YouTube Virus Turns Out to be False Alarm

Rumors are flying that YouTube is infecting unsuspecting computer users with a computer virus. Before we go any further, let us just calm your fears -- it's not true. But that doesn't mean it's safe to let down your guard. It turns out that out-of-date antivirus programs are erroneously labeling clips on YouTube as containing Actns/Swif.T, a particularly nasty piece of malware that urges you to...

Fake Obama Victory E-Mail Contains Computer Virus

While Barack Obama's election to the office of President has been cause for plenty of Internet celebration, it has also -- indirectly -- been the cause of strife for some Internet users due to a malware attack using the President-Elect's name, Sophos.com investigates. Sophos investigators have uncovered numerous spam e-mail campaigns baiting potential victims with promises of Obama's...