Security

While most apps are completely safe to use, some apps have a covert mission – to collect and share information on users.

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Last month, we reported about an operation conducted by Microsoft to disrupt the Nitol botnet. The operation, titled Operation b70 was a result of a study conducted by Microsoft which discovered pirated copies of Windows embedded with malware. As a part of the opeartion, Microsoft’s Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit had asked to be allowed to take control of the domain 3322.org which was used to host the botnet.

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Flame was arguably the next big thing in the state sponsored malware section after Stuxnet. As we had previously reported, Flame is a malware that was used to infect computers in the Middle East for espionage purposes.

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New Android malware is targeting subscribers of China’s largest mobile phone operator to rake up their phone bills.

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The final deadline for those affected by the DNSChanger to reset their DNS servers is getting nearer. But reports suggest that there are still more than 500000 computers that use the rogue servers. And, as the date reaches July 9th, all of the computers that still use the rogue settings will be cut off from the internet, as the FBI shuts down the temporary servers that were allowing them to connect to the internet until now.

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Security researchers at Kaspersky Labs have discovered a new malware that was used to spy on Middle Eastern countries. The attack has been highly targeted, infecting about 5000 computers across Iran, Israel, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and other unnamed countries. The malware, called Flame affects Windows machines and once infected, it can record audio conversations, take screenshots, sniff network traffic, intercept keyboard etc.

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According to a new antivirus shootout, G-Data, Avira, and Kaspersky are the strongest performers with detection rates over 99%, while ESET, AVG, Trend Micro, and Microsoft among the weakest.

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A federal Judge has extended the date to cut off computers affected with the DNSChanger malware from the internet.

For those unaware, DNSChanger is a malware that replaces the default DNS servers of the infected computers with rogue DNS servers. It is believed that around four million computers were infected by this malware .

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Another new video scam is spreading on Facebook where users are being enticed with names of celebrities and more spreading a so called “homemade video”.

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Windows Phone social champion Ben Rudolph (@BenThePCGuy on twitter) runs a promotion to offer Windows Phone for angry Android users.

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New self-rooting malware targeting Android 2.3 Gingerbread found and dissected.

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A team from Arizona has developed a dependable prototype that detects fake sites much better than a human being does. If you use the Internet often, and for personal purposes like banking, this prototype might save your life.

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Malware, popular term for malicious software, is a software program designed to damage a user’s computer, a server, or network; or to steal personal or sensitive information of a user or defrauding the user through online scams.

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Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

Microsoft has taken its pursuit of the operators of the notorious Rustock botnet to the next level by now offering a monetary reward of $250,000 for any information about them that leads to the identification, arrest, and criminal conviction.

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Banking Trojan

As if the various Osama Bin Laden video scams on Facebook were not enough, a new malware is being spread through emails now. If you receive any emails with an attachment named Fotos_Osama_Bin_Laden.zip or something similar, DO NOT OPEN IT.

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