New Jersey has slapped a million-dollar fine on an on-line gaming company that sneakily used its own anti-cheating software to mine Bitcoins on its customers' computers.
The company is paying under protest, claiming a "deep misunderstanding of the nature of our business."
SophosLabs Principal Researcher Gabor Szappanos takes on a recent PlugX malware sample.
He finds a curious mixture of similarities and differences with earlier versions - and a brand new target group: users of the Japanese-language word processor Ichitaro...
Operation Payback was first launched in support of file-sharing sites but evolved to back WikiLeaks and to retaliate against the companies that shut down processing of the site's financial support. All participants had to do was to click a link, download the tool, and launch an attack...
Chester Wisniewski writes to us from Virus Bulletin 2013 in Berlin, Germany to share the latest research on malicious documents, bot herders and foos ball.
One of three men indicted in the US earlier this year in connection with the Gozi banking trojan remains in his native Latvia, after courts twice blocked US requests for extradition.
The Latvian foreign minister has added his weight to the battle to resist the extradition, arguing that the potential 67 year prison sentence cited in the indictment is "disproportionate" to the crime the man is accused of.
Guess what? The authors of the infamous ZeroAccess malware have pushed out another update, and this time they're using some interesting techniques to stay alive longer.
James Wyke of SophosLabs explains...
Popular SophosLabs writer Gabor Szappanos is back with more insights into the Tibetan-themed Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) scene.
This time, he looks at Smoaler, a new cousin of the PlugX family that starts off like what we've seen before, before branching off in new ways.
Last week, Microsoft took aim at more than 1,400 Citadel botnets by sinkholing their command and control infrastructure.
What was the actual effect of this takedown? SophosLabs takes a look...
Microsoft just announced the successful disruption of 1462 "Citadel" botnets.
You read that correctly!
Not a botnet of 1462 computers, but 1462 separate botnets...
Graham Cluley argues that it's not cool, or funny, to hack into companies, expose the private information of members of the general public, and to launch denial of service attacks.
LulzSec are about to be sentenced, which will tell us what the judge thinks.
But why not tell us what you think, right here, right now?
Four members of the notorious LulzSec hacking gang, who attacked websites belonging to the likes of the CIA, the NHS and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), are due to be sentenced by the UK authorities.
One problem with network games: how do you trust the other people in the contest?
You could build a network that requires your customers to installed a special "cheat-blocker" client...
...and then use the client to mine Bitcoins.