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Unhappy birthday to you - mobile malware turns 10

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It's 10 years since June 2004, when the first mobile malware appeared.

We don't want to *celebrate* this anniversary, you understand, but we thought we'd look back to see what we can learn...

Google refunds Android users who bought fake Virus Shield app

Google refunds Android users who bought fake Virus Shield app

Earlier this month a fake Android anti-virus app, named Virus Shield, managed to fool thousands of customers into buying it. Now Google is offering full refunds to anyone who bought Virus Shield long after the usual 15-minute refund window, and is also issuing a $5 Play Store credit.

Phony tech support scammer escapes with a slap on the wrist

Phony tech support scammer escapes with a slap on the wrist

In another case of a tech support cold calling scam, it seems Microsoft's free basic anti-malware was being installed for a fee ranging from £35 to £150. The owner of the support company insisted that his Indian call centre staff had carried out the scams against his wishes.

Security warnings do better if they use scammers' tricks, research finds

Security warnings do better if they use scammers' tricks, research finds

Researchers at University of Cambridge's Computer Laboratory actually modeled their security warnings on scammers' messages in their research, using techniques such as authoritative voice and clear descriptions of risks to see if people would resisting clicking through to malware.

Monday review - the hot 15 stories of the week

Monday review

It's weekly roundup time. Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Android malware in pictures - a blow-by-blow account of mobile scareware

Fake anti-virus is mostly for Windows, with OS X a long way back in second place. But other operating systems aren't exempt from the depredations of cybercriminals.

Paul Ducklin shows you round some recently-discovered Android scareware...

Monday review - the hot 19 stories of the week

Monday review

It's that time of the week again - here's your roundup of everything we wrote in the last seven days.

An unholy alliance - Fake Anti-Virus, meet Bogus Support Call!

What happens when a scammer decides to marry fake anti-virus and bogus support calls?

Paul Ducklin has a bit of a weekend chuckle at the result...

Bamital botnet dismantled, as Microsoft seizes control of malware servers

Bamital botnet dismantled, as Microsoft seizes control of malware servers

Security experts at Microsoft, working with others in the computer security industry, have disrupted a botnet being used by the Bamital malware family.

Here's how you know if *you* need to take any action on your PCs.

A short history of hacking attacks against the media

A short history of hack attacks against the media

The revelation of the Chinese hacking campaign against reporters working for the New York Times has raised awareness of targeted malware attacks, but what does the history of cyberattacks against media agencies look like?

Graham Cluley takes a trip down memory lane..

Fake anti-virus attack spread via bogus ADP anti-fraud update emails

Fake anti-virus attack spread via bogus ADP anti-fraud update emails

If the person who is telling you to install a security update can't be trusted, or isn't who they claim to be, there's a chance you could be heading into even bigger danger.

A chink in Android Armour

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SophosLabs process thousands of Android apps daily with many applications approaching the fine line between the completely legitimate and potentially unwanted applications.

Android Armour a premium priced security app was particularly well represented in the incoming stream of samples. Vanja Svajcer investigates why.

How to report a computer crime: Fake anti-virus

How to report a crime: fake anti-virus

If you unwittingly downloaded malware to your computer which masqueraded as anti-virus software would you just clean it up and carry on, or report it to the authorities?

Sophos Security Threat Report 2013 - the safest and riskiest countries revealed

Sophos Threat Report 2013

Download the free Sophos Security Threat Report, looking back over 2012 and exploring what security threats and trends we will all be facing tomorrow.

New updated Virus Removal Tool from Sophos now available

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Sophos has just released an updated version of its free and very popular Sophos Virus Removal Tool.

Monday review: the hot 21 stories of the week

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In case you missed anything, here's a list of every story we've written in the last week, for your reviewing pleasure.

Warning!!!! Your pop-up ads may be fraudulent!!! FTC wins $163m settlement against scareware firm

Warning!!!! Your pop-up ads may be fraudulent!!! FTC wins $163m settlement against scareware firm

A US federal court has imposed a judgment of more than $163 million against a defendant in a case that pitted the US Federal Trade Commission against purveyors of so-called "scareware" programs designed to trick Internet users into believing their computer is infected.