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Oracle, please stop sneakily foisting third-party toolbars on us with your Java updates

Oracle, please stop sneakily foisting third-party toolbars on us with your Java updates

If you're installing a critical security update on your computer, caused by the software vendor's sloppy code quality, you probably wouldn't dream that your software vendor is trying to make some money out of the inconvenience.

Windows 8 to have built-in anti-virus - there's good and bad news

Windows 8 to have built-in anti-virus - there's good and bad news

Microsoft will ship Windows 8 with built-in anti-virus software.

Which is good news. And bad news. To find out who for, read on..

Shady RAT: The biggest ever cyber-attack?

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The media are in a frenzy today, excitedly reporting the "biggest ever cyber-attack".

The reason? A report published today by McAfee called "Revealed: Operation Shady RAT".

Pfizer's Facebook page hacked - don't be next!

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Pharmaceutical megacorp Pfizer's Facebook page was defaced a couple of days ago, quite literally by script kiddies.

How safe is your organisation's social media presence from depredations of this sort?

Happy birthday, blog! & Sophos Security Chet Chat 23

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Today is the one year anniversary of my blog here on Sophos.com. I've had an incredibly fun time writing this blog with the help of my friends and colleagues throughout the security industry. I started out slow, but have picked Read more…

Intel sells anti-virus business, waits 12 years, buys anti-virus business

Intel sells anti-virus business, waits 12 years, buys anti-virus business

The big news in the IT security industry today is the announcement that Intel plans to acquire McAfee for a jaw-dropping $7.68 billion. Yes, that's "billion". Oh to have such pocket money. Of course, those of us with long memories Read more…

Fake anti-virus poses as free McAfee VirusScan

Fake anti-virus poses as free McAfee VirusScan

Fake anti-virus software (also known as scareware or rogue anti-virus) continues to be a big problem. Malicious hackers create programs that pretend to be legitimate anti-virus products, but are actually designed to frighten you into believing you have security problems Read more…

McAfee fix and the dangers of virus handling

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In the security world the news has been dominated for the last 48 hours with tales of woe regarding the false-positive some McAfee customers encountered with svchost.exe. McAfee customers who have run into the problem can find detailed advice on Read more…

Scareware hackers exploit McAfee false positive problem

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Hackers are exploiting a problem with McAfee's anti-virus product that has caused hundreds of thousands of computers around the world to repeatedly reboot themselves. The New York Times (and many other news outlets) have reported on the problems businesses suffered Read more…

Google: Top things you may want to remove from your PC

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I'm not the only Graham who works at Sophos you know. For instance, there's Graham Chantry, one of our software engineers. He contacted me earlier today because he had seen something that had tickled his fancy. When Graham typed "remove" Read more…

InfoWorld tests McAfee, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro and Check Point

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InfoWorld has published an in-depth test of computer security products from McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro, Check Point and - of course - Sophos. InfoWorld's conclusion was that "Sophos Endpoint Security and Control covers all important bases regarding to client security Read more…

Results of McAfee-sponsored West Coast Labs anti-virus test

Results of McAfee-sponsored West Coast Labs anti-virus test

Allow me to blow Sophos's trumpet for just one second, in a rather cheeky way, by talking about a recently published anti-virus test. This malware detection test is a bit different from others - as it was sponsored by one Read more…

McAfee man stole my identity

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Last Friday, the BBC Radio 4 six o'clock news show ran a piece about how easy it is to lose USB memory sticks, and how identity thieves can benefit if the data is not properly encrypted. This news story surfaced Read more…