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Automated Skype calls spread fake anti-virus warning [VIDEO]

Automated Skype calls spread fake anti-virus warning

Beware automated Skype calls telling you that your PC's security is not active.

Not only are the messages unsolicited spam, but you could also be the next victim of a fake anti-virus attack.

Will Windows 8's new interface herald full-screen scareware?

Will Windows 8's new interface herald full-screen scareware?

Could the new simplified Windows 8 interface lead to a wave of new scareware/fake anti-virus attacks?

With Microsoft's Metro interface designed for full-screen apps, the temptation for hackers may be too great.

BitTorrent serves malware directly from website - no need for P2P!

Bittorrent serves malware directly from website - no need for P2P!

Oops!

Even if you are one of the several many entirely law-abiding users of BitTorrent, the mothership company Bittorrent, Inc. may recently have put you in harm's way.

Apple, RSA, Facebook, spyware, scareware, DDoS - 90 Sec News - June 2011

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Don't just read the latest computer security news - watch it in 90 seconds!

Looking back over last month: Apple does anti-virus, RSA replaces tokens, Facebook stays opt-out, Macbook Peeping Tom caught, Scareware gang busted, DDoSer sentenced.

Facebook video chat - what could possibly go wrong?

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Facebook has just announced its video chat service, though it's officially named Video Calling. Presumably that gives it a bit more cachet than a mere "chat" service.

Is there anything to be worried about?

SSCC 65 - FBI scareware arrests, Ryan Cleary/LulzSec, WordPress Trojans and Bitcoin

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Paul Ducklin joins Chester this week for Chet Chat episode 65. Chet and Paul discuss the impact of the recent FBI arrests of scareware purveyors, the arrest of Ryan Cleary and LulzSec's latest stunts, Trojanized WordPress plugins and the imaginary world of Bitcoin digital currency.

FBI announces international cyberbusts: scareware peddlers and malvertisers taken out

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"It seems so easy to be a cybercrook - why don't the police do something about it?"

Despite the technical and legal complexities of taking on international cybercrime, the cops sometimes do get their man - or men.

Mac malware, Sony, LulzSec, Facebook facial recognition, Lockheed/RSA - 90 Sec News - May 2011

Mac malware, Sony, Lulzsec, Facebook facial recognition, Lockheed/RSA - 90 Sec News - May 2011

Don't just read the latest computer security news - watch it in 90 seconds!

This month: Mac malware makes itself known, Sony woes continue, Lulzsec hacks, Facebook gets creepier, and Lockheed faces a challenge.

United Parcel Service malware attack spreads fake anti-virus

United Parcel Service malware attack spreads fake anti-virus

Received a notification from United Parcel Service (UPS) that a parcel is winging its way to your door? Beware, it could be a spammed out fake anti-virus attack.

Fake anti-virus cloaks itself to appear to be Microsoft Update

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New fake anti-virus attacks are circulating that pretend to be critical updates from Microsoft Update. Don't fall for the lure, only install updates initiated through update.microsoft.com.

More Mac malware - top tips for avoiding infection

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More Apple scareware appeared overnight, with the cybercrooks following the same sort of strategy which has worked so well on Windows. Learn our top tips for avoiding infection.

Apple to malware authors: Tag, you're It!

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Apple has updated their anti-virus technology in Snow Leopard again to address the latest variant of MacDefender and Mac Guard. Will Apple keep up, and will the malware authors accelerate the game of cat and mouse?

Rihanna and Hayden Panettiere sex video spreads Mac malware on Facebook

Rihanna and Hayden Panettiere video spreads Mac malware on Facebook

Mac users on Facebook are under malware attack again - with what claims to be a sex video of celebrities Rihanna and Hayden Panettiere.

IMF boss rape video? Mac malware spreads via Facebook links

IMF boss rape video? Mac malware spreads via Facebook links

Mac OS X malware is being spread by sick messages spreading virally across Facebook, claiming to be a video of controversial IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Fake Firefox warnings lead to scareware

Fake Firefox warnings lead to scareware

A new scareware campaign is spreading that appears to be a Firefox malware warning page. Firefox users should stay safe by keeping a close eye on their clicks when presented with a warning.

Use Safari on your Mac? Make sure you change the default settings

Use Safari on your Mac? Make sure you change the default settings

Every Mac user should check their settings in Safari - as changing the defaults could help avoid them being exposed to a malware infection.

Blackhat SEO poisoning topping the charts

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Blackhat SEO attacks account for over 30% of all detections seen by Sophos customers protecting their web traffic.

Learn what you need to do at your company to protect yourself and your fellow users.

Apple malware evolved - No password required

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A new variant of the fake security software for OS X was discovered today and it no longer requires administrators to enter their passwords. We take a brief look at the advancement of malware on the Mac over the last month.

Apple support to infected Mac users: "You cannot show the customer how to stop the process"

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ZDNet reports that Apple is instructing tech support contractors not to help customers who are infected with Mac Defender fake anti-virus. This builds on ZDNet's report from last week, but provides insights that 60,000 or more Apple users may be affected.

Malware on your Mac? Don't expect AppleCare to help you remove it

Malware on your Mac? Don't expect AppleCare to help you remove it

Technology writer Ed Bott has interviewed an AppleCare support representative, who reveals that the overwhelming majority of calls they are receiving are about malware.. on Mac computers.