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Encrypt like everyone's watching! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

There's a Sophos T-shirt that warns you, "Dance like nobody's watching. Encrypt like everyone is."

We aren't kidding, folks, and this week's 60 Second Security tells you why!

Security hole in MacKeeper used to shove malware onto Macs

According to researchers at BAE, a recent Mac malware infestation was carried out using a security hole in a utility called MacKeeper.

SSCC 194 - Patch early? Patch often? This time, "Patch NOW!" [PODCAST]

Join Sophos experts Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin for the latest episode of our weekly security podcast.

From the very latest Update Tuesday to how we get rid of 10-year-old security holes, here's the security news you can use.

Interpol announces successful takedown of "Simda" botnet

Interpol just announced a botnet takedown that has neutralised the operation of the "Simda" malware. For now, anyway.

Paul Ducklin takes a look...

Buh-bye Beebone! Law enforcement kills polymorphic virus-spreading botnet

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International law enforcement activity has taken out the botnet used by the Beebone worm - polymorphic malware that threatened thousands of computers worldwide.

Botnet? Polymorphic? Downloader? We explain ...

What a lot of patches! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Watch the latest episode of our weekly fun-but-serious security news video.

It only takes a minute!

Linux Australia gets pwned, rooted, RATted and botted

Linux Australia had a bit of a nightmare Easter Weekend.

While the rest of us were loafing at the beach, the Penguinistas from Down Under were owning up to a pretty extensive cyberintrusion.

Europol takedown of Ramnit botnet frees 3.2 million PCs from cybercriminals' grasp

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In an international operation coordinated with multiple law enforcement and industry partners, Europol led a takedown of the infrastructure of the Ramnit botnet that infected 3.2 million Windows computers.

$3m reward offered for alleged Gameover Zeus kingpin

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The US State Department has offered a $3m reward for the arrest or conviction of alleged Gameover Zeus admin Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.

ZeroAccess click fraud botnet coughs back to life

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The once-mighty "ZeroAccess" botnet is now only a shadow of its former self, but its reputation alone still makes it a headline grabber...

Cops arrest another man after Christmas PlayStation/Xbox DDoS

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Police have arrested a second man in connection with the Lizard Squad's Grinch-like Christmas attack on gamers.

Barack Obama proposes shielding companies that share cyber threat data

Obama proposes new cybersecurity legislation to target identity theft, DDoS

President Obama on Tuesday proposed new cybersecurity legislation that would put cybercrime on par with racketeering and would protect companies from getting sued if they share computer threat data with the government.

Have the cops busted one of the Lizard Squad?

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The "Lizard Squad" took out Microsoft's and Sony's games networks on Christmas Day.

Everyone involved knew in advance that law enforcement would be *very* interested in whodunnit...

Information-stealing 'Vawtrak' malware evolves, becomes more evasive

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SophosLabs has recently observed some cunning changes made by the authors of the dangerous banking malware 'Vawtrak'.

James Wyke explains.

SSCC 172 - Ransomware's not dead! [PODCAST]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast.

News you can use!

Forget trick-or-treating – Kill a Zombie this Halloween

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The crooks can't have a botnet without the bots to join it.

So let's take their bots away!

Killing computer zombies is the perfect sort of altruism: you help the global internet community simply by helping yourself.

How bots and zombies work, and why you should care

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You probably have a firewall that blocks inbound network connections by default.

So how come cybercrooks can send commands to your computer if it's infected with a bot or zombie?

The "Dirty Dozen" SPAMPIONSHIP - who's got the biggest zombie problem?

Our latest quarterly SPAMPIONSHIP charts are out, showing which countries have the most zombies, and therefore send the most spam.

Take a look, and then ask yourself, "What can I do to help?"

Simple: Kill a Zombie today!

The EPIC edition - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

One less opt-in app, one more Android virus, and a bunch of EPIC failures...

All in this week's 60 Second Security.

Snowden: NSA working on 'MonsterMind' cyberwar bot

Snowden: NSA working on 'MonsterMind' cyberwar bot

The cyber defense system would instantly and autonomously neutralize foreign cyberattacks against the US and could also be used to launch retaliatory strikes. To do so, it would have to control and analyze all traffic entering the US - a chilling prospect that was the last straw, the whistleblower says.