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Cat and mouse game is over for Japanese death threat hacker

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A Japanese programmer, who taunted police by leaving clues in a memory card that he tucked into the collar of a cat found wandering an island off Tokyo, has been sentenced to 8 years in jail.

The "Dirty Dozen" SPAMPIONSHIP: Who's the biggest? Who's the worst?

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We take our quarterly dive into the SophosLabs spamtrap logs to find out who sends the most spam.

Six countries made it onto our "worst per person" chart for the first time in a year...find out if you were one of them.

"Obamacare" phishing email leads to banking malware‏

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Unfortunately, official emails and web bulletins are a handy source of believable content for scammers.

This time, it's a Department of Labor bulletin "borrowed" to help distributed a variant of the infamous Vawtrak banking malware.

"Dear Facebook, I DEMAND that you ignore my demands" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Our weekly security news video, for your viewing pleasure.

Fun with a serious side, in just one minute...watch now!

Thunderstrike - new Mac "ueberrootkit" could own your Apple forever‏

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Security researcher Trammell Hudson wondered how deeply you could embed a rootkit into a Mac.

Forget hacking the kernel, or even the boot sector...what about targeting the Boot ROM chip itself?

Malware infection suspected at ISC, providers of the BIND DNS server software

The Internet Systems Consortium, better known as ISC, thinks it might have had a malware infection.

An insecure installation of WordPress seems to be behind the problem...

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.

PayPal, prison and ransomware - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security video...

The latest news presented in a fun way, all in just one minute.

Notes from SophosLabs: Ransomware with a difference - this one is a true virus!

SophosLabs recently drew our attention to some new ransomware that is both interesting and intriguing.

Unusually, this one is a true parasitic virus - it infects other files as well as scrambling them.

Should vapers fear malware-laced e-cigarettes?

Should vapers fear malware-laced e-cigarettes?

A humorous and very likely apocryphal online comment has spun itself up into a major news item. It's tempting to simply ignore the whole nonsense and carry on as normal. But maybe there is something to learn here...

Notes from SophosLabs: On the trail of rootkits and other malware

When an interesting new piece of malware makes the news, the first question people ask is usually, "How does it work? "

And that leaves us with the question behind the question: "How do you tell what it does?"

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

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

News you can use!

"Dear ATM, kindly dispense 30 banknotes as a test" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security video, for your viewing pleasure.

From scammers to spammers in just one minute...

"Oops! I'm sorry about that" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here it is - this week's 60 Second Security video.

News that will amuse, and it only takes a minute...

Kmart becomes the latest retail data breach victim

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Kmart has been confirmed as the latest retail chain to be breached after its parent company admitted that some customers’ debit and credit card numbers had been compromised.

Mummy, my schoolbooks are spying on me! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's our latest 60 Second Security video for your viewing pleasure.

The wry side of the week's news, in just a minute...

Return of the Android SMS virus - self-spreading "Selfmite" worm comes back for more

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Back in June 2014, we wrote about an Android virus that worked a bit like the email worms of the early 2000s.

Well, that Android virus has made a comeback, and this variant is both pushier and more flexible than before...

SSCC 166.5 - Special edition from the Virus Bulletin 2014 conference [PODCAST]

Sophos security expert Chester Wisniewski was at the Virus Bulletin 2014 conference in Seattle.

In this special edition of the Chet Chat, Paul Ducklin puts Chet on the other side of the mic to find out more about both the technology and the ethics of anti-malware research.

Point-of-Sale vendor loses password, causes breaches at 324 US restaurants

In its own words, a US point-of-sale vendor "acts to Block Payment Card Security Incident."

Bit late for the 324 restaurants that were breached for between 3 days and 3 months in the incident...