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Memories of the Bugbear virus - ten years on

Ten years after - the Bugbear virus revisited

Ten years ago, the Bugbear virus was everywhere.

Remind yourself what happened, and if you were there at the time, please leave a comment to tell us your story!

Black Hat - SexyDefense, maximizing the home-field advantage

Black Hat - SexyDefense, maximizing the home-field advantage

Irene Michlin from SophosLabs shares her thoughts on a presentation that suggests the good guys should strike back by writing malware to target criminals.

July 4th fireworks fiasco in San Diego? Computer virus gets the blame

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A botched Independence Day fireworks show is blamed on a computer problem.

But was it a computer virus?

In memoriam - Alan Turing's 100th birthday

In memoriam - Alan Turing's 100th birthday

Alan Turing is probably best known to the public for his cryptanalytical derring-do at Bletchley Park, UK, during the Second World War.

But it is Turing's ever-present Halting Problem which teaches us the most about modern-day computer security. We salute his pioneering work.

SKA - no longer a troublesome mass-mailing computer virus

SKA - no longer a troublesome mass-mailing computer virus

In computer security history, the word Ska is most notably associated with a widespread mass-mailing virus also known as Happy99.

Happily, that association has recently been subsumed by an ambitious astronomical project - one which brings astonishing computer science challenges all of its own.

Iran oil terminal suffers malware attack

Iran oil terminal suffers malware attack

The Mehr news agency in Iran is reporting that the oil ministry and entire industry has been taken offline after suffering a malware attack.

FLAMING RETORT: All this new Mac malware - whose fault is it?

FLAMING RETORT: It's all your fault!

Flaming Retort is back, this time trying to Coole and Explayne the flames we've had from some Mac users in the past few days.

In a back-to-front way of making Mac fans feel better, I'll start by making everyone feel slightly worse, taking a small potshot at Windows, OS X and Linux fans alike.

Viruses and hacking, as seen on TV and in the movies

Viruses and hacking, as seen on TV and in the movies

Working in the computer security industry, we're pretty used to seeing malware and hacking misrepresented on our TV and movie screens.

Here are some of our favourite examples.

Malware shuts down hospital near Atlanta, Georgia

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A hospital near Atlanta, Georgia last week had to stop accepting all non-trauma patients after a malware infection shutdown their network. Is their IT poorly managed, or does this represent more serious problems in the medical space?

IHC, Mac malware, Nerd New Year, Conficker and Privacy à la Google - 60 Sec Security

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Watch the latest security news in just 60 seconds!

Enjoy an IHC T-shirt sighting at Kiwicon; be unsurprised at yet more Mac malware; find out why Nerd New Year wasn't; groan because Conficker just won't go away; and get the feel for Privacy à la Google.

Google's open source geezer gets shirty about security

Google's open source geezer gets shirty about security

Google's hackerishly hirsute Open Source Programs Manager, Chris DiBona, stormed the IT headlines this week.

He stuck his paddle into the computer security world and stirred...

Nimda, Lion hole, scam bust, dot CZ dot CC and RIP Steve - 60 Sec Security

Nimda, Lion hole, scam bust, .CZ.CC  and RIP Steve - 60 Sec Security

Enjoy the latest security news in brief by watching 60 Second Security!

This episode: learning from the 10-year-old Nimda virus, finding a password hole in Lion, taking down support scammers and the dot CZ dot CC domain, and farewelling Steve Jobs.

Memories of the Nimda virus

Memories of the Nimda virus

This weekend is the tenth anniversary of the infamous and pervasive Nimda virus.

It taught us lessons - about programming, about trust, and about patching. But did we learn?

Could hackers set fire to your Apple battery with a virus?

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Modern battery packs have their own processor and firmware. Along with many other peripherals in your computer, your battery is field-reprogrammable.

So is an "incendiary" virus really possible for your Macbook battery, as some stories seem to suggest?

Another Japanese malware arrest - file-sharing vigilante suspect nabbed

Another Japanese malware arrest - file-sharing vigilante suspect nabbed

Japanese newspaper The Daily Yomiuri reports that a 38-year-old Japanese man has been arrested "on suspicion of storing a computer virus on his personal computer without legitimate reasons."

It seems he wanted to teach file-sharers a lesson.

Popureb - a small rootkit with a big reputation

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New variants of the Popureb rootkit clobber your Master Boot Record (MBR). Initial reports from Microsoft even suggested the only recovery was to reinstall Windows.

Fortunately, that's not true.

Japan makes virus creation illegal

Japan makes virus creation illegal

People who write or deliberately spread malware can expect to be fined or receive up to three years in prison, under laws enacted by the Japanese parliament today.

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.

Commodore 64 viruses - time for a comeback?

Commodore 64 viruses - time for a comeback?

The classic Commodore 64 is making a comeback!

But what about viruses on these much-loved home computers from the 1980s?

Memories of the Anna Kournikova worm

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It's ten years since the Anna Kournikova worm spread around the world.

Graham Cluley reminisces about the worm, and tells the story behind one of the world's biggest virus outbreaks.