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Infosec bods try Big Data in search for better anti-virus mousetrap

Infosec house Panda Security is looking to Big Data and application monitoring as a means to achieve better malware detection. The launch of Panda Advanced Protection Service (PAPS) is a response to the widely known shortcomings of signature-based anti-virus detection as well as a means for Panda to sell extra services. The …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2014

Viral virus bunfight: Dr Web tested rivals like Kaspersky Lab

Russian anti-malware firm Dr.Web tested rivals to see if they blindly accepted malware reports shared through cross-industry intelligence systems like Kaspersky Lab, according to investigative reporter Brian Krebs. However, Dr.Web stopped short of using services such as VirusTotal to trip up rivals, the focus of fiercely …
John Leyden, 02 Sep 2015

Google to refund buyers of 'fake' anti-virus app

Google has decided that a smallish (for The Chocolate Factory) wad of cash is a trivial price to pay for maintaining its reputation, and has begun refunding punters who fell for the fake “virus shield” scam. Uncovered by Android Police earlier this month, the fake virus scanner was nothing more than an icon that changed shape …
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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

"Virus Shield", an app that briefly shot to the top of the charts on Google Play, has turned out to be a complete fake and has therefore been pulled by Google. The scam, turned up by Android Police, is as simple as a con-man could wish for: the app includes almost no functionality whatever, yet it was briefly a chart-topper on …

E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

E-cigarettes have been fingered as the source of a new computer virus. "IT guy" Jrockilla told the Talesfromtechsupport forum that he suspects the malware was "hard coded" into the USB charger of his boss's electronic toker. In his post, he says: The executive’s system was patched up to date, had anti-virus and up-to-date …
Simon Rockman, 01 Dec 2014
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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

A study released in December by US security outfit Imperva has tipped a bucket on the multi-billion-dollar anti-virus industry, claiming that initial detection rates are as low as five percent, and concluding that enterprise and consumer anti-virus spend “is not proportional to its effectiveness”. Working in conjunction with …
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Commtouch gulps down Icelandic anti-virus pioneer FRISK

FRISK, one of the early pioneers in anti-virus technology, has been acquired by Commtouch. Terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were undisclosed. Icelandic-based FRISK developed the first versions of its flagship F-Prot anti-virus software in 1989, and claims it was the first firm to develop heuristic (generic) detection of …
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2012
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Top smut site Flashes visitors, leaves behind nasty virus

A massive malvertising campaign leveraging the recent Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability has surfaced on popular* adult site xHamster, analysts say. The attack served the Bedep Trojan to the site's 500 million viewers a month through a surreptitious exploit on the landing page. It did not take advantage of the Angler exploit …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jan 2015
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Avira anti-virus labels itself as spyware

Avira anti-virus detected components of its own application as potentially malign on Wednesday following a dodgy signature update. Avira detected its own AESCRIPT.DLL library file as the previously obscure "TR/Spy.463227" strain of malware. The dodgy AntiVir virus definition file was quickly pulled and replaced with a new …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2011
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Lancashire Police warn of malware email impersonation scam

Lancashire Police are warning ordinary folk not to open phishing email purporting to be from the plod. Users have apparently been targeted in a "widespread" scam seeking to obtain personal information through a malware attachment. "If you have opened an email or attachment from us and are now experiencing problems with your …
Kat Hall, 22 Oct 2015

'Plague Scanner' controls multiple AV engines, for $0.00

Security researcher Robert Simmons has released a tool that offers a new level of stealth to the malware cat-and-mouse skirmish by shrouding binary analysis. "Plague Scanner" is a free on-premise anti-virus framework - a class of tool that drives multiple anti-virus scanners at once - and is the only free alternative to …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jul 2015

It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

Microsoft head software engineer Lee Holmes says Windows 10 applications will now be able to plug into installed anti-virus platforms to better combat malicious scripts. Holmes says the Windows 10 Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) will allow apps and services to use anti-virus to find badness operating in memory. He says most …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jun 2015

F*cking DLL! Avast false positive trashes Windows code libraries

A misfiring signature update from anti-virus developer Avast triggered all sorts of problems on Wednesday. Avast acted promptly by withdrawing the definition update but not before numerous users had fallen foul of the problem. The withdrawn update incorrectly labelled various libraries (dlls) on Windows PCs as potentially malign …
John Leyden, 07 May 2015

Rusky antivirus company FIRE BOMBED for research blogs

Russian ATM VXers have firebombed the research lab of an anti-virus firm after its researchers refused to retract reverse engineering analysis of their malware. The attack followed email threats by the group calling itself the 'Syndicate' to the Moscow company which sold the Shield antivirus product that prevented the gang's …
Darren Pauli, 30 Sep 2015
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New fake anti-virus shakes down frightened file-sharers

Security researchers have discovered a strain of fake anti-virus software that tries to intimidate supposed file-sharers into paying for worthless software. torrent_alert_scareware SFX Fake AV, first detected by freebie antivirus scanner firm Malwarebytes, blends the features of scareware with those more associated with …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2012
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Crooks push fake anti-virus via Skype calls

Scareware pushers have turned to Skype with automated messages to pressure marks into buying worthless 'security' software. The scam is promoted via unsolicited calls on Skype during which a machine-generated message warns potential victims that their computer security is "out-of-date". Victims are invited to visit a website …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2011
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VirusTotal wants YOU (but not you) to join its epic AV whitelist

Google-owned VirusTotal wants large software houses to send in their software catalogues so it can build what could well end up being one of the world's biggest anti-virus whitelists. The whitelist would clarify to users that software being checked for cleanliness came from a recognised developer, and warn vendors and anti-virus …
Darren Pauli, 12 Feb 2015

2.8 million victims squared up by malicious Minecraft apps

ESET researcher Lukas Stefanko says a whopping 2.8 million users have downloaded malicious Minecraft Android applications. Stefanko found 30 malicious apps uploaded to the Google Play store over nine months masquerading as Minecraft cheats and tip guides. "All of the discovered apps were fake in that they did not contain any of …
Darren Pauli, 25 May 2015
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Fake anti-virus victims in line for slice of $8m payout pie

US watchdogs plan to refund victims of scareware scams using seized assets from fake anti-virus peddler Innovative Marketing. More than 300,000 consumers, taken in by a scam that warned them they needed to purchase dodgy software to get rid of non-existent security threats, are in line to get a slice of $8 million forfeited by …
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2011
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Bummed-out users give anti-virus bloatware the boot

One in four users turned off their anti-virus protection in response to performance problems after they installed security software, according to a survey by security software firm Avira. The poll of users of the German anti-virus outfit, which like AVG and Avast offers free security software to consumers, also found that more …
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2010

Criminal are mostly hacking-by-numbers with exploit kits

Exploit kits are dominating the criminal hacking industry, but even though code fiends prefer colour-by-numbers cracking kits that isn't stopping them from assembling a vast command and control army domain name servers linked to popular kits are up 75 percent in the third quarter compared to 2014, according to a report. It …
Darren Pauli, 19 Nov 2015
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CHEATER! Test labs out AV vendor for using rival's engine

Chinese anti-virus vendor Qihoo 360 has been caught cheating on benchmarking tests by submitting versions running A-V engines from rival Bitdefender. The company has been reprimanded by established testing outfits Virus Bulletin, Av-Comparatives, and AV-Test which withdrew its 2015 certifications. In a joint statement [PDF] the …
Darren Pauli, 01 May 2015

You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

Users who don't update their anti-virus may as well uninstall it according to infection rate statistics published by Microsoft. Redmond said in the seventeenth installment of its Security Intelligence Report that machines with outdated, deactivated or expired anti-virus platforms were just as prone to infection as those without …
Darren Pauli, 17 Nov 2014

3ROS exploit wins plaudits for the prettiest Mal-GUI ever

The 3ROS exploit kit is one of the most user-friendly malware tools to have emerged and will likely spawn variants, malware men say. Exploit kits are the preferred method of infecting large numbers of web users. The malware often packs a series of known and zero day exploits against major browsers and software like FireFox and …
Darren Pauli, 16 Nov 2015

Malwarebytes slurps startup, hopes to belch out Mac malware zapper

Security software firm Malwarebytes is moving into the Mac security software market with the acquisition of a start-up and the launch of its first anti-malware product for Apple computers. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). The release …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2015

VXers charge Nintendo fans then p0wn their data

Palo Alto Networks researchers Cong Zheng and Zhi Xu are warning of a new form of malware that is masquerading as a paid Nintendo emulator for Android devices. The Gunpoder malware takes the form of an app packaged with the Airpush ad library making it difficult for anti-virus engines to detect. Zheng and Xu say the ads help …
Darren Pauli, 09 Jul 2015
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Panda soups up freebie cloud anti-virus

Panda Security has improved the functionality of its free cloud-based anti-malware service and launched a new commercial version, Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro. The paid-for version, which costs from $29.95, offers expanded support and automation. Panda said nearly 10 million users have used Panda Cloud Antivirus (the free version …
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2010
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Check Point bakes anti-malware tech into firewall bricks

Check Point is baking in cyber-espionage defences to its enterprise firewall and gateway security products with the incorporation of sandbox-style technology. "Threat emulation" software blades for Check Point firewalls will be available later in Q2 2013 and will add to other threat prevention layers, such as anti-virus and anti …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2013

Freebie virus scan biz punts belt-and-braces security for suits

Malwarebytes, the anti-virus firm best known for its freebie scanner software, branched out into the enterprise with the launch of corporate products on Monday. Malwarebytes Enterprise Edition (MEE) is designed to catch malware that other anti-virus programs sometimes miss, including some strains of blended attacks (for example …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2012

The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

Kaspersky Lab is taking anti-virus in a different direction by embedding it in SCADA-based industrial control systems, components of the Internet of Things, and yep, even cars. The Russian security software firm and SYSGO has teamed up to embed the new Kaspersky Security System platform within SYSGO's real-time operating system …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2015
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Anti-virus forgetfulness fubars Fox forecast

Measured and non-partisan US TV channel Fox was left looking rather silly after it forgot to renew the anti-virus subscription on an on-air PC. Attempts to switch to a weather forecast were interrupted after the PC concerned displayed a prominent warning that its Norton AntiVirus had expired. The presenter concerned didn't miss …
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2009

Redmond boffins build coffins for exploit kits

Microsoft boffins have crafted what they say is the world's first platform specifically designed to kill exploit kits. The tool goes by the name "Kizzle" and is a fast signature compiler that targeted the common practise of code-reuse by malware authors, and could generate identifying signatures weeks ahead of current anti-virus …
Darren Pauli, 24 Feb 2015

AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October

Changes in the privacy policy of AVG's free antivirus doodad will allow it to collect your web browsing and search history – and sell it to advertisers to bankroll its freemium security software products. The changes will come into play on 15 October, according to the Czech-based biz in a blog post. The revised privacy policy …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2015
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Anti-virus defences even shakier than feared

Updated Anti-virus technologies may be even more ineffective than feared, if a controversial new study is to be believed. A study by web intelligence firm Cyveillance found that, on average, vendors detect less than 19 per cent of malware attacks on the first day malware appears in the wild. Even after 30 days, detection rates improved …
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2010
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This Apple Mac has malware. How do I mop up?

Readers' Corner We all know that Macs don't get PC viruses. But they can and sometimes do get Mac viruses. Hence this terse request from Dewix in El Reg forums. Mother-in-law has managed to get malware on her Mac. Anyone recommend a no fuss AV? Somewhat sparse on the details, Dewix. Reg readers can you help? Recommendations here. Thank- …
Aaron Milne, 16 Jun 2014
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Gloves on as Googler deposits foul zero-day on Kaspersky lawn

Google security man Tavis Ormandy has revealed a dangerous remote zero day vulnerability in Kaspersky kit that grants attackers system privileges. The bug is a remote "zero interaction" buffer overflow affecting default installation configurations of the latest anti-virus software versions. "So, about as bad as it gets," …
Darren Pauli, 08 Sep 2015
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Why are Android anti-virus firms so slow to react on Carrier IQ?

Analysis Some Android anti-virus firms have begun releasing Carrier IQ detection apps, but only after the controversial software became a talking point on Capitol Hill ... and a month after a security researcher first discovered it. BitDefender released Carrier IQ Finder, an app that identifies the presence of the controversial mobile …
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2011

Read the Economist last weekend? You may have fetched more than just articles (yup, malware)

Third bathroom reading material The Economist served malware from its website via the compromised PageFair network. The biz mag today alerted readers that it put their PCs at risk last weekend. "If you visited at any time between Oct. 31, 23:52 GMT and 01:15 GMT, Nov. 1, using Windows OS and you do not have …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2015

Leaky anti-virus defences letting malware through

Even users running up-to-date anti-virus software still get infected with malware, according to stats from an online malware scanning service. Nearly a third (25,000 out of 78,800) of computers with up-to-date anti-virus software were discovered to be infected with malicious code when users scanned their PC using SurfRight's …
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2010
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Mobe anti-virus biz Lookout eyes Euro telcos

Lookout Mobile Security is going international with localised versions of its mobile security software and a partnership to pre-embed its technology in Android phones supplied by Telstra Australia, its first mobile telco partner outside the US. The mobile security specialist already claims more than 12 million users across 170 …
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2011
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Anti-virus skulduggery - upgrade licence clock shock slammed

Anti-virus vendors AVG and Symantec have been criticised for sharp practices in selling consumer antivirus upgrades. Every year security vendors bring out new versions of their products with improved engines and better technologies (behaviour blocking, improved speed performance and cloud-based-detection, for example). Marketing …
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2010
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Xbox 360 video cable boasts NOISE VIRUS protection

Are noisy computer viruses interfering with your enjoyment of playing games on your Xbox 360? If so then the Xbox 360 Elite HDMI 180o Swivel Cable from 3rd Earth it just what you need. The product's marketing pitch claims that it's a "100% Mylar double shield 1.3c grade cable with anti-virus protection to reduce virus noises and …
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2012

John McAfee launches cert authority but it's got a POODLE problem

Eccentric infosec man John McAfee is now the proprietor of a Certificate Authority named BlackCert. Fresh from a shootout friendly discussion with police over drug and firearm possession, the one-time anti-virus boss has made what is badged as a disruptive play into SSL. BlackCert will offer unlimited use of SSL certificates …
Darren Pauli, 13 Aug 2015

Sophos debuts freebie anti-virus scanner for Macs

Updated Sophos released a free of charge Mac anti-virus product for consumers on Tuesday in a bid to highlight the growing security risk against the platform and to shake fanbois out of their complacency. The business-focused internet security firm is making Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac available for download at no charge - …
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2010

Chinese official gets suspended death sentence over anti-virus scam

A Chinese appeals court has confirmed a suspended death sentence against a corrupt official who took bribes and sent an innocent marketing executive to prison for a year in order to line his pockets. Yu Bing, a former director of the network monitoring department of the Ministry of Public Security, embezzled 4.52 million yuan ($ …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2010

TrueCrypt + Norton AV = BSOD, wail disgruntled users

Updated Encrypted disk users who upgrade to Norton 2015 have been confronted by the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. Norton 2015 appears to trigger a crash on Windows 8.1 PCs that runs a disk encryption driver, according to user complaints about the problem in a thread on a Symantec support forum. Many of those affected are running …
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2015

Ransomware blueprints published on GitHub in the name of education

Turkish security bod Utku Sen has published what appears to be the first openly available source code for ransomware – free for people to use and spread. The "Hidden Tear" ransomware, available to GitHub, is a functional version of the malware the world has come to hate; it uses AES encryption to lock down files and can …
Darren Pauli, 18 Aug 2015

MS freebie anti-virus scanner auto-downloads provoke more anger

Panda Security has joined with Trend Micro in attacking Microsoft for offering its Security Essentials freebie security scanner as an automatic download. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) has been available for more than a year, but it only began offering the software via its software update mechanism last month. The download …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2010
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Anti-PRISM Trojan explodes over Jay-Z fans

Fans of rapper Jay-Z who thought they'd grabbed hold of an app granting them access to an early release of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail have found themselves on the receiving end of an anti-PRISM Android Trojan designed to slurp all their data, according to security researchers. It is not yet clear if the data-stealing …
John Leyden, 05 Jul 2013

Privacy bods Detekt Hacking Team code nasty dressed as bookmark manager

The Detekt privacy tool has discovered Hacking Team's Windows spyware masquerading as a benign bookmark manager. Detekt was launched last week and offers users of Windows systems to inspect their machines for traces of known government spyware. Developer Claudio Guarnieri said on Twitter the tool discovered the malicious …
Darren Pauli, 26 Nov 2014