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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

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 …
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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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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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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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This Apple Mac has malware. How do I mop up?

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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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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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
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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

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
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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
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Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

Tech support scammers have begun targeting smartphone and tablet users with offers to fix non-existent problems – for exorbitant fees. Cold call scams that attempt to hoodwink marks into paying for useless remote diagnostic and cleanup services have been a popular scam for years. Victims are often encouraged to sign up to multi- …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2014
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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
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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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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
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Why are Android anti-virus firms so slow to react on Carrier IQ?

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
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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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Google makes malware microscope Mac mod

Google has upgraded its popular VirusTotal analysis tool by adding an Mac OS malware uploader in a bid to better understand increasing attacks against Cupertino's fruity 'puters. The tool has been made available for OS X 10.8 and 10.9. Malware and suspicious URL samples uploaded to VirusTotal are checked against 52 anti-malware …
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2014
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Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs

Attackers suspected of residing in Russia are raiding Swiss bank accounts with a multi-faceted attack that intercepts SMS tokens and changes domain name system settings, researchers have warned. The attacks sported a clever implementation of malware that pointed victim machines to replica phishing bank sites when they attempt to …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jul 2014

Aaah-CHOOO! Brit boffins say WiFi can 'sneeze' malware

While the "head cold" metaphor is a bit laboured, the issue is genuine: a group of researchers from the University of Liverpool have found that WiFi access points are highly efficient at passing around virus infections. Likening the spread of computer viruses over WiFi as akin to the spread of human viruses in the air, the …
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Iran cuts off oil plants hit by mystery data-destroying virus

Malware discovered at an Iranian oil terminal forced Iran to disconnect key oil facilities on Sunday. Authorities said an unnamed data-deleting virus prompted them to disconnect the main oil export terminal on Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf. The websites of the Iranian oil ministry and the National Iranian Oil firm went dark …
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2012
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Anti-virus defences even shakier than feared

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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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

Kaspersky warns of IMPOSTER mobile security apps

Security firm Kaspersky Lab is warning users following the discovery of a set of mobile malware apps that impersonate its products. The firm said that unknown malware writers have been crafting applications that bill themselves as being Kaspersky products but instead infect devices or simply fail to do much of anything once …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2014
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Sophos debuts freebie anti-virus scanner for Macs

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
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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

IEEE expands malware initiatives

Standards body the IEEE has launched two new anti-malware initiatives designed to help software and security vendors spot malware that's been inserted into other software, and improve the performance of malware detection by cutting down on false positives. The organisation's Anti-Malware Support Service (AMSS) is designed to …
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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

Panic like it's 1999: Microsoft Office macro viruses are BACK

Macro viruses involving infected Word and Excel files were a plague in the late 1990s. Yet, like grunge music, the genre fell into decline as techniques and technologies moved on. More recently macro viruses have staged something of a revival, thanks to social-engineering trickery. Windows executable malware has dominated macro …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2014
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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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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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Ukrainian cops silence old-skool virus tinkerers' playground

Ukrainian cops have shut down a long-running malware exchange website frequented by old-school virus writers. A message on the front page of the VX Heavens website announces that the site has been forced to shut up shop after the plods seized its servers last Friday as part of a criminal investigation. According to the shuttered …
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2012
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Google guru blasts Android virus doomsayers as 'charlatans'

Google's open-source program manager has launched an entertaining rant against firms offering mobile security software, accusing them of selling worthless software and of being "charlatans and scammers". Chris DiBona, Google's open-source programs manager, argues that neither smartphones based on Google's Android nor Apple's iOS …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2011
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Sourcefire jumps into anti-malware market

Sourcefire, the security biz behind the commercial versions of the open-source Snort intrusion-detection software, is bowling itself at enterprises and touting tech designed to quickly detect and block malware outbreaks. FireAMP offers a malware discovery and analysis tool that offers visibility of threats and outbreak control. …
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2012
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Antivirus firm Avast! takes down forums after breach

Antivirus firm Avast! has 'fessed up to a breach. The small upside is that the mess only impacts the company's forums. As the company's CEO Vincent Steckler has blogged “Less than 0.2% of our 200 million users were affected. No payment, license, or financial systems or other data was compromised.” Don't click away to another …
Simon Sharwood, 27 May 2014
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Anti-virus vendor trio plug website flaws

White-hat hackers have uncovered vulnerabilities on the websites of anti-virus firms that created a phishing risk. Cross-site scripting (XSS) bugs of varying severity were found on the websites of Symantec (here), Eset (here) and Panda Security (here) by Team Elite, the white-hat hackers who discovered the flaws. We notified all …
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2010
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Facebook scuttles 250k-strong crypto-currency botnet

Facebook has taken down a Greek botnet that at its peak compromised 50,000 accounts and infected 250,000 computers to mine crypto-currencies, steal email and banking details and pump out spam. The scuttled Lecpetex botnet spread malware including the DarkComet remote access trojan by social engineering techniques and was adept …
Darren Pauli, 09 Jul 2014
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BitDefender launches 'suck it and see' free anti-virus scanner

Romanian anti-virus firm BitDefender has begun offering a free version of its anti-virus scanner software to consumers. Similarly cut-down versions of BitDefender's anti-phishing and chat encryption software are also being offered at no charge to home users. The launch of free editions of its security suites is designed to …
John Leyden, 21 May 2009
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Spammer sprung to run Russian national payment system

Russia has reportedly hired a man to develop its national payments system, days after the alleged mastermind of one of the country's biggest pharmacy spam networks was granted early parole. The criminal allegations following Pavel Vrublevsky were prodigious but were largely denied or unconfirmed by the 35 year-old Moscow native …
Darren Pauli, 04 Jun 2014
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Facebook flashes its One Tool To Rule Them All in security threat analysis

Facebook has bragged about a new internal tool that combines all sorts of live data on internet security threats – such as any new malware doing the rounds and known dodgy URLS. The social network's engineers said the utility, imaginatively dubbed ThreatData, collects software nasties shared by researchers and also throws in …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2014
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The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus

To the author of ‪Elk Cloner‬, the first computer virus to be released outside of the lab, it’s sad that, 30 years after the self-replicating code's appearance, the industry has yet to come up with a secure operating system. When Rich Skrenta, created Elk Cloner as a prank in February 1982, he was a 15-year-old high school …
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2012

So which miscreants wrote the CosmicDuke info-slurping nasty?

Security researchers have uncovered a link between a Trojan and a recently discovered cyber-espionage tool which suggests cyber-spies behind recent attacks on Western governments cut their teeth writing conventional Trojans. CosmicDuke combines elements from the Cosmu Trojan and a backdoor known as MiniDuke, previously …
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2014
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Sophos punts anti-virus for Klingons

Sophos is now offering anti-virus protection for Klingon speakers. According to the company, you can use Klingon Anti-Virus from Sophos to "quickly perform an on-demand scan and find viruses, spyware, adware, zero-day threats, Betazoid sub-ether porn diallers, and Tribbles that your existing protection might have missed." But …
Cade Metz, 18 May 2009
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Dropbox used as command and control for Taiwan time bomb

A remote access trojan (RAT) is using Dropbox for command and control in a targeted attack against the Taiwanese Government, malware analyst Maersk Menrige says. The upgraded PlugX RAT is the first targeted attack to use Dropbox to update command and control settings, Menrige said, as distinct from other malware and ransomware …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jun 2014

Poison PDF pusher released to public

Attacking enterprises just got easier with the development of an idiot-friendly tool that spits out booby-trapped PDFs with a few clicks. The tool weaves existing exploits into PDFs, allowing attacks against Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 8.x prior to 8.2.1 and 9.x before 9.3.1. Users can insert their own URL pointers into …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jun 2014
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Fourth anti-virus firm buys into behavioural blocking

Web and email security firm Marshal8e6 has bought behaviour-based malware detection specialist Avinti. The terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed. Marshal8e6 said the deal would allow it to offer its customers improved protection against blended threats, emails that attempt to trick recipients into visiting sites …
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2009
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Looking for code work? Write fake anti-virus scripts

A scareware purveyor has brazenly advertised for recruits on a mainstream job market website. A job ad on Freelancer.com offers work for a coder prepared to turn his hand to the creation of fake anti-virus website redirection scripts. However, prospective applicants are warned not to expect a big payday - the budget for the …
John Leyden, 25 May 2010
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Top vendors flunk Vista anti-virus tests

Security vendors including CA and Symantec failed to secure Windows systems without fault in recent independent tests. Twelve of the 35 anti-virus products put through their paces by independent security certification body Virus Bulletin failed to make the grade for one reason or another and therefore failed to achieve the VB100 …
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2009