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Trend, Sophos and McAfee flunk Vista SP1 anti-virus tests

Top tier anti-virus vendors including McAfee, Trend Micro, and Sophos all failed to secure Windows Vista SP1 in recent independent tests. Virus Bulletin, the independent security certification body, said 17 of 37 anti-virus products tested failed to reach the VB100 certification standard. McAfee VirusScan, Trend Micro Internet …
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2008

Symantec retires low-end security software

Symantec has quietly retired its PC Tools range of security products. Acquired in 2008, PC Tools offered consumer-and-micro-business-grade anti-virus and network security tools dubbed “Spyware Doctor”, “Internet Security” and “Spyware Doctor with Antivirus”. Buying the Australian company that created the products gave Symantec a …
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2013
North Anna Power Plant

Rogue US-Israeli cyberwar weapon 'infected Russian nuclear plant'

Stuxnet - the famous worm widely credited with crippling the Iranian nuclear weapons programme for several years - also infected the internal network of a Russian nuclear plant. Unspecified malware has even reached the International Space Station, according to the boss of Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab. Eugene Kaspersky …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2013

Apple anti-virus advice was nothing new

One of the more famous Get a Mac ads boasted that Apple systems, unlike Windows boxes, didn't need anti-virus software. So when an article on an Apple support site encouraged the use of anti-virus software on Macs it seemed like news. In truth the article reiterated long-standing, though little publicised, advice from Apple. …
John Leyden, 03 Dec 2008
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Swayze death exploited to serve up fake anti-virus

Miscreants have moved swiftly to establish malicious websites designed to rip off users searching for more information on the death of actor Patrick Swayze on Monday. Black-hat search engine manipulation means that many sites that appear prominently in search engine results point to sites slinging fake anti-virus scanners. …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2009
Microsoft Cybercrime Center

Cybercrook? Bent on mischief? WE'LL GET YOU, vow Facebook and pals

Internet heavyweights have teamed up to form a non-profit organisation designed to supply internet infrastructure operators with free tools and intelligence in the fight against cybercrime. Facebook, security intelligence firm Crowdstrike, Verisign, ESET Anti-Virus, Verizon and the Anti-Phishing Working Group, among others, are …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2014
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Twitter hit with rogue anti-virus scam

Twitter users over the weekend were the target of a scam that tried to infect them with rogue anti-virus software and other malware, in what is one of the first times the micro-blogging site has been hit by a known for-profit attack, a security researcher said. The problem started after a flurry of tweets directed users to a …
Dan Goodin, 02 Jun 2009
Evil Android

Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

Android users expecting Windows levels of performance from Android-specific antivirus packages are likely to be disappointed because only Google can automatically delete dodgy apps on Android devices, say malware experts. Anti-malware bods agree that antivirus programs on Android can’t remove viruses automatically, meaning that …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2013
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Hackers seed malware on Indian anti-virus site

Hackers planted malicious script on the site of an Indian anti-virus firm this week. The website of AVsoft Technologies was attacked by unidentified miscreants in order to distribute a variant of the Virut virus. AVsoft Technologies makes the SmartCOP antivirus package. One of the download pages of the site was boobytrapped with …
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2008
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Antivirus update broke our interwebs, howl Win XP users

Thousands of Windows XP users were blocked from accessing the internet this week after they applied a misfiring antivirus update from Kaspersky Lab. The issue affected both consumer and business versions of Windows XP. Vista or Windows 7 users were untouched by the snafu. Even so, Kaspersky's support forums quickly filled up …
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2013
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QinetiQ mail virus patent attracts barbs

An anti-virus expert has poured cold water on a patent from British technology firm QinetiQ that supposedly offers a new technique for tackling malicious email attachments. New Scientist reports that the researchers at the defence technology firm have patented a technique for blocking malware in email attachments without relying …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2009
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How to stop intruders without knocking out the workers

For a sysadmin, fighting malware feels like an uphill battle that you are never going to win. Security software vendors are in a constant catch-up game, trying to create definitions to protect their customers from the latest round of malware. Sysadmins have the tough job of using their various security software and devices, …

Nasty holes found in Belkin's home automation kit

Insecure firmware handling, poor communications practises and API vulnerabilities are among a range of vulnerabilities security company IOActive has identified in Belkin's WeMo home automation systems. In its advisory, here, IOActive says it's discovered that the systems leak a hard-coded key and password that Belkin uses to …
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Microsoft's OneCare flunks anti-virus test

Microsoft's Live OneCare placed last in a test on the effectiveness of anti-virus security packages by Austrian researchers. AV Comparatives put 17 security packages through their paces to see how well they recognised a battery of nearly half a million items of malware. Winner G Data Security's AntiVirusKit (AVK) identified …
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2007
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Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns

Yesterday was day three of my XP-ocalypse aversion mission to upgrade the PCs at the remote Wirliyatjarrayi Learning Centre. The day started with the dew on the ground and the desert sun struggling to penetrate a low, hazy, layer of cloud. The air was just a tad sticky and I wondered if it might rain. I hoped not: the road to …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2014

Devs angrily dismiss Absolute Computrace rootkit accusation

Developers have denied accusations that their Computrace anti-theft software poses a remote wipe risk for the computers the program is designed to protect. However security researchers at Kaspersky Lab are standing by their warning that Absolute Software's Computrace anti-theft technology poses a hidden threat that might be …
John Leyden, 17 Feb 2014

Malware-flingers do it back-to-front : scaM snaps, spans Macs

Miscreants have brewed up an exceptionally sneaky strain of Mac malware that uses back-to-front trickery to disguise its true nature. Janicab, which is written in Python, takes advantage of the right-to-left (RTL) U202E Unicode character to mask the malicious file’s real extension. The U202E marker applies a right-to-left …
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2013

Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

Hackers using a Trojan seized control of over 25,000 Unix servers worldwide to create a potent spam and malware distribution platform. The attack, dubbed Operation Windigo1, was uncovered by security experts at anti-virus firm ESET, in collaboration with CERT-Bund, the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, as well as …
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2014
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McAfee all-in-one security suite covers PCs, tablets, and smartphones

McAfee has launched an all-in-one cross-platform security suite for consumers that incorporates online storage through biometric authentication as well as a host of other security technologies. Equally importantly, the Intel security division is trying to shake up the way security software is sold to consumers. The McAfee …
John Leyden, 15 May 2013
Wi-Fi 802.11n

Euro cops on free Wi-Fi not-so-hotspots: For pity's sake, don't use them for email

Using free Wi-Fi hotspots poses a data risk to users, the boss of European police agency Europol warns. Troels Oerting, head of Europol's cybercrime centre, told BBC Click that growing number of attacks are being carried out via public Wi-Fi and that people should send personal data only across trusted networks. "We have seen …
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2014
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Microsoft launches anti-virus public beta

Microsoft has released a free beta of its upcoming anti-virus application. According to Microsoft, the new anti-virus application known as Windows OneCare Live consumer beta is "like taking your PC in for a tune up at the service station". The release is part of the forthcoming Windows OneCare set of deliverables, and yesterday …
SecurityFocus, 01 Dec 2005
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That time when an NSA bloke's son borked the ENTIRE INTERNET...

It's 25 years since the Morris Worm taught the world that computers were capable of contracting viruses. The Morris Worm hit on 2 November 1988, spreading rapidly by exploiting vulnerabilities in sendmail, the email server software that was the most commonly used technology of its type at the time. Many contemporary Unix …
John Leyden, 04 Nov 2013

Hackers crippled HALF of world's financial exchanges - report

Half of all the world's critical financial exchanges have suffered cyber attacks in the past year, a report has found. A joint investigation by the World Federation of Exchanges and‎ the International Organisation of Securities Commissions found that the attacks are increasingly aimed at destabilising markets, rather than making …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2013
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Anti-spammers urged to gang up

The combined efforts of anti-spam products outperform any individual products alone, according to an experiment by Virus Bulletin, the independent security certification organisation. In a comparative test, almost 200,000 sample emails were sent to 14 different anti-spam products that were required to filter out spam messages …
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2009
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Anti-virus suites still can't block Google China attack

The vast majority of consumer anti-virus products are still failing to block the Operation Aurora exploits used in the high profile attack against Google and other blue-chip firms last December, according to independent tests. NSS Labs evaluated the effectiveness of seven popular consumer endpoint security products to see which …
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2010

False positives run amok in Vista anti-virus tests

The first independent tests of anti-malware products on 64-bit Windows Vista revealed a rash of false positives. Of the 20 products submitted for testing to independent security certification body Virus Bulletin, six generated false positives when scanning a set of known clean files. As a result, the product failed to earn …
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2007
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Dodgy anti-virus update bunfight goes to court

Chinese anti-virus firm Rising Tech has hit back at claims by larger Russian rival Kaspersky that it engaged in anti-competitive practices. In response to a 2 July lawsuit, Rising Tech says that Kaspersky made "six serious mistakes" involving anti-virus definition files over the last two weeks, Interfax reports. The …
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2007
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Anti-virus hacking contest polarizes vendors

Security firms have split over the merits of a hacking contest aimed against anti-virus packages planned for August's Defcon conference. Anti-virus firm Sophos reckons the exercise will serve only to increase the volume of malware in circulation, further taxing the resources of already hard-pressed security firms. However, net …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2008
Cloud security

Keeping your endpoint data safe: some simple precautions

People are out to get you. Your business, your users, your systems and your data all have value to someone. You could be targeted because you have something that someone specifically wants, or because attackers are hoping to find bank account details or email addresses to spam, or because they want your compute power for a …
Adam Fowler, 21 Oct 2013
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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

Call of Duty: Black Ops II appears to have been compromised using the now infamous Heartbleed exploit, according to security researchers. The Heartbleed security bug is a simple example of memory leakage through an overflow vulnerability in the Heartbeat component of OpenSSL. Bits of memory in 64 kilobyte chunks may be extracted …
John Leyden, 10 Apr 2014
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Cybercrooks spur anti-virus market growth

The anti-virus market will grow to reach $7.49bn by 2012, according to market analyst Frost & Sullivan (F&S). Last year, the market was worth $3.27bn. Increasinlgy, Malware is written as a tool to obtain confidential user information by phishing fraudsters and the like. Greater awareness of this trends will drive enterprise and …
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2006
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Your mouse may actually be a RAT in disguise

Security researchers have discovered a Trojan that attaches its malicious code to routines normally used only to control the inputs from mouse clicks. The tactic is designed to smuggle malicious code past automated threat analysis systems. During such procedures there's no user input and certainly no mouse moving and clicking. …
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2012

Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

A fiendishly nasty strain of Windows malware that uses advanced encryption to lock up user files before demanding a ransom is doing the rounds. CryptoLocker, which first surfaced early last month, leaves users in danger of losing important files forever unless they pay up. Typically the crooks relieve them of around $300 (£185 …
John Leyden, 18 Oct 2013
Fighting Fantasy: Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Citadel of Chaos

Microsoft and FBI storm ramparts of Citadel botnets

The ZeuS-derived Citadel botnet, which rose to public prominence last year, is being progressively disabled by Microsoft and the FBI is on the hunt for its masters. Microsoft says Citadel was used to raid bank accounts around the world and netted more than $US500m. Redmond's Digital Crimes Unit says 1,000 of the estimated 1,400 …
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XSS flaws found in sites of multiple anti-virus firms

Security researchers have revealed that the websites of no less than six anti-virus firms are vulnerable to cross-site scripting flaws, of a type that might lend themselves to phishing attacks. Some of the firms involved have admitted problems, while others say the issues raised have either already been fixed or are erroneous. …
John Leyden, 12 May 2009
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Avira 'fesses up: Our software isn't compatible with Windows 8

Freebie anti-virus firm Avira has admitted its security software is not compatible with either Windows 8 or Windows 12 Server. The German firm issued an advisory on Friday admitting its products would not be compatible with Windows 8 until the first quarter of 2013 after users complained that attempting to run Avira's software …
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2012
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Security researchers plot revamped anti-virus tests

Security researchers are close to formulating plans to overhaul anti-virus testing amid growing concerns that current tests can be misleading. Anti-virus packages are traditionally tested for their effectiveness in detecting a sample of malware packages known to be in circulation. Products that fail to detect a sample get a …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2007

How do spooks build surveillance rigs? In Oz they TENDER for it

Australia's Federal Police force (AFP) has issued a tender for deep packet inspection (DPI) kit capable of processing data encapsulated by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's ETSI 102 232 format for lawfully-intercepted communications. Why does the AFP need to listen to telecoms intercepts? Aside from the fact …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013
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New ransomware strain forces hapless users into becoming Bitcoin miners

Scammers are punting a strain of ransomware that puts compromised PCs to work mining Bitcoins after blocking all other activity on infected Windows computers. A new variant of the Reveton ransomware, spotted by researchers at Malwarebytes, locks a user out of their computer before running a Bitcoin miner. This means the …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2013
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Malware still malingering for up-to-date anti-virus users

Having anti-virus software and keeping it up to date is no longer enough to keep from geting infected by malware. A study by Panda Security revealed that 72 per cent of firms with up-to-date security software still had malware on their networks. The data - based on a sample of 1.5m users last year - also revealed that 23 per …
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2008
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Anti-virus market hits $4bn

Worldwide anti-virus software revenues hit $4bn last year, 13.6 per cent up on sales from 2004. According to analyst firm Gartner, the market is almost evenly split between enterprise and consumer sales, with shares of 51.5 per cent and 48.5 per cent respectively. Gartner reckons the consumer market for anti-virus software is …
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2006
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John McAfee tweets from BEYOND THE GRAVE: Drug binge death? Not me, mate

Antivirus software wild man John McAfee has joined Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Fidel Castro, and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in receiving a premature obituary. Internet rumours that surfaced on Tuesday falsely claimed the self-described “eccentric millionaire” and entrepreneur had died at the Palms Casino Resort in …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2013
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Trend withdraws from 'irrelevant' VB100 anti-virus test

Trend Micro plans to withdraw its software from the Virus Bulletin 100 (VB100) tests after criticising them a poor way of deciding how well security products defend against contemporary internet threats. Virus Bulletin's VB100 tests aims to assess how security products fare in detecting a set of viruses from the WildList, an up- …
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2008

Symantec: Don't blame us for New York Times hack

Symantec has taken the unusual step of commenting on a story about a customer, issuing a robust statement denying its anti-virus products were to blame for sophisticated targeted attack on the New York Times. The Gray Lady revealed yesterday that it had been persistently attacked for four months by China-based cyber insurgents. …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Feb 2013
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AVG: That World of Warcraft hack? RIDDLED with malware

A new cross-platform security product that covers desktops, smartphones and tablets is likely to be a key area of development for desktop freebie virus-scanner firm AVG during 2013. AVG is best known for its free anti-virus scanner for Windows PCs, but over the years it has broadened its range to include more functional PC …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2013
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Ex-anti-virus chief in spyware scareware scam charges

The ex-chief of a South Korea-based anti-virus firm has been charged with using bogus security warnings to shift anti-spyware software of questionable value. Lee Shin-ja, 41, former CEO of Media Port, has been charged with fraud over the alleged distribution of bogus security software to almost four million internet users. …
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2008
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Win 2000 anti-virus products fail independent tests

Many big-name anti-virus products failed to secure Windows 2000 in recent independent tests. Seventeen out of 32 products tested - including packages from Trend Micro, Kaspersky, Norman and Sophos - failed to reach the standard required for VB100 certification. A total of 13 products failed to spot threats known to be …
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2007
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Old-school virus threatens Delphi files

Virus writers have gone old school with the creation of a virus that infects Delphi files as they are built. When a Delphi file infected with Induc-A virus is run, it searches for Delphi programming installations on an infected machine and attempts to infect this installation. More specifically, the malware attempts to infect …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2009
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AVG anti-virus stays free (true)

Users of a free version of GRISoft's AVG anti-virus software have begun receiving pop-up messages this week warning that their package would no longer be supported from 15 January. This prompted concerns among a number of Reg readers that GRISoft was ditching the free version of its security software. Actually, the firm is …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2006
Android

Android apps get SSL wrong, expose personal data

More than 1,000 out of a sample of 13,000 Android applications analysed by German researchers contained serious flaws in their SSL implementations. In this paper (PDF), the researchers from Leibniz University in Hannover and Philipps University of Marburg found that 17 percent of the SSL-using apps in their sample suffered from …