Articles about Security Software

Symantec data centre security software has security holes

Security bod Stefan Viehböck has detailed holes in Symantec's data centre security platforms that the company plugged this week because they allowed hackers to gain privilege access to management servers. The patches fix holes in the management server for Symantec Critical System Protection (SCSP) 5.2.9 and its predecessor Data …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2015
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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

UK home Wi-Fi security is as bad as PC security was in the 1990s, according to a new study. Security software firm Avast found that more than half of all routers are poorly protected by default or common, easily hacked password/ID combinations. Easily hacked password combinations such as admin/admin or admin/password, or even …
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2014
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Hacker hijack 'threat': Your car's security is Adobe Flash-grade BAD

Democratic Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has published a report after questioning 20 automakers about the security of their cars' internal networks – and how much personal data they store. The results aren't great. In short, as we've long suspected, the computers in today's cars can be hijacked wirelessly by feeding specially crafted …
Iain Thomson, 09 Feb 2015

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

Trustwave gobbles up Application Security, gorges itself on tech

Data security biz Trustwave has acquired fellow data security provider Application Security, a startup that specialises in automated database security scanning technologies. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Monday, were undisclosed. Privately-held Application Security develops security software for relational databases …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2013
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Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

Updated Independent tests of Mac antivirus products have discovered that the effectiveness of these security packages runs from a risible 20 per cent to an unimpeachable 100 per cent. German security lab AV-TEST.org put 18 free and paid-for Mac OS X security products and services to the test, discovering widely differing performances in …
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2014
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14 antivirus apps found to have security problems

Organisations should get their antivirus products security tested before deployment because the technology across the board dangerously elevates attack surfaces, COSEINC researcher Joxean Koret says. COSEINC is a Singapore security outfit that has run a critical eye about 17 major antivirus engines and products and found 14 …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2014
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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

A public autopsy of sophisticated intelligence-gathering spyware Regin is causing waves today in the computer security world. But here's a question no one's answering: given this super-malware first popped up in 2008, why has everyone in the antivirus industry kept quiet about it until now? Has it really taken them years to …
Iain Thomson, 24 Nov 2014
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Kaspersky slips server security into PC software as attackers get crafty

Kaspersky Lab is shifting anti-malware code from its enterprise business down to its consumer security software in an effort to cut down on the effectiveness of zero-day attacks. "It's the first time we've done it this way," Denis Nazarov, head of anti-malware research at Kaspersky Lab USA told The Register. "Usually we develop …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2013

Attackers fling Stuxnet-style RATs at critical control software in EUROPE

Security researchers have uncovered a series of Trojan-based attacks which have infiltrated several targets by infecting industrial control system software from the makers of SCADA and ICS systems. The majority of the victims are located in Europe, though at the time of writing at least one US firm's compromised gear appears to …
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2014
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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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Aargh! Bamboozled by security licensing - what works for my family?

Readers' corner And so to El Reg Forums and Edwin, a commentard since 2007, who is having a bit of trouble in choosing IT security software for his family. He writes: I'm rapidly losing my mind in the minefield that is security software, particularly when it comes to licensing many devices... The internet has become useless for this sort of …
Drew Cullen, 19 Feb 2014
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DARPA enlists hacker talent for $2m security bug-swatting challenge

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is recruiting members of the hacking community to join its latest Grand Challenge competition: a big-money contest to build software capable of finding and fixing security holes in new code. "We've looked to the expert community, the computer security community, and the …
Iain Thomson, 06 Dec 2013
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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
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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

Barely a week after the breaking of the Superfish scandal, Lenovo has done a complete reverse ferret on bloatware - promising that by the time Windows 10 comes out its systems will be as pure as they can be. “The events of last week reinforce the principle that customer experience, security and privacy must be our top priorities …
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2015
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China's internet security giant Qihoo planning global domination

Controversial Chinese software vendor Qihoo 360 has its eyes on world domination after controversial founder Zhou Hongyi told the local press he wants to turn the firm into the planet’s biggest web security biz. Qihoo made its name flogging free AV to bargain-seeking Chinese punters and has since gone on to build a successful …
Phil Muncaster, 06 May 2013
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Big Brother security tech gets $20m

Skyhigh Networks has trousered $20m from VC firms keen on the security company's tech for snooping on corporate networks and locking down banned apps. The $20 megabuck Series E investment round was led by Sequoia Capital along with pre-existing investors Greylock Partners, the company announced on Tuesday. By scanning …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2013
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UK.gov chucks another £260m at MOOC-based cyber security training

The UK government has published a progress report praising its own achievements in the two years since it launched an ambitious plan to make Britain the best place to do e-commerce. The National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS), launched in November 2011, also has the goals of making the UK more resilient to cyber attack, building …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2013
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Symantec to cough up $17m after bloody dust-up with patent troll

Symantec must pay out $17m after losing a patent infringement battle to IP-hoarding house Intellectual Ventures. A jury in Delaware found in favor of Intellectual Ventures on two of three infringement claims, awarding the biz $8m in damages for one claim and $9m for the other. Symantec was found to have infringed on two patents …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2015

Firms 'coughed $39 BEEELLION' for system software in 2012

The system infrastructure software racket is a steady business and a profit center for the IT industry, and according to projections from IDC, this space is on track to grow steadily over the next few years. IDC just finished taking a snapshot of this hairball segment of the IT racket, examining the sales of 220 vendors across …

HP promises software-defined networking 'ecosystem' and app store

HP has nailed its colours to the mast of the good ship software-defined networking (SDN), today outlining plans to create a multi-vendor ecosystem and an app store. Morten Illum, HP's AsiaPac and Japan veep and general manager for networking, explained HP's plans to The Reg by offering up an example of a user firing up a video …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Oct 2013
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Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification

Microsoft Security Essentials, Redmond’s free antivirus tool for home users and business with up to ten PCs, can detect just 64 per cent of zero-day threats when running under Windows 7. That low detection rate has cost it the AV-TEST Institute’s seal of approval, a certification it hands out to products that meet 11 of 18 …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2012

Keylogger: Somebody STOP ME! Oh hang on, I just did

Developers of a range of commercial keyloggers have switched sides and begun marketing anti-keylogging technology. SpyShelter’s founder and lead developer, Janusz Siemienowicz, went from poacher to gamekeeper after discovering that none of the major security applications were able to detect and block against their own keyloggers …
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2015

AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

Security software firm AVG net income has fallen from $24.7m in Q2 2013 to $13.7mn in Q2 2014, according to financial results out Wednesday. The profits slide is explained by the slip in revenue from $100.4m in Q2 2013 to $88m in the three months running up to 30 June 2014. AVG responded to the results by revising its outlook …
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2014
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HP slurps up security software firm

HP has bought Fortify Software, strengthening its application security software portfolio. The software security assurance firm essentially offers products which check the security of your software, help organise vulnerabilities so the most dangerous are fixed first and help manage the process of fixing them. Fortify offers …
John Oates, 17 Aug 2010
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IBM snaps up identity access gatekeeper tech

IBM has snapped up privately held security software firm CrossIdeas. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were undisclosed. Rome, Italy based CrossIdeas has been developing identity access technology since 2011. Its technology allows CISOs and security teams in big companies to automatically detect conflicts in …
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2014
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Microsoft releases free anti-malware for Azure VMs

Free anti-malware software is not hard to find: even reputable vendors offer product at the low, low, price of $0.00 for client devices/ Microsoft is now doing the same for servers – or at least for virtual machines in its Azure cloud with a new offering called (deep breath now) Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2014

The enterprise software gravy train stalled in 2012

The world spends about twice as much dough on enterprise software as it does on data center hardware, and that software is also where a lot of the profit for the IT sector comes from. So when enterprise software revenues don't grow as fast as they have in prior years, it has ripple effects on the IT industry as a whole. The …
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John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code

International fugitive, criminal suspect and self-described eccentric millionaire John McAfee has released a tongue-in-cheek video explaining how to uninstall the security software that still bears his name. McAfee claims that one of the most frequent questions he's asked is how to get rid of the pernicious software, despite his …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2013

Salesforce boots SAP from customer-wrangling software top slot

Software-as-a-service provider Salesforce has beaten on-premises incumbents to become the biggest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software. CRM software is used to organise and automate customer service, marketing and sales. Marc Benioff’s company stole the number-one spot from SAP last year, beating the …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2013

Attackers planting banking Trojans in industrial systems

Trend Micro researcher Kyle Wilhoit says the latest attacks on SCADA and industrial control networks are turning out to carry rather pedestrian banking Trojans, and have been on the rise since October 2014. Talking to DarkReading, Wilhoit said rather than Stuxnet-style attacks, ne'er-do-wells are dropping banking Trojans into …

AdaptiveMobile joins Chipzilla's SDN club

Dublin-based AdaptiveMobile has joined Intel's Network Builders software defined networks-network function virtualisation (SDN/NFV) program. The company says its participation in the program will deliver “NFV-ready service assurance”. AdaptiveMobile's announcement notes that its software was already designed to run on generic …
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Hackers use DRAFT emails as dead-drops for running malware

Sneaky hackers are using Gmail and Yahoo! drafts to control compromised devices, with the tactic designed to make detection of malware-related communications more difficult to pick up in enterprise environments. Attacks occur in two phases. Hackers first infect a targeted machine via simple malware that installs Python onto the …
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2014
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Facebook slings $50k Internet Defense Prize™ at bug hunter duo

Facebook and Usenix have together created the Internet Defense Prize™ – and awarded its first gong to security bods Johannes Dahse and Thorsten Holz. The pair, of Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, received $50,000 from Facebook's prize-giving committee for their paper, Static Detection of Second-Order Vulnerabilities in Web …
Darren Pauli, 21 Aug 2014
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Coming to Blackphone: An app store loaded with privacy tools

Blackphone handsets can download and install a major software update today – ahead of the opening of an online store for privacy-focused apps for the mobes. Blackphone It's cute, it's black, it saves you from attack, it's the Blackphone The Blackphone runs its own hardened version of Android, dubbed PrivatOS, on custom …
Iain Thomson, 09 Dec 2014
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Avira 'fesses up: Our software isn't compatible with Windows 8

Update 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

You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

Security software outfit Avast are trying to figure out why the combination of recent Windows patches and updates to the latter company's software are breaking PCs. Hordes of users have found that their PCs, especially those running Windows 8 and 8.1, grind to a halt after they apply both Microsoft's recent KB3000850 update …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2014

IT chiefs' purses drained, security budget still safe - report

Security looks set to be one part of companies' IT budgets that will be comparatively safeguarded in the recession, if the beancounters at Gartner are to be believed. Global spending is forecast to rise more than 8 per cent this year to $60bn, reaching $86bn by 2016. Gartner research director Lawrence Pingree said that based on …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2012

Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

A Russian firm is developing its own anti-surveillance enterprise smartphone prototype - the TaigaPhone. The secure handset from Taiga Systems will bundle security software from sister security firm InfoWatch Group onto a hardened version of Android. The smartphone is likely to be positioned against the Blackphone, which has …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2015

Microsoft's security apps still trip up on Windows 8

German independent security firm AV-Test has released evaluations of security software for Windows 8 for the first time, and – not entirely surprisingly – it once again found Microsoft's own products were among the weaker performers. The firm tested its usual batch of 25 antivirus products for consumers, plus eight aimed at …
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2013

IBM claims first with Hadoop data security suite

IBM is launching what it claims is the first data security system for Hadoop, as part of its biggest product rollout of security software and services yet seen from the company. Big Blue's not the highest profile security firm, but it has been buying in a lot of talent over the last three years and last year grouped staff and …
Iain Thomson, 18 Oct 2012
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Lithe British youngsters prioritise fun over privacy and security

Silver surfers are more switched on about security than youngsters, even though the 18-25 age group are generally considered a more tech-savvy generation. Young adults who have been around computers all their lives tend to prioritise entertainment and community over security and privacy, according to a new survey. The survey of …
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2012
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Babar the Elephant: Another malware plague with a cute name

A strain of French-language cyber-espionage malware spotted by infosec researchers shows that the NSA aren't the only spook agency brewing custom nasties to steal sensitive data. Babar was first mentioned in documents from Canadian intel agency CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada) leaked by Edward Snowden. They …
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2015

Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

A dodgy Symantec update brought pain for those remaining Windows XP users who rely on Norton to defend their undead operating system free from viruses. In a statement, Symantec admitted the problem but downplayed its significance. This issue has now been resolved. The limited number of customers affected should run a Live …
John Leyden, 08 Sep 2014

Symantec update killed biz PCs in three-way software prang

Symantec has apologised after an update to its security software sparked repeated crashes on enterprise Windows XP machines. The antivirus giant withdrew the misfiring definition update, issued on 11 July, hours after problems first appeared, releasing a revised update the next day. No new issues have been reported since this …
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2012

Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

Lenovo is attempting to defuse controversy over its pre-installed Superfish crapware – which appears to have run man-in-the-middle attacks against consumers in order to sling ads – by saying it has discontinued use of the visual-recognition technology on new laptops and promising to review outstanding concerns. Superfish …
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2015
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Google beefs up security portfolio with VirusTotal buy

Google has bought online malware-scanning firm VirusTotal and is pledging to keep the service open to support security software vendors. "We've worked hard to ensure that the services we offer continually improve. But as a small, resource-constrained company, that can sometimes be challenging," the security firm said in its " …
Iain Thomson, 07 Sep 2012
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iBank: RBS, NatWest first UK banks to allow Apple Touch ID logins

RBS and NatWest have become the first UK-based banks to offer their customers the option to log in to mobile banking apps using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology. From today (19 February), RBS and NatWest customers who have an iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus will be able to access their mobile banking app …
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2015
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If in doubt, blow $4bn: IBM says it will fatten up on cloud, mobile, Big Data cake by 2018

IBM is betting billions that it can claw its way back to growth by focusing on what it calls its "strategic imperatives," including cloud, data analytics, mobility, social networking, and security. During Big Blue's annual meeting with financial analysts on Thursday, CFO Martin Schroeter said IBM plans to shift $4bn of spending …
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2015
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Trojan skewers security software with Windows

Security watchers have discovered a Trojan that uses built-in Windows functionality to overwrite security software and compromise systems. The malware - which poses as an antivirus update - uses Windows input method editor (IME) to inject a system, technology that normally creates a means for users to enter characters not …
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2010