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Asian nations mull regional 'Europol' in fight against cybercrime

RSA APAC A closed-door meeting of cabinet ministers from more than a dozen countries met yesterday to mull the creation of a Europol-style organisation to crack down on cyber crime in the region and abroad, The Register has learned. The Asian organisation is conceptual only, but has support from countries including China, Malaysia, …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2016

Symantec, Intel carve out diminishing slice of growing security market

Worldwide security software revenues rose 3.7 per cent to reach $22.1bn in 2015, according to analyst Gartner. Security information and event management (SIEM) remained the fastest-growing sub segment of the cybersecurity biz last year, experiencing 15.8 per cent growth. By contrast, consumer security software recorded a 5.9 …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2016

Patch out for 'ridiculous' Trend Micro command execution vuln

A bug in its software meant that Trend Micro accidentally left a remote debugging server running on customer machines. The flaw, discovered by Google’s Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy, opened the door to command execution of vulnerable systems (running either Trend Micro Maximum Security, Trend Micro Premium Security or …
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2016

Google ninjas go public with security holes in Malwarebytes antivirus

Malwarebytes is rushing to plug security flaws in its software that allow miscreants to sling malware at its customers. The antivirus firm says it has addressed server-side vulnerabilities that were reported by Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy in November. However, security holes remain in the client-side software …
John Leyden, 02 Feb 2016
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Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

Could it be that time spent by Microsoft on software security counts for naught? Possibly - based on the findings of an investigation by enSilo that found some of the best-known AV names are susceptible to new vulnerabilities. The results are alarming, suggesting an entire of ecosystem unwittingly opening a back door into …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2015

France fingered as source of Syria-spying Babar malware

France's spy agency has been fingered as the likely author of complex reconnaissance malware, researchers say. The Casper malware is one of a handful with links to the Babar spy program which leaked NSA documents revealed last month to be the handiwork of France's Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure (General …
Darren Pauli, 06 Mar 2015
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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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Leaked docs reveal power of malware-for-government product 'FinFisher'

A string of documents detailing the operations and effectiveness of the FinFisher suite of surveillance platforms appears to have been leaked. The documents, some dated 4 April this year, detail the anti-virus detection rates of the FinFisher spyware which German based Gamma Group sold to governments and law enforcement …
Darren Pauli, 05 Aug 2014
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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

Windows has been a beleaguered piece of software over the years. That is because malicious hackers, like everyone else, want to walk the simplest path to the greatest glory. Microsoft’s operating system has been the most popular one for the past 20 years, so it has attracted the most malware. One IT professional told The …
Tom Brewster, 29 May 2014
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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

Bromium launches security-through-virtualisation tech in the UK

Bromium has arrived as a sales force in the UK market with its strategy for making desktop computers secure using virtualisation technology. The firm, which already employs a R&D/engineering team in Cambridge, has now added sales and support operations for the UK and wider European market. It's also looking to recruit channel …
John Leyden, 14 Mar 2013

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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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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Facebook offers just a week of free Android AV

Facebook has extended its security program, adding another seven vendors to the list of folks offering free anti-virus software through its AV Marketplace and also including Android security products for the first time. But one of the Android malware zappers, McAfee’s Mobile Security, is free for just seven days, a far shorter …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2012

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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Symantec 'fesses up: 'Code theft worse than we thought'

Symantec has backtracked on its previous assurances about a recent source code theft, admitting its network was breached and code for a larger number of products than previously thought was swiped. Two weeks ago the security giant confessed that a blackhat crew had made off with source code for older versions of some of its …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2012
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Spooks take the wheel in UK's £650m cyber-war operations

Analysis The British government's Cyber Security Strategy is giving the intelligence agencies a greater role than ever in defending business and the public against internet threats. The policy, released by the Cabinet Office on Friday, sketches a detailed framework on how the government aims to organise law enforcement efforts and …
John Leyden, 28 Nov 2011
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Freebie Android anti-malware scanners flunk tests

Many free-of-charge antivirus products fail to protect Android smartphone against malware effectively, leaving users with a false sense of security as a result. Tests by antivirus testing lab AV-Test.org revealed that the best freebie Android anti-virus scanner, Zoner Antivirus, caught 32 per cent of 160 recent Android threats. …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2011
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NHS goes for in-cloud security from Zscaler

It appears that the NHS will move security for its million-plus users to in-cloud services from Zscaler. The deal has not officially been announced but news is leaking out, such as in an agenda item entitled "Zscaler – Web Security Service Within N3" for an N3 user conference happening now. There is also a Satisnet Zscaler …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2011
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Snort team aim to scent malformed email attachments

Interview The developers behind Snort, the open source intrusion detection system, are pushing ahead with a project to develop a system for detecting malformed documents in a bid to provide early warnings about targeted attacks. Razorback is designed to complement traditional anti-virus products by providing a warning about maliciously …
John Leyden, 19 May 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
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Koobface takedown exposes money trail

A Koobface server takedown operation which began over the weekend has already shed new light into the operations of the infamous botnet. UK ISP Coreix unplugged command and control servers linked to the worm on Friday as part of a wider takedown operation spearheaded by Canadian security firm SecDev. Nart Villeneuve, head of the …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2010
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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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Microsoft sees spike in attacks targeting 0day Windows bug

The number of malicious attacks exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in older versions of Windows has mushroomed over the past week, prompting Microsoft to warn customers to deploy countermeasures until an update is released. Microsoft said on Wednesday that its security team has detected more than 10,000 distinct computers …
Dan Goodin, 30 Jun 2010
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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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3 men charged in $100m scareware scam

Federal prosecutors have accused three men of running an operation that used fraudulent ads to dupe internet users around the world into buying more than $100m worth of bogus anti-virus software. The defendants operated companies including Innovative Marketing and Byte Hosting Internet Services, which perpetuated an elaborate …
Dan Goodin, 28 May 2010
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IBM hands out malware-stuffed USB at security conference

IBM has apologised after supplying a malware-infected USB stick to delegates of this week's IBM AusCERT security conference. The unlovely gift was supplied to an unknown number of delegates to the Gold Coast, Queensland conference who visited IBM's booth. Big Blue does not identify the strain of malware involved in the attack …
John Leyden, 21 May 2010
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Symantec fires off false alarm on WoW update

Updated World of Warcraft denizens are complaining that an anti-virus update published by Symantec over the weekend falsely labelled a component of the game as potentially malign. Instead of throwing spells or wielding axes, fans of the role-playing game who choose Symantec for their security protection complain that the firms is …
John Leyden, 17 May 2010
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New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection

Researchers say they've devised a way to bypass protections built in to dozens of the most popular desktop anti-virus products, including those offered by McAfee, Trend Micro, AVG, and BitDefender. The method, developed by software security researchers at matousec.com, works by exploiting the driver hooks the anti-virus …
Dan Goodin, 07 May 2010
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Infamous Storm botnet rises from the grave

After blowing itself out 18 months ago, the notorious Storm botnet is back, researchers from CA said Tuesday. Storm - once responsible for churning out 20 percent of the world's spam - started to peter out in September 2007, when Microsoft targeted it through the Malicious Software Removal Tool. Some 274,372 demonized PCs were …
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2010
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Anti-virus suites still can't block Google China attack

Analysis 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
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Mozilla overlooked malware-laced Firefox add-ons

Two Firefox add-ons available for months on Mozilla's website infected users with malware that stole passwords and opened a backdoor on Windows machines, the open-source browser maker has confirmed. The add-ons, available on an experimental section of Mozilla's official add-on download site carried trojans that have been …
Dan Goodin, 05 Feb 2010
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Most security products not up to scratch

Only four per cent (one in 25) information security products pass muster when first tested under a widely-used industry kitemark scheme. Most products require two or more cycles of testing before achieving certification, according to security testing outfit ICSA Labs. ICSA Labs, which has tested anti-virus and firewall products …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2009
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Sunbelt buckles up for anti-bloatware drive

The anti-virus bloatware problem is getting worse despite what some vendors may claim, according to figures from Sunbelt Software. The Florida based vendor's marketing claims tap into a deep well of discontent about anti-virus products but are not supported by the latest results from independent testing labs, such as AV-Test. …
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2009
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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
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Multiple security scanner bugs give users a headache

Once an occasional inconvenience, serious security bugs and vulnerabilities in anti-virus and security suite products are growing into hardy perennials. Once, running Windows anti-virus was like driving down a dual carriageway. These days, it's more like an unpaved road. Last week alone bought a confirmed snag with anti-virus …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2009
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AVG finally bothers with behaviour-based defences

AVG has belatedly introduced behaviour-based anti-malware protection to its line of paid-for security products. AVG Internet Security 8.5, released on Monday, adds behaviour-based security technology to existing pattern-based detection. The technology comes from the recent acquisition of Sana Security. Sana's technology will …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2009
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Microsoft confirms Equipt kill date

Microsoft has told Equipt customers that the subscription software package will be killed off on 30 April 2009. The date comes three months after the company confirmed plans to ditch the Office and security subscription service in November. Microsoft only began selling Equipt to consumers late last summer in the US via the …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2009
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Microsoft's Equipt kill date remains MIA amid retail carnage

Microsoft has yet to administer the coup de grace to its Equipt subscription software package two months after it confirmed it would dump the service. Redmond ditched its Office and security subscription service in November just a few months after the firm started flogging it through the now bankrupt US retail giant Circuit …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2009
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Crooks charge premium for filter-evading Trojan

Cybercrooks have released a custom-built Trojan, dubbed Limbo 2, "guaranteed" by its shady creators to continually evade the top ten anti-virus products on the market. The Limbo 2 Trojan is touted as being able to bypass products from Symantec, McAfee, AVG and others to steal login credentials from online banking sessions. …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2008
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Microsoft targets online Office bundle at US cheapskates

Microsoft has tied up with ailing US retailer Circuit City to launch its Office and security subscription service which hits the market bearing the moniker "Equipt". The software giant said that it has handed Circuit City the new product line, with plans for the retail chain to start punting Equipt from mid-July. It will carry …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2008
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Botnet sics zombie soldiers on gimpy websites

The miscreants who have poisoned more than half a million web pages aren't the only attackers thinking big. People behind a botnet known as Asprox have recently rejiggered their army to infect websites in a similar fashion. Asprox zombies have recently been blessed with a tool that sniffs out potentially vulnerable sites …
Dan Goodin, 14 May 2008
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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
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Microsoft beta tests Office subscription software

Microsoft has launched a private beta test of a subscription version of its Office and security software. Dubbed Albany the package includes Office Live and OneCare - Microsoft's bundle of security and anti-virus products. It is aimed at consumers rather than businesses - Microsoft is already trialling similar offerings for …
John Oates, 21 Apr 2008
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Fake subpoenas harpoon 2,100 corporate fat cats

A highly targeted email scam that singled out as many as 20,000 senior corporate executives on Monday resurfaced Wednesday as attackers sought to replicate their success installing identity-stealing software on the PCs of some of the world's most powerful individuals. Like the first volley of emails, these latest messages …
Dan Goodin, 16 Apr 2008
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Move over Storm - there's a bigger, stealthier botnet in town

This story was updated to correct information about detection of Kraken. 20 percent of PCs using anti-virus products detect the malware, not 20 percent of anti-virus products, as erroneously reported earlier. Researches have unearthed what they say is the biggest botnet ever. It comprises over 400,000 infected machines, more …
Dan Goodin, 07 Apr 2008
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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
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Consumer group slams 'unfair' software licenses

Some of the world's biggest software companies are facing possible investigation by the UK's Office of Fair Trading because their licensing agreements are unfair. The UK's National Consumer Council (NCC) checked 25 products, including Microsoft Office for Mac 2004, Corel WordPerfect Office X3, Apple iLife, Adobe Photoshop, …
John Oates, 19 Feb 2008
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MayDay! MayDay! Ruskies reinvent cyber crime

Researchers have unearthed two previously undetected botnets that exhibit sophisticated new capabilities that could significantly advance the dark art of cyber crime. One of them, dubbed MayDay by security firm Damballa, uses new ways to send and receive instructions to infected machines. One communication method uses standard …
Dan Goodin, 13 Feb 2008
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Malware authors target Mac emerging markets

Cybercrooks are looking beyond PCs running Microsoft as targets for attack, with Macs increasingly in the firing line of hacker activity. That's according to the latest edition of the SophosSecurity Threat Report, which predicts that - based on early flaws with the inbuilt Safari browser - Apple's iPhone devices might also …
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2008