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Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer

Special feature I was 17 years old, I had nothing to do, and I wanted to teach myself programming. So I decided to write a computer virus. Don't worry. The two viruses that I ended up writing – Leprosy and Leprosy-B – were designed to infect MS-DOS computers. They knew nothing about the internet, because neither did I at the time, and these …
Neil McAllister, 14 Sep 2015
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Remember Anna Kournikova? Come with us on a tour of bug-squishing history

Brain. No, it’s not some Skynet AI drone, nor is it the blob that was always out to get the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. It is the name of the first PC virus, dating back to 1986. The two Pakistani brothers, Basit and Amjad Farooq Alvi, who wrote it did not have malicious intentions: they simply wanted to scare people running …
Tom Brewster, 3 Jun 2014
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STEALTHY NANOROBOTS dress up as viruses, prepare to sneak into YOUR BODY

US scientists have tackled two main stumbling blocks to the development of injectable nanomachines for medical and scientific use. The breakthroughs were announced in a paper entitled "Virus-Inspired Membrane Encapsulation of DNA Nanostructures To Achieve In Vivo Stability", published in the journal ACS Nano on Tuesday. …
Jack Clark, 22 Apr 2014
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Super-powered 'frankenmalware' strains detected in the wild

Viruses are accidentally infecting worms on victims’ computers, creating super-powered strains of hybrid software nasties. The monster malware spreads quicker than before, screws up systems worse than ever, and exposes private data in a way not even envisioned by the original virus writers. A study by antivirus outfit …
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2012
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Top NASA scientist busted for leaking satellite intel

A former NASA scientist who helped discover evidence of water on the moon has been arrested on charges he tried to sell Israel classified information about US military satellite systems. Stewart Nozette, 52, of Maryland, was arrested in a sting in which an FBI agent posed as an Israeli intelligence officer. According to …
Dan Goodin, 20 Oct 2009
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Thousands of sites loaded with potent malware cocktail

Cybercriminals have laced about 2,000 legitimate websites with a potent malware cocktail that surreptitiously attacks people who browse to them, a security researcher warned Friday. Unlike past outbreaks of the mass web attack known as Gumblar, this round actually plants exploit code on the website servers themselves. …
Dan Goodin, 16 Oct 2009
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Security boss calls for end to net anonymity

The CEO of Russia's No. 1 anti-virus package has said that the internet's biggest security vulnerability is anonymity, calling for mandatory internet passports that would work much like driver licenses do in the offline world. The comments by Eugene Kaspersky, who is also the founder of Kaspersky Lab, came during an interview …
Dan Goodin, 16 Oct 2009
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Trojan plunders $480k from online bank account

A Pennsylvania organization that helps develop affordable housing learned a painful lesson about the hazards of online banking using the Windows operating system when a notorious trojan siphoned almost $480,000 from its account. News reports here and here say $479,247 vanished from a bank account belonging to the Cumberland …
Dan Goodin, 14 Oct 2009
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Mozilla service detects insecure Firefox plugins

Mozilla has introduced a service that checks Firefox browser plugins to make sure they don't have known security vulnerabilities or incompatibilities. The service debuted on Tuesday with this page, which checks 15 plugins to make sure they're the most recent versions. Over time, Mozilla developers plan to scan additional …
Dan Goodin, 14 Oct 2009
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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday fixes record number of flaws

Microsoft on Tuesday patched a record number of security holes in its Windows operating systems and other software, a haul that included at least one security flaw that was already under attack in the wild. One of the updates fixed a vulnerability in Windows Media Runtime that allows an attacker to remotely execute malware by …
Dan Goodin, 14 Oct 2009
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Adobe relieves Reader and Acrobat update blues

Adobe Systems has introduced a new software updater for its Reader and Acrobat applications, one of several additions released Tuesday to protect users against a growing wave of malware attacks. The new updater was included in in the latest versions of Reader and Acrobat, which Adobe released to fix almost 30 security …
Dan Goodin, 13 Oct 2009
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Google shares malware samples with hacked site admins

Google has rolled out a feature that provides webmasters of compromised sites with samples of malicious code and other detailed information to help them clean up. The search giant has long scanned websites for malware while indexing the world wide web. When it detects outbreaks, it includes language in search results that …
Dan Goodin, 13 Oct 2009
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Twitter bans security maven for sharing naughty link

A well known security researcher was banished from Twitter for more than two days for including the address of a malicious website in a two-month-old dispatch. On Tuesday, Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for anti-virus provider F-Secure, found his Twitter account suspended with no explanation. Every one of his tweets …
Dan Goodin, 9 Oct 2009
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Critical Adobe Reader vuln under 'targeted' attack

Attackers once again are targeting an unpatched vulnerability in Adobe Reader that allows them to take complete control of a user's computer, the software maker warned. Adobe said it planned to patch the critical security bug in Reader and Acrobat 9.1.3 for Windows, Mac and Unix on Tuesday, the date of the company's previously …
Dan Goodin, 8 Oct 2009
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Automated attacks push malware on Facebook

Hackers have figured out how to create computer-generated Facebook profiles and are using them to trick unsuspecting users into installing malware, a security researcher warned Thursday. The fraudulent profiles display the same picture of a blond-haired, blue-eyed woman, but with slightly different names and birthdates, said …
Dan Goodin, 1 Oct 2009
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Malware ecosystem thrives thanks to pay-per-install fees

A report published Wednesday exposes a growing ecosystem that combines the talents of software developers, web marketers, and ordinary grunts to infect millions of end users' machines. Similar to the Amway, Shaklee, and other direct marketing businesses of yesteryear, the PPI, or pay-per-install, model relies on average joes …
Dan Goodin, 30 Sep 2009
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Malware torrent delivered over Google, Yahoo! ad services

Some of the web's bigger websites were flooded with a torrent of malicious banner ads after cyber crooks managed to sneak them onto syndication services operated by Google, Yahoo, and a third company, according to a security firm. The ads - which attacked previously-patched vulnerabilities in Adobe's PDF Reader and Microsoft's …
Dan Goodin, 24 Sep 2009
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Malware house offered bounty for infected Macs

A researcher has unearthed fresh evidence of cyber criminals' growing attraction to Apple's OS X platform with the discovery of a now-disbanded group that offered 43 cents for every infected Mac. Mac-codec.com was just one of hundreds of "codec-partnerka," a term researcher Dmitry Samosseiko uses to describe the well-organized …
Dan Goodin, 24 Sep 2009

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