Lenovo, the world’s largest PC manufacturer, has been installing a dangerous piece of adware on its consumer laptops. The software, called Superfish, leaves computers vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks in which hackers steal data as its sent from a user’s computer to a supposedly secure server. (more…)
Experts don’t know where it came from, and aren’t quite sure what it does.
But they do know this: a newly-uncovered cybersecurity threat appears to have been designed by a government, and is “groundbreaking and almost peerless.”
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.
Computer scientists have developed a malware prototype that uses inaudible audio signals to communicate, a capability that allows the malware to covertly transmit keystrokes and other sensitive data even when infected machines have no network connection.
For years, Windows users have been plagued by ransomware demanding several hundred dollars to unlock their computers. (more…)
A firm has been fined £50,000 ($77,055) after Trojan versions of popular Android apps secretly sent expensive SMS messages to premium rate numbers. (more…)
DNS is in the news as the FBI will be shutting down Internet use for a large amount of U.S. based users this July, so we wanted to take a moment to bring some clarity to the situation especially if you’re one of the people that could be affected. (more…)
C|Net Download.Com is now bundling Nmap with malware! |Nmap Hackers.
Thanks Ken for this link, it appears that folks using this service are just now catching on to what alot that did computer work in the industry have know for sometime now. AVOID download.com downloads as they are being packed with all kind of NASTIES!!
This I’m certain will NOT be the last article we will be covering on this subject.
Update 12.07.2011 – Well again Ken’s ahead of the curve on this one. Now this story is hitting the main stream more sources are reporting on it.. Sophos |Naked Security, Network World and the Register all have articles reporting more details on this issue now as well.
Update 12.09.2011 – Download.com has issued an apology for Bundling. Download.com and Cnet are both part of CBS Interactive. Investigators state they may have cleaned up the NMAP download, but not other downloads. The trojan still exists in those. Source: Net-Security, H-Online