Anti-spyware - Infoworld en Don't blame Android for being like a PC <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Don't blame Android for being like a PC" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p> Mobile Technology Security Android Anti-spyware Anti-virus Data Security Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 238437 at New iOS flaw allows malicious apps to record touch screen presses <p>Security researchers identified a vulnerability in iOS that allows apps to record all touch screen and button presses while running in the background on non-jailbroken devices.</p> <p>Since the touch screen is the primary input interface on an iOS device, this attack is the equivalent of keylogging. An attacker could use the captured touch data -- X and Y axes coordinates -- to determine what characters victims inputted using the on-screen keyboard.</p> Mobile Technology Security Anti-spyware iOS Mobile Security Malware Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:17:13 +0000 admin 237070 at Report: Android malware and spyware apps spike in the Google Play Store <p>The number of mobile apps infected with malware or that are conduits for spyware in Google's Play Store nearly quadrupled between 2011 and 2013, a security vendor has reported.</p> Applications Mobile Technology Security Android Anti-spyware Computer Games Mobile Apps Mobile Security Malware Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:45:47 +0000 admin 236702 at Cyberespionage operation 'The Mask' compromised organizations in 30-plus countries <p>A cyberespionage operation that used highly sophisticated multi-platform malware went undetected for more than five years and compromised computers belonging to hundreds of government and private organizations in more than 30 countries.</p> <p>Details about the operation were revealed Monday in <a href="" target="_blank">a paper</a> by security researchers from antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab who believe the attack campaign could be state sponsored.</p> Security Anti-spyware Hacking Intrusion Detection Malware Government Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:33:32 +0000 admin 236097 at Update vulnerability in third-party SDK exposes some Android apps to attacks <p>A third-party advertising framework integrated in hundreds of Android apps contains a vulnerability that could allow hackers to steal sensitive information from users' phones, according to security researchers from antivirus firm Bitdefender.</p> <p>The framework is called HomeBase SDK (software development kit) and is developed by Widdit, based in Ramat Gan, Israel. It allows Android developers to monetize their apps by displaying ads and custom content on the phone's lock screen.</p> Mobile Technology Security Android Anti-spyware Encryption Mobile Security Internet Privacy Malware Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:58:57 +0000 admin 232438 at Trojan program steals log-in credentials and other sensitive data from SAP client apps <p>A recently discovered malicious program steals log-in passwords and other sensitive information from SAP client applications and allows cybercriminals to access SAP servers from infected workstations.</p> Security SAP Anti-spyware CRM Malware Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:32:21 +0000 admin 231388 at IE zero-day vulnerability exploited more widely than previously thought <p>A recently announced and yet-to-be-patched vulnerability that affects all versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) has been exploited in targeted attacks against organizations in Taiwan since the beginning of July, according to security researchers.</p> Applications Security Internet Explorer (IE) Microsoft Anti-spyware Endpoint Protection Intrusion Detection Malware Patch Management Web Browsers Vulnerability Assessment Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:11:12 +0000 admin 227729 at Report: Android spyware infections on the rise <p>An increasing number of Android phones are infected with mobile malware programs that are able to turn the handsets into spying devices, according to a report from Kindsight Security Labs, a subsidiary of telecommunications equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent.</p> Mobile Technology Security Android Anti-spyware Mobile Security Malware Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:33:59 +0000 admin 223300 at Mozilla moves to stop spyware company from spoofing Firefox <p>Mozilla sent a cease-and-desist letter on Tuesday to a European company that created a piece of spyware masquerading itself as the Firefox browser.</p> <p>The move comes after computer security researchers said on Tuesday that they discovered that a well-known spyware program called FinSpy was spoofing Firefox. Mozilla was alerted by the researchers, who are with Citizen Lab, a research project that is part of the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.</p> Applications Security Firefox Mozilla Anti-spyware Intrusion Detection Web Browsers Wed, 01 May 2013 11:45:04 +0000 admin 217663 at Researchers find APT malware that monitors mouse clicks to evade detection <p>Researchers from security vendor FireEye have uncovered a new APT (advanced persistent threat) that uses multiple detection evasion techniques, including the monitoring of mouse clicks, to determine active human interaction with the infected computer.</p> <p>Called Trojan.APT.BaneChant, the malware is distributed via a Word document rigged with an exploit sent during targeted email attacks. The name of the document translates to "Islamic Jihad.doc."</p> Security Anti-spyware Endpoint Protection Intrusion Detection Malware Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:09:49 +0000 admin 215641 at Security researchers identify email attack distributing Android malware <p>Security researchers from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab have identified a targeted email attack against human rights and political activists that distributed a custom Android Trojan app with information-stealing capabilities.</p> Mobile Technology Security Android Anti-spyware Data Security Mobile Security Malware Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:45:50 +0000 admin 215238 at Banking malware returns to basics to evade detection <p>Financial malware authors are trying to evade new online banking security systems by returning to more traditional phishing-like credential stealing techniques, according to researchers from security firm Trusteer.</p> <p>Most financial Trojan programs used by cyber criminals today are capable of tampering in real time with online banking sessions initiated by victims on their computers. This includes the ability to execute fraudulent transactions in the background and hide them from the user by modifying the account balance and transaction history display in their browser.</p> Security Anti-spyware Authentication Cyber Crime Malware Phishing Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:54:46 +0000 admin 212523 at Java exploit used in Red October cyberespionage attacks, researchers say <p>The hundreds of government, military and research organizations targeted in <a href="" target="_blank">a large-scale cyberespionage operation dubbed Red October</a> were not only attacked using malicious Excel and Word documents as previously believed, but also by using Web-based Java exploits, according to researchers from Israeli IT security firm Seculert.</p> Security Anti-spyware Java Programming Intrusion Detection Malware Vulnerability Assessment Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:31:53 +0000 admin 210881 at School for scandal: FBI spyware nabs pervy principal <p>Today's lesson in <a href="" target="_blank">tech stupidity</a> -- and much uglier topics -- is brought to us by Thomas Weindl, former principal of the Whispering Palms School in Saipan, which is located in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands.</p> Security Cringely Anti-spyware Cyber Crime Government Mon, 03 Dec 2012 20:36:47 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 208308 at Your quick guide to malware types <p>When it comes to security, people tend to play fast and loose with the terminology. But it's important to get your malware classifications straight because knowing how various types of malware spread is vital to containing and removing it.</p> <p>Here's a quick malware bestiary. If nothing else, you'll have your malware terms right when you hang out with geeks.</p> Security Anti-spyware Anti-virus Malware Security Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Roger A. Grimes 205450 at Kaspersky discovers MiniFlame cyber espionage malware directly linked to Flame and Gauss <p>Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab have identified another piece of malware targeting the Middle East that is likely part of the interrelated cyberespionage efforts behind Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, and Gauss.The malware was dubbed MiniFlame because its code suggests that it was built on the same platform as <a href="" target="_blank">the highly sophisticated Flame threat discovered in May</a>.</p> Security Anti-spyware Endpoint Protection Intrusion Detection Malware Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:13:33 +0000 admin 204918 at Windows 8 'doesn't move the needle' on security, says Symantec <p>Symantec said Windows 8 "doesn't move the needle much" on security as it rolled out new versions of its antivirus software and promised to provide users with several so-called "Modern" (the current label for what had been called Metro) apps for the new operating system. On Wednesday, the security developer released new versions of its consumer titles Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360.</p> Microsoft Windows Security Symantec Windows 8 Anti-spyware Microsoft Windows Anti-virus Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:48:23 +0000 admin 201751 at 9 popular IT security practices that just don't work <div style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="9 popular IT security practices that just don't work" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>When it comes to IT security, FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) is more than just the tool of overhyping vendors hoping to sell their next big thing.</p> Security Access Control Anti-spam Anti-spyware Anti-virus Application Security Authentication Cyber Crime Data Security Endpoint Protection Malware Network Security Password Security Patch Management Phishing Security Management Security Standards Security Tools Social Engineering Security Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jason Snyder 199548 at Facebook, Twitter, Google, AOL join new alliance to fight 'bad ads' <p>Facebook, Google, Twitter, and AOL have joined an alliance that has been set up to counter "bad ads," including those that deliver malware, direct users to scams, or try to sell counterfeit goods, said StopBadware, the promoters of the alliance.</p> <p>The Ads Integrity Alliance was launched Thursday and has Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in New York also as a charter member.</p> Security Facebook Google Twitter Internet Anti-spyware Cyber Crime Malware Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:24:30 +0000 admin 195574 at Researchers identify Stuxnet-like cyberespionage malware called 'Flame' <p>A new, highly sophisticated malware threat that was predominantly used in cyberespionage attacks against targets in the Middle East has been identified and analyzed by researchers from several security companies and organizations.</p> Security Anti-spyware Endpoint Protection Malware Tue, 29 May 2012 12:12:14 +0000 admin 194273 at