MALWARE

  • Ransomware: What you should know about this growing threat to computer users and how you can stay safe April 9, 2015

    Ransomware is a growing threat to computer users, who can suddenly find they're unable to open or use their files when their machines are infected. The malicious software can attack any user - an individual, small business, Fortune 500 company or a government agency. Some questions and answers about ransomware: Q. What...
  • The Dyre Wolf: IBM uncovers new, sophisticated cyber scam that targets bank accounts April 3, 2015

    Seattle: IBM has uncovered a sophisticated fraud scheme run by a well-funded Eastern European gang of cyber criminals that uses a combination of phishing, malware and phone calls that the technology company says has netted more than $1 million from large and medium-sized US companies. The scheme, which IBM security researchers...
  • 5% of Google visitors have ad injecting malware installed April 2, 2015

    Nwe Delhi: Google has revealed that about five per cent of Internet users visiting Google's sites and services have at least one ad injecting malware installed on their browsers. The study, conducted in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, is based on the analysis of 100 million pageviews...
  • Google forms special team to screen Play Store apps for malware, sexually explicit material March 18, 2015

    San Francisco: Google is tightening supervision of its freewheeling Play store, forming a special team to screen new apps for malware and sexually explicit material, and strengthening its age-based rating system. The change brings Google Play, a bazaar for digital games, social media apps and entertainment software, closer to Apple's tightly...
  • India worst affected by Ramnit bug that steals passwords, personal details from users' computers: Report February 26, 2015

    New Delhi:India has been the biggest victim of Ramnit, a malware that has infected 3.2 million computers globally and defrauded many others, security software firm Symantec said. At present, cyber criminals are using Ramnit to mainly focus on information-stealing tactics, targeting passwords and online banking login credentials. They also install remote...
  • Lenovo says new laptops won't come installed with controversial Superfish software that makes devices vulnerable to hacking February 20, 2015

    Beijing: China's Lenovo Group, the world's largest PC maker, said on Thursday it will no longer pre-install software that cybersecurity experts said was malicious and made devices vulnerable to hacking. Lenovo had come under fire from security researchers who said earlier on Thursday the company pre-installed a virus-like software from a...
  • Hackers turning Android smartphones, tablets into slave armies November 21, 2014

    San Francisco: Mobile security firm Lookout warned that Android-powered smartphones or tablets are being targeted with malicious software that puts them at the mercy of hacker overlords. The persistence and sophistication of malware dubbed NotCompatible is another sign that cyber criminals are hitting smartphones and tablets with tactics and tenacity once...
  • Beware! The Facebook 'colour change' app is a scam that tries to hack into your account August 8, 2014

    New York: Have you tried to change the colour scheme of your Facebook profile lately? Beware of a virus attack as a "colour change" malware is back and has already affected over 10,000 people around the world. The malware has been fixed by Facebook repeatedly but it has resurfaced again,...
  • Malware sneaks into online ads: Researchers August 6, 2014

    Washington: Hackers are increasingly slipping malicious software into online advertising, creating risks for the Internet economic model, security researchers said Tuesday. A report presented at the Black Hat security conference said "malvertising" has become increasingly prevalent and difficult for users to detect. "Malvertising victims are infected with malware in the course of...
  • DVDs, PCs with preinstalled software may have malware: Study July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: A recent study on the linkages between the use of pirated and counterfeit software and data breaches reveal that the malwares detected in the majority of samples could pose risk to Intellectual Property (IP) theft and data leakage. According to a study by independent forensic science lab, Truth Labs,...
  • 10 signs your computer has a virus June 8, 2014

    Does your computer reboot, freeze up or crash at frequent intervals? Your computer might have a virus. Here are 10 signs that indicate that your PC is infected by a virus or any other type of malware. ...
  • BlackShades malware infects more than a halfmillion computers worldwide May 20, 2014

    New York: More than a halfmillion computers in over 100 countries were infected by sophisticated malware that lets cybercriminals remotely hijack a computer and its webcam, authorities said as charges were announced Monday against nearly 100 people worldwide. Authorities said 97 people suspected of using or distributing the malicious software called...
  • New Android malware can take control of your phone, accuse you of watching illegal porn and try to extort money May 8, 2014

    New Delhi: If a report is to be believed, researches have detected a new piece of malware that is infecting Android devices. It attacks a device and remotely disables it until users pay a hefty sum of money. AndroidTrojan.Koler.A malware, with the help of your phone's geolocation technology, discovers which country...
  • NSA malware spies on 100,000 computers around the world, including in India January 16, 2014

    Washington: The US National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world but not in the United States that allows the US to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times cited NSA documents, computer experts and US officials in...
  • UK warns of ransomware scam targeting millions of users November 16, 2013

    London: British officials issued an unusually stark alert about a cyberscam that locks users out of their computers unless they pay a ransom, saying Friday that tens of millions of people may soon be targeted. In a warning headlined "URGENT ALERT," Britain's National Crime Agency said they were aware of a...
  • 35 per cent rise in Android malware in Apr-Jun, banking info at risk August 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Malicious software developed to target Android-based handsets and tablets grew by 35 per cent in April-June this year and most of these malwares were designed to steal banking information of users, a report by security solutions provider McAfee said. The growth was marked by continued proliferation of SMS-stealing banking...
  • Dalai Lama's website hacked, infects visitors' computers with viruses August 13, 2013

    Boston: A prominent computer security firm warned that the Dalai Lama's Chineselanguage website has been hacked and is infecting visitors' computers with viruses in what may to be an effort to spy on human rights activists who frequently visit the site. Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner told Reuters on Monday that...
  • Malware on Google Play attacks 25,000 Android devices August 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Security software developer Dr Web said it has discovered malicious programmes on Google Play which send short messages to premium numbers and deplete subscriber accounts. The Russiabased firm said about 11,000 to 25,000 devices are infected by these malicious programmes. "Dr.WEB has discovered several malicious programmes on Google Play that...
  • Malware targets Facebook users on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox May 13, 2013

    Mumbai: Facebook users, especially those accessing the service on Chrome and Firefox browsers, here's something that you ought to take note of. On its Technet blog, Microsoft has revealed that it has received reports about a wave of malwareridden browser extensions attempting to hijack Facebook profiles. This threat, which they...
  • Computer users to spend 1.5 billion hours, $22 bn battling malware: Study March 25, 2013

    Dubai: Computer users will spend 1.5 billion hours and USD 22 billion identifying, repairing and recovering from the impact of malware, while global enterprises will spend USD 114 billion to deal with the impact of a malwareinduced cyberattacks, says a Microsoft study. According to the study commissioned by Microsoft Corp...
  • Consumers to spend 1.5 billion hours and $22 billion to check malwares in 2013: Study March 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Consumers will spend USD 22 billion on checking malware attacks this year, while companies will invest a whopping USD 114 billion in dealing with such malicious software, a study has said. According to the study conducted by market research group IDC and commissioned by...
  • Driveby downloads most dangerous online threat February 8, 2013

    Berlin: Computer experts from Germany have warned people to be more careful while surfing the Internet as malicious programs called "driveby downloads" can be downloaded unintentionally when users visit "manipulated websites". Currently the biggest threat was the socalled "driveby downloads", according to the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and...
  • Online shopping sites more likely to spread malware than malicious sites: Report February 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Cisco's "2013 Annual Security Report" points out that online shopping sites are more likely to deliver malware than malicious sites. According to researchers at Cisco, online shopping sites are 21 times more likely to deliver malicious content than counterfeit software sites. The Cisco data clearly states that the...
  • Windows is the most attacked operating system: Report February 3, 2013

    Mumbai: Leading IT security solutions provider Quick Heal Technologies said it has tied up with Japanese mobile operator SoftBank Mobile Corp to provide antivirus software to mobile phones. "We have entered into a tie up with Japanese mobile operator Softbank Corp to provide mobile security antivirus software to its customers...
  • India under grip of cyber attacks, says report January 3, 2013

    Mumbai: India is under the grip of cyber attacks and there is an obvious peak in the growth of malware and their modifications on mobile devices, especially on the Android platform, according to a report. Though PC is still the prevalent target for malware authors, there is an obvious peak in...
  • Data stealing trojan targets Android devices October 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Android's application store, Google Play's security has once again been rattled with the discovery of a new malware application which is said to be stealing sensitive information from the users' Android devices. Identified as 'Trojan!FakeLookout.A' by TrustGo Security Labs, this malicious app steals user SMS/MMS messages and video files,...
  • Facebook cracks down on fake 'Likes' September 1, 2012

    San Francisco: Facebook Inc is weeding out fake "Likes" on its social network that are being caused by spammers, malware and black marketeers as it strives to maintain credibility as an advertising platform. Facebook said the number of Likes, or endorsements by users, on corporate pages is likely to drop by...
  • Gauss virus can spy on bank transactions August 10, 2012

    Boston: A new cyber surveillance virus has been found in the West Asia that can spy on banking transactions and steal login information from social networking sites, email and instant messaging, according to a leading computer security firm, Kaspersky Lab. Dubbed Gauss, the virus may also be capable of attacking critical...
  • DNSChanger virus: All that you wanted to know July 10, 2012

    New York: On Monday, the FBI turned off servers that had allowed thousands of malwarestricken computers to continue using the Internet. The personal computers both Windows PCs and Macs are corrupted by a virus known as DNSChanger. Without the servers, the machines wouldn't know how to locate websites...
  • Malware deadline passes, very few knocked offline July 10, 2012

    Washington: If you're reading this online, you're fine. The day that was supposed to see thousands of people knocked off the Internet has arrived, but only a few people were affected. Thousands of Internet users across the US and beyond waited too long or simply didn't believe warnings that they would...