Malware

  • NSA malware spies on 100,000 computers around the world, including in India 16-01-2014 06:08 AM

    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...
  • UK warns of ransomware scam targeting millions of users 16-11-2013 01:15 PM

    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...
  • 35 per cent rise in Android malware in Apr-Jun, banking info at risk 23-08-2013 12:47 PM

    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...
  • Dalai Lama's website hacked, infects visitors' computers with viruses 13-08-2013 07:34 AM

    Boston: A prominent computer security firm warned that the Dalai Lama's Chinese-language 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...
  • Malware on Google Play attacks 25,000 Android devices 10-08-2013 01:18 PM

    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 Russia-based firm said about 11,000 to 25,000 devices are infected by these malicious programmes. "Dr.WEB has discovered several malicious programmes on Google...
  • Malware targets Facebook users on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox 13-05-2013 12:13 PM

    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 malware-ridden browser extensions attempting to hijack Facebook profiles. This threat, which they...
  • 'Indian cyberspace hit by Kim Jong-II malware mails' 03-01-2012 11:55 AM

    New Delhi: Indian computer security analysts have detected and alerted internet users against "malicious spam mails" in the name of the dead North Korean leader Kim Jong-II leading to hacking and crashing of vulnerable e-mails. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), country's national agency to respond to computer security...
  • Idaho laboratory analysed Stuxnet computer virus 30-09-2011 01:44 PM

    Idaho Falls: Behind the doors of a nondescript red brick and gray building of the Idaho National Laboratory is the malware laboratory where US government cyber experts analysed the Stuxnet computer virus. The malicious software targets widely used industrial control systems built by German firm Siemens. Cyber experts have said...
  • Hacker gets 6-years in 'sextortion' case 02-09-2011 06:29 AM

    Los Angeles: A Southern California man was sentenced on Thursday to six years in prison for infiltrating computers belonging to women and teenage girls where he found sexually explicit photos and threatening to put them online unless they provided him with more. In sentencing Luis Mijangos, 32, of Santa Ana,...
  • Rise in Malware targeting Android devices: McAfee 23-08-2011 12:54 PM

    Bangalore: US computer security software maker McAfee said the number of malware targeted at Android devices jumped 76 per cent since last quarter, making Android the most attacked mobile operating system. "This year we have seen record breaking numbers of malware, especially on mobile devices, where the uptick is in...
  • FBI targets two 'scareware' rings in US, Europe 23-06-2011 12:23 PM

    Washington: Police in the United States and seven other countries seized computers and servers used to run a "scareware" scheme that has netted more than $72 million from victims tricked into buying fake anti-virus software. Twenty-two computers and servers were seized in the United States and 25 others in France,...
  • Cyber criminals target mobile phones 13-06-2011 12:33 PM

    New Delhi: With cellphone operating systems Symbian and Android becoming popular malware environment, a new report confirms mobile malicious software as the new frontier for cybercrime. McAfee Q1 threats report also reveals that in the first quarter of 2011, spam remained at its lowest levels since 2007. "Even though this...
  • How to protect your computer from Osama malware 05-05-2011 07:21 AM

    New York: Online thieves and spammers are using the killing of Osama bin Laden to send out malicious software and spam to unwitting Internet users. In what's become common practice among the Internet's less savory citizens, these scammers are sending out emails and spreading Facebook posts that purport to be...
  • FBI issues Osama bin Laden 'virus' alert 04-05-2011 12:39 PM

    Boston: With the internet abuzz with stories related to Osama bin Laden's death, the FBI is warning people not to open unsolicited links that "purport" to show photos or videos of the al-Qaeda leader's killing, saying these could be computer virus. Asking computer users to exercise caution, the FBI said...
  • Targeted cyber attacks to rise further: Symantec 05-04-2011 11:54 AM

    Helsinki: Targeted cyber attacks will pose a growing threat to companies around the world this year after the Stuxnet worm hit Iran's nuclear programme in 2010, security software maker Symantec Corp said on Tuesday. "Last year was the year of high-profile targeted attacks. We will see so many more," said...
  • One-third of EU computers hit by a virus in 2010 08-02-2011 12:25 PM

    Brussels: As Europeans cough and sniffle their way through another flu season, new data shows their computers are also quite likely to catch a bug. Despite widespread use of antivirus software, nearly one-third of Internet users in the European Union were infected by a computer virus last year, according to...
  • Mobile phone security threats rise sharply 08-02-2011 12:11 PM

    London: Cellphone security threats rose sharply last year as a proliferation of Internet-enabled mobile devices like smartphones and tablets provided new opportunities for cybercriminals, security software maker McAfee said. In its fourth-quarter threat report, released on Tuesday, McAfee said the number of pieces of new cellphone malware it found in...
  • Cyber attacks can cause global catastrophe 17-01-2011 11:52 AM

    London: Attacks on computer systems now have the potential to cause global catastrophe, but only in combination with another disaster, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a report on Monday. The study, part of a wider OECD project examining possible "Future Global Shocks" such as a...
  • Virus targets Android phones 31-12-2010 12:20 PM

    Boston: A powerful virus targeting smart phones in China running Google Inc's Android operating system may represent the most sophisticated bug to target mobile devices to date, security researchers said on Thursday. Anti-virus firm Lookout Mobile Security estimates that the number of phones that have been infected by the virus,...
  • Top hacker 'retires'; experts brace for his return 30-10-2010 02:18 PM

    Washington: The programmer who wrote ZeuS - malicious software used to steal an estimated $ 100 million so far this year from US towns, companies and individuals - says he is retiring. But security experts believe there is a good chance he will soon emerge with even more powerful ways...
  • Norwegian Nobel Institute website hacked 27-10-2010 12:24 PM

    Oslo: The Norwegian Nobel Institute's website was Tuesday subjected to a hacker attack, the online edition of the Aftenposten daily reported. Online visitors risked downloading a so-called trojan, a type of malware, to their computers, according to telecommunications group Telenor's security group. The attack was traced to an IP (Internet...
  • Hackers can force a jet crash: British report 19-10-2010 03:24 PM

    London: A new breed of cyber terrorists has the capability of breaking into a plane's sophisticated on-board computer systems and forcing it to crash, a security document released Monday warned. They could also target critical infrastructure such as nuclear power stations and electricity supplies, reports the Daily Mail. These hackers...
  • Indian convicted for attack on Fannie Mae servers 06-10-2010 12:30 PM

    Boston: An Indian computer programmer was today convicted by a federal jury of planting a virus on Fannie Mae computer servers to destroy the US mortgage giant's data. Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana, 36, of Maryland faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for December 8....
  • 'Israeli cyber unit unleashed Iran computer virus' 01-10-2010 01:11 PM

    London: An Israeli military unit that undertakes cyberwarfare is responsible for creating a virus that attacked Iran's computer systems and stopped work at a nuclear power station, an expert has said. A Biblical reference has been detected in the code of the computer virus that points to Israel as the...