Infosecurity News

F-Secure for Mac places Apple system files in trash

It was red faces all round at F-Secure yesterday after the security vendor realised that a beta test version of its software for the Apple Mac was apparently diagnosing benign files as infected - and then placing them in trash.

Next-generation phishing HTML scam dissected

Phishing emails are becoming more sophisticated, with hybrid attacks being the order of the day. And now an M86 Security researcher has dissected what appears to be a next-generation phishing email that uses HTML to achieve its aim.

"The stealthiest file infector ever"

It seems that hackers are getting better at developing obfuscated and stealth mode malware code, as a security researcher with Symantec claims to have discovered the stealthiest file infector yet seen.

At last: Android devices to get full disk encryption

It looks like Google Android is going to be the first smartphone platform to get a near-native full disk encryption (FDE) app, thanks to work from renowned IT security researcher Moxie Marlinspike.

Auditors are skeptical of organizations' data security efforts

A significant number of auditors believe that their organizations are not taking data security seriously and may not be allocating enough resources to comply with laws and regulations, according to a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute for Thales eSecurity.

Google warns against new generation of politically motivated online attacks

Google has warned users of its various online services about a new generation of highly targeted attacks against specific individuals using the Internet Explorer family of browser software.

Scammers use Japanese earthquake for charity donation fraud

Scammers are using the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan to appeal for fraudulent charity donations, a security firm has warned.

Adobe to patch critical flaw in Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat next week

Adobe plans to issue an emergency fix next week for a critical vulnerability in its Flash Player, as well as the authplay.dll component of Adobe Reader and Acrobat for Windows and Mac, which could cause a crash and allow an attack to take control of the affected system.

Google warns against new generation of politically motivated online attacks

Google has warned users of its various online services about a new generation of highly targeted attacks against specific individuals using the Internet Explorer family of browser software.

Banks add anti-skimming devices to ATMs

It looks as though banks are adding a new generation of anti-skimming devices to ATMs, in a bid to help prevent users' cards and their PINs from being compromised. But it seems that the retrofitted devices are causing confusion amongst ATM users, who are - quite understandably - mistaking the devices for fraudulent skimming devices.

Online survey scam spreading on Twitter

Reports are coming in that a scam is circulating on Twitter, claiming to be a simple survey, but potentially dropping a range of rogue applications on to users' PCs, as well as spreading virally to other users of the service.

53% of staff have little or no awareness of corporate security

Research carried out by the Ponemon Institute claims to show that 35% of UK IT security admins have little or no awareness about data protection or corporate security policies.