Virus on virus – set a thief to catch a thief
The old debate on whether it would be ethical to use viruses to detect and even clean other viruses has largely been won by the law of unintended consequences: it's simply too dangerous. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen accidentally...
Rojadirecta.com and Rojadirecta.org to be released soon
A day short of 19 months after ICE’s Operation in Our Sights seized the Rojadirecta.com and .org domains, they are expected to be released within the next few hours, claims Rojadirecta.
That Java vulnerability and the full disclosure debate
The Java exploit made public last weekend and added to Metasploit by Monday was almost immediately included in the Blackhole exploit pack – and in less than a week it has become a major threat to internet users.
UK Communications Bill ill-thought says Law Society
“Proposals in draft legislation would let the government conduct the ‘mass surveillance of innocent people’ under the cloak of investigating terrorist and criminal organisations,” says the Law Society.
Cyberattacks up 400% since 2011
Cyberattacks are intensifying across vectors and industry segments, according to agnostic research from FireEye.
Facebook troll is a policeman
Following Nicola Brookes’ landmark court case that forced Facebook to hand over the IP address details of people abusing her on the social network, a 32-year-old serving policeman has been arrested.
Firefox 15 fixes 16 vulnerabilities
Firefox version 15 was released on Tuesday. It includes a variety of new features, improvements to existing features, and sixteen security fixes – seven of them around ‘critical’ issues.
Java zero-day rapidly spreading via BlackHole
The Java zero-day vulnerability discovered in the wild this week has already been added to the BlackHole toolkit for cybercriminals, exponentially expanding the severity of the problem. According to malware trackers, the Java zero-day exploit has now been responsible for tens of thousands of new infected machines in just a day and a half.
Android malware targets women with 'meet a rich man' gambit
Hackers are getting more and more personalized, going after specific niches in a long-tail attempt to avoid wide-net security measures. True to form, a new type of Android malware has been spotted, specifically designed to target female, single smartphone users.
Google's Postini transition sparks competitor feeding frenzy
E-mail security vendors are trying to lure customers away from Google as the internet juggernaut transitions its Postini security customers to its Google Apps infrastructure. The feeding frenzy is unsurprising: Google has 26 million customers for the taking.
More password problems from Windows Registry
In an announcement that echoes the recent revelations about UserPasswordHint in the Windows Registry, a Russian security firm says passwords protected by a fingerprint swiping system are stored in the Registry in ‘nearly’ plain text.
Kaspersky looks at the wreckage of Wiper malware
Kaspersky Lab – which to a large extent has led the analyses of the new cyberweapon class of malware (Stuxnet, Duqu, and Flame) has been taking a closer look at what the most destructive sample, Wiper, has left behind.