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Nasty Android malware spreads through Google's online ad network

Security researchers have discovered a severe form of malware that is spreading quickly through Google's online ad network. Targeting Android users, the malware downloads as soon as a user visits a page with an infected ad, making it a serious threat.

Internet bug lets hackers intercept your browsing to send malware

A major vulnerability in Linux has been discovered that allows hackers to intercept connections to websites and inject malicious code into their source. It affects several major publishers, giving attackers an easy way to infect machines.

Complex malware hides on government's computers for five years

A sinister form of malware known as Project Sauron has been spying on computers at major organisations, including governments, for over five years, according to researchers. It has been named 'Sauron' after Lord of the Rings references in its source code.

'World's lamest ransomware' leaves unlock key 'in plain sight'

A ransomware campaign currently doing the rounds in the US has been dubbed the "world's lamest" after researchers discovered it doesn't create unique encryption keys. The single code is hidden "in plain sight," letting anyone recover their files for free.

900 million phones at risk of Android 'Quadrooter' malware

Security researchers have warned that as many as 900 million Android phones are at risk of attack. Serious vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm's chipset drivers for its processors could give hackers complete control of devices and access to user data.

'No More Ransom' helps you recover data after a malware attack

A new website set up by Europol, Intel and Kaspersky to help resist the threat of ransomware could allow you to recover encrypted data for free. The site is designed to stop people paying ransoms to malware creators as this makes the problem worse.

Android Nougat will lock down your phone when malware's detected

Google is debuting a new feature with Android 7.0 Nougat that prevents phones booting if modified software components are detected. Designed to prevent malware infecting the operating system's core, the company has admitted it could throw false positives.

Microsoft patches 20-year-old critical Windows printing bug

Microsoft has patched a major flaw in all supported versions of Windows that allows hackers to install malware on your computer through the system print spooler. The vulnerability could give attackers an easy way to infect devices connected to a network.

Latest ransomware permanently deletes files, even if you pay

Ransomware is a rapidly growing form of malware and is proving greatly effective. Not every piece of ransomware is the same though, as one recent discovery proved. A new scam circulating online leaves out the encryption, simply deleting all your files.

PC users given a break from malware as infections slump to a low

A report has found the number of malware infections this year has fallen significantly since 2015. It could suggest that people have become more vigilant about security in the wake of large cyber-attacks, or indicate a larger decline in cyber-crime.

Popular Android keyboard 'abuses' permissions, sends data home

A popular third-party keyboard for Android devices has been caught tracking user behaviour, displaying infected ads and communicating with unknown servers in China for surreptitious purposes. Security experts warned the app is essentially "malware."

Experts warn of hackers adopting ransomware at 'alarming' rates

The number of ransomware attacks faced by PC users is rising at an "alarming" rate, according to security experts who study the increasingly popular class of malware.

Microsoft warns Windows users of 'worm-like' ransomware

Microsoft has warned Windows users that a new form of ransomware in the wild is dangerous and capable of self-reproducing. It propagates itself across removable and network drives, creating copies to infect as many files and devices as possible.

'Uncrackable' ransomware no more as creator hands over key

The creators of TeslaCrypt, one of the most successful ransomware campaigns to date, have released the encryption key used to lock victims' files, effectively shutting the malware down. There is now a free program available to decrypt affected data.

Microsoft prepares to banish nagging 'Get Windows 10' adware

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that its free upgrade offer to Windows 10 will end on July 29. It has since confirmed that its "Get Windows 10" app for Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs will be removed after that date, ending a year of nagging upgrade reminders.

Millions of Android phones exposed to attack by critical bug

Millions of Android phones are putting their users at risk of call and text message snooping due to a critical security bug in the Qualcomm software that powers them. Phones built within the past five years are susceptible to the major issue.

New Android malware silently installs ransomware from website

A new form of malware using online advertisements to sneak ransomware onto Android devices has been discovered in the wild. The malware loads "Dogspectus" onto phones and doesn’t require any user interaction, operating completely silently.

Google.com 'partially dangerous,' according to Google

Google's homepage at google.com is unsafe, according to the search giant's own safe browsing search tool. Google's Transparency Report named its own homepage as a domain that could be hosting malware and "deceptive content" used by hackers.

2.1 million Android devices were infected by malware last year

Google has released its annual Android security report for 2015, revealing that over 2.1 million devices were infected by malware present in the Play Store last year. Google's own store front is supposed to be a secure way to find new apps.

Emergency Android update fixes critical exploit bug

Google has rushed out a critical Android security update that fixes a bug that could allow attackers to compromise a phone using a malicious app in the Google Play Store. The fix will not be available on the majority of Android handsets though.

BBC, MSN and New York Times infected with ransomware

A number of major news sites have inadvertently hosted ransomware that could infect visitors' computers and permanently encrypt files. Publishers including the BBC, MSN and The New York Times are amongst those affected in the widespread campaign.

Mac users targeted in first known ransomware attack

The first known case of ransomware designed to attack Apple Mac computers has been reported by a security form. The malware form is popular among Windows-based hackers and encrypts the user's files before demanding a ransom.

New Android malware can wipe phones, spreads via SMS

A new form of serious Android malware has been discovered that uses malicious texts to spread across phones. A web link in the text installs malware on the phone, giving its controllers complete access to the device.

Google offering 2GB free storage as reward for updating security

Google is giving users 2GB of free Google Drive cloud storage in return for spending two minutes of their time to complete a Security Checkup. The offer is part of Safer Internet Day, designed to raise awareness of security issues online.

Google goes to war against fake download buttons

A common trick used by advertisers and scammers is to design fake software download buttons to display alongside websites with legitimate links. Google has announced it will start to protect users against these deceptive buttons with a Chrome update.

Time Warner Cable: Up to 320,000 email passwords possibly stolen

Time Warner Cable Inc. reported Wednesday that email passwords for up to 320,000 customers may have been stolen. The company also said it hasn't determined how the information was harvested, but there no indications of a breach at Time Warner Cable.

Hyatt hotel users hit by malware

The Hyatt hotel group has issued a warning to visitors of a security breach in its customer payment system. This is due to malware found on the company's internal systems.

Apple and Google remove Instagram app that stole user details

Apple and Google have removed a third-party Instagram client app from their stores that has stolen hundreds of thousands of user passwords. InstaAgent has quickly grown to be one of the most popular free clients in the UK, Canada and U.S.

Badly coded ransomware encrypts your data but forgets the key

Ransomware is nothing new. The malware works by encrypting files on the target's computer and charging the owner if they ever want to see them again. Unfortunately, a bug in one such program means it always forgets the key, making decryption impossible.

Thousands of Android apps infected with 'unremovable' malware

Security researchers have discovered a new form of Android malware that is virtually impossible to remove and is present in thousands of apps. Described as "trojanized adware", the creators are out to make money by injecting ads into phones.
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