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Windows XP updated to defend against 'nation-state' cyberattacks

Microsoft has taken the highly unusual step of releasing a new set of Windows security updates for unsupported operating system versions. The company said the patches come in the wake of WannaCrypt and provide protection against "nation-state actors."

Researchers warn Mac computer users to watch for new ransomware

Security researchers have warned that two dangerous new strains of malware have been spotted online, including a ransomware attack. It specifically targets Apple Mac computers, making it one of very few campaigns to stray away from Windows.

Studying network traffic helps track malware

A new study shows the analysis of network traffic, especially that directed towards suspicious domains, allows administrators to detect malware infections before the invading malware can do most of its damage.

Malware infecting 250 million devices could be a 'catastrophe'

An invasive form of malware believed to be attached to a Chinese firm could spell "global catastrophe," according to the cybersecurity firm that discovered it. The software has the power to gain near-complete control of targets, including spying on files.

OneLogin password manager breached, user data decrypted

Popular password management service OneLogin has reported a serious breach of its security systems which may have allowed attackers to access user data. The company told its customers that the perpetrators could have decrypted stored passwords.

Pirated Windows copies helped to spread the WannaCry ransomware

The WannaCry ransomware that made its way around the globe last week may have been aided by the use of pirated Windows versions. According to security researchers, the widespread use of illegal copies gave it a foothold in some regions.

Microsoft to patch Office exploit that allows code execution

Hackers have been caught using compromised Microsoft Word files to install malware on target computers. The flaw, yet to be patched by Microsoft, is in active use in the wild and can be used to silently run code and download executable files.

Malware made by the NSA released by Shadow Brokers group

Malware allegedly built by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been released online by hacking group Shadow Brokers. The tools have been confirmed to be authentic by cybersecurity experts but some of the software seems to be dated.

Android Security Report – Malware installs drop by 50 percent

Google has published its third Android Security Report, detailing the progress it has made in securing its ecosystem and keeping users safe on their devices. Play Store malware distribution has fallen, although the number of affected devices has risen.

Malware found preinstalled on almost 40 Android phones

Security researchers have discovered an alarming number of Android phones come with serious malware preinstalled. Devices seemingly fresh from the factory had malicious apps integrated with their storage and equipped with system privileges.

Chrome hackers use 'missing fonts' to get you to install malware

A new scam and malware campaign targeting Google Chrome users is claiming to help fix "missing fonts." The popup window claims a new font must be installed for websites to load correctly. Clicking OK downloads money-making malware.

Serious processor flaw makes hacking devices much easier

A significant flaw in a key security feature of computer processors could allow attackers to gain control of devices far more easily than was previously possible. There's currently no cure because the problem lies in the chip's firmware.

One of the oldest kinds of Windows malware is now targeting Macs

There's a longstanding myth that Mac computers don't get viruses — or, at the very least, malware makers don't target Macs as much as they do Windows.

Invisible 'fileless' malware taking control of banking networks

A dangerous strain of malware is going mainstream and targeting banks around the world, security researchers have warned today. Attackers have created malware that doesn't store any files, making it virtually undetectable.

Google takes aim at bad ads that deceive you and hide malware

Google has revealed it banned nearly two billion bad ads during 2016. The company has published a set of statistics that highlight how prevalent malicious advertising has become. It is developing new technologies to remove offending ads.

Google shares how it finds malicious Android apps

Google has detailed one of its most useful methods for catching malicious apps threatening Android phones. It is able to work out when an app has left a device unusable by checking to see if it has been used in a recent period of time.

Popcorn Time ransomware encourages you to infect your friends

A nasty new strain of malware is making the rounds. It is spreading by using a devious tactic that hasn't been observed before. If you get infected, you can choose to pass the ransomware onto two of your friends and get your files decrypted for free.

Gooligan malware breaches over one million Google accounts

A new strain of malware called Gooligan has successfully breached over one million Google accounts, according to security researchers today. The "alarming" campaign uses malicious apps designed as real ones to gain control of accounts.

'Most serious' Linux privilege-escalation bug ever discovered

Security researchers have warned that a privilege-escalation bug found in the Linux operating system could be the "most serious" of its kind ever discovered. It has been present in the kernel for nine years and is being actively exploited by attackers.

Microsoft warns iOS isn't as secure as you think

Microsoft has warned customers that iOS is no more secure than Android, contradicting commonly held beliefs about the relative security of the two platforms. The company said that recent attacks targeting iOS prove it's as vulnerable as Android.

Spotify Free caught streaming malicious adverts to users

Spotify is inadvertently infecting users' computers with malware, according to a spate of reports from customers. The company's network has been compromised by malicious adverts that are displayed in the free version of the Spotify client.

Report: Linux security must be upgraded to protect future tech

Researchers have detailed a series of security risks in the Linux kernel that threaten to put the future of the Internet of Things at risk. Developers told the 2016 Linux Security Summit that Linux needs a "total rethink" to remain safe to use.

Sinister new malware hints at future of undetectable viruses

A security researcher has discovered a strain of Microsoft Office malware that utilises a simple but effective technique to evade detection by analysts. While it is relatively unsophisticated, it points to the future challenges of combating cybercrime.

New ransomware prevents Windows from loading until you pay up

A potentially devastating new ransomware discovered in the wild goes to new lengths to convince you to pay up. After encrypting your entire hard drive, Mamba overwrites your PC's master boot record, preventing it from starting Windows.

Malware-infected USB sticks delivered to mailboxes in Melbourne

Australia's Victoria Police Force has warned homeowners not to use USB sticks being dropped through the mailboxes of one Melbourne suburb. It comes after a recent flood of reports from members of the public who have found compromised unmarked drives.

iPhone users urged to update after 'unprecedented' spyware found

Apple has released a critical security update for iOS that contains patches for three of the most serious flaws ever discovered in the software. A successful exploit has been found in the wild, giving hackers complete access from a single text message.

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.
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