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Ransomware-spreading botnet takes desktop screenshots

The Necurs botnet has been inactive for much of the first half of 2017, but it is now back, with a vengeance. Recently, Millions of malicious emails have been distributed, with most of them spreading Locky ransomware.

An interview with BDO USA cybersecurity expert Gregory Garrett Special

In combating cyberattacks, like the recent hacking into energy company systems, every company, regardless of its size needs to understand the risks involved as we become more dependent on data-sharing and machine-learning capabilities.

Hackers have broken into the core systems of energy companies

Hackers are targeting U.S. and European energy companies in a cyber espionage campaign that has in some cases successfully broken into the core systems that control the companies’ operations, according to researchers at the security firm Symantec.

North Korea-linked hackers 'highly likely' behind WannaCry: Symantec

San Francisco - The Lazarus hacking group, widely believed to be connected to North Korea, is "highly likely" responsible for the WannaCry global cyberattack that hit earlier this month, US anti-virus firm Symantec said.

U.S. security agency warns against 'useless' antivirus programs

Washington - U.S. government computer experts are warning consumers that some popular antivirus software programs have become "useless" and could compromise the safety of home computers.

Symantec CEO ouster raises questions about turnaround

Symantec Corp's shares fell as much as 14 percent on Friday, a day after the security software maker fired its chief executive, raising concerns about its turnaround efforts.

Symantec fires CEO Bennett

Antivirus and security software provider Symantec Corp fired Chief Executive Steve Bennett on Thursday, the second time it has sacked its top executive in less than two years, as the company struggles to rev...

Security company finds evidence Stuxnet dates back to 2005

Researchers at Symantec have found an earlier version of the Stuxnet computer worm that dates back to 2005, not 2009 as previously thought.

Anonymous hacks PayPal as part of Operation Vendetta

The hacker group Anonymous is at it again, this time targeting Paypal and numerous other sites, claiming it to be part of the group's “November 5th protest.”

From where do you get the maximum spam emails?

Guess the original destination of most of the spam emails in your inbox? Russia? Canada? Holland? Nigeria? India? Pakistan? Wrong! It’s none of these.

Report says religious sites are riskier than porn for malware

Over time porn websites gained the notorious reputation for infecting computers with viruses. According to a new report, these are not the most common sites where nasty bugs can infiltrate a computer.

Op-Ed: Anonymous vs Symantec – Letting a beast loose on the world

Sydney - Well, things just got a lot dirtier. Security firm Symantec claims an Anonymous Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack was hijacked by a Trojan which stole banking and other personal details from Anonymous supporters. Anonymous denies the claim.

Study - Increase in strangers trying to meet kids offline

Kids Worldwide Speak Out on CyberSafety -Not All Fun and Games Online. A new report found 6 of 10 kids continue to have negative online experiences from cam exposure, nudity, violence and having strangers befriend them trying to meet them in real life.

Fake anti virus software catches 43 million users' credit cards

Yep, good ‘ol organized crime, the parasite that nobody does anything about, is doing nicely. Symantec has reported that up to 43 million people may have bought fake anti virus programs and in the process handed over their credit card details.

Op-Ed: Symantec launches Every Click Matters risk assessment tools

Last year, Chris Hogg and I did a piece on security for the big online social sites. We got some help from Symantec Canada and now the company has come up with some very handy tools and a paper on self-defense on the Web.

Report: 90% of email is spam, beware of Michael Jackson scams

Spam was the most prevalent type of email received in June 2009 according to the Symantec June 2009 State of Spam report. Spammers used current events to lure email users in order to spread their message or files that can destroy a computer hard drive.

Symantec: Don’t Google Conficker

Symantec is warning Web users not to search for Conficker because there are a number of hoax websites that could infect your computer.The powerful virus it is set to go off on April 1 by generating 50,000 URLSs daily.

Rise in UK Teenage Hackers

UK Computer experts say that the number of teenagers dabbling in hi-tech crime is increasing with many teenagers swapping credit card numbers, hacking tips and phishing kits.

Symantec: Online thieves can steal $5 billion from stolen credit cards, bank accounts

In a report, Symantec predicted that online thieves can steal more than $5 billion from the stolen credit cards and bank accounts they have acquired.

Symantec Warns, Microsoft Word is a PC Killer

Microsoft World vulnerability puts users at risk.

Cellphone Spam and Viruses Spark Concern

Digital Journal — As if email spam and viruses weren’t already frustrating us beyond belief, now cellphone users (basically, everyone under 60) are facing increasing threats of “mobile sabotage.”

Microsoft Lashes Back At McAfee, Calling its PR Engine Out of Touch with Reality

Symantec started the public hanging of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows Vista, and it looks like McAfee has showed up to tighten the noose. But Microsoft isn't going to hear any of it, as Guardian Unlimited reports Microsoft is lashing back

Symantec Snaps at Microsoft

This great article from Forbes talks about how pissed Symantec is at Microsoft for its upcoming Vista OS.

Symantec Report Shows Internet Attacks Growing Rapidly

Symantec's released its 10th Internet security threat report and the results aint' good. Wiith threats at an all-time high, browser attacks exposing user information and spam making up 54 per cent of all email, it's time to start living under a rock.

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Typical invoice email sent by Necurs botnet.
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