Early this month, several Web sites began offering software promising ringtones and screensavers for certain cell phones. But those who downloaded the software found that it turned every icon on their cell phones' screens into a skull-and-crossbones and disabled their phones, so they could no longer send or receive text messages or access contact lists or calendars. Security experts named the malicious software "Skulls" and consider it an early warning of the damage hackers could do as they turn their malevolent talents to cell phones from computers.
A hacker put an obscene message, possibly for this city's mayor, on an electronic traffic message board, shocking morning commuters in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mayor Lois Frankel recently had put up large electronic signs that flash humorous messages meant to make light of ongoing construction delays, such as "I Am Mad Too! — Lois."
A hacker typed in the three-word message that Ms. Frankel thinks was aimed at her for Tuesday morning commuters to see.
After a number of years of increasingly high profile worm attacks, culminating in MyDoom, Blaster, Sasser and Slammer over the last 12 months, we are finally at the point where business is starting to take IT security seriously.
Security researchers are warning of a serious - and unfixed - security hole with the popular Winamp media player.
The Italian Senate has fallen victim to a computer worm which has been exploited by malicious hackers to upload hardcore gay porn onto PC monitors across the organisation.
According to reports, the upper house of the Italian Senate in Rome ground to a halt as it was hit by one of the many variants of the Rbot worm.
The Rbot family includes remote control functionality which allows hackers to gain access to infected computers, steal information and in some cases monitor computer users via their webcams.