Viruses & Malware
Apple will release a malware removal tool after a number of Mac systems were infected by computer hackers who targeted Facebook last week.
Unknown hackers infected the computers of some Apple workers when they visited a website for software developers that had been infected with malicious software.
The malware had been designed to attack Mac computers, the Telegraph reports. The same software, which infected Macs by exploiting a flaw in a version of Oracle Corp's Java software used as a plug-in on Web browsers, was used to launch the attacks against Facebook.
OpenX’s free, open-source OnRamp service are left scrambling to find alternatives after hackers infected the ad server with malware over the weekend and forced the company to permanently shut it down today.
Users were first notified of the issue in a message posted on the OpenX help forum at 7:46 a.m. ET yesterday.
Financial malware authors are trying to evade new online banking security systems by returning to more traditional phishing-like credential stealing techniques, according to researchers from security firm Trusteer.
Most financial Trojan programs used by cybercriminals today are capable of tampering in real time with online banking sessions initiated by victims on their computers. This includes the ability to execute fraudulent transactions in the background and hide them from the user by modifying the account balance and transaction history display in their browser.
DESPITE A DROP in overall infection rates, nearly one out of every three PCs carries malware, according to Panda Labs.
The security firm said that overall some 32 percent of users it surveyed in 2012 were infected with malware, down from 38 percent in 2011. China was the most infected country with some 54 per cent of systems infected. South Korea was second, followed by Taiwan, Turkey and Honduras.
Microsoft Security Essentials has once again proven that it's not adequate for protecting a user's computer, after failing another antivirus test by scoring well below competitors' products. Dennis Technology Labs evaluated eight major antivirus programs from October to December 2012, awarding each program both a total accuracy rating and a protection rating, and in their testing they found Microsoft Security Essentials to be significantly worse than the other seven products on the test bed.