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Next time your workplace computer network feels a little sluggish, don’t be so quick to blame Time Warner. It might be infected with a digital STD thanks to your company’s pervy higher-ups.
A recent survey showed that corporate malware is often caused by senior managers peeping at porn on their work computers. Forty percent of malware experts polled said they’d removed the stuff from a boss’s machine, Time NewsFeed reports.
Smartphone STDs may sound funny, but just like regular STDs, they are no laughing matter. We’ve written before about how scientists have proven thatmalware can be transmitted onto your phone through strange plugs–not to mention that your precious data can be stloen the same way. But now, a USB Condom promises to prevent either from happening.
After all the excitement of the cool things we’re going to be able to do on Google Glass (except watch hardcore porn), everyone’s apparently glossed over the fact that the devices are prime targets for malware and viruses. PC Mag reports that the Android-powered face computers are a “tempting target” for attackers since they’re already familiar with the operating system.
Has Google Maps ruined travel? (Only if your idea of a fun holiday is wandering the wilderness with only a compass and water bottle.) [Skift]
Bloomberg LP (which owns Bloomberg News) is launching a $75 million venture capital fund, because apparently that sort of thing is NBD now. [New York Times]
Forget over-sharing on the News Feed–teens are on Facebook to chat. [BuzzFeed]
The latest malware campaign to keep security pros up at night: NetTraveler, which in eight years has hit 350 “high-profile” targets across 40 countries. [Ars Technica]
Is Larry Ellison, lover of the high seas, actually terrible for the America’s Cup? [New York Times]
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A virus is draining bank accounts on Facebook — and NFL fan pages appear to be helping spread the malware.
The Trojan horse, called Zeus, has infected millions of computers, most of which are in the U.S., according to the New York Times. Zeus stays dormant until a victim logs into a bank site, Read More
A Russian porn website is infecting people’s computers with malware that overtakes their systems to mine for Bitcoins. (Pretty sure that’s the most Internetty sentence in history.) PCWorld reports that the malware (called “Fareit”) has been circulating for the past six months and only affects Windows computers.
The dirtbags who make malware are at it again. Sophos’s Naked Security blog reports that scammers are already taking advantage of Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, because they have zero sense of decency.
Scammers are sending out emails with subject lines like, ”2 Explosions at Boston Marathon,” “Aftermath to explosion at Boston Marathon,” and “Boston Explosion Caught on Video.” Inside the emails is a link to a website with the promised YouTube videos–plus a Windows virus. ”Clearly, there are no depths to which cybercriminals are not prepared to stoop in their hunt for victims,” Sophos said.
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Do you prefer your porn with a side of malware? According to one British researcher, users who visit popular porn sites like PornHub and xHamster have a 42 percent chance of contracting digital STDs (a.k.a. malware) on their computers. Naturally, online porn purveyors sites did not take kindly to the study, which they say overinflated the risk.
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Bad news for the porno pervs among us (a.k.a. everyone). As it turns out, websites that stream free porn are actually laden with malware that could completely destroy your computer. But it’s totally worth it, right?
Perhaps Binging it too often has some unintended and harmful side effects. According to a new study from a German security firm, the Microsoft-owned search engine is five times more likely to link you to a malware-infected page than Google.
In a high-tech humblebrag, AV-Test Institute reported that its initial suspicions that Google and Bing do a poor job of protecting their users from delivering Trojan-laden websites were correct. But Google isn’t really a winner here: it’s just that it did a less shitty job of indexing infected websites compared to Bing.