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Survey Says Your Boss Is Probably Looking at Porn Right Now

Experts. (Photo: Shermanave.com)

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. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Now Bloomberg LP Has Its Own Venture Capital Fund, Too

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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]

 

Security

Scumbag Scammers Using the Boston Bombing to Spread Malware

Scumbags. (Photo: Sophos)

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. Read More

Search wars

Malware Is Your Punishment For Using Bing

Malware selfie. (Photo: Hahsgram)

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. Read More