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Malware Mischief

Malware Mischief

Sorry, Forever Alones: Those Bikini Pics in Your Inbox Probably Contain Malware

(Photo: Emsi Soft)

Did you receive an email this holiday season from a kind-hearted woman who just wanted to celebrate Christmas by sending random strangers pictures of herself in skin-bearing bikinis? Free noodz from an anonymous hottie seemed too good to be true! And indeed, it was.

Sophos’ Naked Security reports that malware is currently circulating via screensavers of bikini shots landing in the inboxes of hapless Internet folks. Read More

Malware Mischief

Many Hospital Medical Devices More Badly Infected Than the Patients They Monitor

Medical equipment. (Flickr/cote)

Even in the best hospitals there is a danger of acquiring vicious bugs like flesh-eating bacteria, pneumonia or even a new strain of tuberculosis. MIT’s Technology Review blog reports that medical facilities nationwide are now dealing with an entirely different class of bugs: malware.

Computerized equipment manufacturers apparently have an affection for out-of-date versions of Windows that may eventually put entire hospital computer networks in jeopardy.

Speaking last week in a Washington, D.C., meeting of a medical device panel, security expert Kevin Fu was unequivocal: Read More

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Kaspersky Lab is Working on its Own Super-Secure Industrial Operating System

Mr. Kaspersky not looking supervillain-like at all. (Photo: flickr.com/cebitaus

Inspired by the behaviors of sophisticated malware such as Stuxnet, Flame, Duqu and Gauss, Russian billionaire and possible real-life Batman Eugene Kaspersky announced today that his Kaspersky Lab is developing a new operating system.

Mr. Kaspersky’s announcement wasn’t heavy on details about the OS, but security was obviously priority one. Acknowledging that Microsoft, Apple and the open source communities haven’t been able to create truly secure controls, Mr. Kaspersky basically said the problem with the previous systems was their universality: Read More

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Warning: ‘Mitt Romney Almost President’ Is a Malware Attack, Not a CNN Alert

Detail of image from SophosLabs

SophosLabs reports that malware attacks tend to surge near major elections and the most recent is calculated to pull in anxious voters on either side of the political spectrum; a malicious email purporting to come from CNN declaring “CNN Breaking News–Mitt Romney Almost President.”

In a post on their NakedSecurity blog, Sophos explains why no one should click a link from an email like this: Read More

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Chrome Users Fooled Into Installing Fake and Malicious Bad Piggies Browser Game

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Google Chrome users who think they’re downloading a browser version of the Angry Birds-related Bad Piggies game could be in for a nasty surprise–just ask the 80,000 or more users who recently installed malicious Bad Piggies fakes directly from Google’s Chrome Web Store.

Geek.com refers readers to the Barracuda Labs Internet Security Blog, which details conclusions researchers made once they started pulling apart the real payload accompanying the scammy games: Read More

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Beware the Dorkbot: Skype Worm of Doom Holds Your Computer for Ransom [Updated]

(Photo: Pro Hacking Tricks)

Hackers are spreading new malware attacks via Skype contact lists. Unassuming Skype users are lured into clicking on infected URLS from anxiety-inducing messages like, “lol is that you?” only to find their computer infected by a variation of the Dorkbot worm.

Don’t let the funny name fool you. Dorkbot has a nasty mission. Infected computers may end up locked down and held for ransom: Read More

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Researchers Develop ‘Visual Malware’ for Android

unhappy android

Via Gizmodo we have learned of PlaceRaider, the scariest damn Android malware you never want hiding on your cuddly old pal, the full-featured smartphone.

Researchers at the US Naval Surface Warfare Center created PlaceRaider and have dubbed it “visual malware.” It was developed as a proof of concept but would also be a great idea to sell to producers seeking spy gadget ideas for the next James Bond film, because PlaceRaider hints at the future of covert surveillance: Read More