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Comodo Anti-Virus: Savior or Devil in Disguise?

Imagine this: A reputable security company releases an eternally-free, “enterprise-class,” anti-malware engine that doesn’t waste CPU cycles, or otherwise molest your machine. Windows users rejoice that they can surf without fear of PTM (Porn-Transmitted Malware), and they line up to buy the company’s other, for-cash, products. A national holiday is named in honor of the [...]

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MS Researchers Tackle Automated Malware Classification

Researchers from Microsoft’s anti-malware engineering team are working on an automated way to sort through the thousands of malware families and variants attacking Windows computers. The company unveiled its plans at the EICAR (European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research) conference in Hamburg, Germany, proposing the use of distance measure and machine learning technologies to come [...]

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McAfee Warns Over Apple Virus Risk

Anti-virus software firm McAfee has identified Mac OS X as a growing target for malware attacks. According to McAfee Avert Labs, Mac platform vulnerabilities increased by 228 per cent in the past three years alone, from 45 found in 2003 to 143 in 2005. McAfee didn’t say how many of these bugs were critical, preferring [...]

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Security Watch: The Fake Internet Lottery Jackpot Is… All Your Money!

There’s another zero-day attack on Internet Explorer. There are conflicting claims about how serious it is, but read about how serious it could be in the Zero-Day IE Attack section. Everyone’s got their own names for malware attacks, but AV-Test keeps track of them all. Get a cross-reference list of names for attacks on the [...]

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Microsoft Rocked by New IE Zero-Day Flaw Warning

Barely two weeks after shipping an Internet Explorer security makeover to cover a wave of drive-by malware downloads, Microsoft is scrambling to address the public disclosure of a new zero-day vulnerability that could be used in code execution attacks. The Redmond, Wash. software maker confirmed it was investigating a warning posted on the Full-disclosure mailing [...]

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Spamming Malware: Parite.B and IRC Backdoor Disable Anti-Spyware Programs

I got a spam this morning with a subject line of “yahoo send you postcard” from “postcard”. Of course all the alarms went off in my head, but there was no attachment and I have a nice little freeware app called PocketKnife Peek that lets you preview an email in plain text, view the html [...]

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Linux Malware Doubled in ’05; Macs May Be Next

Although the number of malicious threats against the open-source Linux operating system doubled in 2005 over the previous year, a security company said Friday, it’s users of Apple Computer’s Mac OS X who should be afraid of the future. Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs on Friday released the results of analyses of its malware database, and said [...]

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Rootkits to Mask Most Malware by 2008

Rootkits that hide malicious software from anti-virus and anti-spyware tools are growing in number and sophistication, and will pose an unprecedented risk to users by 2008, security company McAfee said this week. In the opening quarter of 2006, said McAfee in the first of a trilogy of reports on rootkits, its Avert Labs spotted more [...]

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Linux Desktop Growth Could Spur New Malware Activity

APRIL 20, 2006 (COMPUTERWORLD) – When the Indiana Department of Education began installing PCs running Linux in schools last year, it installed open-source antivirus software on servers to scan incoming e-mail. But it didn’t bother installing antivirus software on the desktop computers. Read more: Linux desktop growth could spur new malware activity

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GRISOFT Bolsters AVG With Anti-Malware Purchase

GRISOFT, the firm behind AVG anti-virus, has acquired anti-malware firm Ewido Networks for an unspecified amount. The deal allows GRISOFT to add protection against spyware and adware to its existing line of antivirus and firewall products. Read more: GRISOFT bolsters AVG with anti-malware purchase

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