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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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World Cup Virus Season Kicks Off

The FIFA World Cup 2006 tournament won’t get underway in Germany until early June, but computer virus writers are already attempting to cash in on the planet’s most popular sporting event with viruses aimed at deceiving eager soccer fans. Researchers at UK-based Sophos released notification of a new attack that infects Microsoft Excel files and [...]

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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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New SocketShield Stops Zero-Day Exploits

A start-up security company on Friday unveiled a beta of zero-day exploit protection software that it claims will protect users’ PCs until they can apply patches from the likes of Microsoft. SocketShield, which can be downloaded free-of-charge from the Web site of Exploit Prevention Labs, is a signature-based monitor that detects and blocks vulnerability exploits, [...]

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AV Firms Rubbish MS Vista Security Claims

Anti-virus firms at Infosec say they expect Vista and IE7 to change nothing for the industry. Microsoft used its presence at the show to laud the security features they’ve been busy building in the the upcoming software. In particular, Microsoft was eager to talk about how Vista will finally jettison the need to run Windows [...]

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Is Security Consolidation Coming?

News Analysis: While larger security applications vendors are thriving, some of their smaller rivals appear to be diving. Analysts say mergers across the industry may be around the bend. Increased demand for security suites and too many anti-virus vendors could create a good brew for consolidation, said industry watchers. While industry giant Symantec continues to [...]

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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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Virus Writers Get Into Cyber-Extortion

Incidence of cyber-blackmail attempts rose during the first three months of this year. Malicious hackers are moving away from ‘stealth use’ of infected computers – stealing personal data, using infected computers as part of zombie networks – to direct blackmailing of victims, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab. Read more: Virus writers get [...]

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