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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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All My Personal Details for Chocolate? Go on Then

On social engineering, rootkits and Easter eggs Infosec blog When I explain what I do to Spanish friends and neighbours in my faltering Castilian, people often ask me about malicious hackers. It’s very often hard to explain that the viruses they receive in their email are most likely random attacks. A PC is, after all, [...]

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Rootkits, Smarter Hackers Pose Growing Security Threats

If reports issued by several well-known anti-virus companies are on the money, IT administrators will continue to face new and sophisticated forms of malware that challenge the security industry’s ability to stay ahead of emerging threats. Based on a new study released by software maker McAfee’s Avert Labs group, the technology used to cloak many [...]

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Kaspersky Testing Mobile Antivirus

Kaspersky Labs is seeking beta testers for the second version of its Anti-Virus Mobile product, which protects Symbian based smartphones, including those from Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung and Siemens. New features of the 2.0 release include faster performance, quarantine support, as well as spam blocking for SMS and MMS messages. In addition, “The user can customize [...]

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Microsoft Updates Worm Killer

Along with the usual patches unveiled Tuesday, Microsoft also updated the Windows Malicious Software Tool, a free utility that detects and deletes a limited number of worms, viruses, Trojans, and rootkits. April’s edition adds three new pieces of malware to the tool’s target list: the Valla virus, and Reatle and Locksky worms. Microsoft tagged all [...]

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Kaspersky Warns of Cross-Platform Virus Proof of Concept

APRIL 07, 2006 (COMPUTERWORLD) – Kaspersky Labs is reporting a new proof-of-concept virus capable of infecting both Windows and Linux systems. The cross-platform virus is relatively simple and appears to have a low impact, according to Kaspersky. Even so, it could be a sign that virus writers are beginning to research ways of writing new [...]

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Social Engineering Trumps Flaws?

From the article: Good social engineering can threaten users more than a serious software flaw, Microsoft’s Anti-Malware Engineering Team argued in a blog post on Tuesday. A relatively unknown worm has spread moderately successfully without exploiting any flaws in the Windows operating system, according to data collected by Microsoft’s software for removing malicious code. The [...]

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Verizon Launches Secure IM Services for Businesses

Verizon Business unveiled its Hosted Secure Instant Messaging Service Wednesday, aimed at addressing IM security issues as the messaging technology becomes more popular among business and enterprise users. Hosted Secure IM has been developed to help stop various cyber pestilences like worms, viruses and spim before they enter business networks. Read full story here

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Virus Writers at War

From the article: The confrontation between virus writers and the anti-virus industry is escalating, with malware authors also going after fellow VXers. The dog eat dog atmosphere has resulted in cybercriminals stepping up their attacks against the security industry and government organisations, according to a report Kaspersky Labs published this week. The report, Malware Evolution [...]

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This Man Has a Virus

From the article If a respectable-looking person handing out sample CDs on the street offered you one, would you take it home and run it? If he handed it to you on your commute to the office, would you run it at work? If someone called and said she was with IT and needed your [...]

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