Malware

Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. Malware is defined by its malicious intent, acting against the requirements of the computer user, and does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency. The term badware is sometimes used, and applied to both true (malicious) malware and unintentionally harmful software.Malware may be stealthy, intended to steal information or spy on computer users for an extended period without their knowledge, as for example Regin, or it may be designed to cause harm, often as sabotage (e.g.
Posts about Malware
    • What the CCleaner hack means to you

      For those of you who may be unfamiliar with CCleaner, it’s an app for Windows computers that removes cookies and other temporary files on your computer to free up hard drive space and provide a performance boost. Recently, CCleaner’s developer, Piriform, announced on their blog that certain versions of the CCleaner software had been infected with malware.

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  • Over 750 domains hijacked in attack on Gandi

    … Gandi saw 751 domains belonging to its customers hijacked and redirected to malware delivery sites, the French registrar reported earlier this month. The attack saw the perpetrators obtain Gandi’s password for a gateway provider, which it did not name, that acts as an intermediary to 34 ccTLD registries including .ch, .se and .es…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
  • New malware doesn’t even need you to click on a link

    … Another week and another new type of malware comes out, this one even has a new trick to it. Normally, when your computer gets infected by malware you have to open an attachment or click on a link. With this new type of attack, you don’t even have to do that. All you have to do is hover your mouse over the link and it could infect your computer…

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  • Chipotle malware attack exposed customers’ card info

    … Recently, restaurant chain Chipotle announced they experienced a massive data breach that affected numerous locations nationwide. If you visited the restaurant between March 24 and April 18 of this year and paid with a debit or credit card, the odds are that your card information has been exposed to hackers and identity thieves. This is just…

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  • Updates to the Google Safe Browsing’s Site Status Tool

    …(Cross-posted from the Google Security Blog) Google Safe Browsing gives users tools to help protect themselves from web-based threats like malware, unwanted software, and social engineering. We are best known for our warnings, which users see when they attempt to navigate to dangerous sites or download dangerous files. We also provide other tools…

    Google Webmaster Central Blogin Google- 17 readers -
  • #NoHacked: A year in review

    … We hope your year started out safe and secure! We wanted to share with you a summary of our 2016 work as we continue our #NoHacked campaign. Let’s start with some trends on hacked sites from the past year. State of Website Security in 2016 First off, some unfortunate news. We’ve seen an increase in the number of hacked sites by approximately 32…

    Google Webmaster Central Blog- 19 readers -
  • 6 Simple Tips To Keep Your WordPress Website Secure In 2017

    … New Year, New President, new web host (if you just joined us), now is a great time to do a security audit of your WordPress website! Unfortunately most people put this off until its to late costing them unwanted downtime and extra expenses trying to get it cleaned. In the last two weeks I’ve personally […] The post 6 Simple Tips To Keep Your…

    Ryan Gray/ IMGRINDin Blogging- 12 readers -
  • Apple users have two new threats to deal with

    … damage and your iPhone should restart. The second problem is a piece of malware called Fruitfly that is targeting Mac computers. If your Mac is infected a bad actor can take control of your webcam and can take screenshots of whatever you’re working on. This malware seems to be only targeting a specific industry and may not have spread into consumer…

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  • Mobile Shopping Is on the Rise, But Security Is at Risk (Infographic)

    … participants had no third-party mobile security applications installed on their devices. And there’s a lot at stake in the mobile shopping space. According to a press release from Trustlook: More than one-third of Black Friday sales ($1.2 billion) were conducted via mobile devices, according to Adobe, up 33 percent from a year ago. Moreover, PayPal saw one…

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  • New malware attacks millions of Internet Explorer users

    … New malware attacks millions of Internet Explorer users A new form of malware has infected millions of users of the Internet Explorer browser. The malware uses flaws in Explorer along with Adobe Flash in order to gain access to the user’s email passwords through keylogging and taking screen shots. The malware, called Stegano, infects users…

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  • Trust in Social Media Security Is at an All-Time Low (Infographic)

    … they were two years ago, and those aged 65 and older are the least trusting group of all. However, with increases in daily active users of up to 5 percent on almost every major social site, social media use is up overall. Even niche services like Vine and Tinder gained 8 percent and 6 percent more daily users, respectively. Tumblr was the only site…

    AllTwitterin Social- 17 readers -
  • Learn to Identify and Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams (Infographic)

    … of your data. An infographic from Digital Guardian provides a guide for identifying and avoiding phishing attacks. Unlike hacking, phishing is usually a confidence scam, where a cyber criminal will attempt to make users or employees believe they are a legitimate source. This can lead to leaks of personal information, or open vectors for malware…

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