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Slow Apple Xcode downloads lead to malware infections

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Apple has revealed that some of its Chinese users, frustrated with slow download speeds of its Xcode programme, have been infected with malware by turning to unofficial versions of Xcode instead. Apple has announced that they will improve download speeds in China although the difficulties would seem to lie with… Read more »

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WhatsApp web service under attack by malware

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A security flaw in the messaging service WhatsApp has been discovered. The bug is able to spread malware and ransomware so that victims end up having to pay to restore their own accounts. The breach apparently only affects the web-based service and as soon as it was discovered, a patch… Read more »

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Malware discovered in adult app

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American security firm Zscaler has discovered malware in an over-18 app called Adult Player which takes photographs of unsuspecting victims whilst they browse various images and then demands as much as $500 from users to destroy the photos and unlock the device. Victims were lured to the app with seductive… Read more »

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iPhone malware leads to breach of 200,000 Apple accounts

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Security company Palo Alto Networks has revealed that more than 200,000 Apple account details have been stolen from iPhone customers. The malware called KeyRaider only works on iPhones which are described as “jailbroken”, which means the phone’s own internal security has already been compromised and internal security files accessed. The… Read more »

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Sophisticated hacking operation steals millions through insider trading

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US authorities have disclosed that an international hacking group has been able to obtain sensitive financial information which was then used for insider trading, netting the hackers millions of dollars in illegal profits. Nine people have already been charged in connection with the theft. The activity was not confined solely… Read more »

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Rogue app briefly available on Google’s Play store

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Google has recently discovered malware in its Play store which has been imitating the genuine app BatteryBot Pro, an app which monitors power consumption on Smartphones. The rogue app gained access to the Smartphone functionality like any other app – by requesting permission to access phone functions. Once the permission… Read more »

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Adobe Flash Player flaw allows in malware

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French security expert Kafeine has exposed a flaw in the popular programme Adobe Flash Player. The programme is accessed through criminal toolkits allowing hackers to gain access to users’ computers. Adobe have acknowledged the problem and recommended that users install the latest version of Flash Player as being the best… Read more »

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Bundestag malware infection deep-rooted

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A reported malware infestation at the German national parliament, the Bundestag, is much more serious and invasive than first thought. It is suspected that the attack last month originated from Russian hackers who gained access via a sophisticated trojan; similarities between this malware and others emanating from Russia have led… Read more »

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New virus renders computers unusable

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A new computer virus has recently been discovered which essentially protects itself from destruction by making the host computer totally unusable. If challenged, the virus, called Rombertik, deletes key files and causes the computer to constantly restart. Unchallenged, the virus will harvest log in details and other key, confidential information…. Read more »

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New software fights back against ransomware

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Russian software security firm Kaspersky Lab has recently released a ransomware decryptor that helps individuals and businesses fight back if they have been hit by a CoinVault ransomware attack. Although encryption can be a powerful security tool, it is also used against people in these types of attacks, which encrypt… Read more »

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