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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Number of Cyberattacks on Social Networks Increasing


  • More cyberattacks hitting social networks            
    Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting social networks, prompting people to take more steps to protect their online privacy, according to a new survey from security company Webroot.
  • Kaspersky study finds Adobe software is biggest security risk
    According to its newly released threat report for Q2 2011, software from anti-virus specialist Kaspersky Labs detected an average of twelve security vulnerabilities on its users’ Windows systems. The company reports that all of the top ten most frequently detected vulnerabilities are to be found in Adobe or Oracle products.
  • Google reports on four years of experience in malware detection
    Google has announced the publication of a technical report entitled “Trends in Circumventing Web-Malware Detection”. This report describes the results of analysing four years of data – from 160 million web pages hosted on approximately eight million sites – collected through the company’s Safe Browsing initiative.
  • More Bitcoin malware: this one uses your GPU for mining
    Security researchers have spotted a new strain of malware that targets Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer virtual currency that exploded onto the tech scene earlier this year. In a report issued last week, Symantec researchers described a Trojan that uses the user’s computer to mine Bitcoins on behalf of the intruder.
  • Android malware masquerading as Google+ app
    A new flavor of Android malware is disguising itself as a Google+ app in an attempt to capture instant messages, GPS, location, call logs, and other sensitive data.
  • Dog Wars app for Android is Trojanized
    An older version of a controversial Android app called “Dog Wars” has been modified to include a Trojan horse that takes actions without the device owner knowing it, according to security firm Symantec.
  • Beware of rising phone hacking incidents
    Phone hacking incidents are on the rise and users need to take measures to prevent their phone conversations from being breached, warn industry watchers who say hackers today deploy various tactics to intercept conversations on landline as well as mobile phones.
  • Accelerometer used to log smartphone keystrokes
    Security researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to record keystrokes entered on a smartphone’s on-screen keyboard using the device’s built-in accelerometer.
  • Legal dispute over “eternal” cookies
    For over two weeks a lawsuit has been outstanding against the tracking metrics company KISSmetrics because its customers web sites – including Hulu, Spotify, Etsy and GigaOm – place an almost indestructible cookie on visitors’ machines.
  • Microsoft Disables Supercookies Code
    Microsoft has disabled the code responsible for creating supercookies on the computers of users navigating to its websites, designed to harvest browsing data even though plain vanilla cookies were not available.
  • Anti-malware vendors unite to fight cybercriminals
    It’s not publicly known, but antivirus companies like F-Secure, Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro and others help each other out all the time.
  • Facebook’s ‘Like’ button illegal in German state
    A German state would very much like for its residents to keep their fingers–and other assorted pointers or cursors–away from Facebook’s “Like” button. The state of Schleswig-Holstein has ordered all government offices to remove the button from their Web presence and shut down any Facebook “fan” pages, on the grounds that these things violate German and European data privacy laws.
  • Windows 8 vs. webOS, It Could Have Been Epic
    For a minute, it appeared that Windows 8 would have a bit of extra competition in 2012 from newcomer webOS, a platform that Hewlett Packard was planning to ship on its TouchPad tablet, new smartphones as well as on every PC, pre-installed alongside Windows.
  • New Aurora 8 works on memory, guts, and add-ons
    Mozilla upgraded its developer’s edition of Firefox this past Friday to version 8, including changing how forced third-party add-ons are handled and debuting a series of under-the-hood tweaks that continue a renewed assault on performance gains made in Firefox 7 Beta.
  • Browser compatibility for corporate sites a must
    Corporate sites should be built and tested across different Web browsers in order to achieve better customer reach, consistency and professionalism, stress market players.

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