Teacher who narrowly escaped jail in spyware case says her life is ruined

If there's a poster child for the dangers of spyware, it's Julie Amero. The 41-year-old former substitute teacher was convicted of four felony counts of endangering minors last year, stemming from an Oct.

Published on: December 1st, 2008 Robert McMillan

After brief respite beastly botnets are “back with a vengeance”

Two weeks after a hosting firm's shutdown sent global spam volumes plummeting, some researchers say spam has already bounced back.The shutdown of California-based McColo Corp., a company that hosted a staggering variety of

Published on: November 27th, 2008 Gregg Keizer

Seven common PC problems and what to do about them

As a small-business person, you might bemoan the fact you don't have 24/7 IT support like your larger-scale competitors. Don't panic. You can solve many of the most common computer problems yourself. Here

Published on: November 26th, 2008 Mary K. Pratt

Microsoft wipes out bogus security software from 1 million PCs

Microsoft Corp. said that the anti-malware tool it pushes to Windows users as part of Patch Tuesday removed fake security software from nearly a million PCs during nine days this month.In a post

Published on: November 25th, 2008 Gregg Keizer

500,000 bots blotted out with shut down of Web hosting firm

The shutdown last week of a U.S.-based Web hosting company crippled more than 500,000 bots, or compromised computers, which are no longer able to receive commands from criminals, a security researcher said today.Although

Published on: November 19th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Smartphones: the next target of malware attacks

Four years ago, F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen was talking about malware infections on mobile phones while few others were paying attention. With the growing use of Internet-enabled phones, particularly Apple's iPhone

Published on: November 13th, 2008 Bill Brenner

Cybercrooks deliver holiday spam a month early

With a deteriorating economy and employees increasingly concerned about their own job security, cyber crooks are starting to take advantage of corporate insecurity by delivering their own brand of "cheer" to e-mail Inboxes

Published on: November 13th, 2008 Michelle MacLeod

Worldwide e-mail scam campaign exploits Obama victory

A worldwide malicious e-mail campaign is using sensational "news" about U.S. President-elect Barack Obama as bait to steal the financial information of recipients.There are two different e-mails being distributed, according to Dan Hubbard,

Published on: November 7th, 2008 Michelle MacLeod

5 million reasons why crooks peddle bogus software online

Criminals can make as much as $5 million a year by planting nearly worthless security software on PCs, then badgering users with so many bogus malware warnings that they fork over their credit

Published on: November 4th, 2008 Gregg Keizer

Terrible Trojan steals 500,000 bank account, credit card logons

A sophisticated cybercrime group that has maintained an especially devious Trojan horse for nearly three years has stolen the log-ons to more than 300,000 online bank accounts and almost as many credit cards

Published on: November 3rd, 2008 Gregg Keizer

E-mail attachment malware soars 800 per cent in 3 months

The volume of malware attacks conducted via e-mail attachments increased about 800 per cent over the past three months as this low-grade hacking method was brought back from the grave, according to a

Published on: October 28th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Ouch! – Why SQL injections really sting and how to protect yourself

"SQL injection" – the phrase seems forbidding, and the reality it signifies is quite sinister.In fact this concept was mostly unknown just a few months ago, but now Web site developers around the

Published on: October 24th, 2008 Brian Jackson

E-ticket scam crash lands victims into a load of malware

In a reprise of a summer tactic, hackers are trying to trick people into infecting their PCs with malware by e-mailing them spurious airline-ticket invoices and boarding passes, a security company said today.The

Published on: October 22nd, 2008 Gregg Keizer

Bots could imperil your iPhone and blight your Blackberry

The ability of malware writers to consistently stay ahead of those seeking to stop them has been a constant factor in the security industry over the past several years.Looking to 2009, don't expect

Published on: October 21st, 2008 Jaikumar Vijayan