No major Conficker incident but the threat still lurks

An expected activation of the Conficker.c worm at midnight today passed without incident, despite sensationalized fears that the Internet itself might be affected, but security researchers said users aren't out of the woods

Published on: April 2nd, 2009 Summer Lemon

Don’t mess with malware – a clean wipe of your system is the best response

Most people I meet who have found malware on their computer regale me with a cat-and-mouse story of the fight and the painstaking steps they had to take to remove it. When it

Published on: March 10th, 2009 Roger A. Grimes

Adobe Reader under attack, no patch in sight

Hackers have been exploiting a critical bug in Adobe Reader, the popular PDF-viewing software, for at least nine days, researchers said Friday, but a patch may not be ready for another three weeks.

Published on: February 23rd, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Wyndham hotel systems hacked

Hackers broke into a computer at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts last July and stole tens of thousands of customer credit card numbers, the hotel chain has warned. The break-in occurred at a property

Published on: February 20th, 2009 Robert McMillan and Jaikumar Vijayan

High-profile hacking contest targets browsers, smart phones

A hacking contest that has grabbed headlines two years running will take aim next month at browsers and smartphones, according to 3Com Inc.'s TippingPoint, the security company that sponsors the "PWN2OWN" challenge. "We're

Published on: February 13th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Companies lose $202 for each compromised customer record

Companies that are reluctant to invest what it takes on data security better be prepared to pony up a lot more if their systems are ever breached. That's the main take-away from a

Published on: February 4th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

“Curse of Silence” attack on Nokia phones hints at more serious mobile malware

A mobile malware attack dubbed the “Curse of Silence” affecting certain Nokia phones could be the harbinger of more serious security threats to smartphones in the near future, according to a security researcher.The

Published on: January 12th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Online retailers buckle down security for holiday season

FRAMINGHAM - One predictable trend in recent years has been a sharp increase in online attacks directed against retailers during the holiday shopping season. This year is proving to be no different either,

Published on: December 8th, 2008 Jaikumar Vijayan

Canadian hacker ‘Mafiaboy’ seeks redemption

The Internet attack took Yahoo engineers by surprise. It came so fast and with such intensity that Yahoo, then the Web's second most-popular destination, was knocked offline for about three hours.That was on

Published on: October 17th, 2008 Robert McMillan

How hackers can turn on your Webcam and microphone

The security researchers who two weeks ago warned of new "clickjacking" vulnerabilities in browsers, Web sites and popular plug-ins, revealed a dozen variants of the bug Tuesday. And that's just for starters, said

Published on: October 14th, 2008 Gregg Keizer

Cybercrooks cast Brad Pitt, Beyonce and Justin T. in latest malware attacks

Googling celebrities on your workstation at the height of the recently concluded Toronto Film Festival could have been one of the most risky cyber-activity this month.Reverting to a tried and true tactic, spammers

Published on: September 22nd, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Hackers exploit Olympic fever to infiltrate PCs of unsuspecting fans

Cyber-criminals are using the Olympics to put malware on the podium, hijacking legitimate Olympic coverage and content so as to infect those involved with the Beijing Games and its fans, according to security

Published on: August 19th, 2008 Brian Jackson

SMBs lulled into false sense of online security

A majority of small to medium-size businesses in North America mistakenly assume that they are too low a target for cyber crooks, but a new survey indicates that the sector is in fact

Published on: July 24th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Ten powerful – and free – security downloads for Windows PCs

To use an Internet-connected computer is to be insecure and place your privacy in danger. Spyware, viruses, Trojans and assorted malware are everywhere on the Net, trying to hop onto your PC and

Published on: June 2nd, 2008 Preston Gralla