Rogue ‘sexiest video ever’ app pummels Facebook users’ PCs

A huge attack by a rogue Facebook application last weekend infected users' PCs with popup-spewing adware, a security researcher said Monday.On Saturday, AVG Technologies received more than 300,000 reports of the malicious Facebook

Published on: May 19th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

East European gang ‘responsible’ for two-thirds of phishing attacks

A new report blames a single Eastern European gang for about two-thirds of all phishing attempts conducted in the last half of 2009.The phishing group -- named Avalanche by security researchers because of

Published on: May 14th, 2010 Robert MacMillan

Massive malware campaign exploits PDF flaw

Several security companies today warned of a major malware campaign that tries to dupe users into opening rigged PDFs that exploit an unpatched design flaw in the PDF. format Users who open the

Published on: April 30th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Surge in fake anti-virus programs, says Google

Fake antivirus software is becoming more prevalent on the Internet, with its creators using clever methods to fool users into installing the programs, according to a new report from Google. Google conducted a

Published on: April 30th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Compromised Gmail accounts used to flog Canadian pharmaceutical sites

Google is investigating a growing number of reports that hackers are breaking into legitimate Gmail accounts and then using them to send spam messages.The problem started about a week ago but seems to

Published on: April 22nd, 2010 Robert McMillan

‘Name to shame’ extortion scam targets adult game users

A Japanese cyber extortion gang is running a new "name to shame" scam by duping users who pirate adult games into installing malware, then demanding that they pay up to keep their names

Published on: April 20th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Malware attacks threaten firms with Facebook presence

Businesses dipping into the world of social media are increasingly vulnerable to virus infections, security experts told ITBusiness.ca."When you think about it there's absolutely no reason for cyber criminals not to hit a

Published on: March 26th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Botnet toolkit lets hackers completely control compromised PCs

New capabilities are strengthening the ZeuS botnet, which criminals use to steal financial credentials and execute unauthorized transactions in online banking, automated clearing house (ACH) networks and payroll systems. The latest version of

Published on: March 15th, 2010 Ellen Messmer

New Threats and High Spam Rates Mark the Beginning of 2010

It’s no secret that scammers and spammers are always looking ahead to capitalize on topical news and seasonal activities to target unsuspecting web users. Whether it’s the New Year’s spam we’ve just intercepted

Published on: February 11th, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

Scammers rake in $150 million peddling fake anti-virus apps

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says fake antivirus programs have raked in more than $150 million for scammers. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center issued a warning on Friday, saying that web

Published on: December 15th, 2009 Robert McMillan and Tim Greene

Another Panda-mic? Deadly Panda virus expected to strike again

A computer worm that China warned Internet users against is an updated version of the Panda Burning Incense virus, which infected millions of PCs in the country three years ago, according to McAfee.The

Published on: November 30th, 2009 Owen Fletcher

New ‘banking trojan’ set to siphon off millions of dollars

Security experts agree that cyber-criminals are getting better, but a new Trojan takes things to a whole new level.The URLzone Trojan, identified by researchers at Web filtering vendor Finjan Software earlier this month,

Published on: October 1st, 2009 Robert McMillan and Gregg Keizer

How to know if your PC is bot infected and what to do about it

As fireworks boomed on the Fourth of July, thousands of compromised computers attacked U.S. government Web sites. A botnet of more than 200,000 computers, infected with a strain of 2004's MyDoom virus, attempted

Published on: August 25th, 2009 Robert Vamosi

Vicious botnet infects a million PCs, steals financial data

A ferocious piece of malware that's infected up to a million PCs is stealing a "tremendous" amount of financial information from consumers and businesses that log on to their bank, stock broker, credit

Published on: August 4th, 2009 Gregg Keizer