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Monday, 10 December 2012 22:28

Virus records your phone calls on Android devices

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It is no longer a secret that along with the development of operating systems for smart phones, viruses, hacks and other malicious software for them is also developed. We could almost say that the viruses from the computer are moving to mobiles. One of the latest pieces of malicious software that was detected by specialists from CA Technologies is a Trojan horse that is able to record all your phone calls and store them on hacker’s servers.

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Another day another bit of malware hits the internet. This time the malware is a very nasty bit of code and one that you should be very concerned about. The new malware named Shamoon was first reported on Thursday and has the nasty capability to grab user information before attempting to render the system unusable. Both Symantec and Kaspersky have independently reported on the malware and from their reports on the new bug seem to feel it is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

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Leveraging the hype around the 2012 Olympics in London cyber criminals are pushing out malware via spam emails claiming that Gabrielle Douglas, who won a gold medal in Women's  Gymnastics All Around, will face lifetime ban from sport.  Obviously they are expecting that false news about doping scandals will help a lot in spreading the malware. The email is suggesting a link that will open up a false youtube page and prompt you to download  Adobe Flash plugin to view the content. Sophos, which first reported on this spam, detects the malware as Troj/Agent-XIK and Troj/JSRedir-IA.

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If you have been around computers for long you might remember the “I Love You” malware or the Nimda malware. Both of these relied on our habits of opening up links and attachments without out considering the email or subject. What made Nimda and I Love You even more dangerous is that they came from people we know. Now it looks like there is a new Facebook malware running around the internet. The new malware that was caught by Sophos Labs takes advantage of user trust of links claiming to have posts about them. It is an often used form of social engineering that has been effective ever since some of the first Spam malware hit the net.

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14621rotten_appleWell, well, well… although we have been saying it ever since the first Macs with Intel CPUs rolled off the lines in the Foxconn factories in China it seems like the world is finally realizing that the Mac IS a PC just running a different OS. The first kick in the head was delivered when the Flashback Malware hit the streets in the form of a fake flash installer which made any infected Mac part of a global botnet.

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