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Shamoon Malware Steals Data

A new piece of malware known as Shamoon that has the ability to destroy files on infected machines and overwrite the master boot record has researchers scratching their heads, wondering what the tool’s purpose might be and why the attackers behind it would destroy infected PCs. There are some indications that the malware could be related to Wiper, but researchers believe this is a red...

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YouTube launches face-blurring feature

YouTube launches new face-blurring feature to disguise identities   Google (GOOG) on Wednesday announced a new face-blurring tool for its video-sharing website YouTube. The site is the first to roll out such a feature, which is meant to protect the identity of protesters around the world. “Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists...

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Botnet responsible for spam taken down

Botnet responsible for as much as 50% of global spam taken down   Computer security experts on Wednesday revealed that they had successfully taken down Grum, the world’s third-largest botnet, which was responsible for roughly 18% of global spam, according to The New York Times. According to CNNMoney, that figure could be as high as 50%. The security experts were able to block the botnet’s...

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Targeted Attacks on SMB’s Increase

Targeted Attacks on SMB’s Increase in 2012 In the first six months of 2012, 36 percent of targeted attacks focused on small businesses of fewer than 250 employees, and there were an average of 58 attacks per day, according to a new research report. At the end of 2011, small businesses were on the receiving end of only 18 percent of such attacks. Despite that statistic, those large...

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Microsoft fix kills Windows Gadgets

Microsoft has warned that a Gadgets feature included in Vista and later versions of Windows could allow attackers to hijack end-user machines and has taken the unusual step of issuing a temporary update that allows it to be completely disabled. “An attacker who successfully exploited a Gadget vulnerability could run arbitrary code in the context of the current user,” company...

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HP Switches Shipped w/Malware

HP is warning customers that some of its ProCurve switches were shipped recently with compact flash cards infected with malware. The company said that a number of software versions in the ProCurve 5400 switch were affected, and that PCs could be become infected by the malware under some conditions. HP did not provide details on which piece of malware was included on the switches or what the...

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