spyphone-1After word of the virus that infected hundreds of jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touches spread, Apple claimed that keeping your iPhone/iPod Touch in stock mode and not jailbroken, would keep it safe from viruses and other kinds of malware. However, a new app is proving that even a stock iPhone can be hacked. This app is called SpyPhone and is designed to show what kind of information a regular, non Jailbroken app can gather from users without them knowing about it.

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cyber-crimeAccording to the antivirus maker Symnatec, 87% of e-mail traffic in the past year was spam. This constitutes over 40 trillion spam messages and of these 40 trillion, 2% were found to have malicious malware.

While at first this does not sound like a large number it should be known that this is a 900 percent increase from last year.

Malware can search computers for bank information and personal details, or hijack computers to become a spamming army of zombie “botnets.” The worst thing of all is that, often, all of this happens without the user even noticing.

Within the past year there has been a specific increase in the amount of people who have had their Facebook or Twitters accounts hacked into.

One of the most alarming incidents in 2009 for governments and policy makers was the July 4th attacks on U.S. governments sites, such as the White House, the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq — followed a few days later by similar attacks on websites in South Korea.

According to a research paper by antivirus maker McAfee, both attacks were made by the same “botnet army” of 50,000 computers, which spammed targets with so many e-mails their IT systems were overwhelmed and subsequently crashed.

Looking ahead to 2010, antivirus maker Trend Micro predicts that there will be more attacks on Mac operating systems. Previously ignored by malware makers because of its relatively low market share, the booming popularity of Apple iPhones that run on the Mac operating system, it’s drawing the attention of cyber criminals.

The introduction this year of domain names in languages other than English — such as Russian, Chinese and Arabic — will also expand the hunting grounds for cyber crime, Trend Micro reports.

(Via CNN)



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facebook_hacked_by_koobface_mk2_virus_xlarge With the exponential growth of Facebook and Twitter comes the seemingly unstoppable growth of malware spyware and computer hacking. As the use of one rises, so does the other. As a result, social networking sites are coming under constant harassment from malicious programs designed to steal passwords and other personal information.

Yuval Ben-Itzhak, technology chief at a small security software vendor Finjan, has stated that “Cyber criminals continue to follow the money. With the combination of using sophisticated Trojans for the theft and money mules to transfer stolen money to their accounts, they minimize their chances of being detected.”

Symantec Corp has also stated that the use of spam email messages has also increased greatly in the third quarter. According to company reports, the amount of spam emails being sent out has risen to 88.1 percent from last year’s 81 percent. Furthermore, reports show that botnets are now responsible for sending 87.9 percent of all spam.

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facebook-fan-check-virusWord has spread through Facebook that the popular Fan Check application may actually be a virus. Many Facebook users who have downloaded the application have made complaints that their accounts were being hacked and sending unintentional messages to their contacts.

The application, which became available only recently, monitors the friends that comment on your wall or photos the most, and ranks them from highest to lowest. Shortly after it became available on the social networking site, groups already began forming asking for Facebook to ban the new application and warning fellow users not to download it.

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hacked-computer-june081Since the dawn of computers, people have been worried about the viruses and hackers. Now there are companies specifically dedicated to preventing these hackers and viruses from affecting our computers. One report however, says that they aren’t doing nearly enough. SANS Institute states that the cybersecurity community is facing an epidemic of unpatched software especially with applications like Adobe, Flash, Java, and Microsoft.

The report found that exploitable bugs in those applications are often unpatched for long periods of time.

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skype4beta_videochatA programmer named Ruben Unteregger has released the source code behind a malware program that he created specifically to record Skype voice conversations on the sly.

Unteregger, who used to work for a company called ERA IT solutions, created MiniPanzer and MegaPanzer. Both of these programs were originally created and sold to Swiss authorities to be used as surveillance tools. The programs were designed to hook into the Window XP’s audio drivers to record victims VoIP calls as MP3s. Afterward, these MP3 records are automatically sent to a remote server for an eavesdropper to collect.

Unteregger stated that he had retained copyright for the programs and has decided to release the source code and two compiled binaries so that signatures to detect the malware could be created. Just days after Unteregger released his code, Symantec and TrendMicro stated that their anti-virus programs had already detected Trojans in the wild similar to that of Unteregger’s.

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Cyber spying is no longer the work of movie fiction. Recently, a Canadian research security group has discovered a network of spies called GhostNet which were linked to government computers. It has infiltrated over 1,000 computers in more than 100 countries. These cyber spies gained information through spyware installed on computers of politicians, diplomats, and journalists. Targets included the Associated Press and the Dalai Lama.

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