Current Threats

  • New Trojan Ransoms Files, Demands $300
    A Trojan is loose that locks up files and then demands a $300 ransom to return access, several security firms say, but at least two have discovered the password needed to free the files.
  • Coming Soon: Viruses Spread By RFID Tags
    RFID tags, currently being used for just about everything, could soon be deployed to spread computer viruses and attack middleware applications and the databases behind them.
  • Apple Misses Bugs, Offers Fix
    Apple is sending out its second security update for Mac OS X in as many weeks, including follow-up fixes to bugs thought to have been patched on March 1.
  • McAfee Update Breaks Hundreds Of Apps
    For over five hours Friday, McAfee's antivirus software erroneously flagged hundreds of legitimate executables as a malicious virus, leading some customers to quarantine or delete the offending files and render applications such as Microsoft Excel inoperative.
  • Hack-My-Mac Challenge Leaves System Shipshape
    A University Of Wisconsin systems engineer who said a Swedish hack-my-Mac contest was too easy closed down his own challenge Tuesday and said that even after 4,000 log-in attempts and two denial-of-service attacks, his Mac mini remained untouched.
  • No Backdoor In Vista, Microsoft Says
    Microsoft has denied rumors that it was leaving a backdoor open in the upcoming Windows Vista so that government authorities could access files encrypted with the new BitLocker technology.
  • VARs Say Seriousness Of First Mac Viruses Exaggerated, No Cause For Concern
    The worm-free reputation of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system has taken a few hits following the discovery of new security threats to the platform. Mac OS X had enjoyed the status of never having been exploited by a live virus or worm, until late last month. The first OS X worm, OSX.Leap.A, came to light on Feb. 16, and propagates via Apple’s iChat instant-messaging application. Days later, a second worm, OSX.Inqtana.A, was found, which exploits a vulnerability in order to spread via Bluetooth. Both worms are classified by security firms as low risk.
  • Apple Fixes Critical Safari Bug, 16 Other Flaws
    Apple Computer releases its first security update of 2006 to patch 17 bugs, including a critical flaw in the Safari browser and a gaffe in iChat that was used by the first Mac OS X worm to infect Macintosh machines.
  • Bagle Bullies Users Into Infections
    A new variant of the long-running Bagle worm appeared Wednesday and tried to bully people into installing the payload by threatening to report them to the police.
  • New Breed of Hacker Attacks Have Criminal Intent
    A new report issued by Websense Security Labs shows that hacker attacks have evolved from random endeavors designed to create havoc to increasingly well-organized assaults with financial and criminal motives. Are your clients protected?
  • Panda Detects Complex For-Profit Malware Scam
    Demonstrating the increasing financial motivation by malware writers, PandaLabs, part of Bilbao Spain-based security vendor Panda Software, said today that it detected a complex malware creation system in which cyber crooks can buy customized code used to steal specific bank details and data from Web forms.
  • Mac OS X Comes Under Fire From Hackers
    Macintosh security tools developer Intego announced Friday that it has identified a "critical" vulnerability in the Mac OS X desktop operating system.
  • Zero-Day Exploit Turns Up Heat On Mac OS X
    An exploit for the recently disclosed zero-day vulnerability in Mac OS X has gone public, security vendors say, increasing the risk that the bug will be used by attackers.