Mobile service provider NQ Mobile today released a study of malware covering 2012, using data gathered from the company’s Security Labs. It found that malware threats in general on mobile platforms grew 163 percent in 2012, totally more than 65,000 identified distinct forms of app repackaging, malicious URLs and SMS phishing (also known as smishing). The attacks were mostly geared towards Android… → Read More
Shine Security has raised $3.3 million for its next-generation anti-virus technology. The round was led by Horizon Ventures with further participation from Initial Capital.
Shine addresses advanced persistent threats that we increasingly see. In broad strokes, Shine detects when your mobile device or PC shows just the slightest abnormality. → Read More
It was like a movie. Microsoft, working with domestic and international police, and with corporations like Phizer, had managed to effectively shut down the Rustock botnet last week. Almost overnight the total volume of spam—that was Rustock’s specialty—collapsed. But is the botnet completely shut down, or does its very nature prevent it from every truly being shut down? → Read More
A new Dasient report says that the number of Web sites infected with malware has doubled in the past year. That means we’re now just short of 1.2 million Web sites out there infected with malware. Wonderful. → Read More
These past few days haven’t been Google‘s best. The company ran into a bit of a problem with its Gmail service late last week, with some users reporting that all of their e-mails had been deleted. Google says the problem only affected a fraction of its user-base, but seeing headlines along the lines of “USERS REPORT GMAIL DELETIONS” probably didn’t go over too well in Mountain View. Then there… → Read More
More bad news in the endless struggle against malware. Tens of thousands of people in the UK were victimized by malware that was embedded in advertisements present on several big Web sites, including the Vue movie chain and Autotrader. It just goes to show you that even supposedly trustworthy Web sites can infect you with malware, as we’ve mentioned in the past. → Read More