Kaspersky Lab -- which recently released information identifying Gauss -- posted the tools today after receiving inquiries about detecting the new malware. Gauss has been dubbed a "cyberespionage toolkit" that can steal sensitive data, including browser passwords, online banking accounts, cookies, and system configurations.
When it comes to security software, there are plenty of perfectly good freebies. Avast Free, Microsoft Security Essentials, Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition...the list goes on and on. You really can safeguard a PC without spending a dime.
That said, why not use a full-featured, support-backed security suite if you can get it for free as well? Every so often I see a deal on one such suite, but today, Newegg has nine Windows security programs for free (after rebate).
Scroll down just a bit and you'll see the various choices, all of which show their regular prices … Read more
New features on Google's latest Android mobile OS -- Jelly Bean 4.1 -- beef up the system's security over all other past OS iterations. With Jelly Bean's design, Google has aimed to defend against hacks that install viruses and other malware on mobile devices using the system.
"Android has stepped its game up mitigation-wise in the new Jelly Bean release," security researcher Jon Oberheide wrote in an analysis published this week.
Oberheide notes that the central difference between Jelly Bean and other Android systems is that it incorporates Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), which … Read more
The bottom line: Bitdefender Total Security 2013 remains one of the best high-end security suites around. This update gives you a fully isolated Web browser for secure financial transactions.
Review: Bitdefender Total Security 2013 presents a convincing alternative to its better-known competitors. It's a strong program, with all the major tools that users expect, and some additional useful tricks in its arsenal. When it comes to efficacy, Bitdefender isn't the best in every area, but it's definitely competitive.
Editors' note: Portions of this review are based on CNET's review of Bitdefender Total Security 2012.
Installation Bitdefender … Read more
USB drives are convenient for storage and for transferring data to other computers. This convenience also makes them a great delivery system for malware. If you're comfortable with the Windows Registry or know how to set Group Policies, you can lock down your PC's USB drives. A much simpler way is by using USB Disk Manager.
USB Disk Manager is a small Windows program that can help you manage the permissions of USB drives. The portable app doesn't need to be installed and can be run from a folder on your hard drive or from a USB … Read more
On this Thursday, take a whiff and smell those fresh Apple rumors:
New details on a smaller iPad are pouring in. The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have sources saying Apple is gearing up to produce an iPad Mini that would arrive sometime this year. We've also heard the same earlier this week from an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch. This would compete with other 7-inch tablets, like the Amazon Kindle Fire (which will likely have a new model out this summer) and the Google Nexus 7 tablet.
But that's not the only hot Apple news today. Just check … Read more
-New site "weknowhatyouredoing.com" tracks Twitter and posts incriminating patterns.
-Hot Toys' Joker action figure is serious...ly amazing.
The infamous Flame virus can delete files from a computer and is likely the cause of a cyberattack against Iran in April, according to new findings.
Flame was originally identified for its ability to steal data and capture information from keystrokes, PC displays, and audio conversations.
But a new component of Flame uncovered by security firm Symantec gives its operators the power to delete important files from compromised computer systems, Symantec researcher Vikram Thakur revealed yesterday.
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The U.S. and Israel developed and carried out the Flame virus attacks on Iran, according to a new report.
The Washington Post reports, citing sources, that Flame was the brainchild of the U.S. National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and Israel's military. The focus of the malware was to surreptitiously map and monitor Iran's networks to deliver sustained intelligence to the government organizations. That information could then be used for other attacks.
"This is about preparing the battlefield for another type of covert action," an intelligence official told the Washington Post. "Cyber-collection … Read more