Ellen MessmerSenior Editor, Network World, NetworkWorld

Ellen Messmer is a senior editor at Network World. She covers news and technology trends related to information security.

FBI plans malware-tracking system to alert users

The FBI plans to introduce a malware-analysis system this year to help businesses and the public share information about cyberattacks.

Banks enlist smartphones to help battle online fraud

To ward off cyber-crooks trying to break into customers' accounts, banks are expanding their security efforts beyond desktops and onto iPhones and other mobile devices.

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Could your TV really spam you?

Some researchers say that in the Internet of Things, botnets may be able to infect your TV, refrigerator, or other smart devices; but other security experts are skeptical.

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Mobile purchases reportedly hit 20% of all transactions

Payments made with smartphones and tablets rose 55 percent over last year, and Android activity is gaining, say processors of the transactions.

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Mobile gadgets security called biggest challenge for business

Malware and other attacks are increasingly aimed at mobile devices connecting to business networks, a survey reveals.

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Industry group rallies to fight bots, protect the cloud

Distributed denial-of-service attacks are mounting, so the Cloud Security Alliance formed the Anti-Bot Working Group to help fight this threat.

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Setting usage boundaries for work, play remains a challenge

Many businesses of different types struggle with policies for setting clear boundaries for use of personal devices, especially mobile ones.

CryptoLocker gang teams with botnet-builders on ransomware

The cyber-gang running the CryptoLocker extortion racket is splitting its ransomware take with criminal botnet owners, says Symantec, which is monitoring this underworld activity online.

Microsoft, Symantec battle fake credentials in malware

An alarming growth in malware signed with fraudulently obtained keys and code-signing certificates in order to trick users to download harmful code is prompting Microsoft and Symantec to push for tighter controls in the way the world's certificate authorities issue these keys used in code-signing.

Legit digital certificates mask some malware, McAfee warns

McAfee research indicates that a steep rise in the amount of malware signed with legitimate digital certificates—not forged or stolen ones—is a growing threat.