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Security firms warn of malware that exploits Windows AutoRun

A spreading exploit uses the Windows AutoRun feature, but security experts say it may be spreading through simple file-sharing since the newest versions of Windows 7 will not launch autorun.inf files.

Report declares antivirus software a waste of money for businesses

Antivirus software is now so ineffective at detecting new malware threats most enterprises are probably wasting their money buying it, an analysis by security firm Imperva has concluded.

McAfee: Web users should watch out for holiday scams

Web users and people shopping online during the upcoming holiday season should watch out for a new crop of scams, some of them targeting users of mobile devices, cybersecurity vendor McAfee warned.

Firefox users slowest to update browser, Kaspersky Lab finds

Nearly one in four PC users run out-of-date or obsolete versions of the most popular browsers for a month or longer with Mozilla Firefox users the slowest to update their software, Kaspersky Lab has found.

Researcher finds critical vulnerabilities in Sophos antivirus product

Security researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered critical vulnerabilities in the antivirus product developed by U.K.-based security firm Sophos and advised organizations to avoid using the product on critical systems unless the vendor improves its product development, quality assurance and security response practices.


Firefox update will insist on security for certain domains

Mozilla introduced a pre-loaded list of domains for Firefox that only can be connected to securely in order to help protect the privacy and security of users.


'Password' is still the worst password, but watch out for 'ninja'

Splashdata, a security software developer, released its annual list of the most common passwords on the Internet. Once again, “password,” “123456.” and “12345678” are the three most popular, in that order.

Mobile devices are the new frontier for botnets and DDoS attacks

The bad guys are taking advantage of weak security, faster processors, and blazing broadband connections to wreak havoc on mobile devices.

Scareware con artist fined $163 million by FTC

Kristy Ross tricked more than a million people into paying money to 'fix' nonexistent problems with their computers.


Symantec: Leaked Norton Utilities 2006 source code already published months ago

Hackers associated with the Anonymous hacktivist collective published the source code files for Symantec's Norton Utilities 2006 product on The Pirate Bay BitTorrent website on Monday, but according to the security vendor the same files had been released in January.

Sophos antivirus snafu lingers on

The chaos caused to Sophos customers by a bad antivirus software update just keeps reverberating into its second week, with Sophos today providing more information on fixing the problem for both enterprise users and those with stand-alone computers.

Sophos antivirus glitch causes false positive chaos

Security firm Sophos has been had to issue an embarrassing apology after the company’s antivirus program suddenly started classifying every and any software update – including the company’s own – as ‘Shh/Updater-B’ malware.

Polish town highlights oddities in Facebook's personal data disclosures

Facebook's store of data about its users holds some surprises, and not just in the sheer quantity of data it is sitting on. Among the surprises it held for me...