Symantec has spotted another odd piece of malware that appears to be targeting Iran and is designed to meddle with SQL databases.
The problem of ransom malware has reached epidemic proportions and could be extracting fraudulent payments from as many as 3 percent of victims, a Symantec report has calculated.
Ransomware activity is increasing in Europe, the U.S., and Canada, and security vendor Symantec expects new forms of malware to take a monetary focus.
The malicious code -- also called Disttrack -- may be part of a directed attack at energy companies, but could take down other systems in its wake.
The Mac-based Flashback botnet scam wasn't as profitable as its hacker originators expected, Symantec says.
Symantec warns of a hacker-on-hacker move in which Anonymous tricks its supporters into installing the Zeus botnet and stealing their passwords.
The security vendor took the unusual step of urging users to disable the program after claims that a hacker group was mining stolen source code for vulnerabilities.
Analysis: The recent record includes two major hacks, two major delays admitting fault, and risk to customers.