The Scam Hunter: What It's Like to Track Internet Bad Guys For a Living

These days, new malware scams are a dime a dozen. Phony email links, misleading URLs, fake call centers; if you haven't already stumbled across one yourself, chances are you know someone who has. But what's stopping all this malicious code from running rampant and turning every last corner of the internet into a kill… » 4/22/14 11:10am Tuesday 11:10am

Intrepid Hackers Use Chinese Takeout Menu to Access a Major Oil Company

With big companies taking every precaution against malware they can possibly think of, it's getting increasingly difficult for hackers to wedge their way in. So instead of going after the highly secure company employee accounts themselves, hackers are going after what those employees hold most dear—Chinese takeout. » 4/08/14 10:52am 4/08/14 10:52am

Watch Every Cyber Attack in the World in Real Time

Kasperkspy Labs recently launched a beautifully terrifying interactive map that shows online threats arounds the world in real time. In practice, it's a global visualization of cyber attacks that, Kaspersky hopes, will motivate you to buy their security software. But it's still a hell of a spectacle. » 4/01/14 3:20pm 4/01/14 3:20pm

The NSA Has Impersonated Facebook To Spread Malware

So the NSA is spying on you. You've known that for quite some time now. What you might not know much about is exactly how they're doing, and a new report from Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald offers up some pretty grizzly details about the agency's worldwide, automated malware network. » 3/12/14 10:02am 3/12/14 10:02am

A Contagious Computer Virus That Spreads via Wi-Fi

It's sort of your worst nightmare: a computer virus as contagious as the common cold that avoids detection and infects every computer on a given wi-fi network. You just pop into your local coffee shop for a latte and a little internet surfing, and you leave with a virus. This is scary! » 2/26/14 12:40pm 2/26/14 12:40pm

If You Used Yahoo This Week, You Might Have Malware (Updated)

Security researchers at Fox IT say they've detected a malicious exploit kit among Yahoo's ad network active since December 30th. The malware seems to have hit Romania, Great Britain, and France the hardest, but wherever you are, if you've browsed a Yahoo site this week, you may want to run a scan or two. » 1/04/14 8:41pm 1/04/14 8:41pm

SD Cards Are Tiny, Hackable Computers (For Good or Evil)

An SD card isn't just a dumb chunk of memory; it's a dumb chunk of memory with a built-in brain, a microcontroller. And at this year's Chaos Computer Congress, enterprising hackers showed off exactly what those brains can be used for: cheap hardware for makers or malware machines for malcontents. » 12/30/13 10:02am 12/30/13 10:02am

Popular Android Flashlight App Straight-Up Lied About Selling Data

Were you one of the 100 million Android users that downloaded the Brightest Flashlight Free app? Did you conscientiously click "no" when asked if you'd like to allow the app to track your location data? Well, too bad, suckers. Because not only has the FTC revealed that the popular, light-giving app was secretly selling… » 12/06/13 10:41am 12/06/13 10:41am

Don't Freak Out About Ultrasonic Malware (Yet)

The Internet's been abuzz lately with news that computer scientists have found a way to transmit malware using ultrasonic audio signals. If true, this means that you'd never be safe from the hackers, as long as your computer has a microphone and speakers. But don't freak out just yet. » 12/05/13 12:40pm 12/05/13 12:40pm

Did a USB Stick Infect a Russian Nuclear Plant with Stuxnet?

There's a common misconception that you need to be connected to the internet to get infected with malware. Well, that's not true and, according to renowned cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky, the folks at a nuclear power plant in Russia learned this the hard way. » 11/11/13 2:03pm 11/11/13 2:03pm

No, Malware Can't Infect Your Computer Over the Air

It's enough of a nightmare to have malware of any sort, but the more persistent the stuff is, the scarier it gets. That's why the rumors of badBIOS, a bug so bad that it can affect Macs and PCs and communicate itself wirelessly while the infected computers are being taken apart is terrifying. But maybe not entirely… » 11/04/13 9:47am 11/04/13 9:47am

Russian Authorities Seize Goods from China Implanted with "Spy" Chips

A weird thing happened in St. Petersburg last week. The Russian press reports that local officials intercepted a shipment from China that contained home appliances with "spy" microchips capable of spreading malware to wi-fi enabled devices within 200 meters. Tea kettles were apparently the chief culprit. » 10/29/13 11:40am 10/29/13 11:40am