Lenovo CTO: We Have No Intention Of Shipping a Superfish Product Again

Last week, news broke that many Lenovo computers were shipped with a dangerous piece of Superfish adware, which made the computers vulnerable to malicious hacks. Now, with a class action lawsuit looming and anti-virus vendors pledging to root out the adware, Lenovo's CTO has said his company is done with Superfish. » 2/23/15 6:00pm 2/23/15 6:00pm

How the Hell Are These Popular Spying Apps Not Illegal?

Here are some sordid scenarios. Your ex-girlfriend can see every time you swipe right while using Tinder. Your former husband is secretly listening to and recording your late-night Skype sessions with your new boyfriend. Some random slippery-dick is jacking off to the naked photos in your private photo library. For… » 1/30/15 11:00am 1/30/15 11:00am

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 4/22/14 11:10am

Dear Creepers: You Can Buy a Smartphone Pre-Loaded With Spyware Now

Are you a jealous lover, helicopter parent, or otherwise neurotic human being with crippling trust issues? Then we've got the answer to all your problems right here. No, it's not therapy (although, you know, good idea); it's a top-of-the-line smartphone that comes pre-loaded with all the spyware an overbearing human… » 3/13/14 12:20pm 3/13/14 12:20pm

How an American Sued the Ethiopian Government for Spyware Infection

An American citizen living in Maryland sued the Ethiopian government today for infecting his computer with secret spyware, wiretapping his private Skype calls, and monitoring his entire family's every use of the computer for a period of months. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is representing the plaintiff in… » 2/19/14 3:44am 2/19/14 3:44am

A Peek Inside the NSA's Spy Gear Catalog

Der Spiegel's fairly harrowing report about the NSA's hacking unit, Tailored Access Operations (TAO), got a little more harrowing this morning when an unnamed blogger at LeakSource published images from the agency's hilariously-named and terrifying spy gear catalog. » 12/30/13 4:57pm 12/30/13 4:57pm

All It Took to Hijack Google Glass Was a Dumb QR Code

The scariest Google Glass hack just got fixed before anyone evil could actually use it, but the details are a little unsettling. Using nothing more than Glass's camera and a malicious QR code, hackers would have been able to steal total control of the device if you so much as looked at the wrong thing. » 7/17/13 9:14am 7/17/13 9:14am

How Rental PCs Loaded With Spyware Snooped on and Photographed Their…

When you pay to use a computer, you don't expect it to be tracking your each and every digital move as a result. But that's exactly what happened to Aaron's Sale and Leasing customers—who had their rental computers snooped on in incredible detail. » 12/19/12 3:50am 12/19/12 3:50am

Flame Hijacks Microsoft Update to Spread Malware Disguised As Legit Code

It's a scenario security researchers have long worried about, a man-in-the-middle attack that allows someone to impersonate Microsoft Update to deliver malware - disguised as legitimate Microsoft code - to unsuspecting users. » 6/05/12 3:21am 6/05/12 3:21am

Meet ‘Flame’, The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers

A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation.
The malware, discovered by Russia-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, is an espionage toolkit that has been… » 5/28/12 6:00pm 5/28/12 6:00pm

Carrier IQ Gets Hit With Senate Investigation

Carrier IQ, the software that secretly records actions on many smartphones, is creepy and scary, and there's nothing you can do about it. But the U.S. Senate can, and Senator Al Franken just sent the company a nastygram. » 12/01/11 1:35pm 12/01/11 1:35pm

New Mac Trojan Earns Other People Bitcoins on Your Dime

Odd, I could have sworn Bitcoin was on the fast track towards technological irrelevance. So why is this new Mac malware harnessing infected GPUs to mine the digital dollars? » 10/31/11 10:40pm 10/31/11 10:40pm

"Cameron Diaz" Is Riddled With Viruses

Of all the celebrities you could search for on the web, Cameron Diaz is the most likely to give your computer something itchy. That's according to McAfee, who may just be getting back at her for Knight and Day. » 8/19/10 9:00am 8/19/10 9:00am

One In Five Android Apps Access Your Private Data

The Android Market's openness comes with a significant hitch: a full 20% of its app offerings can access and share your private data. Some can even make calls and send texts from your phone without your knowledge or consent. UPDATED: » 6/23/10 6:00pm 6/23/10 6:00pm

RIAA/MPAA Want Government-Mandated Spyware That Deletes 'Infringing'…

The RIAA and MPAA have submitted a plan to the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement. It's basically a plan that they want the government to enact, and it's terrifying. » 4/15/10 11:00am 4/15/10 11:00am

Chinese Interweb Is Number One Target For Malware

Chinese internet users have become the top target for malware, according to a new security report by Microsoft. The company said that about 47 percent of software “exploits” it found, including ones that can record keystrokes and steal passwords, in the first half of 2008 were in Chinese, while only 23 percent were… » 11/04/08 1:00am 11/04/08 1:00am

I'm A PC, and Apparently I Need Lots of Antivirus Software

Our sister site Kotaku posted the NPD's PC software sales charts for the month of September, and it's pretty interesting to see how mega-games like Spore measure up to less-exciting products like Microsoft Office. Spore may have nabbed the top spot, but MS Office 2007 grabs two spots, and despite its early troubles,… » 10/18/08 4:45pm 10/18/08 4:45pm

College Student Arrested After Installing Webcam Spy Software On…

A 23-year-old student named Craig Feigin is facing possible felony charges in Florida for allegedly putting spyware of the worst kind on up to 10 women's laptop computers. The programs, which he apparently wrote himself, would cause the integrated webcams on the laptops to take snapshots at certain times when a person… » 8/06/08 9:30pm 8/06/08 9:30pm

This is How Cyber Criminals Party (Mimes and Blow-Up Dolls)

Say you're part of KLIK Team, an Eastern European software/cyber criminal organization that has flooded countless computers with malware (such as fake spyware protection) and made a lot of money doing it. What do you do to celebrate another successful year of screwing the world? » 4/29/08 9:20am 4/29/08 9:20am

And the ways they spend that…