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

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

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 in… » 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…

Skype's Encryption May be Used as an Excuse for Trojan Viruses by…

Skype's encryption codes are proving a problem for German police, who say that their officers are unable to monitor suspect conversations. One of the country's top cops admitted yesterday that the combination of VoIP technology and Germany's strict anti-surveillance laws — a reaction to the Stasi's exploits during the… » 11/23/07 5:32am 11/23/07 5:32am

Dell Eliminates Almost All Crapware From Dimension and Inspiron…

Dell's expanding their no crapware option from their high-end XPS systems to their entire Dimension desktop and Inspiron notebook line; meaning you're going to get the option at purchase time to opt-out of pre-installed trialware and shareware that slows down your computer considerably even when it's brand new. The one … » 9/24/07 2:15pm 9/24/07 2:15pm