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Flashback Botnet is still alive but rapidly shrinking

Computing world observers, and Mac fans in particular, were shocked by the revelation of a botnet that specifically targeted Apple computers. The Flashback botnet used the flashback trojan to create a global network of zombie Mac computers. All told, the network numbered more than half a million Apple Macintosh computers. Thankfully, it looks like the […]

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Microsoft claims raid damaged cybercrime syndicate’s operations

Recently, Microsoft and its partners in the banking industry revealed a behind-the-scenes detailed look at a raid they claim disrupted a large-scale cybercrime outfit. The cybercrime operation employed malicious software to allegedly steal from consumers during the past five years. All told, the cybercrime syndicate supposedly stole $100 million. Richard Boscovitch of Microsoft’s digital crimes […]

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Email Spam Explodes to a Two-Year High

Just when computer users have been enjoying relatively fewer spam messages reaching their emails for sometime now, a security firm now reports that the annoying practice has reached a two-year high with a record spike recorded last fall right before the SpamIt operation ended. This time, the spam messages were not just annoying, they now […]

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Protecting Your Computer From Online Threats and Networks

The dangers posed by computer security threats cannot be underestimated. Every year, companies and individuals suffer losses in terms of direct money loss, time loss, productivity wasted and technical headaches and hassles that could cost several hundred million dollars. Network threats carry a lot of damage and every responsible computer user, whether or not they […]

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New Methods for Old Identity Theft Scams

Online Identity Theft in New Clothings When it comes to online identity theft, the old saying of “the more things change the more they stay the same” is very appropriate. While the scam remains the same: which is to get your personal information to perpetuate financial crimes, as technology evolved, the methods have changed. Old […]

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Comcast Fights Against Virus through Pop-ups

As much as pop-up alerts can be pretty annoying, it is time to take notice of Comcast’s pop-ups. As the primary high-speed Internet provider in the United States, Comcast believes it is its responsibility to protect its customers from “botnets.” Understanding botnets Botnets are infected personal computers used by cyber-criminals. These computers take up a […]

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Windows 7 rc as botmasters bait

The mania on the soon-to-be launched Windows 7 is taken advantage of by cyber criminals.  A pirated version of Windows 7 Release Candidate is currently circulating.  But the issue is not only piracy — the pirated Windows 7 RC is actually infected with a Trojan horse that establishes a botnet. What the botnet in the […]

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