Google Play still fights adware, malware, researchers report

Analysis finds that Google Play still battles apps bearing malware, but the estimates vary with the research.

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Malicious Java app infects Mac, Linux systems with DDoS bot

Cybercrooks are again exploiting Java's cross-platform design to install and spread bots.

Most cybercrime comes from a few core groups, report says

Reports on under-reported Russian activity

Florida couple arrested in phishing scheme investigation

The low-key theft campaign is believed to have stolen $550,000 or more from about 400 victims, police say.

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Corsair unveils USB stick to back up smartphone, tablet

The USB OTG standard shows future of portable drives.

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Cryptolocker ransomware variant targets USB drives

A copycat of the widespread Cryptolocker malware is taking aim at P2P file-sharers.

Beware of counterfeit versions of top Android, iOS apps

Third-party markets push cheaper, pirated or fake versions of popular apps.

Cybercrooks turn to other exploits after Blackhole bust

Criminals are having trouble finding anything with the capabilities to take its place, security firm Websense has noticed.

Typos online aren't just a hassle,they're a hazard

Some clever cybercrooks and scammers are running domains with slightly misspelled names of known security firms.

Phishing

Less phishing, but better targeting in 2013, report says

Websense identifies the top come-ons and scams that still seem to work.

Gmail's revised image-handling criticized as risky, intrusive

Google says the way Gmail handles images is more secure, but some suggest the method is potentially a spammer's delight.

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Blackhole malware creator in custody, Russia confirms

Russian police have confirmed arrest of a man they believe to be the notorious "blackhole" hacker.

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Windows XP flaw allows attacks via Adobe, security firm says

A new zero day flaw in Windows XP and Server 2003 is being exploited in the wild to bypass the sandbox on unpatched versions of Adobe Reader, security firm FireEye reports.

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Malware ransom drops to keep pace with Bitcoin price surge

The purveyors of the Cryptolocker Trojan have lowered their ransom demands in light of the soaring value of their preferred currency, Bitcoins, a security firm reports.

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Privacy International begins tracking surveillance industry

Activist group Privacy International has launched an ambitious project to track the spread of commercial surveillance, spying, and tracking technology and the often secretive firms selling into the booming sector.