Naveen Jain: Internet Security


Gamers are at risk for malware attacks, says AVAST

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With a growing number of consumers playing games online, cybercriminals are now targeting this audience for their malware attacks. According to antivirus security firm AVAST, avid gamers will often turn off their virus protection programs as they play online to maximize their system's performance. However, this leaves them open to hackers, who can take advantage of their unprotected state to infect   …Continue Reading


Cybercriminals take advantage of Stuxnet interest for new attacks

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New information about the cyber warfare weapon Stuxnet has piqued the interest of many internet users. Hackers have taken note of this and are using the heightened interest in the Stuxnet virus to infect users with their own malware. Cybercriminals push their malicious website to the top of search engines using a technique known as black-hat SEO. Then, unknowing computer   …Continue Reading


Authorities crack down on Zeus Botnet distributors

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Unlike other computer viruses, Zeus Botnet was made specifically as a capital venture – albeit a malicious one. The malware is sold for as much as $1,500 to novice cybercriminals who don't have the wherewithal to create their own software. Showing the wide-spread effect Zeus Botnet has on computer users, PC World recently reported that authorities in the United States   …Continue Reading


Stuxnet malware targets Iranian power plant

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Cybercriminals have long used malware to destroy computer users' machines or steal their identity. The recently identified Stuxnet worm has higher aspirations, though. According to a recent PC Magazine report, the malware is aimed to shut down an Iranian nuclear reactor. The Stuxnet virus was first identified earlier this summer. It attracted attention because of how unusual it is –   …Continue Reading


New scam victimizes caring grandparents

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Grandparents instinctively want to help their grandchildren whenever their grandchildren can, but a new scam should encourage senior citizens to think twice before wiring family members any money. According to Rober Siciliano, a security consultant for my company, Intelius, con artists are now preying on grandparents. The scammers pretend to be their victims' grandchildren and call them on the phone,   …Continue Reading


Majority of web users have been affected by cybercrime, many don’t report it

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A new report from internet security firm Norton Antivirus indicates the majority of internet users have been attacked by cybercriminals, emphasizing the importance of using safer web practices. According to the report, two-thirds of global consumers have fallen victim of cybercrime, ranging from stolen identities to credit card fraud. As ITPro notes, malware is the most serious threat, with 51   …Continue Reading


New malware targets Android users

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While Google’s Android operating system is rapidly catching on with consumers, it seems cybercriminals are also populating the platform – according to a recent report from security firm Kaspersky, a Trojan virus masquerading as a media player has been discovered. The Trojan victimizes Android users who are looking for adult content on the web. The malicious file claims it is   …Continue Reading


FBI warns internet users of cybercriminals on social networks

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Before the internet popularized the way people communicate, con artists could only misrepresent certain aspects of themselves. Now, with the anonymity of the web, they can get away with much more. The FBI recently warned internet users about the potential dangers of meeting people through social networks. "Regardless of the social networking site, users continue to be fooled online by   …Continue Reading


Recent Windows patch eliminates most popular security exploit

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In August, Microsoft released a patch for Windows that closed a security gap that existed within desktop shortcuts. As it turns out, viruses that exploited these holes were among the most popular during the month of August. According to security firm Kaspersky‘s Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsk, the exploit "generates vulnerable LNK shortcuts with names designed to attract attention and spreads these across   …Continue Reading


Scammers victimize Facebook, Twitter users with fake iPad promises

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A new wave of spam attacks that promises unsuspecting victims free iPads is targeting Facebook and Twitter users as well as their friends, reports Reuters. The scam hijacks users’ accounts and sends message to their contacts, telling them "u have to check out this website its glitchin right now and sending out ipads to everyone for free!" When consumers click   …Continue Reading





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