The Koobface worm makes the news again with a cross-platform version of the Worm. Security firm Intego disclosed the threat for Mac OS X on their blog. The worm uses a Java applet to download the malicious payload. If the user allows the applet to run, Koobface may be able to join the Botnet. The site I’ve tested in the wild will work for Windows, Linux and OS X.Read more »
Purveyors of spyware and adware will try to take advantage of well known programs, illegitimately bundling their software into the install of the popular software... The latest example is found on the fake Firefox download site below.Read more »
Yesterday we were the first to bring you the news about malware being targeted at Ubuntu users, and today, sadly, another malicious file was uploaded to gnome-look, this time masquerading as a theme called 'Ninja'.Read more »
Some of you might have heard about the Malware incident that recently has hit our friends from gnome-look.org. While some of you might chuckle, there have been some discussions about possible solutions for this issue.Read more »
Malware has been found hidden inside an innocuous 'waterfall' screensaver .deb file made available on popular artwork sharing site Gnome-Look.org.Read more »
The lack of malware on Linux may be about to change after a developer admitted he has developed a 'package of malware for Unix/Linux'Read more »
Odd isn't it, how Microsoft kicked up a fuss when Google announced the Chrome plugin for Internet Explorer on the grounds that it could make the browser more insecure. Indeed, it went as far as to suggest that it doubled the potential surface area for malware and scripted attacks. Yet, amazingly, Microsoft sees no such problem with installing a plugin into the Firefox browser.Read more »
GNU/Linux users should not have any false sense of security just based on the fact that viruses designed for exclusively for windows won't run on GNU/Linux. Here is a list of "Linux computer viruses"Read more »
A response to this post:
How do you get down off an elephant?
Specifically, I disagree with this assertion from the article:
"A virus is simply a Windows program, so it doesn't run in Linux."
For any parent, myself included, setting your kids loose on the net is a daunting prospect. We have to do it because the net is a fact of life - it's in our schools, the workplace, public libraries and in many if not most homes of the developed world. Therefore, do we really have any option but to give them Linux?Read more »
A nice perspective on security threats- past present and maybe, future. Mostly for those poor wretched Windows users of course. Keep it in mind when you are telling them how good it is to have Linux to use!
And before becoming *too* smug, see that there are some very clever malware peddlers out there. So keep your (linux) security awareness in good working order!Read more »
"Selling malware is becoming a real business, complete with advertising, marketing, and service after the sale, a university researcher reported this weekend."Read more »