How To Remove Lenovo Adware Microsoft

Microsoft just nuked Lenovo’s adware so you hopefully don’t have to

By on February 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

Microsoft just nuked Lenovo’s adware so you hopefully don’t have to

Lenovo has been justifiably catching a lot of grief this week for preloading dangerous adware called Superfish onto its computers that hijacks HTTPS traffic to inject ads onto encrypted websites. While there are plenty of ways to remove this obnoxious adware yourself, Neowin reports that Microsoft may have just done the job for you. More →

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Lenovo PC Adware Scandal Response

Lenovo finally admits its sleazy adware ploy put its own customers at risk of being hacked

By on February 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM.

Lenovo finally admits its sleazy adware ploy put its own customers at risk of being hacked

After news broke this week that Lenovo was putting dangerous adware on its computers, the company responded by removing the offending software from new machines and disabling it on the computers it had already shipped with. The company also insisted that the adware posed no security risks to any of its customers, a statement that was met with incredulity by security experts. However, the company has now admitted that installing Superfish onto its computers opened up big security holes that it’s now scrambling to fix.

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Android Dangerous New Malware

Not even turning off your Android phone can stop this malware from spying on you

By on February 20, 2015 at 12:24 PM.

Not even turning off your Android phone can stop this malware from spying on you

Android’s malware problem might be overstated, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be cautious when navigating the web on your device. On Wednesday, anti-virus software maker AVG reported that a newly discovered malware can continue to spy on you even after you think you’ve turned off your device. More →

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How To Remove Superfish

How to find out if Superfish infected your computer – and what to do about it

How to find out if Superfish infected your computer – and what to do about it

By on February 20, 2015 at 10:05 AM.

If you follow anything having to do with tech on the Internet, you have undoubtedly read something about Superfish in the past 24 hours. In a nutshell, Lenovo sold tons of computers with software called Superfish Visual Discovery pre-installed. Lenovo has been selling computers preloaded with Superfish for the past two years, and the software is supposed to help serve alternative, image-heavy ads in Google search results.

As it turns out, however, Superfish is a pretty frightening piece of adware. More →

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NSA SIM Card Hacking

Bombshell report reveals the NSA has stolen encryption keys for millions of SIM cards

By on February 20, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Bombshell report reveals the NSA has stolen encryption keys for millions of SIM cards

In a bombshell report published on Thursday, Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley of The Intercept detail how the NSA and British Intelligence operatives managed to steal encryption keys from Gemalto, a Netherlands-based firm which produces a huge percentage of SIM cards used across the globe.

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Lenovo PC Adware Scandal

How Lenovo single-handedly lit its reputation on fire this week

By on February 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

How Lenovo single-handedly lit its reputation on fire this week

We’ve seen plenty of companies score own goals over the years, but this one is still quite a doozy. PCWorld reports that security researchers recently discovered that Lenovo has been shipping its new computers with man-in-the-middle adware installed that hijacks HTTPS traffic to inject its own ads onto encrypted sites. More →

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Android vs. Windows Malware Infection

Malware infected as many Android devices as Windows laptops in 2014

By on February 17, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Malware infected as many Android devices as Windows laptops in 2014

A new report published by Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Security Labs division says that no less than 16 million mobile devices were hit by malware last year, ZDNet reports, which is an increase of 25% compared to 2013 — comparatively, last year malware infections rose by 20% across the board. More →

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NSA Hard Drive Firmware Virus

One of NSA’s most precious spying tools was just uncovered

By on February 17, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

One of NSA’s most precious spying tools was just uncovered

Spy agencies have some very smart tools at their disposal for their surveillance and data gathering operations, many leaks have revealed so far, but Russian security agency Kaspersky Lab has uncovered one of the most important such cyber weapon available to the NSA, Reuters reports. According to the company, a country which it decided not to identify, but which the publication confirmed to be the U.S., has been able to sneak malware in a critical part of a computer, which practically made it possible not only to spy on a variety of targets with ease, but also bypass any security measures, and reinfect the machines over and over. More →

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NSA and GCHQ Spying

How to find out if the NSA and GCHQ spied on you

By on February 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

How to find out if the NSA and GCHQ spied on you

Following the many Snowden leaks that revealed some of the advanced mass data collection practices employed by spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, a collection of privacy advocates including Privacy International, Bytes for All, Liberty and Amnesty International has just won a major case against these practices. More →

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$300 Million Bank Theft Hackers

The largest bank robbery ever: up to $900M possibly stolen, and no need for a getaway car

By on February 16, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

The largest bank robbery ever: up to $900M possibly stolen, and no need for a getaway car

When hackers steal money from banks, they usually go for Bonnie and Clyde attacks, taking whatever they can take in a single grab, one Kaspersky executive told The New York Times, as the security research discovered a different type of bank cyber heist, one likened to Ocean’s Eleven in terms of planning, but also when it comes to the significant amount of stolen cash. More →

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10 Million Passwords Leaked

10 million stolen passwords were just released – here’s how to see if yours is one of them

10 million stolen passwords were just released – here’s how to see if yours is one of them

By on February 12, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

Earlier this week, noted security researcher and consultant Mark Burnett made waves when he posted 10 million stolen usernames and passwords on his blog. Of course, the security expert didn’t post the passwords with malicious intent. Instead, his goal was to “release a clean set of data” that gives the world insights into user behavior, and also to draw attention once again to the arrest and prosecution of Barrett Brown.

Burnett didn’t steal the passwords in question, of course, but they’re now easily accessible to anyone and everyone — here’s how you can quickly and easily find out if you are affected. More →

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iPhone Malware XAgent App

This terrifying iOS malware could infect your iPhone without a jailbreak

By on February 5, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

This terrifying iOS malware could infect your iPhone without a jailbreak

Still looking for a reason to upgrade to iOS 8? Security firm Trend Micro released a report on Wednesday revealing that some of the most dangerous spyware it has ever seen is making the rounds on iOS devices, but is far more effective on iOS 7 than on Apple’s latest operating system release. More →

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