A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation.
Identity theft is on the rise and increased Internet use, whether on a PC or a handheld device, may be to blame. 16% of American households with the Internet reported some kind of identity theft last year, according to a recent survey by Consumer Reports.
Software giant Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of hackers behind a powerful computer virus that could lead to millions of PCs being hijacked.
A new sleeper virus that could allow hackers to steal financial and personal information has now spread to more than eight million computers in what industry analysts say is one of the most serious infections they have ever seen.
FRANK LOBASCIO IS ON THE FRONT LINE OF THE battle for safe computing. The president of American Carriers Moving & Storage of Moorestown, N.J., Lobascio used to spend at least $20,000 a year to protect the systems that generate customer estimates, schedule trucks and drivers, send invoices, and process payroll for his $3-million-a-year company. Still, viruses, spyware, and spam kept creeping onto the network killing hard drives, destroying data, and knocking servers offline. To make matters worse, a handful of staffers were secretly visiting porn and gambling sites on company time. With no room in his budget for a full-time IT person, Lobascio tried to make do by calling in a part-time consultant. "You name the antispyware and antivirus package, and I bought it," he says.
In its first appearance, CounterSpy was the only antispyware product that correctly identified every piece of spyware in our current active-detection test. It did very well in active scanning, on-demand detection, and complete spyware removal. We also like its overall look and feel.
It may seem melodramatic, but the truth is, hackers across the globe - or maybe across the street - are working 24/7 to find ways to steal your passwords, take control of your computer or turn your hard drive into a whirring pile of scrap metal.
How badly did Wall Street want Hewlett-Packard to make a software acquisition? Listen to the tale of the tape: Despite paying a 33% premium for Mercury Interactive in a $4.5 billion deal, HP shares rose 42 cents - or 1.4 percent - on Wednesday.
Viruses have never been more annoying, and the business of killing them has never been so good. But can Symantec fend off the competition and keep growing fast enough to justify the stock's lofty valuation?