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Financial Trojan Citadel disrupted in take-down operation

13 Jun
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Citadel program interface

A Trojan horse program specifically targeting banks has been taken out this year, with more than 1,000 botnets that it used being taken offline through efforts by Microsoft, the FBI and members of the financial services industry.

The program, known as Citadel, is a full “crime-ware” kit that has been around since 2011, and is often sold through underground Russian forums at about US$3,000, according to a report by Symantec this week.

Tagged in: Internet, security, Software, botnet, Citadel, Microsoft, Symantec, Trojan horse,  

Symantec: New spam campaign targets Tumblr users

1 Jun
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Spammers are now targeting popular social media site Tumblr, according to a Symantec media alert released last week.

The spam campaign utilises Tumblr’s Ask feature, which works similarly to sites like Formspring. Followers, and even anonymous users, are able to ask questions on the Tumblr blog depending on the settings of the blog and if the Ask feature is enabled.

The spam campaign posts comments in the Ask section, with the poster claiming that he or she has lost weight using the Official Tumblr Diet and suggesting that the owner of the blog check it out as well.

Tagged in: Internet, security, social media, Ask, spam, Symantec, Tumblr,  

Beware of malicious app that claims to provide X-ray vision

26 Mar
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A smartphone app has surfaced in Japan recently with the promise to let users see through others’ clothes when they turn on the camera on their Android handheld devices.

This Infrared X Ray app, obviously, is a scam and does not work. Yet, there have been enough people falling for it – and being blackmailed by it – for security firm Symantec to put out an alert last week.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, security, Software, Android app, Japan, malware, Symantec, X-ray vision,  

Russian spam campaign targets International Women’s Day

8 Mar
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Another special day, another spam campaign.

If you’ve received an e-mail in Russian advertising several online promotions related to International Women’s Day, you may have been the target of a spam campaign from Russia.

This particular campaign entices targets with attractive fake offers for great gifts for Valentine’s and International Women’s Day, according to a recent alert put out by security firm Symantec.

Tagged in: security, International Women's Day, spam campaign, Symantec,  

Data Privacy Day: Five tips to protect your online privacy

30 Jan
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On Monday, the world marked Data Privacy Day, an international day that aims to raise awareness and educate people about data protection and privacy.

As more users put up information about themselves online and personal devices like smartphones store more data about their users, it pays to take a step back to consider the importance of privacy for a moment.

Here are five everyday tips which may be useful. 

Tagged in: Enterprise, Internet, security, Software, data privacy day, data protection, privacy, Symantec,  

Symantec warns users of fake Android app marketplace

25 Jan
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Android users should refrain from downloading apps from a fake application marketplace that could steal details such as phone numbers, security firm Symantec has advised.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, security, Software, Android Express, Symantec,  

Latest Loozfon malware takes aim at women Android users

29 Aug
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Pictures of sexy women have long been used to lure Internet and phone users to download malware. In an unusual twist to the tale, a piece of malware infecting Android phones in Japan has targeted women instead by promising them easy money and ways to meet rich men.

The rarity of this Android.Loozfon malware was enough to make security firm Symantec put up an advisory late last week. The offending software comes in the form of a Japanese language app that is downloaded from a malware website.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Internet, security, Software, android, Japan, Loozfon, malware, Symantec,  

Smartphone malware is real – here are some tips to keep clear

21 Apr
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Sometimes, fear-mongering can have the opposite effect – it makes you feel that you are safe because the people crying wolf seem to have raised the alarm once too often. Then, one day, the wolf really turns up.

Last week, I found a strange thing happening on my wife’s two-week-old Samsung Galaxy Note. There was a notification message that kept popping up sporadically, asking her to join a contest to win an iPad.

It seemed suspicious, but these days, with the endless spam SMSes from property agents in Singapore, you’d think it’s just another piece of spam and to just click on the notification to delete it. Instead, doing so brought me to the browser, which had its homepage changed to a strange-looking search engine.

I sat up immediately. I realised later, from searching up the Internet, that my wife’s phone had been infected by ad-ware, which had probably been hidden in some of the games she downloaded a few days ago.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, Internet, iphone, Software, Tablet, Web 2.0, Windows Phone, adware, android, Angry Birds, Counter.clank, Instagram, iPhone, malware, smartphone, Sophos, Symantec,  

Would you give a stranger unlimited access to your PC for US$1 million?

17 Apr
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A recent survey commissioned by anti-virus maker Norton found that 76 per cent of Singaporeans would rather say no to US$1 million than allow strangers unlimited access to their computers.

Tagged in: Internet, security, Singapore, Internet access, malware, norton, Symantec,  

Trend Micro bets on Clouds: a commentary

20 Jan


What’s an anti-virus security software company like Trend Micro got to do with clouds?

Well, they believe that the next big IT disruption will be cloud computing. Moving into security for clouds is thus a necessary evolution path for the 21-year old software security company.

After their Asia Pacific media day conference in Macau today this point was made really clear. Let me explain.

Customers rightly expect the software they’ve bought to just work. Security should be baked into the product rather than bolted on as an additional cost. The good news is that we’re moving towards this trend, e.g. operating systems bundled with anti-virus and firewalls, etc.

Tagged in: security, McAffee, security, Symantec, Trend Micro,