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- CryptoWall ransom Trojan has infected 625,000 systems, says Dell SecureWorks
- GCHQ teaches civilians and military personnel to defend cyber attacks
- Java, Flash and Reader still PC admins' biggest security headaches
Experts at GCHQ aimed to teach civilians and military personnel how to defend against cyber attacks at the army's Defence Academy in Wiltshire today.
Is ransom malware business on the wane at last? New figures from Dell SecureWorks suggest that the current market leader, CryptoWall, hasn't been as profitable as the infamous CryptoLocker despite infecting more PCs and holding hostage a staggering 5.25 billion files.
Most admins already know that Java and Adobe's Flash and Reader are the most vulnerable pieces of software on the average Windows PC. A new analysis from Heimdal Security suggests that while 2014 has been better than last year vendors and customers remains pretty snowed under by the number of vulnerabilities in these programs.
US universities are still battling surprisingly high levels of malware infection among their student populations, mainly old forms considered neutralised years ago such as the Mac Flashback Trojan and Conficker worm, according to security firm BitSight Technologies.
Spam might no longer be the gigantic overhead it once was but the number of unsolicited messages containing malicious links appears to be surging, according to figures from SaaS security firm ProofPoint.
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I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.