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Automatic 4K/HD for YouTube extension pulled from Chrome Store for pop-up ad abuse

A popular browser extension has been removed by Google from the Chrome Web Store after it started spamming users with irritating pop-up advertisements.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Trend Micro apologises after Mac apps found scooping up users’ browser history

Trend Micro has confirmed reports that some of its Mac consumer products were silently sending users’ browser history to its servers, and apologised to customers for any “concern they might have felt.”

But apparently it’s the users’ fault anyway for not reading the EULA.


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tripwire.com

Bogus security apps in the Google Play store stole users’ info and tracked their location

Android users would be wise to remember that just because an app appears in the official Google Play store doesn’t mean that it should be considered entirely trustworthy.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Lenovo’s Superfish security fiasco ends in a slap on the wrist

Computer manufacturer barely notices $3.5 million fine after customers’ privacy and security was put at risk.


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Judy malware campaign victimized as many as 36.5 million Android users

A malware campaign on Google Play has victimized as many as 36.5 million Android users with adware known as “Judy.”

David Bisson reports.


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50 Google Play apps found containing info-stealing adware

An adware family that comes equipped with an information-stealing component hid itself within at least 50 apps available for download on Google’s Play Store.

David Bisson reports.


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Android YouTube download apps flood devices with ads to secure high ratings for droppers

The adware, detected as Android/Hiddad.BZ, hid itself inside seven applications available for download from the official Google Play app store.

David Bisson reports.


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Creepy adware takes screenshot of victim’s desktop without their permission

Snooping Faster Internet adware could lead to a serious privacy breach.

David Bisson reports.


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bitdefender.com

Better History Chrome extension goes rogue, hijacks browsers and displays ads

A third-party Chrome extension, supposed to make management of your browsing history simpler, has been kicked out of the Chrome web store after users accused it of hijacking their browsing, fiddling with links and opening webpages displaying ads.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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intego.com

Type a URL wrong, and you might end up with malware on your Mac

All it takes is a slip of the fingers to find your browser is visiting a “.om” website rather than a “.com,” and you might find your Mac has been hit by malware.

Read more in my article on the Intego Mac Security blog.


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Microsoft to say ‘adios’ to Superfish-like adware on March 31st

Microsoft’s new rules for adware could help stop another security scare like Superfish.

David Bisson reports.


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In-the-wild attack exploits unpatched OS X zero-day vulnerability

A serious Mac OS X zero-day vulnerability, made public by security researcher, is being actively exploited in the wild.


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Anti-virus firm wins case over potentially unwanted Angry Birds clone

German anti-virus firm Avira has won a court case after it blocked a bundle of programs primarily presented as a rip-off^H^H^H^H^H^H^H homage to the ever-popular Angry Birds game.


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tripwire.com

Too many adverts and porn pop-ups in your web browser? Maybe your router has been hijacked

If you’ve recently found your web browsing plagued by pornographic pop-ups and irritating adverts, maybe hackers have hijacked your internet router?

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Oracle has just given you another reason not to install Java on your Mac

I think it’s great that Oracle is showing its contempt for Java users in this way. The company’s transparency should be applauded.


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Bye bye to bloatware! Bruised Lenovo promises ‘a cleaner, safer PC’

Maybe there’s something good that can come out of the SSL-busting Superfish debacle. Lenovo, you better be telling us the truth. We’ll be watching you.


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