US government tells Symantec and Norton Antivirus users to apply security patches immediately

Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy has uncovered critical vulnerabilities in a range of Symantec and Norton Antivirus products, which could be exploited by malicious hackers to launch attacks. Here’s the skinny from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT): The large number of products affected (24 products), across multiple platforms (OSX, Windows, and Linux),

Norton Antivirus tech support scam lands Symantec reseller in hot water

Symantec has terminated an agreement with one of its partners after a rival security firm caught the reseller using fake anti-virus warnings to lure customers into purchasing Norton at a bloated price.

David Bisson reports.

Not all anti-virus firms are of interest to the NSA and GCHQ, leaked files reveal

You know you’ve really made it as an anti-virus company when intelligence agencies like the NSA and the United Kingdom’s GCHQ are looking for vulnerabilities in your software, and interested in spying on the emails that your customers send you about new malware.

Buggy Norton Internet Security update crashes Internet Explorer

Make sure you have a back-up browser on your PC, just in case you need to check a Symantec support advisory next time a Norton security update busts Internet Explorer.

Seen the Tapsnake virus warning on your Android? Here’s what you need to know

Android users risk being duped by scareware adverts, that try to fool them into thinking that their devices are infected by malicious software.

Hidden Lynx – the hackers for hire who compromised a security firm

Symantec has published a detailed report into the hacking gang that they believe hacked into security firm Bit9 earlier this year, and managed to inject malware into customers’ networks.

And the hackers didn’t stop there…

Instagram for PC? Don’t be duped by survey scammers

Survey scammers are using a new disguise in their attempt to drive web traffic to their cash-generating webpages – pretending that PC users can install their own version of the popular smartphone app Instagram.

Be a spam-fighting superhero this July 4th Independence Day

Global recession? What global recession?

If there’s one industry which is booming, despite the tough economic times, it’s cybercrime – and nowhere is that more obvious to the average man in the street than the sector of cybercrime that concerns itself with spam. Here’s how to fight back

Facebook’s Android app tells them your phone number, without your knowledge or consent

Symantec researchers have stumbled across a “feature” of Facebook’s official Android app which once again puts into question if the social network’s developers truly *get* security and privacy.

Top five worst videos from anti-virus companies

Golden raspberries all round for the anti-virus companies who came up with these video turkeys.

Hackers fail to extort $50,000 from Symantec, as pcAnywhere source code is published

Symantec has confirmed that source code of an old version of pcAnywhere has been published on the net by hackers, as claims are made that the data thieves tried to extort $50,000 from the security firm.

Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus source code exposed by hackers

A hacking group has gained access to some of the source code for Symantec’s anti-virus product, that they claim they stole from Indian government servers.

Windows 8 to have built-in anti-virus – there’s good and bad news

Microsoft will ship Windows 8 with built-in anti-virus software.

Which is good news. And bad news. To find out who for, read on..

Intel sells anti-virus business, waits 12 years, buys anti-virus business

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

Malware authors jump on the PIFTS.EXE bandwagon

Read more in my article at Naked Security.