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Behind the 'Flame' malware spying on Mideast computers (FAQ)

With possible ties to malware targeting Iran, the Flame spying software is seen as the latest cyber espionage attempt from a nation state.

By June 4, 2012


Microsoft's new Windows Defender tool runs outside Windows

Available as a public beta, a new version of Windows Defender is designed to run off a CD or USB stick to scan your PC for malware before Windows loads.

By December 8, 2011


Carrier IQ faces lawsuits, lawmaker seeks FTC probe

Three lawsuits allege privacy-law violations, a congressman asks FTC to investigate, and activists seek FCC and DOJ probes of the mobile data-collection software.

By December 2, 2011


Buzz Out Loud 1567: Galaxy Nexus hands-on, copyright freakout, and Computer Love (Podcast)

On this week's show, Jessica Dolcourt joins us for some hands-on time with the Galaxy Nexus--and that peek is all you get, since there's still no U.S. release date for that sucker. Ridiculous. Also, Google Music recapped and a tag-team SOPA rant, plus Stephen Beacham's awesome new segment: Into It or Not Into It. You will love it, and you will dance. All that and Computer Love, to boot! Settle in!

By November 17, 2011


Avast's virus lab relies on robust community

Avast has more active home users than any other security suite in the world. About 130 million people claim the Prague-based company as their preferred antivirus vendor, so CNET editor Seth Rosenblatt visited their headquarters to find out what makes them so trusted.

By June 26, 2011


Are there keyloggers on Samsung laptops? (UPDATE: No, there aren't)

Researcher says he found keylogging software on two new Samsung laptops and went public after getting no response from Samsung spokespeople for a week. Samsung says the report is erroneous.

By March 30, 2011


Stuxnet could hijack power plants, refineries

Symantec researcher says infected energy companies in the U.S., Iran, India, and elsewhere need to check their systems for a hidden, remote control back door.

By August 13, 2010


Dear President Obama: Get ACTA out in the open

President Obama is proving to be a fan of potentially draconian patent and copyright law. Make the contents and the talks public, and protect fair use! Please!

By March 18, 2010


Malware crashed systems during Windows security updates

Microsoft says computers that crashed while installing the latest security updates were infected with malware called a "rootkit" that had made changes to the Windows kernel.

By February 18, 2010


Hands-on with Sunbelt Vipre anti-virus: Is it slow? Is it heck

We've got a new player in the glamorous world of anti-virus, and its name is Vipre. Does it have what it takes to stand up to the big boys?

By June 17, 2009