Malware from China and Russia targeting information for identity theft
Clement James, vnunet.com 24 Nov 2006
Security software developer PC Tools has said that up to 50 per cent of new spyware threats coming from China and Russia target specific information for identity theft.
The warning comes amid a flood of dire predictions, as fraudsters and malware writers gear up for a busy Christmas.
Michael Greene, vice president of product strategy at PC Tools, believes that 90 per cent of holiday threats come from spyware rather than viruses, as hackers focus on looting vulnerable companies and stealing personal identities.
Hackers debut Mac OS X adware
By John Leyden
Published Friday 24th November 2006
Miscreants have created a proof-of-concept sample of adware that targets Apple Mac OS X users. iAdware might, in theory at least, be silently installed onto Macs, running itself each time an application is loaded, anti-virus firm F-Secure reports. The malware takes advantage of unspecified security weaknesses in the OS to load itself as a system library without prompting users about what's going on.