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Computing

New malware can make a PC’s cooling fans cough up passwords, encryption keys

Isolating a computer from every network may seem like a sure-fire, if not impractical, method of keeping your files safe - until researchers use your system's own fans to betray it.
Computing

Protect your PC from the cyber-flu with these awesome free antivirus options 2:11

Malware, spyware, and adware is never fun to find on your PC. Check out our picks for the best free antivirus software, so you can rid your system of any dangerous software that might be lurking around.
Home Theater

Step slowly away from your remote: ransomware now targeting smart TVs

Since May 2015, the FLocker ransomware has been making life tough for users of Android mobile devices, and now it continues to spread with the newfound ability to infect Android-powered smart TVs.
Computing

Malware infections in corporate-owned cloud folders almost triple in three months

Sharing files and folders with your work colleagues might seem convenient, but the folders could be harboring a malicious threat. Over 10 percent of all shared folders in corporate environments now contain malware of some kind.
Social Media

Time to change your Twitter password: 32 million accounts may have been hacked

It looks as if malware may have allowed hackers to collect passwords for some 32 million Twitter accounts. The company insists its own servers are secure, and says it's currently investigating the matter.
Computing

Vulnerability in Facebook's messaging enabled hackers to insert malicious items

Security firm Check Point Software Technologies found a vulnerability in Facebook's messaging system allowing hackers to alter chats for malicious purposes. For instance, a hacker could insert a malicious link, video, or image in…
Computing

Don’t open that! 93 percent of phishing emails are now ransomware

A full 93 percent of all phishing emails now attempt to encrypt a victim's files, as ransomware becomes the attack vector of choice for those behind such actions. This is a far more serious threat than malware of the past.
Computing

New Windows 10 security update proactively hunts down viruses when your PC is idle

With its new update, Windows Defender will work in harmony with the antivirus software of your choice by running its own periodic scans on your computer at the most convenient time.
Computing

Ransomware attackers refuse to decrypt hospital's files after being paid off

Paying off criminals doesn't always work, as Kansas Heart Hospital learned this week. They paid off ransomware, only to be asked for more money by the attackers. It's just the latest in a long string of hospital ransomware attacks.
Computing

Microsoft releases 2016 Security Intelligence Report, and things don’t look great

Americans are already terrified of cyberattacks, and Microsoft's latest Security Intelligence Report probably won't do much to assuage those fears. The annual document details "the threat landscape of exploits, vulnerabilities, and…
Mobile

New Android malware disguises itself as a Chrome update

A team of researchers from Zscaler have discovered new malware that hides in the form of an Android Google Chrome update. If installed, it can seriously ruin your day, and can only be cured by a factory reset of your device.
Computing

Don’t have a meltdown, but German officials just found malware in a nuclear reactor

Workers at a German nuclear power plant discovered a wealth of malware on a system used for monitoring fuel rods, but nothing bad happened because the machine isn't connected to the Internet.