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Researchers claim hackers can create havoc in the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

A recent paper published by researchers from the University of New Haven in Connecticut shows that a vulnerability in OpenGL enables the team to alter the playing space and virtual environment on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Computing

Cryptojacking is the new ransomware. Is that a good thing?

Cryptominers are now one of the most common types of malware, beating out long standing malicious software like ransomware. But is this new type of threat here to stay? We spoke to security experts to find out.
Computing

Verizon agrees, ransomware is the most popular form of malware

Ransomware has emerged as one of the most common forms of malware among organizations. The reason: Cybercriminals are mostly influenced by a desire to make money and ransomware is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to attack.
Web

Infected online chat service stole payment info at Best Buy, Delta, Sears, more

A number of companies are reporting that a chat client service used on their websites was found infected with malware and stole payment info. These sites include Best Buy, Boeing, Delta, Kmart, Sears, and many others.
Computing

Chrome’s built-in scanning tool is now causing a privacy uproar

Privacy concerns now surround the Chrome Cleanup component in Google Chrome, causing users to question the scans. One user shows that it scans the Documents folder on Windows, leading to concerns about the scope of those scans.
Computing

From pranks to nuclear sabotage, this is the history of malware

The history of malware is as long as the history of software itself. What began innocently five decades ago has evolved into a worldwide threat and weapon of cyber warfare. Here’s how it happened.
Mobile

500,000 people downloaded QR code apps with embedded malware from Google Play

QR codereader apps with malicious code inside of them were downloaded up to 500,000 times, according to a new report from SophosLabs. The report noes that the apps were able to hide in plain sight by appearing to be standard Android app…
Computing

Slingshot malware that attacks routers may be state-sponsored espionage tool

Kaspersky has identified a router malware, dubbed Slingshot, that attacks local PCs and steals information. It's so sophisticated that it's likely state-sponsored and it's clearly aimed at cyber-espionage.
Computing

Windows Defender thwarts major malware attack directed mostly at Russian users

Microsoft said its Windows Defender platform thwarted a campaign that distributed a trojan packing a cryptocurrency miner payload. Windows Defender protected nearly 500,000 PCs in the first hours of the attack.
Computing

Hackers target Windows clipboard to steal cryptocurrency wallet addresses

The latest email scam contains malware that will install on Windows machines and scan the clipboard for copied cryptocurrency wallet addresses. It essentially replaces that address with one leading to the hacker's wallet.
Computing

Beware of Thanatos, the latest cyber-extortion scam

A new ransomware infection that encrypts all your files and demands payment in Bitcoin Cash is raising alarm among security experts because there's no way for even the creators of the malware to decrypt it.
Computing

These are the 5 best free antivirus apps to protect your MacBook

Malware protection is more important than ever, even if you eschew Windows in favor of Apple's desktop platform. Thankfully, protecting your machine is as easy as picking from the best free antivirus for Mac suites.