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Handbrake Malware Attack Captures Source Code

TweetPanic, Inc is a software develop company that makes a suite of apps for the Apple OS X platform.  In May, a mirror download server was compromised, which allowed the legitimate version of the Mac transcoder app Handbrake to be replaced by an infected version.  The OSX.PROTON trojan infecting the app allowed hackers to gain Continue Reading

Major Scale Mac Malware on the Loose

TweetWell, it really was only a matter of time before the virus writers turned their attention to the venerable Apple platform.  Up until now, there have really only been “proof of concept” viruses that attack the Mac OS.  There have been a few mass-distribution infections, but for the most part those only attacked users downloading Continue Reading

Just Say NO to Flash Player Updates

Tweet Adobe’s Flash Player is Ubiquitous It is employed on virtually every computer in the world. It’s purpose is to enable live streaming of videos, ads, news articles and the like that take the form of movies or animations. For years now, one of the most popular distribution vehicles for malware has been fake Adobe Continue Reading

One Million Android Phones Infected by Hackers

TweetOK… Not literally.  Actually it’s MORE than one million phones have been infected by hackers, making their Google accounts, photos and emails vulnerable. Hackers have gained access to roughly 1.3 Million Google accounts.  This includes photos, emails and documents stored in those accounts.  How was this accomplished?  Simple.  By users downloading bogus apps.  This once Continue Reading

Malicious USB Sticks Coming to a Mailbox Near You

TweetIf you find a USB stick in your mailbox… Do NOT plug it into your computer. This should seem fairly obvious, but given the insatiable nature of human curiosity, it appears the warning is crucial While this is most likely not the first time this nasty little trick has been tried, it may well be Continue Reading

IOS 9.3 Update Addresses Critical Vulnerabilities

TweetOn August 25, Apple released the iOS 9.3.5 update for the iOS 9 operating system.  This comes roughtly a month after releasing iOS 9.3.4 and a few weeks before we expect to see the release of iOS 10, which is currently in beta testing. iOS 9.3.5 is available immediately to all devices running iOS 9 Continue Reading

Ransomware Attacks Apple Platform

TweetRamsomware!  What the hell is that? For the last few years, the worst-case scenario for computer “infections” has been Ransomware. Ransomware (CryptoWall, CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense) is malware delivering a payload that encrypts Every.Single.File. on your computer.  Once infected, you will NOT be able to open any photos or documents after the infection has fully deployed.  The Continue Reading

Fake Flash Player Downloads Can Ruin Your Day

TweetI have warned about these in the past, but always drawing on personal experience or case histories, I thought it important to apprise y’all on what can happen while you are minding your own business just surfing the web. Only a few minutes ago I was searching for a particular video of David Gilmour performing Continue Reading

Windows Phone SCAM Alert!

TweetIf you receive a call from this 855 # – hang up immediately, better yet don’t answer it. Add the number to your auto reject list. Report the # to your phone provider.  I would be very suspicious of any 855 number.  Period. These are scammers who tell you (in a thick Indian / Pakistani Continue Reading

Mac Malware Becoming More Problematic

TweetWhile it is essentially true that Apple’s OS X platform is essentially immune to virus attack, there are nasty programs out there that can ruin your day and waste a lot of time.  For the most part, the high risk infections remain the bailiwick of the Windows platform.  We have yet to see any proof Continue Reading