Kronos: New Financial Malware Sold on Russian Underground Forum

By Eduard Kovacs Malware developers have recently started advertising a new banking Trojan on a Russian cybercrime forum, researchers from Trusteer reported on Friday. The malware, dubbed “Kronos,” costs $7,000, but its creators are giving potential customers the opportunity to conduct one-week tests for the price of $1,000, which includes full access to the command & control (C&C) server and to all of the Trojan’s capabilities, the IBM security company said.…

Google’s Android security chief: Don’t bother with anti-virus. Is he serious?

Just before the recent Google I/O developer conference, Google’s chief security engineer for Android, Adrian Ludwig, told journalists that most users shouldn’t bother with anti-virus. Ludwig said “99%” of Android users wouldn’t benefit from a mobile anti-virus and declared that the risk from Android malware is “overstated.” Moreover, Ludwig accused security software companies of distorting the facts about the exploding volume of Android malware, according to the Sydney Morning Herald’s tech reporter Ben…

Good Leaders Persuade. They Don’t Manipulate.

From the moment we were born, we have been weaned and schooled in the art and science of manipulation. So much so, in fact, that we hardly recognize it anymore, both as targets and purveyors of manipulative influence. It doesn’t take a cynic to admit that such ploys surround us at every turn, from a daily onslaught of advertising messages to organizational politics to a looming performance review. Our lives…

Malicious intent can turn Chrome speech recognition into spying device

A speech recognition expert contends malicious players can turn Google’s Chrome web browser into a remote listening device. Last year around this time, Google updated Chrome, adding a unique feature to the company’s web browser—Speech Recognition. Six months later, Tal Atar, a SME in this field, discovered what he considered a serious breach of security in the Chrome web browser, and the culprit—speech-recognition. How Chrome’s speech recognition works Google created…