Stuxnet worm dates back to 2005

The Stuxnet worm, used to attack nuclear reprocessing plants in Iran, was targeting the country as early as 2005, say reseqarchers at security firm Symantec.

Microsoft busts Bamital botnet

Microsoft and Symantec say they've taken down a botnet that hit more than eight million computers worldwide.

Shamoon malware stalks, corrupts and deletes



A number of security firms have positively identified a new piece of malware stalking the energy sector.

Infected printers spew out pages of garbage

You can't help suspecting that many people won't notice the difference, but a new outbreak of the Trojan.Milicenso malware has left printers all over the world spewing out page after page of garbage.

Flame virus wiped out by its creators

The Flame virus discovered last week targeting computers in Iran has been ordered to self-destruct, leaving no trace - and no indication of who created it.

Symantec tempts people with 'lost' phones - and finds them wanting

Lost your phone? There's a very high chance that whoever found it has been nosing around in your personal data.

Anonymous members hoist by own petard

Anonymous members hoping to take part in denial of service attacks have unwittingly been downloading a version of the Zeus trojan, putting their financial details at risk.

Symantec downplays antivirus security breach

Symantec is downplaying reports that hackers accessed the source code to its Endpoint Protection 11.0 and Antivirus 10.2 applications.

Spam levels fall, but targeted attacks on the rise

The amount of spam winging its way into our inboxes has fallen to its lowest level in three years - although it still accounts for seven out of ten emails, says Symantec.

Duqu exploited Windows kernel vulnerability

The Duqu virus which was recently discovered to have been hitting industrial systems in the same manner as Stuxnet did so by exploiting a Windows kernel zero day vulnerability, it has emerged.

Hacker hits chemical and defense firms

Hackers have hit dozens of companies in the chemical industry and defense sector, and snaffled company secrets, according to a report from Symantec.

'Son of Stuxnet' trojan discovered

Symantec says it's discovered a new trojan that appears to have been written by the same authors as Stuxnet, and which is also targeted at industrial control systems.

Polymorphic malware is multiplying


Spam blasts containing "polymorphic malware" coded to disseminate password-stealing banking Trojans have increased significantly in recent months.

Report: Spammers trap victims with URL-shortening sites

Shameless spammers are creating their own URL-shortening sites to elude anti-spam initiatives on the 'Net.

Targeted attacks plague cyber landscape

Targeted attacks are currently plaguing the cyber landscape, with an increasing number exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities to breach digital perimeters.

Naughty Android app steals data from "pirates"

Sometimes it seems as if everyone is trying to rain on Google's Android parade - including naughty cyber criminals.

Rustock takedown cuts global spam, but Bagle botnet takes over

Microsoft's recent take-down of the Rustock botnet saw spam levels drop by a third during March, according to Symantec unit MessageLabs.

Rustock botnet back after Christmas break

Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. But, as feared, the Rustock botnet is back, heralding the arrival of millions more spam emails pushing Viagra and penis extension.

Spam levels fall: the calm before the storm?

In a war movie, it's when the enemy goes quiet that you really need to worry. And the same might apply to the news that spam levels seem to have dropped precipitously over the last couple of weeks.

Symantec counters malware threat with Ubiquity

Symantec is stepping up its fight against malware with the introduction of a next-gen platform dubbed "Ubiquity."