Some Alcatel Smartphones Came Preinstalled With Malware

Avoiding malware on our smartphones and computers is pretty easy: just don’t install apps or visit suspicious sounding and looking websites. Granted this isn’t a guarantee that you can’t get infected, but usually practicing such habits can help. Unfortunately for owners of certain Alcatel handsets, their phones actually came with malware preinstalled.


Malware Can Now Be Activated By Memes Posted On Twitter

Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are great platforms for sharing all kinds of photos, including memes. However according to security researchers at Trend Micro (via TechCrunch), that meme you are laughing at on Twitter might not be so funny once hackers manage to activate malware on your computer without you knowing it.


McAfee Predicts More Malware Will Target Smart Homes In 2019

The conveniences offered up by smart home devices like smart bulbs, thermostats, locks, and more are too good to pass up. After all who wouldn’t relish the idea of a home adapting to our needs, our lights turning on automatically when needed, temperatures adjusted dynamically to offer the most comfort, and fridges that reminds us and even help us order food when we’re out.


TSMC Shares Additional Details About Virus That Shut Down Its Production

Recently Taiwanese company TSMC announced that they discovered a computer virus on their systems that forced them to temporarily halt production of their chipsets. Not much was known about the virus, but in a new report from Bloomberg, the company has since come forward with additional details about it.


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TSMC Temporarily Halts Production Following Computer Virus

Could Apple’s iPhones be delayed or be available in limited quantities at the start? That usually seems to be the case, and unfortunately that might not change with 2018’s iPhones because in a statement released by TSMC, it appears that the company’s production had to be temporarily halted due to the discovery of a computer virus.


Intel Will Allow Antivirus Software To Use GPUs For Malware Scanning

2018 did not kick off particularly well for Intel due to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities that were discovered inside of its chips. Intel has since worked hard to patch existing chips and also promised that future chips should be free from the vulnerabilities. However it seems that isn’t all as Intel has announced several new initiatives.


Report Claims Android Is The Most Targeted By Malware

Malware, viruses, hacks; those are security issues that aren’t exactly new, but unfortunately it seems that some platforms are more affected than most. According to Nokia’s latest Threat Intelligence Report, it seems that they have discovered that Google’s Android platform is by far the most targeted by malware.


MMO Disables In-Game Chat After Discovering It Can Be Used To Send Malware

In-game chats in MMORPGs can be overwhelming. If you’ve ever played an MMORPG before, you know that these chats can be never-ending conversations about all things inane, ranging from insults, political discussions, and of course scam links. As if that wasn’t worrying enough, it seems that malware could be a problem as well.


Adobe Flash Vulnerability Allows Hackers To Plant Malware

As if the recent revelation that WiFi’s security has been hacked wasn’t enough to scare us as far as cyber security threats are concerned, security firm Kaspersky Labs has revealed that there has been a recent vulnerability discovered in Adobe’s Flash platform that allows hackers to plant malware in it that in turn could affect users.


Researchers Demonstrate ‘Dolphin Attack’ That Targets Digital Voice Assistants

We hear about our smartphones being vulnerable to attacks all the time, and with the rise in popularity in digital voice assistants, it seems that we now have a new avenue to be worried about. A report from FastCompany has revealed that Chinese researchers have discovered a new way that hackers can take control of your smartphone using your voice assistant.


Google’s Play Protect Feature Rolling Out To Android Devices

Companies like Apple and Google have security measures in place in their app stores to prevent malicious apps from being published, but sometimes every now and then, one slips through, which goes to show that no system is perfect. However Google is clearly working at improving it as much as possible.


Microsoft Will Remind Users To Update Their Windows 10

It is important to ensure that your operating systems and software in general are up to date with the latest builds. This is because sometimes there are bugs that are fixed in updates, and also for security purposes where developers might close off security exploits and fix vulnerabilities in updates.


Microsoft Will Use AI To Help Defend Against Malware

Malware and cyber attacks have been something that we have been dealing with for decades, and it seems that the more sophisticated our technology gets, the more sophisticated the attacks get as well. However chasing after the latest malware does feel like a never-ending task, which is why Microsoft is turning to the use of AI.


Malware On Mac Is On The Rise

It has long been believed that the fundamentally different nature of Mac OS protects it from the wide variety of malware that plagues Windows PCs. However, there has been a steady growth in malware on Mac over the past few years and the latest McAfee Threat Report shows that it’s continuously on the rise.