Security Shorts: April 2013 Highlights

by News Editor on April 30th, 2013 in Industry and Security News.

Lavasoft News has compiled a list of "security shorts" - summaries of other online security stories making news around the world this past month...






Sick malware authors exploit Boston Marathon bombing with Trojan attack
With sick inevitability, cybercriminals have exploited interest in the breaking news story of the explosions at the Boston Marathon by spreading malware. Messages spammed out by attackers claim to contain a link to video footage of Monday's terrorist activity in Boston... Read more


Hackers are exploiting Texas explosion news to spread malware
cybercriminals are leaping at the opportunity to take advantage of breaking news stories to spread malware.The latest example, coming just days after malware authors exploited interest in the Boston Marathon bombings, concerns the fatal explosion in the small community of West, Texas, of a fertiliser plant... Read more


New incoming fax message is actually malware - be on your guard!
Even though you may no longer regularly interact face-to-face with a fax machine, it doesn't mean that fax machines have completely disappeared from your life. Computer users are warned to be on the lookout for messages in their email inbox, claiming to be an incoming fax... Read more


Global Malware Hackers Use Social Media to Escape Cyber Sleuths
Malware has gone global, with Asia and Eastern Europe the two main malware hotspots, according to a new report from FireEye, an online security company. The company says hackers are using new techniques, such as exploiting social media, to escape detection... Read more


Google’s New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlife
What will happen to your Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ accounts after you die? Google is launching its Inactive Account Manager on the Google Account settings page, which sets out to set up a system that allows you to tell Google “what you want done with your digital assets when you’re gone”... Read more


Google implements new measures to protect Chrome from malware

Google is implementing additional security measures to protect Chrome users from malicious browser extensions. Users begin to see Safe Browsing malicious download warnings when attempting to download software that has been flagged as malicious... Read more