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A New Reason to Not Buy These Cheap Android Devices: Complimentary Malware

Researchers at Avast Threat Labs say that more than 100 different low-cost Android devices from manufacturers like ZTE, Archos, and myPhone come with malware pre-installed. Users in more than 90 countries, including the UK, are said to be infected. The good news is there’s a fix. Read More >>

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Equifax’s Website Redirected People to Malware Thanks to a Compromised, Years-Old Plugin

Credit-reporting agency Equifax, which has been embroiled in a richly-deserved sea of anger after losing the sensitive personal and financial info of at least 145 million people  to hackers, found itself in yet another hole  this week after its website began redirecting users to malware . On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported the problems with the site began because Equifax was still using a defunct web analytics plugin called Fireclick which had since been taken over by scammers. Read More >>

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Fake Dubsmash App Delivered Porn to Hundreds of Thousands of Android Users

An app going by the name of Dubsmash 2 managed to work its way up to well over 100,000 downloads on Google's Play store before being pulled -- because it was nothing more than a porn site loader disguised as a popular new thing. Read More >>

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Java Now Dumps Adware on to Macs, Too

There are a lot of reason not to use Java – but here's one more to add to the list. The latest release of Oracle's ubiquitous software now also dumps a load of crapware on to your Mac. Read More >>

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70,000 Users May Have Downloaded an Android “Trojan”

The latest case of an anti-virus company trying to get users to panic about Android's security features comes via McAfee, which says it believes 70,000 Android owners may have downloaded a "trojan" that made it through Google's filters and out onto the Play Store. Read More >>

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Symantec Backpedals — 5 Million Downloaded Android Apps Not Malware, Simply Crapware

Symantec’s Android scaremongering last week wasn’t all that justified it seems. Although the 13 apps that it pinpointed as malware aren’t all that great, it appears they’re actually slightly less vicious adware – something Windows users are horribly familiar with. Read More >>