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New study describes risk of mobile phone virus attacks

android-g1 phoneA new study in the journal Science that is coauthored by University of Notre Dame physics doctoral student Pu Wang and researchers from Northeastern University suggests that the risk of mobile phone virus attacks will increase as a few operating systems gain more market share. The study also analyzes the pattern and speed of the spread of infection for Bluetooth and multimedia messaging services (MMS). Smart phones, which can share programs and data, could attract virus writers at a level more disruptive than computer viruses. Mobile viruses can be spread by either Bluetooth or MMS communications protocols. Bluetooth viruses can infect phones with the technology within a local area, comparable to the spread of contact-based disease. The infected phone must be moved into another tower‚Äôs range in order to infect a new set of phones. The slow spread provides time to develop protection from the virus. Full Story : Physorg.com…..

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FBI E-mail Clobbered After Virus

Computer VirusA virus has reportedly disrupted Web-based e-mail services at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI confirmed Friday that it had been forced to shut down its Internet-facing unclassified network, but disputed a report that the incident had left the agency unable to e-mail counterparts in other intelligence and law enforcement agencies. FBI agents can send e-mail on the agency’s more secure internal network or via BlackBerry, but many use this unclassified network to send messages via a Web-based e-mail system, said a source familiar with the situation. Full Story : PCWorld.com……

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Swine Flu May Be Human Error; WHO Investigates Claim

testtube-chemicalThe World Health Organization is investigating a claim by an Australian researcher that the swine flu virus circling the globe may have been created as a result of human error. By pinpointing the source of the virus, scientists also may better understand the microbe‚Äôs potential for spreading and causing illness. Full Story : Bloomberg.com…..

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New Virus Appears to Be a Factor in Extended Flu Season

flu-medicineThe new swine flu virus is spreading rapidly around the United States, and more than half of the states are reporting unusually high levels of flu-like illness. About half of the people with flu are testing positive for the new virus, indicating it is playing a significant role in the unusual pattern of disease, officials said. Full Story : WashingtonPost.com……

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Botnet master hits the kill switch, takes down 100,000 PCs

pc-bluescreenZeus/Zbot is a software kit that sprung up in March that harvests financial and personal data from PCs through the use of a Trojan. Zeus, unlike many other malware programs, managed to make each installation appear different to virus trackers so that it would be more difficult to remove. But Zeus had another interesting feature‚Äîone that isn’t terribly uncommon among botnet software, it turns out. A command was built into the software to kos‚Äîor “kill operating system”‚Äîand it was apparently executed some time last month. Full Story : Arstechnica.com……

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Mexico hit by deadly new Flu Virus

flu-medicineMexican officials took extraordinary steps Friday to try to contain a swine flu outbreak that has killed as many as 20 people, and possibly dozens more, and sickened more than 900 other people in recent weeks. World Health Organization officials worried that it could mark the start of a flu pandemic, according to published reports. Full Story : Ktvn.com………

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Researchers Compile Common Cold Family Tree

Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the J. Craig Venter Institute collaborated to sequence and analyze the cold virus. As a result, they were able to configure a family tree of the common cold. Full Story : Redorbit…..

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Millions hit by Windows Virus

Computer VirusA virus known as Conficker, Downadup, or Kido spreads through removal media like USB memory sticks and networks posing a growing threat to Windows users. Approximately, 3.5 millions machines have been infected by the worm so far. Once executed, the virus disables a number of system services and then connects to a malicious server, where it downloads additional malware to install on the infected computer. So it’s important that Windows users, install the latest Microsoft security patch.

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Human Virus : Cool Cartoon

In each and every way we act like parasites. Who knows the truth?

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Computer viruses reached one million

Anti Virus Internet security firm Symantec, reported in the latest edition of its bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report, that number of malicious programs has passed the 1 million mark for the first time. Almost two thirds of all malicious code threats currently detected were created during 2007 and the vast majority of them are aimed at PCs running Microsoft Windows.

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