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Flaws in Network Protocol Expose Millions of Computers to Attack

Security issues in a widely used suite of network protocols known as uPnP (Universal Plug-and-Play) could expose millions of devices to attacks, even without their users’ intervention.

Multiple GitHub Projects Expose Private SSH Key

A number of private cryptographic keys associated with GitHub accounts were inadvertently leaked on the web and cached in the Git search engine.

Healthcare Under Cyber-Attack: 94% of Hospitals Breached

Almost nine hospitals in 10 have suffered at least one data breach, according to a study commissioned by ID Experts. The same report says these breaches cost healthcare organization an estimated $7 billion per year.

U.S. Medical Devices Plagued by Malware; Hospitals under Botnet Threat

The U.S. is doing a poor job of monitoring the security and privacy of medical devices, according to a multi-year study by six researchers associated with Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as reported by computerworld.com.

Thousands could lose internet connection due to virus ring

In an effort to improve internet security and stop the DNSChanger virus, the FBI may be soon shutting down certain servers the virus is on. Computerworld reports that a federal judge ruled that the operation has been extended, so users with the DNS Changer malware will stay connected until they can scrub their machines of the virus.

Maintenance is an important part of computer upkeep

While computers definitely need antivirus software and internet security to survive on the internet, Alex Wright writes on Bermuda's Royal Gazette that updating and maintaining the computer is also a key part of making sure a computer survives.

What to do when computers start to move extremely slow

When a computer starts to misbehave and go very slowly, it can be extremely frustrating for the user. Work is harder to get done and simple tasks can take ages. Toneo Rutsito writes on NewsDay that sometimes it may not always be the fault of a failing antivrius program.

Nearly two dozen Japanese government computers infected with viruses

More than 20 computers belonging to members of the Japanese government are now infected with viruses, according to Japanese news sources.

Website lays out the future of malware

With new data breaches popping up almost every day, CIO.com said it's only going to get worse when hackers figure out new ways of getting their hands on personal information. Everyone online should have updated internet security and antivirus programs.

Users should protect themselves from fake antivirus software

When surfing the internet, users need to prepare themselves for encounters with fake antivirus software, or scareware, that could be extremely harmful to computers, according to Herb Weisbaum on MSNBC's ConsumerMan blog.

This year the 40th anniversary of first known virus

With 2011 being the 40th anniversary of the first virus, according to the Wall Street Journal, now is a good time for computer users of all kind to check their computers to make sure antivirus software is up to date.

Macs can still get viruses

Although most Apple products seem to get less viruses than PCs, Mikko Hypponen on BetaNews' website said the current version of Mac OS X isn't any more secure than the standard PC. Antivirus software for Macintosh could be helpful for users who may feel under protected.

Google Virus most requested virus to be removed this quarter

The Google virus was the most frequently requested virus to be removed, according to computer repair company My Computer Expert. The virus, common called the Google redirect virus, was seen in 36 percent of all virus removal requests by the company. Having an up-to-date antivirus program can help quell problems such as the Google virus.

Remain vigilant to defend against viruses

Jeff Gelles, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, writes that in order to stay away from virus, worm, phisher, bot and Trojan free, people must install antivirus programs and be vigilant about internet security.