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Many Facebook apps turn out to infect computers with viruses

A fake Facebook application called "If I Die" is supposed to allow users to record a video message to be played after their death, but really harbors a payload, including a keylogger than can steal passwords, email and other sensitive information, according to Security News Daily.

School districts ramping up security against malware

East Maine School District in Morton Grove, Illinois was recently attacked by malware causing a district-wide shutdown of network traffic, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Keeping smartphones and tablets virus-free

With the influx of smartphone and tablet use among Americans, cyber criminals are bound to try to find ways to hack sensitive information, says InformationWeek.

Some Facebook users casually hack into the accounts of their friends

Recent research from CPPGroup Plc, a life assistance company, 13 percent admit to have accessed someone else's online account details without their permission.

Proposed bill will work to protect online data

A recently proposed bill by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal called the Personal Data Protection and Breach Accountability Act of 2011 will aim to protect United States citizens from online breaches and make data companies responsible for securing data, according the New York Times.

Computer viruses have been known to come in the form of fake emails

A new computer virus is landing in personal email inboxes in the form of a fake message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the Austin Daily Herald.

Hackers on Twitter can gain access to accounts through spam

Computer hackers are using the Direct Message function on Twitter to phish passwords for the site. The DM comes from a friend along with the message, "when did you make this video? its hilarious, cant stop laughing lol," according to Sophos.

Cyber terrorism is serious threat to United States

The thoughts of terrorist attacks loom large around early September early year. Experts say cyber terrorism is a real threat that people need to take as seriously physical terrorism.

Online security breaches are causing companies to adopt stricter security policies

Earlier this year, Sony was a victim to an embarrassing online breach at its Playstation Network. Responding to the breach, Sony recently hired Philip Reitinger, a former U.S. Homeland Security official in charge of cyber security, as its chief information security officer.

New Zealanders exposed to computer virus by scamming cold callers

A recent scam in Tauranga, New Zealand, involved cold calls, which told computer users they have a virus on their computer. The scammer then directs people to let them access their computer remotely and take a credit card payment, according to the New Zealand Police.

Cyber criminals affecting computers occurring more often

During a presentation by security researcher Deral Heiland at this summer's DefCon 19 conference, he said internet-ready, consumer-grade multifunction printers could expose sensitive documents to a hacker, according to ComputerWorld.

Police officer suspended after an illegal download contained a computer virus

A police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, was recently suspended for six days after he reportedly downloaded a virus on the laptop computer in his squad car, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Mobile-based hacking becoming a growing trend

A malicious email is circulating that claims to be from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and is leaving computers affected with malware, according to Mashable.

College students need to be smart to keep viruses away from their computers

The Rorpian worm virus has been the source of complaints from students and faculty at Arkansas State University.

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