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The 404 1,423: Where we let that baby settle (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Bye-bye Flappy Bird -- popular game grounded by its creator.

- NYPD gets onboard with Google Glass. Relax everyone, it's just a test.

- How to hack a 3D printer into a surprisingly skilled air hockey robot.

- New study finds that moms aren't as annoying on Facebook as you thought.

- AMC's zombie stunt scared the hell out of these New Yorkers.… Read more

McAfee: And the most dangerous cyber celebrity is...

Celebrities can be really dangerous, and not just because they slap zebra print and rhinestones on any product they can get ahold of.

They also lure unsuspecting Internet users to sites that have tested positive for threats that can harm a computer or mobile device. But which athletes, musicians, comedians, and Hollywood stars are most likely to lure innocent Internetizens into the less-than-glamorous online underbelly of spyware, adware, spam, and viruses? Security software company McAfee recently released its 2013 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity list, which highlights the most common celeb search terms that expose Web users to no-good. … Read more

Review: Protect your home or family network with Norton Internet Security 2014

Norton Internet Security 2014 sits in the middle of Symantec's new line of premium anti-virus tools. It has the same comprehensive, real-time protection from viruses, malware, identity theft, and online scams as Norton AntiVirus, as well as 24/7 support, online software management, deep cleaning and repair, and a streamlined interface. Internet Security 2014 adds system performance tools, parental controls, an intelligent two-way firewall, and more. But it really earns its keep by protecting up to three PCs, making it a great choice for a family network or users with more than one computer.

Installing Norton Internet Security 2014 … Read more

Review: Protect your PC with Norton AntiVirus 2014

Norton AntiVirus 2014 is the latest from one of the oldest names in anti-virus software. With protection for one PC, it's the most affordable of Symantec's premium packages. OK, we know what you're thinking: Why should you buy an anti-virus program, let alone one with an annual subscription, when freeware that does most of what it does is...well, free? Our two-part answer: 1) You get what you pay for, even in software; and 2) What's your system worth? How about your time? Or peace of mind? AntiVirus 2014 comes with the 24/7 technical support … Read more

Pink fan arrested for tweet that included the word 'bomb'

Hey, kids. You know that "Big Brother Is Watching You" thing?

Well, I just wanted to remind you that Big Brother has a bit of a temper and much less of a sense of humor or context.

I mention this because it isn't just a teen in Texas who's been arrested for making a joke on a social network.

A teen in Warrnambool, Australia, was arrested Sunday night for tweeting about Pink's song "Timebomb."

As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, this teen was so excited to see Pink in concert at the Rod … Read more

Mobile malware grows by 614 percent in last year

Mobile malware creators and smartphone makers seem to be in a neck-and-neck software race, but new data shows that the malware creators could be taking the lead.

Juniper Networks released its third annual Mobile Threat Report on Tuesday and the findings aren't pretty. Mobile malware grew at a rate of 614 percent from March 2012 to March 2013 -- that's equal to 276,259 malicious apps floating around out there. Last year, the increase was a mere 155 percent.

The report is based on an analysis of more than 1.85 million mobile apps and vulnerabilities across major … Read more

ExploitShield becomes Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit

ExploitShield launched in September 2012 (covered previously by Seth Rosenblatt) with an ambitious goal: to close the yawning security gap for zero-day threats, those nasty exploits that arise upon first notice of a security vulnerability in a browser or other application before developers can fix the hole. Today, the ExploitShield technology gained a lot more visibility as it was acquired by security-software publisher Malwarebytes, whose Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software has been a Top 10 product on Download.com for many years.

As a result of the purchase, Malwarebytes has released a new beta version of the software, now called Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. … Read more

The top threats for 2013, as seen by McAfee

In the coming year, the world will see increases in mobile cyberattacks, ransomware, and "hacking for profit," as well as the decline of hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, according to McAfee Labs' 2013 Threat Predictions.

The security firm's research report, released today, predicts that cybercriminals and hacktivists are going to refine and "evolve" techniques and tools used not only to steal from our wallets, but also to take advantage of our personal data. Along with a likely rise in cyberattacks that take advantage of the explosion in mobile technology, McAfee warns of threats based on … Read more

Game firm's Facebook app for virtual assassinations gets offed

We all live with the consequences of our finest ideas.

Or the ones that seemed the finest at the time.

I am confident that when the fine minds at Square Enix created Hire Hitman they had a sense that it would prove popular with men who are boys and boys who think they are men.

After all, this little Facebook app -- launched to promote the no doubt very fine and possibly religious computer game Hitman: Absolution -- allowed you to peg a friend as the target of a virtual hit by the computer game's protagonist, Agent 47, and share a video of the friend's termination, which incorporated a photo of the friend from his or her profile. … Read more

Cyberattacks against Lockheed have 'increased dramatically'

Cyberattacks against Lockheed Martin -- one of the largest defense contractors for the U.S. government -- have stepped up significantly in both pace and savvy, according to Reuters.

"The number of campaigns has increased dramatically over the last several years," Lockheed vice president and chief information security officer Chandra McMahon said in a news conference today, according to Reuters. "The pace has picked up."

McMahon claims that roughly 20 percent of the attacks are being perpetuated by other countries or groups that aim to steal information or threaten the company's operations. She told reporters … Read more