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Submission + - Media Obsessed With Hacks While Malware Gushes (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: The second quarter of 2011 was one of the worst on record in terms of successful hacks and breaches of organizations including RSA, the U.S. Defense Department, the International Monetary Fund, Sony, and Citigroup. With all these high profile breaches, one thing that may have fallen out of the spotlight is the massive volume of malware being created and spread on a daily basis.

In Q2 2011, malware continued to spread substantially, with 42 new malware strains being created every minute (about 60,000 per day), according to new research released today.

In terms of countries with the highest levels of malware infections, China, Thailand and Taiwan took the top three spots again. In terms of the lowest, Sweden, Switzerland and Norway were the least infected countries across its user base.

Trojans were responsible for 69 percent of infections, followed by viruses (10 percent) and worms (8.53 percent). Adware, which only represents 1.37 percent of all malware, accounted for more than 9 percent of all the infections, indicating the substantial effort malware writers are taking to promote this type of malicious code. Fake anti-virus programs, which are included in the adware category, have also continued to grow.


Submission + - iTunes upgrade forces users to buy new OSX (guardian.co.uk) 1

NoAkai writes: "The Guardian writes this about newer iDevices not being supported on older versions of OSX: "[...]I connected the shuffle to our computer, but a message came up saying the iPod "cannot be used because it requires iTunes version 10.0 or later". So I downloaded iTunes 10, but then another message popped up: "Open Failed This package type requires Mac OS X 10.5." It was the same story with the iPhone 4.""

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