Stories by John E. Dunn

Trojan data-stealer hijacks ICMP traffic

A Trojan has been discovered that attempts to evade detection by sending stolen data back to its criminal creators using the ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) back channel.

Russian extortion Trojan hits web

A week after a woman from the U.K. was reported to have fallen victim to a new encryption Trojan, Arhiveus-A, an older rival has reappeared on the Internet.

Apple and Red Hat face up to flaws

Red Hat and Apple have warned users of serious security flaws, including bugs in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 kernel and Apple's WebObjects Xcode plug-in.

Vigilante Trojan attacks other malware

A "vigilante" Trojan, that attempts to protect infected PCs from the effects of malware caught while using peer-to-peer file-sharing networks, has been discovered.

Owl worm puts printers in a flap

It sounds like a throwback to the 1980s, but security company Sophos has reported the existence of a new "prank" worm that hijacks network print queues to perform a uniquely ludicrous stunt -- it attempts to print a large picture of an owl.

Skype 2.5 proves harder to block

The latest beta version of Skype has been well received by enthusiasts, but one important new feature has so far been ignored -- the program is now much harder to block.

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