Kaspersky to cut phisher lines before they hook you

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Kaspersky to cut phisher lines before they hook you

Kaspersky to cut phisher lines before they hook you

Posted: 24 May 2012 05:11 PM PDT

Kaspersky's 2013 interface features some tweaks, but most of the major changes are under the hood.

(Credit: Kaspersky)

SAN FRANCISCO--Ever click a link to a Web site and discover that while it looks like your banking site, or Facebook, the URL didn't match your expectations? That's called phishing. Kaspersky revealed a new feature at a reviewer's conference here yesterday that the company says can stop such credential-stealing attacks before you get hooked.

Automatic Exploit Prevention, as the feature is called, is expected in the Kaspersky 2013 security suites due in August. The premise behind it is simple: Phishing attacks are on the rise, due in large part to the plummeting cost of entry to the malware market, so stopping those attacks from reaching you has become the focus of the upcoming software update.

The BlackHole exploit kit, a server-side polymorphic attack, is the source of 95 percent of the phishing attacks in the world, said Oleg Ishanov, antimalware research director for Kaspersky.

"Exploit packs cost a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars," said Roel Schouwenberg, a senior antivirus researcher at Kaspersky and founding member of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization. The Eleonore exploit pack, for example, will run you around $2,200, he said, and includes 14 kinds of exploits. Another exploit pack, the Java-specific Sparky, is a cloud-based serv... [Read more]

Google announces in-app subscriptions for Android apps

Posted: 24 May 2012 04:30 PM PDT

The new in-app subscription feature should open up new revenue opportunities.

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Google today announced a new feature for Android applications offered through the Google Play store. Available immediately for Android developers, in-app subscriptions will allow users to pay for monthly or annual subscriptions directly inside of apps. And as detailed by Google, the feature is set to auto-renew by default with transactions managed by the Google Play store.

In addition to adding a new level of convenience, the move opens the door to added revenue streams and even new types of content through Google Play. Looking forward, today's announcement could entice magazines and news journals to offer subscriptions to consumers directly through Google Play.

After introducing in-app billing a year ago, Google now says that it has become quite profitable for developers. According to the Android Developers blog, 23 of the 24 top-grossing apps in Google Play take advantage of the feature, and the total revenue gen... [Read more]

Get started with Facebook Camera

Posted: 24 May 2012 12:45 PM PDT

Facebook Camera was just released for any iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS 4.0 and later. The new Camera app from Facebook allows you to upload and share multiple photos, whereas the Facebook app restricts you to uploading only one photo at a time. With Facebook Camera you can also crop, rotate, and even add 1 of 14 total filters to a photo. Even having just bought Instagram, Facebook has proceeded to release an app that some would say competes directly with Instagram.

If you're curious about the look and feel of the app, watch the video below for a complete walk-through of Facebook Camera.

Or check out the slideshow below.

Facebook Camera released for the iPhone (pictures)

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