Internet providers have plans to help their customers Monday and others are braced for calls to helplines because thousands around the country whose computers were infected with malicious software more than a year ago faced the possibility of not being able to get online.
One of the go-to strategies for securing a computer network when a machine is infected with malware is to remove that machine from the network. This effectively prevents the malware from spreading to other devices.
OTTAWA — The Harper government’s new cyberbullying legislation includes little-noticed provisions that would allow police to remotely gain entry to computers and track cellphone users’ movements, privacy experts warn.
A 27-year-old woman was arrested by the RCMP at her home in the Lanaudière region Wednesday on charges she acted as a hacker who could remotely take control of computers to intimidate people, including children.
According to a statement issued by the RCMP, the alleged hacker is from Saint-Alphonse-de-Rodriguez and is “believed to be at the origin of a botnet, a group of computers infected by a virus and remotely controlled by a hacker.”
The folks at computing giant Oracle have alerted users of its hugely popular point-of-sale payment system that cybercriminals managed to breach the company’s customer support computers and insert malicious code, potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of retail locations around the world.
“Oracle Security has detected and addressed malicious code in certain legacy MICROS systems,” reads a letter sent by the company to customers of its MICROS point-of-sale system.