Google Sees Fake AV Threat — InformationWeek

Something I’ve been seeing alot of lately, Fake AVs

Fake anti-virus software is on the rise and currently accounts for about 15% of all malware detected, according to a forthcoming report from Google.Fake anti-virus software purports to be software than can find and remove malware. But in fact it’s malware, the very thing it’s supposed to eliminate.

Fake AV software typically pretends to scan the victim’s computer and to find some form of malware, at which point it seeks payment from the victim to remove the non-existent malware.

Whether or not there’s a payment, the fake AV software may install more malware.

Google Sees Fake AV Threat — InformationWeek.

Exodus From China

With Google exiting China over it’s censorship issues, Godaddy no longer selling .cn domains names over censorship, Dell possibly thinking about “safer environments” for manufacturing, and Congress lighting a fire under Microsoft, could this be the start of a grand exodus out of China?

Google Douses Privacy Fire — InformationWeek

Google Douses Privacy Fire — InformationWeek.

Recent remarks by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a CNBC interview have set off a firestorm among privacy advocates:

Passing on the opportunity to explain to Bartiromo the difference between trusted friends and multi-billion dollar search advertising companies, Schmidt responded, “I think judgment matters. …If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines–including Google–do retain this information for some time. And it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities.”

And the pretty much sums it up about any online company you deal with. For you Facebookers and Tweeters, and anywhere else you post or upload or download from, you’re putting it out there on a server that get’s mirrored and backed up, and probably indexed by search engines. “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place”

Google Flu Trends

This is actually pretty cool. Google is tracking the rate of incidents of the flu by tracking the rate of incidents of certain search terms:

We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for “flu” is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries from each state and region are added together. We compared our query counts with data from a surveillance system managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and discovered that some search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening. By counting how often we see these search queries, we can estimate how much flu is circulating in various regions of the United States.

You can find Google’s Flu Trend here.