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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about computer security.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about computer security.

1.) Norton introduces personalised security offering. Symantec company Norton has released a new membership application, Norton One, which provides cloud-based protection across a number of devices.

2.) Flashback trojan reportedly controls half a million Macs and counting. Variations of the Flashback trojan have reportedly infected more than half a million Macs around the globe, according to Russian antivirus company Dr. Web.

3.) Rogue US Airways-themed emails distribute ZeuS-based malware. Cybercriminals are distributing a new piece of malware that's based on the ZeuS computer Trojan through rogue emails that masquerade as US Airways online check-in notifications.

4.) Adobe uses artificial intelligence for 'first response' anti-malware combat. Adobe has recently unveiled a malware classification tool intended to give security research professionals and 'incident first responders' a more powerful means of identifying malicious binary files.

5.) New Android malware controlled by SMS, records Calls, GPS locations. A new form of Android malware controlled via SMS messages has been discovered and the malware can record phone calls, upload the device’s GPS location, and reboot the phone, among other things.

Bonus: Ice IX malware variant steals Facebook users' credit card details
Bonus: Fake Angry Bird apps hide Android-rooting malware

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Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure