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Today's Tech: IAEA computers infected with malware, 10m downloads for Android BBM, and OS X Mavericks attracts scams

Malicious software has been discovered in some computers in the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to new reports. The agency is an international organisation designed to promote the use of peaceful nuclear energy, and discourage nuclear arms proliferation. Its duties involve many politically sensitive tasks, including monitoring of Iran's contentious nuclear programme. The reports come after a number of reports of high-profile hacking campaigns by the Tailored Access Operations (TAO) branch of the American National Security Agency (NSA), although fingers have also been pointed at Iranian hackers.

BlackBerry hit more than 10 million downloads in just 24 hours for its BBM app for iOS and Android, the Canadian phone maker announced today. The app scored the number one slot in more than 75 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Indonesia, and most of the Middle East. BBM also earned 60,000 five-star reviews on Google Play from about 87,000 reviews. BlackBerry originally planned to launch BBM for iOS and Android on 21 September delayed the release after a fake version hit the Web and overwhelmed the company's network. It still may not be enough to save the beleaguered phone maker, though.

Malware attacks are on the rise, according to a report published by secure cloud-hosting firm Firehost. Two specific types of attack, known as cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection, have risen by 32 per cent in the third quarter of this year, the study reveals. The report cited an increase in the amount of sensitive information being kept in the cloud as one of the main reasons for the dramatic spike in attacks, as well as underspending on security. "Today, in many organisations... only $1 out of $100 is invested in web application security," said FireHost founder and CEO Chris Drake.

The free OS X Mavericks release on 22 October has attracted a band of scammers that are intent on exploiting the mass migration of Apple customers to the latest edition of the operating system. Users are reporting incidents where, upon downloading the Mavericks installation package, they receive an email emblazoned with the subject "Your Apple ID has been frozen temporarily." The emails are addressed "Dear Customer". Any suspicious emails can be forwarded to, which will attempt to deal with the issue.