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Malware: New attack hijacks the Clipboard

by Shanmuga

"The attack puts a hard-to-delete weblink into the clipboard that, if followed, leads people to a website selling fake security software. The code that inserts the link has been found in flash-based adverts seen on many legitimate websites.

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How to protect against web advertising exploits

by Shanmuga

"Online advertising has become a huge profit center for website owners. Web adverts fuel many free websites, particularly social networks, blogs, forums and news sites. Since Web adverts have a virtually unlimited capacity to reach millions of users, attackers look to them as a doorway to install malicious code.

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Malware: Antivir64 Manual Removal

by Shanmuga

Further to my earlier blog about Antivir64 Rogue Antispyware software, there were many enquiries about how I managed to get rid of it off my system. Let’s start with the files and registry keys created by this malware. The following were found in my fully patched Windows Vista system:

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Malware Alert: Antivir64 Rogue Antispyware

by Shanmuga

Antivir64, a new rogue antispyware is on the prowl, it seems to be installing from scanner.antivir64.com with an affiliate id 1050 (scanner.antivir64.com/?aff=xxxx). The victims are redirected -probably through .htaccess file hack- from certain pages of legitimate but hacked websites. A quick google search shows first reports of blog sites getting hacked to redirect visitors to […]

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Trend Micro website infected users with Trojan

by Shanmuga

"Antivirus vendor Trend Micro Inc. confirmed Thursday that "some portions" of its site had been hacked earlier this week, but hedged when asked if those pages had been serving up attack code to unsuspecting visitors.

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Malware: The MonaRonaDona Extortion Scam

by Shanmuga

"According to an analysis by Russian anti-virus maker Kaspersky Lab, MonaRonaDona is noisy because its author is hoping the victim will conduct a Google search for instructions on how to remove it. The second result in a Google search for "monaronadona" is a Digg.com article linking to an anonymous blog entry with instructions on downloading […]

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Malware: US-CERT Warns of Microsoft Windows CE Trojan

by Shanmuga

"The WinCE/InfoJack Trojan hijacks the infected device’s serial number, operating system and other information and uploads it to an attacker-controlled Web site.

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Malware: Does RealPlayer Deserve Badware Label?

by Shanmuga

"The Google-backed StopBadware.org group has explained the thinking behind its decision to slap the "badware" label on two versions of RealNetworks’ RealPlayer software, insisting there are serious problems with the installation process and behavior of the products.

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Security: New BotSniffer better able to detect foul stench of botnets

by Shanmuga

"Researchers at Georgia Tech have published a paper on BotSniffer—a program they’ve designed to detect and disable botnets. Botsniffer is not the only bot-detection program available, but the Georgia Tech research team believes that the program’s approach to the botnet issue results in a better correlation rate and a lower number of false positives.

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Websense: Google IE toolbar 404 hijacking

by Shanmuga

"…Another point of interest is how the toolbar handles connection failures. Google says, “When your server is unreachable, the Google Toolbar will automatically display a link to the cached version of your page.” We have previously written about how Google services are being targeted by the black hats for use as a resource to launch […]

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A Malware Victim’s Story

by Shanmuga

"When you have spinal and liver cancer, computer infections are the least of your worries. But even the least of worries can diminish your quality of life. Tim, a resident of Aberdeen, Wash., just wanted to play some online games, his friend Sharon explained over the phone on Tuesday. Sharon provided her last name and […]

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Ben Edelman: C-NetMedia’s Anti-Spyware Offerings and Advertising Practices

by Shanmuga

"Not every "anti-spyware" program is what it claims to be. Some truly have users’ interests at heart — identifying and removing bona fide risks to privacy, security, stability, or performance. Others resort to a variety of tricks to confuse users about what they’re getting and why they purportedly need it.

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Top 11 Malware Threats To Watch Out For

by Shanmuga

"By the end of 2008, McAfee Avert Labs predicts it will have identified some 550,000 malicious programs, a 54% increase from 2007. With all the new malware emerging, we can expect new terminology to describe these constantly morphing threats. Here, then, is our only slightly tongue-in-check attempt to predict some of the rising threats in […]

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ComScore Says ‘Researchware’ Isn’t ‘Spyware’

by Shanmuga

"ComScore chairman and co-founder Gian Fulgoni believes there’s a distinction between overt and covert data gathering. Market researchers, he suggests, rely on "researchware," in contrast to criminal researchers who employ "spyware." "Market research tracking software (we have dubbed it ‘researchware’) needs to be differentiated from ‘adware,’ ‘spyware,’ and ‘malware’ and should not be treated in […]

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Malicious programs hit new high

by Shanmuga

"The number of malicious programs found online has reached an unprecedented high, say security firms. Reports vary but some estimates suggest there were five times as many variants of malicious programs in circulation in 2007 compared to 2006. Security company Panda Software said it was getting more than 3,000 novel samples of so called malware […]

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RealPlayer 10.5 is badware

by Shanmuga

"We find that RealPlayer 10.5 is badware because it fails to accurately and completely disclose the fact that it installs advertising software on the user’s computer. We additionally find that RealPlayer 11 is badware because it does not disclose the fact that it installs Rhapsody Player Engine software, and fails to remove this software when […]

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Malware: Malware in the Movies

by Shanmuga

"The very first computer virus did not happen on a Windows machine, or a Mac or an Apple II. The first virus did not travel via the Internet or in an email or in a floppy disk. The first virus was not on a minicomputer, nor was it on a mainframe. That’s because the first […]

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Malware: Mobile worm spreads through networks

by Shanmuga

"Experts are warning of a new worm spreading across mobile networks via Symbian phones. The worm is similar to the CommWarrior mobile virus, and initially fooled researchers into believing that it was not new. However, it is actually a new class of mobile virus which spreads via file extensions named ‘beauty.jpg’, ‘sex.mp3’ and ‘love.rm’.

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Malware: Malware writers gear up for bumper 2008

by Shanmuga

"Security experts have warned users to focus on securing their whole online lifestyle in 2008. Care should be taken in all aspects of online services, including bill payments, shopping and stock trading, and not just in the use of social networking and gaming sites.

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Malware: Malware spreads in nanoseconds

by Shanmuga

"The malware threat landscape is changing rapidly and it spells tremendous opportunities for McAfee Inc, the leading antivirus and computer security firm. India is likely to play a great role to help the company meet its challenges, McAfee president and CEO David DeWalt on his first visit to India after assuming office at the Santa […]

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Malicious Code: Trojan.Silentbanker

by Shanmuga

"The scale and sophistication of this emerging banking Trojan is worrying, even for someone who sees banking Trojans on a daily basis. This Trojan downloads a configuration file that contains the domain names of over 400 banks. Not only are the usual large American banks targeted but banks in many other countries are also targeted, […]

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Malware: Fight Malware With Exposure, Group Advises

by Shanmuga

"One of the best ways to fight the criminal malware networks that now populate the Internet might actually be the simplest – publicize their existence. That is one conclusion that to be drawn from a white paper published by a volunteer group, the Shadowserver Foundation, which assesses the activities of the Russian Business Network (RBN), […]

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Malware: The malware shadow economy

by Shanmuga

"Viruses, malware and online crime are evolving from the realm of geeks into a major shadow economy that closely mimics the real world. Maksym Schipka, a senior architect at security firm MessageLabs, claims to have identified a sophisticated online black market with tens of thousands of participants. This underground internet economy is worth over $105bn, […]

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