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Self-Encrypting Hard Drives

by Shanmuga

"Seagate on Monday announced what it called "sweeping advances" in its efforts to secure laptop information. Its solution is self-encrypting laptop hard drives with up to 320GB of capacity. The company said 500GB models are coming soon.

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US-CERT: Using Caution with USB Drives

by Shanmuga

"Because USB drives, sometimes known as thumb drives, are small, readily available, inexpensive, and extremely portable, they are popular for storing and transporting files from one computer to another. However, these same characteristics make them appealing to attackers.

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Malware Detection Goes Hybrid

by Shanmuga

"What do we do about malware? The long term solution, at least for managed networks like enterprises, may be whitelisting. But in the meantime we’re still drowning in new variants every day. In the 2009 generation of their products Symantec is trying a new approach: file reputation.

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Thousands of Websites Hacked

by Shanmuga

Security vendor Kaspersky Labs warns that ""We’re estimating that in the last two days alone, between 2,000 and 10,000 servers, mainly Western European and American ones, have been hacked," Kaspersky wrote on its Web site Friday, "It’s not yet clear who’s doing this."

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Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 5 released

by Shanmuga

The half-yearly Microsoft Security Intelligence Report provides an analysis of data collected by Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool and other Microsoft security products. It provides trends in software vulnerability disclosures, E-Mail Threats, Spam and Phishing and malicious and potentially unwanted software. Some of the interesting trends noticed in Malicious and Potentially Unwanted Software are: In […]

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New Malware Family Took Off in October

by Shanmuga

"According to Sunbelt Software’s monthly listing of the most ubiquitous malware and spyware attacks, an entirely new family of threats emerged rapidly during October.

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Researchers Hijack Storm Worm to Track Profits

by Shanmuga

"A single response from 12 million e-mails is all it takes for spammers to turn annual profits of millions of dollars promoting knockoff pharmaceuticals, according to an unprecedented new study on the economics of spam.

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Firefox 3.1 passes major milestone

by Shanmuga

"Mozilla has completed work on its private browsing mode, the feature the organisation delayed the launch of 3.1 to implement. Private browsing mode allows users to surf the web without leaving any traces of their session on the computer. The company was initially reluctant to include the feature, putting it on hold for four years.

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Adobe patches 8 bugs in popular PDF apps

by Shanmuga

"Adobe Systems Inc. patched its Reader application for the fifth time this year, plugging eight security holes, including one that was reported to the company more than five months ago.

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Firefox hits record market share

by Shanmuga

"Firefox has been playing with the 20% market share mark for some time now. Back in July we reported that the browser has begun jumping over 20% on several days and this trend has solidified since then. In October, Firefox’ average market share as measured by Net Applications was 19.97%, up 0.51 points from 19.46% […]

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Bots exploiting Microsoft’s latest RPC flaw

by Shanmuga

"Several antivirus vendors are reporting on Monday a new round of exploitation of Microsoft’s out-of-cycle security bulletin last month. The flaw in MS08-067, which affects how remote procedure calls (RPC) are handled in the Windows Server Service, has the potential to become a fast-spreading worm, according to Microsoft. But experts predict any exploitation will be […]

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Get Free Anti-virus and Free Anti-spyware!

by Shanmuga

Norton Security Scan is a free antivirus tool provided by Symantec, the makers of Norton Anti Virus line of software products. Norton Security Scan provides on-demand scanning (must be manually run) and removal or repair of Viruses, Trojan horses and Hack tools like keyloggers, etc.

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Spyware Guard 2008 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Spyware Guard 2008 is a new entrant to the family of rogue security software. It is not to be confused with SpywareGuard a fine freeware from Javacool software. A rogue security software belongs to a family of software products that call themselves as antivirus, antispyware or registry cleaners and often use deceptive or high pressure […]

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Spyware then and now

by Shanmuga

Google brought back its oldest available index from the year 2001 on the occasion of its 10th birthday. It brought back certain nostalgic memories…I was into my second PC, a Compaq. That was the year I first got the internet connection at home through a 56kbps dial-up connection and that was the year I truly […]

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Antispyware Pro XP Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Antispyware Pro XP or Anti spyware Pro XP is one of the many variants belonging to the family of rogue security software. The following is an account of my experience with this rogue.

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Understanding Search Engine Privacy and How to prevent Snooping Part I

by Shanmuga

Search engines keep records of every search, ever made in a way that can be traced to individuals. They retain users’ search data -anonymized or not- to eternity. They put web cookies on their computers that makes it possible to match search queries to their computer address, their name…if they are logged in…and possibly more […]

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XP/Vista Antivirus 2008 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

This rogue anti-malware application mostly installs via encoded re-directs from hacked web pages. When you happen to visit a hacked web page on a otherwise legitimate website your browser is automatically redirected to a rogue ware hosting website which shows a popup with a the text “Your computer is running slower than normal, maybe it […]

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Microsoft Plugs Critical Security Holes

by Shanmuga

"Microsoft released four "critical" security bulletins for September’s Patch Tuesday, including a massive update for Microsoft Windows GDI+ that affects multiple products.

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Google cuts data retention period again

by Shanmuga

"last year, it bowed to pressure from the EU and shaved six months off its retention of identity information. In a further move to avert potential legislation, Google announced yesterday that it would cut the figure in half: IP addresses in its logs will now be anonymized after nine months.

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EstDomains Inc: A Superlative Scam and Spam Site Registrar

by Shanmuga

"According to RegistrarStats.com, EstDomains is the 49th largest domain name registrar, with more than 270,000 domains. Security Fix is still working on cataloging all of those domains, but for the purposes of this analysis we’ll examine some 10,000 Web site names that are both registered through EstDomains and using the company’s various domain name servers […]

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Google issues first patches for Chrome

by Shanmuga

"Just days after it rolled out Chrome, Google Inc. issued an update after Vietnamese security researchers reported a critical vulnerability in the beta browser.

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McAfee’s Artemis Putting Malware Signatures in the Cloud

by Shanmuga

"Essentially the idea is to offload some malware checks to an online database. When the software detects a program or file as being suspicious, probably through behavior checks, it takes some form of hash of the files involved and submits it in a database query to their most updated malware database. If a hit is […]

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Celebrity Malicious Spam Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Recently my inbox was filled with spam containing subject lines "Re: Offical Update 2008" and number of catchy celebrity themed storm worm lines… I opened one of the spam mail with the paris hilton subject line and clicked on the single link which promised to let me view a previously unseen video of the celebrity.

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