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Fake XP SecurityCenter Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

XP SecurityCenter is rogue antimalware application installed through dubious means like a link in a spam mail or through a link in a hacked website. It’s look-alike of the legitimate Windows Security Center and it does what other rogue antimalware apps do that is to scare the unfortunate victim by throwing various pop-up messages about […]

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Google Chrome: Security and Privacy Implications

by Shanmuga

Google’s new browser named Chrome and released as a beta version is drawing flak for its (non)implementation of browser security and privacy.

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Is Rock Phish cybergang set for a comeback?

by Shanmuga

"”Rock Phish is making an investment in their own infrastructure by upgrading their botnet,” says Sean Brady, product marketing manager at RSA. RSA, whose FraudAction Research Lab has posted a blog item on the topic, says the end result could be a surge in phishing attacks in the near future.

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Researchers Build Malicious Facebook Application

by Shanmuga

"The researchers developed an application called "Photo of the Day," which serves up a new National Geographic photo daily. But in the background, every time the application is clicked, it sends a 600 K-byte HTTP request for images to a victim’s Web site.

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RAM raiders: inside secrets of the cyber hackers

by Shanmuga

"I have just found a new best friend and his name is Pyr0. I didn’t choose him because he is entertaining or fun to be with – although he is both. Nope, it’s just that, more than anything, you wouldn’t want Pyr0 to be your enemy.

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Malware: Rootkit evolution

by Shanmuga

"This article focuses mainly on Windows rootkits – they are the most numerous, they are continuing to evolve, they pose a serious threat for users and because Windows is the most popular OS today, they are widely used by virus writers.

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Privacy: Microsoft slams Google on privacy

by Shanmuga

""Google’s a great company, got some great products, but you know in some respects I think Google is where Microsoft was 7 or 10 years ago," Peter Cullen, Microsoft’s chief privacy strategist told CNET News sister site ZDNet Australia.

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Internet Explorer 8 to get privacy features

by Shanmuga

"Microsoft on Monday described some new privacy features that will come with IE8, the next release of its browser. The features are designed to make it easier for people to delete and control information about their Web browsing history.

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Antivirus 2009: Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

This post analyzes the installation method of a rogue antivirus application Antivirus 2009 and its effective removal as observed by me. Antivirus 2009 is a fake antivirus application, designed to scare the users with fake alert screens about non-existent and often misleadingly named threats found on your system. When the user tries to clean the […]

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Seven online security blunders to avoid

by Shanmuga

“By now most personal-computer users know not to post their Social Security numbers on the Internet or respond to Nigerian e-mails seeking help with suspicious bank-account transfers. "But many people still make mistakes that compromise their computer’s security or invite identity thieves.

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Rustock and Srizbi botnets share a common trojan

by Shanmuga

"Two of the world’s largest and most prolific spamming botnets have been spotted sharing a common bot malware-delivery method. But whether that means that the operators of the rival Rustock and Srizbi botnets are actually in cahoots is unclear, security researchers say.

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Opera fixes critical flaws

by Shanmuga

"Browser maker Opera released an update to its software on Thursday, closing serious security vulnerabilities in the versions of its software for Windows, Mac, Linux and other operating systems.

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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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Symantec Acquires Windows Security Vendor PC Tools

by Shanmuga

"Symantec has signed a definitive agreement to acquire PC Tools, a provider of security and utilities software for Microsoft Windows. Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of 2008, were not disclosed. Headquartered in Australia, PC Tools has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Ukraine.

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Vulnerabilities: Do not open untrusted files using VLC Media

by Shanmuga

"g_ has discovered a moderately critical vulnerability in VLC Media Player, which potentially can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system.

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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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ZoneAlarm to offer security software for free today

by Shanmuga

CheckPoint Software Technologies Ltd, the makers of the famed ZoneAlarm range of security products will give away full versions of ZoneAlarm ForceField software on Tuesday, August 12.

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Alert: Enable "Always use https" setting in GMail

by Shanmuga

Google last week introduced a security setting designed to protect GMail users sessions from getting hijacked. The setting is provided as an option in the "settings" page of your GMail account. If you haven’t enabled the "Always use HTTPS" option, it’s time to do so now due to the emergence of an automated cookie stealing […]

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Another list of tips to protect your Home computer

by Shanmuga

Couple of days back, I came across A Few Tips to Help You Protect Your Home Computer compiled by Deborah Hale in the Handler’s Diary over at SANS Internet Storm Center.

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Security: Online Crime Gang Stole Millions

by Shanmuga

"To gain a grasp of just how badly organized cyber-crime groups are fleecing American banks and consumers, it may be instructive to look at the details released this week about the operations of a single online crime gang, that is responsible for undoubtedly the largest cache of stolen data ever uncovered.

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Vulnerabilities: An Illustrated Guide to the Kaminsky DNS Vulnerability

by Shanmuga

"The big security news of Summer 2008 has been Dan Kaminsky’s discovery of a serious vulnerability in DNS. This vulnerability could allow an attacker to redirect network clients to alternate servers of his own choosing, presumably for ill ends. This all led to a mad dash to patch DNS servers worldwide, and though there have […]

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