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Storm’s Creators Identified

by Shanmuga

"American and Russian law enforcement agencies have finally identified the criminals behind the Storm worm, one of the nastiest pieces of malware to ever hit the Internet. Now comes the hard part: arresting them.

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Antivirus firms, testers form standards group

by Shanmuga

"Nearly two dozen companies announced on Monday the creation of an organization to set best practices and standards for the evaluation of antivirus software. As previously reported by SecurityFocus, more than 40 researchers met in Bilbao, Spain, last month to finalize the details of the group, dubbed the Anti-Malware Testing Standard Organization (AMTSO).

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MayDay! Sneakier, More Powerful Botnet on the Loose

by Shanmuga

"A new peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet even more powerful and stealthy than the infamous Storm has begun infiltrating mostly U.S.-based large enterprises, educational institutions, and customers of major ISPs. The MayDay botnet can evade leading antivirus products, and so far has compromised thousands of hosts, according to Damballa, which says 96.5 percent of the infected machines […]

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Top five cyber threats in 2008

by Shanmuga

"Security threats in the cyber scene have grown at an extraordinary rate in the past year. This year will also see a rise in spyware and rouge ware threats to computer security besides the general virus and worms problem. Below is the list of prominent threats we can see in 2008.

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10 dumb things users do that can mess up their computers

by Shanmuga

"We all do dumb things now and then, and computer users are no exception. Inadvertently pressing the wrong key combination or innocently clicking OK in the wrong dialog box can change important settings that alter a computer’s behavior or even crash the system.

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Bruce Schneier on fighting security FUD

by Shanmuga

"Security expert Bruce Schneier has long been critical of so-called security ‘theatre’ – policies and products tailored to provide the perception of security rather than tackling actual security risks. In his keynote address to Linux.conf.au this week he said information is our only effective security weapon, but that the computer security industry must not ignore […]

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Google Mail vulnerable to sidejacking despite SSL

by Shanmuga

"According to security researcher and CEO of Errata Security Robert Graham, Google’s JavaScript code makes HTTP requests in the background via an XMLHttpRequest. By default, these requests are SSL-encrypted—but if SSL fails, they change to nonencrypted mode. When a user attempts to connect to a WiFi hotspot, Google Mail attempts to connect with SSL both […]

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Privacy groups vow to fight Microsoft-Yahoo deal

by Shanmuga

"Privacy groups are promising a fight before U.S. regulatory agencies if Microsoft’s offer to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion is accepted, and the deal could face significant hurdles in Europe as well. Microsoft announced that it sent an offer to Yahoo’s board of directors last Thursday, going public with the news Friday morning. Immediately, the […]

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Critical flaws found in MySpace, Facebook ActiveX controls

by Shanmuga

"Bugs in the ActiveX controls on popular social networking sites Facebook and MySpace can be used by hackers to snatch control of Windows PCs, security experts said today. Initially made public by researcher Elazar Broad on the Full Disclosure security mailing list, the vulnerabilities are in a pair of ActiveX controls that Facebook and MySpace […]

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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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Security: Men overconfident about online security

by Shanmuga

"Most men believe that they know more about online security than women, but new research suggests that both sexes are equally vulnerable to malware and other threats..

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Hacking: Vista’s Growing Popularity Draws Hackers’ Malice

by Shanmuga

"With more people finally switching to Windows Vista, the operating system is fast becoming a target for security researchers and–surprise!–hackers.

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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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Hacking: Attackers Abuse Google Blogger

by Shanmuga

"Hackers are currently littering Google’s Blogger site with phony blogs — some containing malware, pornographic images, or pure spam. "Google Blogger is being used as a malware delivery mechanism," says Ken Steinberg, CTO and president of Savant Protection, who discovered the attack while working on his own blog this morning. The attackers apparently are automatically […]

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Security: Macs under attack

by Shanmuga

"Viruses, worms and Trojans have probably done as much for Apple’s ascendancy in recent years as any single advertising campaign. Talk to any recent defector from Windows and invariably the security issue will be among the reasons for making the switch. Compared to the patch-obligatory PC experience, a war zone of zero-day exploits and encrypted […]

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Mozilla confirms Firefox proof of concept information leak vulnerability

by Shanmuga

"Mozilla’s security chief Window Snyder has confirmed a proof of concept information leak flaw in Firefox–even fully patched versions. Snyder confirmed the issue in a blog post. The proof of concept vulnerability was highlighted by researcher Gerry Eisenhaur on Jan. 19. In a nutshell, Firefox leaks information that can allow an attacker to load any […]

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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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Phishing: Stealing Phish from Fraudsters

by Shanmuga

"A recurrent group of Moroccan fraudsters calling themselves Mr-Brain has launched a website dedicated to offering easy-to-use phishing site code, email templates and other hacking tools. The website offers phishing kits for many of the most common targets, such as Bank of America, eBay, PayPal and HSBC.

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Pharming: Drive-by Pharming in the Wild

by Shanmuga

"We recently saw instances of actual attackers attempting a basic version of drive-by pharming. Given the simplicity of the attack and the potential widespread implications, we always felt that it would simply be a matter of time before it happened. The building blocks have been out there for some time and anyone with sufficient familiarity […]

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Hacking: 51 Percent Of Malicious Web Sites Are Hacked

by Shanmuga

"The number of legitimate Web sites that have been hacked and seeded with code that tries to infect the visitor’s PC with malware now exceeds the number of sites specifically created by cyber criminals, according to a report released today.

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Privacy: IP addresses could become “personal information” in Europe

by Shanmuga

"Could IP addresses soon be considered "personal information" in Europe? The question was discussed yesterday at a hearing before the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, where European data protection authorities and privacy advocates backed the idea. Google, not surprisingly, wasn’t as thrilled.

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Vishing: FBI warns that “vishing” attacks are on the rise

by Shanmuga

"According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the number of "vishing" complaints received by the center is increasing at what it calls "an alarming rate." Vishing and phishing are related, and both rely on e-mail as a means of delivering bait, but the two use different hooks in order to snag user data.

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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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