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Safety Center Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Safety Center…a rogue security software, mimics Windows Security Center and tries to passes itself as a legitimate security suite. In addition to the various popups it also uses fake voice alerts and desktop hijack to scare the user to buy the bogus application. It uses a combination of animated images which gives the impression of […]

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Which free antivirus software is best for you?

by Shanmuga

"Free antivirus programs vary just as much as paid security programs do in the quality of their protection. And frugal computer users on the hunt for no-cost antivirus software — already faced with tons of options — will have even more to choose from when new free offerings from Microsoft and Panda join the programs […]

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Scareware goes Green

by Shanmuga

"Malicious pseudo-environmentalists have come up with a new social engineering tactic aiming to improve the profit margins of their fake antivirus software releases – by promising to donate $2 from every purchase for saving the Amazonian green forests.

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Compromised Computers Host an Average of 3 Malware Families

by Shanmuga

"According to security company ESET, the average compromised machine is home to 13 infected files as well as malicious programs from three different malware families. ESET based its findings on scans of more than a half-million PCs using the free online scanner on the company’s Website. In their own way, the results may demonstrate the […]

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Privacy advocates want regulation of behavioral advertising

by Shanmuga

"The targeted Internet advertising phenomenon is viewed with growing concern by privacy advocates who fear that controversial practices like behavioral tracking are ripe for abuse. A coalition of consumer and Internet rights groups have written a joint open letter addressed to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in which they articulate some specific concerns […]

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Is your PC part of a Zombie Botnet? Check now!

by Shanmuga

Bots, Botnets and Botmaster A malicious bot short for a RoBOT or a zombie is a computer that allows someone other than the actual owner to gain complete control over itself. The attacker takes control of the target computer by infecting it with malicious code designed for the purpose. A virtual network of such compromised […]

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Spam’s Hidden Victims: Mobile Users

by Shanmuga

"Spam costs organizations $712 per employee/per year, according to Nucleus Research. However, these staggering numbers don’t even take into consideration one of spam’s latest victims: enterprise mobile users. Spam targeted at smart phones is on the rise and becoming a growing security and productivity concern.

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Google: Malware Sites on the Upswing

by Shanmuga

"In a new report authored by Google Security Team member Niels Provos, who is also a senior staff software engineer in the company’s Infrastructure group, the search provider offers up some of its badware site trends analysis from the last 12 months, with the sheer volume of malware sites tracking ever upwards.

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Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks

by Shanmuga

"Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program and trace its origins and purpose, exposing serious weaknesses in the world’s digital infrastructure.

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Phishers cut bait, slip on trojans instead

by Shanmuga

"Security researchers have noticed a decline in phishing e-mails so far in 2009, which some attribute to users getting savvier about bogus e-mails. This may just be one side of the story, though, as the bad guys are turning to trojans and other malware to accomplish the same ends.

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Microsoft patches the Autorun hole

by Shanmuga

Microsoft has released patches to its Windows operating system which restricts the AutoRun entries in the AutoPlay dialog to only CD and DVD drives. Windows includes a feature known as “AutoRun” which lets automatic arbitrary code execution when removable devices are connected to the computer. Inserting a CD, DVD, USB and Firewire device or even […]

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Privacy concerns: Chrome browser and Google safe browsing

by Shanmuga

RSnake at ha.ckers.org raises concerns about the information being sent by the phone home feature of Google safebrowsing software built into Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. "I noticed two additional pieces of information that were being phoned home outside of Safe Browsing. This time, instead of it being 30 times an hour, it was […]

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Apple adds malware blocker in Snow Leopard

by Shanmuga

"Apple’s commercials may give the impression that Macs are virus-free (.mov) but the company isn’t taking any chances with the newest Mac OS X refresh. Apple has quietly added a new Snow Leopard feature to scan software downloads for malware, a no-brainer move that coincides with a noticeable spike in malicious files embedded in pirated […]

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How Hackers Snatch Real-Time Security ID Numbers

by Shanmuga

"The world’s savviest hackers are on to the “real-time Web” and using it to devilish effect. The real-time Web is the fire hose of information coming from services like Twitter. The latest generation of Trojans — nasty little programs that hacking gangs use to burrow onto your computer — sends a Twitter-like stream of updates […]

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You Deleted Your Cookies? Think Again

by Shanmuga

"Unlike traditional browser cookies, Flash cookies are relatively unknown to web users, and they are not controlled through the cookie privacy controls in a browser. That means even if a user thinks they have cleared their computer of tracking objects, they most likely have not.

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Malware Writers: Will That Be OS X, or W?

by Shanmuga

"Trend Micro researcher Ivan Macalintal recently found a new variant of the dreaded DNS changer Trojan that checks to see which operating system the visitor’s Web browser appears to be riding on, and then offers the appropriate Windows- or Mac-based installer. The malware was masquerading as a pirated version of Foxit Reader and several anti-virus […]

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Rare Malware A Hint Of Threats To Come

by Shanmuga

"Security researchers are seeing some intriguing malware in small pockets. One piece of malware found on a desktop machine during a forensics investigation was actually pre-coded to steal specific information from the victim’s organization, says Greg Hoglund, CEO and founder of HBGary, whose company sees about 5,000 new pieces of malware a day. "It knew […]

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Conficker hype may have harmed security efforts

by Shanmuga

"Media hype leading up to the Conficker worm’s April 1 update may have distracted computer users from other dangerous security threats, the FBI’s cybersecurity chief said here Thursday.

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Botnets: 4 Reasons It’s Getting Harder to Find and Fight Them

by Shanmuga

"The perpetual proliferation of botnets is hardly surprising when one considers just how easy it is for the bad guys to hijack computers without tipping off the users. Botnets have long used a variety of configurations, in part to disguise their control mechanisms.

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Celebrity Viruses Improve Security

by Shanmuga

"Every so often, a computer virus becomes more than just a novelty for anti-virus researchers and moves into the consciousness of the mass media, even if it’s not a grave threat. The recent Conficker outbreak is a fantastic example of this.

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5 Security Flubs Users Make When Browsing the Web

by Shanmuga

"You can install the best firewalls, patch religiously, and make sure your anti-virus software is always up-to-date, but there is one online risk factor you can never control: the user. Whether they are downloading dangerous content or falling prey to phishing scams, the end user continues to be the toughest security risk to mitigate in […]

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Adware vendor Zango shuts its doors

by Shanmuga

"Zango, the adware distributor that was fined $3 million by the Federal Trade Commission in 2006 for sneaking software on people’s PCs, has closed its doors. Zango’s former chief technology officer blamed the company’s demise on several factors, but at the top of the list were the very practices that got it in hot water […]

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Creating a Public Nuisance with Insecure Web Sites

by Shanmuga

"…At issue are sites that harbor so-called cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities, which occur when Web sites accept input from a user — usually from something like a search box or e-mail form — but do not prevent users from entering malicious code or other instructions.

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