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Tim Berners-Lee admits to falling for online scam

by Shanmuga

"Berners-Lee, who is widely credited with inventing the web when working at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in the 1980s and early 1990s, told The Daily Telegraph that a site he visited to buy a Christmas present turned out to be a fake.

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Drive-by Downloads. The Web Under Siege

by Shanmuga

"..it is important to note that most modern Web browsers – including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera – have added anti-malware blockers that provide early-warning systems when users attempt to surf to a rigged Web site. These blockers provide good value but, because they are blacklist-based, they do not provide 100 percent protection to Web […]

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False Security: Scareware Spreads

by Shanmuga

"…What started out as a small-scale racket to defraud computer users is becoming big business. Rogue antivirus programs — also known as "scareware" — had a banner year in 2008. A recent report published by Microsoft Corp. found that scareware infections increased 48% in the second half of 2008 compared with the previous six months, […]

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Security holes, malware spike in 2008

by Shanmuga

"If you worry that the Internet is a scary place full of digital pickpockets and online identity thieves, your fears will be bolstered by the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report released Tuesday. The report finds huge increases in the number of security holes in software and the number of Internet threats, particularly attacks in […]

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Security Software: Protection or Extortion?

by Shanmuga

"…We Don’t Need No Stinking Security Software. Security software is a scam. A rip-off. A waste of money, a pain in the neck, and a surefire way to bring even the speediest PC to a crawl. Half the time it seems to cause more problems than it solves. Oh, and one more thing: It’s unnecessary.

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Spyware Protect 2009 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Though Spyware Protect 2009, a rogue security software made its appearance early this year, recently it’s in the news due to the fact that the notorious Conficker botnet gang chose to push it to the infected systems. Spyware Protect 2009 is your typical scareware with slight variations. Incessant, hard-to-get-away popups warn about hundred’s of imaginary […]

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Fake security software distributor mimics Google attack site warning

by Shanmuga

I usually don’t check my site statistics log everyday, every week or even every month, I usually have a occasional glance to get a general idea about the browsers being used to access this site and from where the visitors are coming if I sense a spike in website traffic. Last night I was bored […]

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SpywareBlaster 4.2

by Shanmuga

SpywareBlaster, a free prevention software that protects against installation of various Malware and other potentially unwanted software is updated to version 4.2. This freeware works by protecting major web browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox. According to the author, this release provides enhanced protection, performance, and bug fixes. The version 4.2 runs on Windows versions […]

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System Security 2009 Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

System Security 2009 is one of the newest entrants into the family of rogue antisecurity software. Once installed it surreptiously downloads and installs a malicious backdoor trojan that runs in the background and allows remote access to the compromised system.

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50 Free Temporary, Disposable and Forwarding Email Services

by Shanmuga

Every time you give out your email address on the web, you risk getting your email address abused by spammers. Instead of giving out your private email address, give out a temporary Disposable email address (DEA) which receives the messages and forwards to your private email address or displays it on the providers Website. The […]

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Tenuous trail leads from GhostNet to hacker

by Shanmuga

"A telltale e-mail address in the GhostNet report led two researchers to the online home of a seemingly low-level Chinese hacker, according to an analysis posted on Thursday, but an author of the original report stressed that the cyber criminal is likely only related to a lesser piece of malware.

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Public Search Engines Mine Private Facebook Details

by Shanmuga

"Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Cambridge recently published a paper detailing a project in which they developed a software tool to correlate and map Facebook profiles they found via public search engines, such as Google, to build detailed maps of relationships among Facebook members.

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Eyeballing Conficker with eye-charts and maps

by Shanmuga

"…Now that the crazy hype has died down (hopefully!), it’s important for end users to get reliable information on eyeballing the presence of Conficker on a machine and, if it’s found, disinfection instructions from a Web site that isn’t blocked by the malware.

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Did security companies hype Conficker?

by Shanmuga

"Conficker worm did nothing, or not very much, why did it turn into such a story? Was it hype? Is it still hype? Why was Conficker Different and was it really different? It’s fair to point out that elements of Conficker’s design inadvertently attracted attention, namely the fact that it activated at a set date […]

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Microsoft Warns of Attacks on PowerPoint Vulnerability

by Shanmuga

"Hackers are launching attacks against an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Office PowerPoint, the company’s popular presentation program.

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Do I own my machine?

by Shanmuga

"The built-in Webcam light is on. It shouldn’t be on. I’m not using any recording, video-conferencing or photo applications. Why is it on? Is someone watching me? It’s at times like this I get the eerie feeling that I don’t actually, fully and completely own my machine. Turns out it was a driver problem, all […]

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Infected Sites Tripled in March

by Shanmuga

"According to the March Intelligence Report issued by Symantec’s MessageLabs division on Tuesday, malware-oriented spam reached its highest level since June 2008, accounting for just over 20 percent of all the messages scanned by the filtering specialists this month.

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Inside BBC’s Chimera botnet

by Shanmuga

"the controversial BBC purchase of a botnet and modifying the infected hosts in the name of “public interest” sparked a lot of debate on the pros and cons of their action. Condemned by certain security vendors, and naturally, at least from guerrilla PR perspective, applauded and encouraged as a awareness raising tactic by others, the […]

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Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries

by Shanmuga

"…The malware is remarkable both for its sweep — in computer jargon, it has not been merely “phishing” for random consumers’ information, but “whaling” for particular important targets — and for its Big Brother-style capacities. It can, for example, turn on the camera and audio-recording functions of an infected computer, enabling monitors to see and […]

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Conficker and April 1st: Q and A

by Shanmuga

" Q: I heard something really bad is going to happen on the Internet on April 1st! Will it? A: No, not really. Q: Seriously, the Conficker worm is going to do something bad on April 1st, right? A: The Conficker aka Downadup worm is going to change it’s operation a bit, but that’s unlikely […]

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Google plays down security concerns over Docs

by Shanmuga

"Google Docs users shouldn’t lose sleep over the security concerns a security analyst has raised about the hosted suite of office productivity applications, Google said late Friday. In an official blog posting, Jonathan Rochelle, Google Docs’ product manager, details why the company has determined that the issues included in the analyst’s report are far from […]

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New BIOS attack renders antivirus useless

by Shanmuga

"A new form of attack that installs a rootkit directly onto a computer’s BIOS system would render antivirus software useless researchers have warned. Alfredo Ortego and Anibal Sacco of Core Security Technologies explained that the attack was possible against almost all types of commonly used BIOS systems in use today.

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Malware Is Getting Formidable, but So Are Your Defenses

by Shanmuga

"…You can think of Conficker as being the state of the art in conventional malware. It not only uses an important vulnerability, but it’s a sophisticated blended attack, using a wide variety of mechanisms to spread: pseudo-random domains, dictionary attacks on weakly-protected network shares, USB drives and more. You can admire the work that went […]

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