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Facebook Tips: Staying Safe While Using Games and Apps

by Shanmuga

"If you’re one of the 63.7 million people playing the popular Farmville game on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed a change in how you earn points. FarmVille’s parent company, Zynga, agreed last week to remove deceiving mobile subscriptions and "scammy" offers that lure players to register for services in exchange for game currency, which helps players […]

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Flash flaw puts most sites, users at risk

by Shanmuga

"Hackers can exploit a flaw in Adobe’s Flash to compromise nearly every Web site that allows users to upload content, including Google’s Gmail, then launch silent attacks on visitors to those sites, security researchers said today. Adobe did not dispute the researchers’ claims, but said that Web designers and administrators have a responsibility to craft […]

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Browsing malicious websites

by Shanmuga

"Kaspersky Lab announces the publication of the analytical article “Browsing malicious websites” by Costin Raiu, Kaspersky Lab’s leading security expert in the EEMEA region. The article provides an overview of the threats a user may encounter when visiting seemingly safe Internet sites. The author examines what drives the cybercriminals and how they use websites to […]

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New Research Shows How To Block Stealthy Malware Attacks

by Shanmuga

"The spread of malicious software, also known as malware or computer viruses, is a growing problem that can lead to crashed computer systems, stolen personal information, and billions of dollars in lost productivity every year. One of the most insidious types of malware is a "rootkit," which can effectively hide the presence of other spyware […]

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Windows 7 may be secure, but are Windows users safe?

by Shanmuga

"Windows 7 users got a nice surprise on Tuesday when Microsoft released its first set of security patches since unveiling the new operating system last month. Of the 15 bugs patched, none affected Windows 7. When Microsoft launched Windows 7, it was billed as the company’s most secure release ever — the culmination of a […]

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The Gumblar system

by Shanmuga

"Analysis of some infected websites showed that the only way to inject the infection of Gumblar was by using FTP access, because those websites have no server-side scripting. Later this was proved by an analysis of FTP log files. The malicious code injection in HTML pages (which is a simple insertion of <script> tag in […]

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Is Antivirus Dead?

by Shanmuga

"…antivirus programs have been getting less effective as new viruses are more frequent and existing viruses mutate faster. Yes, antivirus companies are forever playing catch-up, trying to create signatures for new viruses. Yes, signature-based antivirus software won’t protect you when a virus is new, before the signature is added to the detection program. Antivirus is […]

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How a Botnet Gets Its Name

by Shanmuga

"Because the security industry lacks a uniform way to title botnets, the result is sometimes a long list of names for the same botnet that are used by different antivirus vendors and that can be confusing to customers. As it stands now, the infamous Conficker is also known as Downup, Downadup and Kido. The Srizbi […]

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Drowning in Passwords: Tips to Stay Safe and Sane

by Shanmuga

"You’re savvy enough to know that identity theft and illegal access to personal and financial data are real-world problems that you want to avoid. But what are you doing about it? Odds are, not much, says Andrew Jaquith, a computer security analyst at Forrester Research. "There are two classes of people; those who seem to […]

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Microsoft unveils shield for critical Windows flaw

by Shanmuga

"With attack code that exploits a critical unpatched bug in Windows likely to go public soon, Microsoft wants users to run an automated tool that disables the vulnerable component. The bug in SMB (Server Message Block) 2, a Microsoft-made network file- and print-sharing protocol that ships with Windows, affects Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and […]

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Malware Defensive Techniques Will Evolve as Security Arms Race Continues

by Shanmuga

"While the majority of malware attacks stick to tried and true methods, malware authors are getting better at being stealthy and finding ways to fight back against the security pros trying to thwart them. A well-known example of this is the Conficker worm disabling anti-virus updates by blocking infected computers from accessing the Web sites […]

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Why virus writers are turning to open source

by Shanmuga

"Malware developers are going open source in an effort to make their malicious software more useful to fraudsters. By giving criminal coders free access to malware that steals financial and personal details, the malicious software developers are hoping to expand the capabilities of old Trojans.

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Microsoft sues scareware scammers

by Shanmuga

"Microsoft filed lawsuits against five companies Thursday, accusing them of using malicious advertisements to trick victims into installing software on their computers. The company is suing DirectAd Solutions, Soft Solutions, qiweroqw.com, ote2008.info and ITmeter, saying that these companies have used ads…

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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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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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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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