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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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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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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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