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EstDomains Inc: A Superlative Scam and Spam Site Registrar

by Shanmuga

"According to RegistrarStats.com, EstDomains is the 49th largest domain name registrar, with more than 270,000 domains. Security Fix is still working on cataloging all of those domains, but for the purposes of this analysis we’ll examine some 10,000 Web site names that are both registered through EstDomains and using the company’s various domain name servers […]

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Google issues first patches for Chrome

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"Just days after it rolled out Chrome, Google Inc. issued an update after Vietnamese security researchers reported a critical vulnerability in the beta browser.

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McAfee’s Artemis Putting Malware Signatures in the Cloud

by Shanmuga

"Essentially the idea is to offload some malware checks to an online database. When the software detects a program or file as being suspicious, probably through behavior checks, it takes some form of hash of the files involved and submits it in a database query to their most updated malware database. If a hit is […]

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Is Rock Phish cybergang set for a comeback?

by Shanmuga

"”Rock Phish is making an investment in their own infrastructure by upgrading their botnet,” says Sean Brady, product marketing manager at RSA. RSA, whose FraudAction Research Lab has posted a blog item on the topic, says the end result could be a surge in phishing attacks in the near future.

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Researchers Build Malicious Facebook Application

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"The researchers developed an application called "Photo of the Day," which serves up a new National Geographic photo daily. But in the background, every time the application is clicked, it sends a 600 K-byte HTTP request for images to a victim’s Web site.

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RAM raiders: inside secrets of the cyber hackers

by Shanmuga

"I have just found a new best friend and his name is Pyr0. I didn’t choose him because he is entertaining or fun to be with – although he is both. Nope, it’s just that, more than anything, you wouldn’t want Pyr0 to be your enemy.

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Malware: Rootkit evolution

by Shanmuga

"This article focuses mainly on Windows rootkits – they are the most numerous, they are continuing to evolve, they pose a serious threat for users and because Windows is the most popular OS today, they are widely used by virus writers.

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Privacy: Microsoft slams Google on privacy

by Shanmuga

""Google’s a great company, got some great products, but you know in some respects I think Google is where Microsoft was 7 or 10 years ago," Peter Cullen, Microsoft’s chief privacy strategist told CNET News sister site ZDNet Australia.

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Internet Explorer 8 to get privacy features

by Shanmuga

"Microsoft on Monday described some new privacy features that will come with IE8, the next release of its browser. The features are designed to make it easier for people to delete and control information about their Web browsing history.

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Seven online security blunders to avoid

by Shanmuga

“By now most personal-computer users know not to post their Social Security numbers on the Internet or respond to Nigerian e-mails seeking help with suspicious bank-account transfers. "But many people still make mistakes that compromise their computer’s security or invite identity thieves.

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Malware: New attack hijacks the Clipboard

by Shanmuga

"The attack puts a hard-to-delete weblink into the clipboard that, if followed, leads people to a website selling fake security software. The code that inserts the link has been found in flash-based adverts seen on many legitimate websites.

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How to protect against web advertising exploits

by Shanmuga

"Online advertising has become a huge profit center for website owners. Web adverts fuel many free websites, particularly social networks, blogs, forums and news sites. Since Web adverts have a virtually unlimited capacity to reach millions of users, attackers look to them as a doorway to install malicious code.

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Vulnerabilities: DNS security flaw also affects email

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"A newly discovered flaw in the Internet’s core infrastructure not only permits hackers to force people to visit Web sites they didn’t want to, it also allows them to intercept e-mail messages, the researcher who discovered the bug said last week.

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Security: Apple releases massive security update

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"Known as APPLE-SA-2008-03-18 Security Update 2008-002, it contains more than 40 specific fixes for versions of Mac OS X. The most significant updates include Apache, ClamAV, Emacs, OpenSSH, PHP, and X11. To get the update, go to the Software Update pane in System Preferences, or Apple’s Software Downloads Web site. The update "is recommended for […]

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Hacking: Ongoing IFrame attack proving difficult to kill

by Shanmuga

"One of the factors that make an ongoing malware attack so difficult to stop is the speed with which the assault can evolve. Over the past 12 days, an IFrame injection attack that originally focused on ZDNet Asia has been spreading across the ‘Net, changing targets and payloads on an almost daily basis. An iFrame […]

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Hacking: Second mass hack exposed

by Shanmuga

"Researchers at McAfee estimated that the attack has been active for roughly one week, and in that time frame has managed to place itself on roughly 200,000 web pages.

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Encryption: TrueCrypt developers consider complaint against Microsoft

by Shanmuga

"The developers of the TrueCrypt open source encryption tool are considering submitting a complaint against Microsoft to the EU Commission if Microsoft is not prepared to lay open the Windows hibernation API. From version 5.1 TrueCrypt supports hibernation for encrypted system partitions.

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Vishing: The Anatomy of a Vishing Scam

by Shanmuga

"A series of well-orchestrated wireless phone-based phishing attacks against several financial institutions last week illustrates how scam artists are growing more adept at fleecing consumers by exploiting security holes in seemingly unrelated Internet technologies.

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Hacking: Trend Micro Details Its Recent Failed Web Attack

by Shanmuga

"The code inserted in some Web pages of the site was meant to redirect the visitor to a malicious server that would download malware capable of stealing passwords on an infected computer, Trend Micro spokesman Michael Sweeny said. The attempt, however, failed.

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