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Website Security

Introduction to Website Parasites

by Shanmuga

"Wikipedia defines Parasitism as a “type of symbiotic relationship between organisms of different species in which one, the parasite, benefits from a prolonged, close association with the other, the host, which is harmed.” This definition perfectly describes relationships between hackers and legitimate websites. As it often happens in real life, the host (legitimate website and […]

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Websites offered free anti-hijack scans

by Shanmuga

"Web admins and owners are being offered a free service that will scan their sites for malware hijacks, alerting them automatically if malicious code is found. The QualysGuard Malware Detection, launched as a beta this week, uses a combination of ‘static’ and behavioural analysis to take a closer look at web pages under a given […]

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WordPress Installations Under Brute-Force Attack

by Shanmuga

"There is an ongoing attack against some WordPress implementations that is trying to brute-force the passwords for the administrator accounts on the installations. The attack is being driven by an automated PHP script that tries thousands of possible passwords.

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How to check Websites/Blogs/Web pages for Malware

by Shanmuga

The web today is not a benign place. There are many bots (automatic programs) that are constantly scouring the Web looking for a vulnerable computer. Once the bots find one, whether a home computer or a Web-server, they try to compromise the computer by surreptitiously installing its payload. In the case of a Web-server, it […]

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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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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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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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