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Bank of America Employee Charged With Planting Malware on ATMs

by Shanmuga

"A Bank of America worker installed malicious software on his employer’s ATMs that allowed him to make thousands of dollars in fraudulent withdrawals, all without leaving a transaction record, according to federal prosecutors. Rodney Reed Caverly, 37, was a member of the bank’s IT staff when he installed the malware. The Charlotte, North Carolina, man

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Q and A: Malware analysis

by Shanmuga

"Greg Hoglund is the CEO and Founder of HBGary. He has been a pioneer in the area of software security. After writing one of the first network vulnerability scanners, he created and documented the first Windows NT-based rootkit, founding rootkit.com in the process. Greg went on to co-found Cenzic through which he orchestrated numerous innovations

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Microsoft says malware causing blue screen crashes

by Shanmuga

"A hard-to-detect rootkit may be causing Windows XP systems to crash following Microsoft’s latest security updates. Windows users began flooding Windows support forums this week, saying that their computers had been rendered unusable with a blue-screen-of-death (BSOD) error after installing Microsoft’s February security updates, released Tuesday. On Thursday, Microsoft stopped shipping the MS10-015 update, which

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Fake antivirus malware gets hoax Microsoft endorsement

by Shanmuga

"A new scareware package tries to sell bogus antivirus software to its victims using an apparent endorsement of the software by Microsoft. A variant of the infection that urges users to buy DefenceLab antivirus software now also directs them to a Microsoft support page where a display describes a new threat and recommends using DefenceLab

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Personal Security Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

On being redirected to a compromised website, this scareware displays a message ” Warning!!! “Your personal computer needs to install antivirus software! Personal Security can perform fast and free virus and malicious software scan of your computer” The fake scan is simulated with the use of javascript and gif animated images irrespective of whether the

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Malware messes up India’s online test for business schools

by Shanmuga

"The move by India’s top business schools to take their CAT entrance test online turned embarrassing after malware-infected computers left a number of students unable to take the test. Prometric, a Baltimore, Maryland, testing company hired to conduct the CAT (Common Admission Test), said this week that the testing labs faced technical difficulties mainly due

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Botnet continues massive malware campaign

by Shanmuga

"A massive spam campaign that poses as a message from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) asking people to register for H1N1 vaccinations remains a big problem today, a security researcher said. The messages lead unwary users to a convincing-looking CDC site where they’re asked to create a profile in order to receive a vaccination

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Security Tool Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Security Tool is one of the recent entrants to the family of rogue security software. Once installed the Security Tool scareware makes all the right noises expected from a fraudulent security software. A slew of warning messages in various sizes and colors about non-existent malware constantly bombard the desktop in order to scam the user

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Ad-Aware maker showcases Rogue Gallery

by Shanmuga

Lavasoft Malware Labs, the maker of the popular Ad-aware anti-spyware product, have announced setting up of a gallery of rogue security software. A rogue security software belongs to a family of software products that call themselves as antivirus, antispyware or registry cleaners and often use deceptive or high pressure sales tactics and deliberate false positives

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Tiger Woods malware

by Shanmuga

"Symantec reported that search engine results are redirecting to malicious domains that go through the usual fake scanning activity, before pointing out a whole host of ‘serious errors’ and ‘threats’ that need to be cleaned from your computer. Files on offer on this occasion may be setup_build6_195.exe (Download.MisleadApp) or install [RANDOM NUMBER].exe (Detected as Downloader

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Antivir Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

As soon as the user tricked into visiting the compromised website, the browser is minimized and a dialogue box titled “Message from webpage” pops up with a message “Warning!!! Your personal computer needs to install antivirus software! Antivir can perform fast and free virus and malicious software scan of your compute“. Clicking on Ok or

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Antivirus Uninstallers – Remove security software cleanly

by Shanmuga

Computer security software like anti-virus and firewall programs are notorious for leaving behind file and registry traces when uninstalled. I have found that using the in-built uninstaller via Start > Control Panel > Add\Remove Programs first and then followed by the official clean-up tool released by the respective vendor is quite effective in removing the

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Microsofts Do and donts for Passwords

by Shanmuga

"The three basic things to remember when creating a strong password are the following: 1. Use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Also, remember that some dictionaries used in attacks have a "l33t" mode, which allows common letter/number-to-special character substitutions (like changing a-@, i-1 ,o-0 and s=$, for example, password = p@$w0rd). Therefore,

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Panda Burning Incense worm due for a comeback

by Shanmuga

"A computer worm that China warned Internet users against is an updated version of the Panda Burning Incense virus, which infected millions of PCs in the country three years ago, according to McAfee. The original Panda worm, also known as Fujacks, caused widespread damage at a time when public knowledge about online security was low,

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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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8 Best Practices to Avoid Malware on Facebook and Twitter

by Shanmuga

"Thanks to the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it’s a given that malicious hackers will devise ways to exploit the sites’ numerous users in order to infect their computers with malware. This unwanted software is designed to do a number of terrible things ranging from identity theft to turning computer into

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Top Internet Security Trends of 2009

by Shanmuga

"The Security Response team has compiled the top security trends of 2009. We pulled data from the Global Intelligence Network and the experiences of the thousands of analysts and security experts at Symantec to come up with the top trends for the year. While none of these trends will be a surprise to anyone even

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Internet Antivirus Pro Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Belonging to the family of Personal Antivirus, General Antivirus etc., this scareware first appeared on the scene in the later half of the year 2008 and is still going strong. It is identified by various antivirus engines as Adware.InternetAntivirusPro, RogueAntiSpyware.InternetAntivirus, Win32.InternetAntivirusPro.m, Win32.Banker and Win-Trojan/Fakealert. As a typical scareware it displays misleading alerts about non-existent infections

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Anti-virus Rescue CD/DVDs

by Shanmuga

An antimalware rescue cd or dvd is essentially a portable operating system along with a portable version of an anti-malware software application. They run completely from the CD/DVD media and allows access to your computer’s operating system and hard disks. This makes it possible to use them to scan the system for malware infections, recover

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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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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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Windows Protection Suite Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Windows Protection Suite is a rogue security software. On visiting an infected Website, this rogue security application triggers a popup dialogue box with the text: “Warning! Your PC is at risk of virus and malware attack. Your system requires immediate check! System Security will perform a quick and free scan of your PC for viruses

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