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Rogue antivirus program comes with tech support

by Shanmuga

In an effort to boost sales, sellers of a fake antivirus product known as Live PC Care are offering their victims live technical support. According to researchers at Symantec, once users have installed the program, they see a screen, falsely informing them that their PC is infected with several types of malware.

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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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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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BBC exposes Overseas credit card scam

by Shanmuga

"A criminal gang selling UK credit card details stolen from Indian call centres has been exposed by an undercover BBC News investigation. Reporters posing as fraudsters bought UK names, addresses and valid credit card details from a Delhi-based man.

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Latest Conficker worm gets nastier

by Shanmuga

"The authors of the latest variant of the Conficker worm are upping the ante against security vendors who are working to stop the spread and threat of the persistent program. Conficker.C shuts down security services, blocks computers from connecting to security Web sites, and downloads a Trojan.

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Hackers continue to abuse search engine results

by Shanmuga

"Cyber-criminals are always on the lookout for new tricks, but they are also sticking with an oldie-but-goodie—abusing search engine results. According to security pros, there has been a significant increase in the tactic since January. On March 10, officials at Symantec noted attackers were using sponsored search results on Yahoo to lure Web surfers to

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Malware Detection Goes Hybrid

by Shanmuga

"What do we do about malware? The long term solution, at least for managed networks like enterprises, may be whitelisting. But in the meantime we’re still drowning in new variants every day. In the 2009 generation of their products Symantec is trying a new approach: file reputation.

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Symantec Acquires Windows Security Vendor PC Tools

by Shanmuga

"Symantec has signed a definitive agreement to acquire PC Tools, a provider of security and utilities software for Microsoft Windows. Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of 2008, were not disclosed. Headquartered in Australia, PC Tools has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Ukraine.

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Spam: Why spam isn’t going away soon

by Shanmuga

“Recently, Symantec said in its February 2008 State of Spam report that 78.5 percent of all e-mail is spam; they also said most of that is now coming from Europe. That’s a change from previous reports that had suggested servers in North America were responsible. What the Symantec report doesn’t explicitly state is that much

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Pharming: Drive-by Pharming in the Wild

by Shanmuga

"We recently saw instances of actual attackers attempting a basic version of drive-by pharming. Given the simplicity of the attack and the potential widespread implications, we always felt that it would simply be a matter of time before it happened. The building blocks have been out there for some time and anyone with sufficient familiarity

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Malicious Code: Trojan.Silentbanker

by Shanmuga

"The scale and sophistication of this emerging banking Trojan is worrying, even for someone who sees banking Trojans on a daily basis. This Trojan downloads a configuration file that contains the domain names of over 400 banks. Not only are the usual large American banks targeted but banks in many other countries are also targeted,

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Malware: Hackers exploit Bhutto assassination

by Shanmuga

"Searches for news about Bhutto’s killing and the ensuing chaos in Pakistan listed sites pimping a bogus video coder/decoder (codec), said analysts at McAfee Inc., Symantec Corp. and WebSense Inc. For instance, WebSense found such a site simply by using "benazir" to search on Google. Meanwhile, McAfee quickly located 10 sites hosted on Blogger.com, Google

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