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September 10, 2010  5:05 PM

Is there an orange ball in information security?



Posted by: Troy Tate
awareness, information security, infosec, malicious software, malware, network management, network security, security awareness

In Japan many retailers have what look like orange balls or waterballoons near checkouts. Bruce Schneier, a leading information security expert, recently blogged about these

August 27, 2010  1:35 PM

Hackers send exploit code to Microsoft



Posted by: Troy Tate
application development, information security, infosec, infosec awareness, malicious software, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, web application development

Go ahead and report why your system crashed - send Microsoft the exploit code you are working on. As most Windows users know, you can send Microsoft details about what caused a system crash. In some cases hackers respond yes and their exploit code is sent to Microsoft according to a


August 23, 2010  6:32 PM

Investigation indicates trojan contributed to 2008 Spainair crash



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, av, computer maintenance, loss of life, malicious software, malware, malware protection, slow performance, trojan, virus

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May 19, 2010  8:09 PM

Malvertisements – 1.3 million viewed per day!



Posted by: Troy Tate
drive-by download, information security, information security awareness, infosec, malicious software, malware, security awareness

Last year the NY Times website had advertisements that served up some malicious content (Would you click if it showed on the NY Times website? -...

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February 2, 2010  5:40 PM

Malware writers get a little HLP from you



Posted by: Troy Tate
antivirus, backdoor, botnet, command and control, malicious software, malware, malware research, mcafee, rootkit, support, system support, trojan, virus

I was roving around today on the McAfee TrustedSource Research Blog website and came across a very interesting entry about malware writers using...

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January 27, 2010  6:26 PM

Identify malware infection using Internet Explorer history



Posted by: Troy Tate
antimalware, antivirus, Internet Explorer, internet explorer history, malicious software, toolkit, troubleshooting

A user on my network recently reported their computer was displaying virus detection warnings. Investigation showed that the virus detection warnings were bogus and looked something like the screen below. [caption id="attachment_352" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Bogus Anti-Virus...


January 21, 2010  9:57 PM

Google Aurora attack focused on IE6 – does anybody do autoupdates anymore?



Posted by: Troy Tate
attack, Aurora, fixes, Internet Explorer, malicious software, malware, Microsoft, patch, patch management, threat, update, vulnerability

Maybe you have heard about the recent


December 18, 2009  7:28 PM

Using PsExec to fight malware



Posted by: Troy Tate
antivirus, malicious software, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Sysinternals, psexec, remote administration, Sysinternals

The excellent Sysinternals Windows tools have been around for many years (since 1996!). Microsoft now has these tools available and they are all FREE! They are also available in a "live" way such that you do...


December 3, 2009  7:02 PM

CERT ALERT:H1N1 Malware Campaign Circulating



Posted by: Troy Tate
alert, botnet, bulletin, CERT, cert alert, education, government, information security, information security awareness, malicious software, malware, us-cert, user education, warning

The US-CERT released an alert yesterday about a currently circulating malware threat with the H1N1 virus as the subject matter.

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September 16, 2009  6:41 PM

Google search results serve up malware – I’ve had the crime of my life



Posted by: Troy Tate
browser security, drive-by attack, Google, information security, malicious software, malware, search results, software, software security

Well, that may not be news to you. However, there is a recent trend in malware propagation that uses Google as the portal to deliver payloads to visitors. Unsuspecting users go to Google and search for topics such as Patrick Swayze's death or the controversy about Serena Williams cursing at the...


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