Security Corner:

September, 2008


September 28, 2008  4:39 PM

Clickjacking: The Latest Criminal Tactic

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Browsers, Clickjacking, Cybercrime, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Phishing, Security, Vulnerabilities

According to US-CERT's latest alert, "Multiple Web Browsers Affected by Clickjacking," there's a new cross-browser exploit technique called "Clickjacking." One

September 24, 2008  1:12 AM

Software for Secure Computing: Trend Micro’s RUBotted

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Botnet, IRC bot, Secure Computing, spam, Virus

I stumbled across this nifty free tool when running an online scan at Trend Micro's HouseCall site. Botnets are a big problem, accounting for most of the spam on the...

September 21, 2008  5:10 PM

Beware of the Fake Video Codec Malware Trick

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cybercrime, Malware, Security, Social Engineering, Trojan

A variant of Win32/Zlob is being spread by cybercriminals via the fake video codec trick. Through misdirection or outright deception (including social engineering), users are sent to a site that has...

September 21, 2008  2:06 PM

On the Lighter Side of Security

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Humor, Security

Security's a serious subject sometimes causing us to get a bit too deep in concern over the potential and real threats we face. So, today I'm going to lighten it up with a bit of humor. In the sixties and seventies, it was common to see this sign posted in mainframe computer rooms:

September 19, 2008  1:30 AM

Antivirus XP 2008/2009 Malware Up the Ante

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Cybercrime, Malware, Virus

According to US-CERT, the cybercriminals who are foisting fake antivirus programs, such as   Bookmark and Share     0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

September 15, 2008  3:42 AM

Top Five Security Information Resources

Posted by: Ken Harthun

When I discuss security with people who aren't security-focused, they often ask where I get my information. I usually generalize, telling them I subscribe to several security newsletters and check the web frequently. I do that to avoid a long-winded discussion of the whys and wherefores of my...

September 13, 2008  6:32 PM

Software for Secure Computing: Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, IRC bot, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Secure Computing, Security

It's funny how sometimes we take for granted things like Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). That's probably because it doesn't do much to make its presence known. Every month, Microsoft offers MSRT (

September 12, 2008  2:22 AM

Bootable Thumb Drive Virus Scanner Saves the Day

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Hacking, Linux, Malware, Security, Trojan

Forgive me if I brag a bit in this post, but I think I earned the right. You be the judge. Last weekend, I noticed strange behavior on my home system. ESET Smart Security kept reporting that it had "found and quarantined m.exe,...


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