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November, 2008

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November 30, 2008  4:21 PM

An MBR Tool to Combat Mebroot

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Assuming you or your client is not already infected with Mebroot, there's another tool you can use to easily recover in the event of an infection: MBRtool 2.3 from DIY DataRecovery. MRBTool is a freeware DOS program designed to backup,...

November 29, 2008  12:39 AM

F-Secure Claims BlackLight Will Remove Mebroot (Sinowal)

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck surviving Black Friday! I've been using F-Secure's BlackLight Rootkit Eliminator ever since it was first released in early 2005. It's a solid tool and has saved me from having to completely reload a...


November 25, 2008  10:11 PM

Phony Security Software Cleared from 1 Million PCs

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

According to Microsoft, the November release of its Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) removed the phony security software, Win32/FakeSecSen, from 994,061 distinct machines in just nine days:


November 21, 2008  2:02 AM

How to Quickly & Securely Erase a Hard Drive

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Over at Ask the Geek, I often receive questions about how to properly erase a PC hard drive so personal data can't be recovered. Clients also ask similar questions, particularly those involved in medical, dental, or financial practices....


November 20, 2008  5:41 PM

Super-Trojan Sinowal/Mebroot: Seven Ways to Protect Yourself

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Sinowal, also known as "Mebroot" and "Torpig" to various antivirus companies, is a dangerous rootkit that uses the computer's Master Boot Record (MBR) as its...


November 14, 2008  3:00 AM

WPA-TKIP Now Vulnerable to Attack

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

In my How to Secure Your Computer series of articles, I issued Maxim #13, "WiFi Security–The Only Way is...

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November 12, 2008  2:11 PM

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Released

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

For the past couple of years, Microsoft has been issuing a semi-annual report on the security threat landscape. The latest version of the Security Intelligence Report (SIR), v5, was released last Monday....


November 5, 2008  9:17 PM

Software for Secure Computing: Ironkey

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

There's an old saw in security circles: "complexity is the enemy of security." The more complex something is, the more likely there will be flaws to exploit. Too, there are times when you just don't need the strength of AES encryption. Case in point: the company I work for utilizes a practice...


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