August 16, 2010  12:05 AM

What the Heck is FakeAV?



Posted by: Ken Harthun
FakeAV, Fraud, Scam, Scareware

I'd love to have a dollar for every time I've had to clean off FakeAV junk from a PC and then (diplomatically) explain to the user that they've been tricked. "But Windows Security Center popped up and said my PC was infected," they cry. I feel for them; it's definitely a slimy trick by slimy...


September 19, 2009  3:05 PM

Malvertising an Ever-expanding Threat



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Cybercrime, Firefox, Fraud, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Scam, Scareware, Secure Computing, Security

As if we don’t already have enough to deal with, it seems that malvertising--a technique where malicious code is placed in an online ad to either mislead the user or infect their computer—is on the rise. Microsoft recently filed five lawsuits against unnamed individuals accusing them of posting...


September 16, 2009  6:03 PM

Hacking Skills Help Save a Client’s PC



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Ethical hacking, Hacking, Malware, Microsoft Windows, Scareware, Security

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April 10, 2009  11:46 PM

Conficker’s raison d’etre? Profit, of Course



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Botnet, Conficker, Cybercrime, Scam, Scareware, Security, Worm

More than a week after Conficker’s much-hyped April 1st activation date, the botnet has come to life and is using a P2P communication system to update itself on what is believed to be millions of infected PCs. Along with the update, the worm is downloading


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