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March 17, 2013  10:27 PM

How much of your spam contains malware?

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Fraud, Malware, Phishing, Security, Security best practice, spam, Virus

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September 30, 2011  4:00 PM

Three years later and Conficker is still going strong

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Antivirus, Conficker, sophos, Virus

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May 2, 2011  8:36 PM

Bin Laden News Event Spawning Malware & Phishing Attempts

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Facebook Bin Laden Video Hoax, Security, Virus, virus warning

As always happens around big disasters and news events, the miscreants are using the event to attempt to infect PCs with malware and are sending phishing emails. Apparently Facebook is being targeted with video. Got this note from a friend on Skype:


January 7, 2011  4:38 PM

PandaLabs Releases 2010 Annual Security Report

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Cyber warfare, Cybercrime, FakeAV, Malware, Panda Security, Rogueware, Virus, Worm

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March 29, 2010  1:57 AM

Technospeak: Fundamentally Vulnerable Structure

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Secure Computing, Security, security awareness, Virus, Vulnerabilities

I'm weary. Very weary. There is just so much to keep up with in the way of patches and fixes for security vulnerabilities across so many applications and in nearly every OS that I no longer even bother trying to stay on top of it all. My main concern, of course, is Windows/Microsoft and the...

February 24, 2009  3:37 AM

Scareware – Yes, People Do Fall for the Ruse

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Malicious Software Removal Tool, Malware, Scam, Security, Social Engineering, Virus

What happens when people fall for the scareware ruse and actually install the stuff? Oddly enough, they may not even know they’ve been duped. Their systems may run a little slower, but they may be fooled into thinking they’re now being protected by the malware they’ve installed. What...

February 18, 2009  5:05 PM

Scareware–Using Fear & Deception to Dupe Consumers

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

You're checking out your favorite web sites when out of the blue a scary message appears on your desktop, which may look like the picture below, or it may just be a box that says "Warning! Spyware detected on your computer!"

February 3, 2009  3:19 AM

Are Windows PCs Threatened by Malware Harbored on Mac & Linux OS’s?

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-virus, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Networking, Security, Security management, Virus

Can Mac and Linux boxes harbor malware that does not affect them, but could affect Windows PCs?  Absolutely. It can and does happen. The Sophos white paper, “Protecting Mac and Linux computers: genuine need or...

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December 2, 2008  9:00 PM

Own a Mac? Get Anti-virus, says Apple

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Apple, Mac, Opinion, Security, Virus

The Mac vs. PC ads are always funny, but this one's even more of a hoot, especially since Apple quietly snuck out an advisory on November 21 that Mac users should use multiple antivirus...

November 30, 2008  4:21 PM

An MBR Tool to Combat Mebroot

Posted by: Ken Harthun
Anti-malware, Anti-virus, Malware, Rootkit, Security, Trojan, Virus

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,...

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