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November, 2009

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November 25, 2009  12:39 PM

Schneier on the hidden cost of poor security

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Sales for certain specialized services depend highly on reputation and trust. Specialized services depend highly on trust and reputation...

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November 24, 2009  12:28 AM

New Zeus spam poses as Social Security statements

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

Trojan steals banking credentials at small and midsize businesses. The Zeus Trojan continues to find new ways to trick users.  Recent spam campaigns...


November 23, 2009  2:12 PM

New Facebook worm uses sexy model to get guys to click da’ button

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Facebook worm uses a cross-site request forgery attack to spread via the victim’s wall posting. Israeli security researcher Gadi Evron and AVG researcher Nick Fitzgerald are reporting a new Facebook worm that uses a suggestive picture of a scantily clad woman to spread on the...


November 20, 2009  1:54 PM

Increase in Gumblar backdoors poses FTP credential problems

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Security Researcher explains how to detect the Trojan, but many victimized website owners don’t have the technical expertise to fix the problem. Mary Landesman, a senior security researcher at security vendor ScanSafe writes about how to decode and identify backdoor PHP...


November 17, 2009  7:07 PM

New York cafe WiFi passwords show Mac versus PC reality

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Photograph depicts password needed to use cafe WiFi. The Apple blog, Cult of Mac posted a picture of the day depicting the stark difference between a 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


November 17, 2009  1:29 PM

Russian cybercriminals target H1N1 Swine flu fears

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Report outlines massive affiliate campaigns pushing pharmaceuticals, including counterfeit Tamiflu, making Russian hackers millions. Researchers at security vendor Sophos’ Canadian-based research labs have released a report outlining how some Russian cybercriminals are making...


November 9, 2009  2:15 PM

iPhone worm Rickrolls jailbroken phones

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Security researchers warn iPhone users of the ikee worm, which uses SSH default passwords to hack the smartphone and change the wallpaper to a Rick Astlee photo. A hacker from Wollongong, New South Wales is claiming responsibility for the new ikee worm, which started to infect...


November 6, 2009  2:18 PM

Israeli Mossad add Trojan Horse to Syrian laptop

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Data stealing malware helped Israeli spies reap data from official’s laptop. Sophos security guru Graham Cluley writes today about the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence gathering operation and how spies there gained access to a Syrian official’s laptop and


November 6, 2009  2:00 PM

Fragus exploit pack’s pricy business model locks users in

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

The $800 attack toolkit comes with a self-destruct mechanism after a certain time period Security researchers at Symantec are closely 1 Comment     RSS Feed     Email a friend


November 2, 2009  4:09 PM

New ransomware Trojan tricks victims to buy software fix

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Trojan Horse doesn’t ask for money, but sends victims to software that can eliminate malware file extension, according to Symantec Security Response Symantec has posted an interesting blog post about a


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