There’ll be no entry for 3 days. I’ll be away for a New Year’s celebration. Off to Hong Kong (that’s the plan since last week) in 2 more hours.
A HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL of you! If you are a Calendar of Updates visitor or member… here’s another New Year Message — Don’t worry… there’s no storm worm in my link 😉
BTW, There’s new version of McAfee SiteAdvisor. Not sure the exact date it was released but the new version was released to fix a bug. See calendar of updates entries here and here.
Install SA for FF. Install SA for IE.
Uninstall SA for IE only. Keep SA for FF.
Reboot the system.
The bug? SiteAdvisor for Firefox has been removed even I did not remove it. I kept it but the removal of SA for IE also removed the SA for FF.
So folks, if you removed SA for IE and noticed the SA for FF is gone… get it again at www.siteadvisor.com
If it’s not a bug then it means the uninstaller of SiteAdvisor will now REMOVE the program for whatever browser it is installed.
It is freshcards2008.com
happynewyear2008.exe will be downloaded if user fall into it!
See earlier report on this happynewyear2008.exe where 14 out of 32 will detect a variant of storm worm.
Today, I’ve been deleting email that contains link to download an infected file:
Domain is familypostcards2008.com
Only 10 (at the time of this writing and submission at Virustotal.com) will detect this variant:
See also http://www.antirootkit.com/blog/2007/12/27/happy-new-rootkit/ for other domains that users should block in addition of blocking familypostcards2008.com
In a new report, the Federal Trade Commission staff describes findings from its July 2007 workshop, “Spam Summit: The Next Generation of Threats and Solutions” and proposes follow-up action steps that stakeholders can adopt to mitigate the harmful effects of malicious spam and phishing. In addition to proposing action steps for stakeholders, the report provides an overview of the agency’s decade-long role in protecting consumers from the threats of fraudulent spam and phishing. The report also announces results from staff’s 2007 Harvesting and Filtering Study, which suggest that Internet service providers’ spam filters continue to serve an integral role in reducing the amount of spam that reaches consumers’ in-boxes.
During the workshop, panelists confirmed that spam has increasingly become a significant global vector for the dissemination of malware and the propagation of financial crimes.
Within hours of yesterday’s assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, malware makers exploited the breaking news to dupe users into downloading attack code, security researchers said Friday.
It’s not all that surprising these days to hear about software companies having their software “phone home” in some manner or another, though it’s often quite annoying.
Update: John Dowdell, an Adobe employee (and long time Techdirt reader) has replied in the comments, noting that he’s talking to folks at Adobe to find out the whole story, but he thinks it’s the “live update” function. I’m not sure I understand why a live update function would call an analytics firm — or why the ping to that analytics firm should be disguised as a local network ping, but that’s the story coming out of Adobe right now. Will update again if any more details become clear.
Update 2: Further response from Adobe here. It explains what the connection does and also admits that the company should have done a better job making it clear.
Add this to your block lists to avoid some Storm worm
Domain name: HAPPYCARDS2008.COM
Name Server: ns.happycards2008.com 126.96.36.199
Name Server: ns10.happycards2008.com 188.8.131.52
Name Server: ns11.happycards2008.com 184.108.40.206
Name Server: ns12.happycards2008.com 220.127.116.11
Name Server: ns13.happycards2008.com 18.104.22.168
Name Server: ns2.happycards2008.com 22.214.171.124
Name Server: ns3.happycards2008.com 126.96.36.199
Name Server: ns4.happycards2008.com 188.8.131.52
Name Server: ns5.happycards2008.com 184.108.40.206
Name Server: ns6.happycards2008.com 220.127.116.11
Name Server: ns7.happycards2008.com 18.104.22.168
Name Server: ns8.happycards2008.com 22.214.171.124
Name Server: ns9.happycards2008.com 126.96.36.199
Domain name: NEWYEARCARDS2008.COM
Name Server: ns.newyearcards2008.com 188.8.131.52
Name Server: ns10.newyearcards2008.com 184.108.40.206
Name Server: ns11.newyearcards2008.com 220.127.116.11
Name Server: ns12.newyearcards2008.com 18.104.22.168
Name Server: ns13.newyearcards2008.com 22.214.171.124
Name Server: ns2.newyearcards2008.com 126.96.36.199
Name Server: ns3.newyearcards2008.com 188.8.131.52
Name Server: ns4.newyearcards2008.com 184.108.40.206
Name Server: ns5.newyearcards2008.com 220.127.116.11
Name Server: ns6.newyearcards2008.com 18.104.22.168
Name Server: ns7.newyearcards2008.com 22.214.171.124
Name Server: ns8.newyearcards2008.com 126.96.36.199
Name Server: ns9.newyearcards2008.com 188.8.131.52
Creation Date: 2007.12.26
Updated Date: 2007.12.26
Expiration Date: 2008.12.26
After February 1, there will be no more active product support for Navigator 9, or any previous Netscape Navigator browser. This includes Netscape v1-v4.x, Netscape v6, Netscape v7 Suite, Netscape Browser v8, and Netscape Navigator/Messenger 9.
We’ll continue to release security patches for the current version of the browser, Netscape Navigator until February 1, 2008.
Google can count itself fortunate that a serious privacy storm it caused took place in the run up to Christmas – when world+dog was otherwise occupied. By altering the behaviour of one of its web-services, Google ran foul of its own Privacy guarantee – and continues to violate it.
Continue reading –> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12/28/google_privacy_mission_impossible/