Spreading security awareness for OS X

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Robert Lemos interviews Kevin Finisterre, founder of security startup Digital Munition, who created the three recent versions of the InqTana worm to raise awareness of security in Apple’s OS X. Finisterre discusses his reasons for creating the worms, the problems with Mac OS X security, and why he does not fear prosecution.http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/389

Symantec Threat Meter Tests E-mail, Web Browsing, Instant Messaging, File Sharing

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Symantec on Tuesday launched a new Internet security barometer that gives consumers clues on which online activities are currently safest. But unlike rival security meters, Symantec’s new Internet Threat Meter breaks out current risks by activity: e-mail, Web browsing, instant messaging, and file sharing. In its debut, the meter labeled e-mail as a “Medium: Use […]

Adware Firm 180Solutions Admits Error, Apologizes

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180solutions, the controversial adware marketer admitted last week that it was initially unable to identify the rogue affiliate that was installing its Zango software illegally, and in fact found a pair of sites adding Zango to PCs without users’ consent. “As it turns out, we didn’t get Mr. Edelman’s guy on Monday. The guy we […]

Crimeware code sells trojans to hackers

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by William Eazel 27 Feb 2006 10:02 Security experts have detected a new crimeware creation system that sells made-to-measure trojans to hackers for $990. The code, dubbed Trj/Briz.A by PandaLabs, stands out because its author customizes the code for hackers. The malware specializes in stealing bank details and data from web forms. According to PandaLabs, […]

UK.plc struggles to eradicate viral infection

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Malware remains top security nuisanceBy John LeydenPublished Tuesday 28th February 2006 12:12 GMTViral infection was the biggest single cause of security incidents over the last two years, according to a DTI-backed study published on Tuesday.The study also found that viruses were more likely to cause service disruptions than other security breaches. While interruptions generally had […]

IBM, Novell aid open-source identity project

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IBM, Novell and Parity Communications announced on Monday that the firms would contributing code to an open-source initiative, known as Project Higgins, which aims to create an identity system that give the user more control over their data.SecurityFocus

Cyberthieves silently copy keystrokes

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Most people who use e-mail now know enough to be on guard against “phishing” messages that pretend to be from a legitimate business but are actually attempts to steal passwords and other personal data. But there is evidence that among global cybercriminals, phishing may already be passe. In some countries, like Brazil, it has been […]

Kits help phishing sites proliferate

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The number of phishing Web sites grew by about 65 percent in December, which security experts say is due to the increasing use of easy-to-use “phishing kits.” The Anti-Phishing Working Group’s report for December revealed that although the number of phishing e-mails fell between November and December last year, the number of fraudulent Web sites […]

Is Mac OS as safe as ever?

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Apple Computer fans have long loved to point out the safety of using Mac OS X, which has mostly been left alone by hackers. But the recent arrival of three threats has some asking: Is the software’s charmed security life over? In the past two weeks, a pair of worms that target Mac OS X […]

It’s ‘phishing’ season for tax scammers

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Marketing pitches masquerading as the 1099 forms detailing non-payroll income have been arriving in taxpayer mailboxes, while e-mails that appear to be from the Internal Revenue Service are really identity theft scams designed to collect personal financial information.Government officials say they are currently seeing about one widespread IRS-themed e-mail scam a week, but Internet security […]


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