Microsoft Security Advisory | Fraudulent Digital Certificates Could Allow Spoofing


Executive Summary

Microsoft is aware of nine fraudulent digital certificates issued by Comodo, a certification authority present in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities Store on all supported versions of Microsoft Windows. Comodo advised Microsoft on March 16, 2011 that nine certificates had been signed on behalf of a third party without sufficiently validating its identity. These certificates may be used to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks against all Web browser users including users of Internet Explorer.

These certificates affect the following Web properties: (3 certificates)

“Global Trustee”


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How to defang the Fake Defragmenter


We are tracking the trails of this fake “System Defragmenter” software since its first appearance last October 2010, and have warned our customers in our earlier post about this trojan software. In this follow-up post, we give an update including a new variant worth noting for our customers.

The fake system defragmenter family (FakeSysdef) is similar to rogue software in many ways, such as presenting forced installations, a polished user interface, false and annoying errors and a request (requirement) that users buy a license. This ultimately is the goal of the scammers – to extract money.

“Brands” or aliases
Common strategies of fake software include branding or use of different names and aliases, and this family is no different, releasing 2 or 3 rebranded variations every week. Many of them are listed in the table below, including the recent “WinScan” that we dissect in this post later on. </quote>  More on the MMPC Entry > 

Facebook cited in 20% of U.S. divorces

Facebook use has been cited in 1 of 5 U.S. divorce cases, according to a recent survey among American marriage lawyers.

Moreover, more than 80 per cent of divorce lawyers reported a rising number of people using social media for extramarital affairs, according to the survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

“We’re coming across it more and more,” psychologist Steven Kimmons of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., said in a news release on the university’s website. 

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