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“There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs" – Dai Zovi, author of “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook"

MAC users are being targeted in a porn trojan social engineering attack

October 31st 2007

Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/31/in_the_wild_osx_trojan/ “Miscreants have released a sophisticated Trojan into the wild that targets Mac users, according to Intego, a company that markets security software that runs on OS X.The malicious Trojan, dubbed OSX.RSPlug.A, is making the rounds on several porn websites. When Mac users try to view some videos, the site feeds them a page […]

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Fraudware: IE Defender

October 30th 2007

I see on one of my mailing lists that there has been an upsurge in reported infections by a fraudware known as IE Defender. A description of the fraudware (including screenshots) and cleanup instructions can be found here – thankfully it’s easy enough to remove.  Note the various tricks the product uses to fool victims into […]

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IE7 phishing filter success…

October 30th 2007

Hi all, According to the latest mail-out by the Windows Team at Microsoft Australia (“Exploring Windows”), the IE7 phishing filter is now preventing nearly one million visits per week to known dangerous websites – that’s one million potential malware infections, one million potential financial thefts, one million potential identity thefts. The October 2007 mail-out also […]

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Google: another sign of the next Evil Empire?

October 30th 2007

Check this out:http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/web_services_browser/who_jacked_my_browser_to_google.html?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535 “During the first hour or so, I needed to search for something. Live Search was the only provider, as would be expected. Sometime later, I decided to add Google as a search option. But when I clicked on the Microsoft link to “find more providers,” IE 7 went to a Google search […]

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Admin announcement

October 30th 2007

The signal to noise ratio with regard to trackbacks and pings has gotten so bad that I have (reluctantly) disabled Trackbacks.  So much crap was coming through, so often, that I had no choice.  The spammers have finally worked out that, at least for CS, even if comments are all set to ‘must be approved’, trackbacks […]

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Panda Labs: a new way of social engineering

October 28th 2007

I recommend that you read the following article on the Panda Labs site, published last Friday.  It is a great example of how the low-lifes are thinking outside the box and coming up with very clever ways to get around our various online protections (in this case, captcha). http://pandalabs.pandasecurity.com/archive/A-new-way-of-social-engineering.aspx

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Computer OOPS of the week…

October 28th 2007

Courtesy of Qantas Club Lounge, Sydney – a nice STOP error….

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Danger – Possibility Media web sites compromised

October 27th 2007

Source: http://blog.trendmicro.com/malicious-iframes-hosted-on-e-zines-a-media-possibility/ Note: Possibility Media has been bought out by GM Media Worldwide “A handful of online magazines (e-zines) owned by Possiblity Media, some of which are related to IT, are hosting malicious IFRAMEs. Security Researcher Dancho Danchev shared this discovery with the rest of the security community. Some of the e-zines that are hosting […]

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When you use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to a terminal server, PNG images do not appear in IE7 during that RDP session

October 27th 2007

This problem occurs when you configure the Remote Desktop Connection to use the “256 colors” display mode. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/935560

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Note to self: check email more often…

October 27th 2007

Just in case you’re wondering why I still haven’t answered your email ….

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