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Totally off topic, but made me smile

July 31st 2011

Seen at the end of an email received overnight

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Another fake Twitter spam

July 31st 2011

It’s obvious when you hover over the hyperlink that you won’t end up at Twitter if you click on the hyperlink. 

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An interesting description of Trojan.FakeAV.LVT

July 31st 2011

Source: http://xylibox.blogspot.com/2011/07/trojanfakeavlvt.html An important take-away from this article is that the fake AV studied can search out and replace via impersonation legitimate antivirus software that is installed on the user’s computer.  Scary as that sounds, there are obvious signs to the experienced eye that something is wrong, as you will see from the screenshots. The […]

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AUSTRALIA: External hard drives sold by ALDI have been found to contain computer virus

July 28th 2011

“ALDI external hard drives available for sale as part of its "special buys” purchases have been found to contain a computer virus. The Fission External 4-in-1 hard drive, DVD, USB and card reader device was withdrawn from sale this morning. The hard drive is supplied to ALDI by a company called Smart IT Australia, described […]

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stopmalvertising.com attacked … via malvertizements

July 27th 2011

This is a very interesting read: http://stopmalvertising.com/malvertisements/ddos-attacks-a-new-twist-in-malvertisements.html

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Security Alert: Update Foxit Reader to 5.0.2.0718

July 21st 2011

Affected software version: 5.0.1.0523 Vulnerability Description: Foxit Reader is vulnerable to a Insecure Library Loading vulnerability. The libraries identified as being vulnerable are dwmapi.dll, dwrite.dll and msdrm.dll. The vulnerability lies in the way Microsoft Windows loads DLLs. If applications load a library from a specific path and call that path implicitly, Microsoft Windows searches several […]

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Spam: fake Facebook emails

July 20th 2011

As is so often the case, by hovering your computer mouse cursor over the hyperlink, you can see that the URL you would visit by clicking has got nothing to do with Facebook. The domain being used, tianxi-zj.com, was registered in 2005 and the registration has not been updated since mid 2010.  The registrant is, […]

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Google is alerting users that their computer is infected

July 19th 2011

Credit to Brian Krebs: http://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/07/google-your-computer-appears-to-be-infected/ I admit to feeling some concern about this tactic.  The bad guys themselves use scary warnings to social engineer users into installing fake security software. How is the User going to differentiate between a fake scary warning and a real one? And I fear it is only a matter of […]

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Security alert for visitors to SBS.COM.AU and HERALDSUN.COM.AU

July 19th 2011

  SBS Alert here: http://www.sbs.com.au/article/124519/SBS-website-statement-July-18-2011 “Over the last 2 days, the SBS website has been the victim of a hacking attack. This is the first time that the SBS site has suffered any sort of attack, however unfortunately, this is a common occurrence for many websites and organisations around the world. While SBS has comprehensive […]

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Security Intelligence Report v10 – A Deeper Look at “Scareware”

July 18th 2011

Microsoft released their latest Security Intelligence Report back in June.  You can find a copy here: http://www.microsoft.com/security/sir/default.aspx The most worrisome thing that I read in a discussion about the latest report (you can find the discussion here) is that: 27.5% of computers infected with Win32/InternetAntivirus were also found to have a password stealer/monitoring tool installed. […]

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