Offline for 3 days; SiteAdvisor bug?; Happy New Year to All!

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. What happened: … Continue reading Offline for 3 days; SiteAdvisor bug?; Happy New Year to All!

Variant of Nuwar/Storm worm. 10 out of 32 detects 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

FTC Issues Staff Report on Malicious Spam and Phishing

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 … Continue reading FTC Issues Staff Report on Malicious Spam and Phishing

Hackers quickly move to exploit Bhutto assassination

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. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/122807-hackers-quickly-move-to-exploit.html

Adobe Spying On Its Customers

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 … Continue reading Adobe Spying On Its Customers

Add this to your block lists to avoid some Storm worm

Add this to your block lists to avoid some Storm worm Domain name:             HAPPYCARDS2008.COMName Server:             ns.happycards2008.com 75.53.216.142Name Server:             ns10.happycards2008.com 70.142.192.219Name Server:             ns11.happycards2008.com 72.128.113.26Name Server:             ns12.happycards2008.com 72.128.30.86Name Server:             ns13.happycards2008.com 74.130.106.75Name Server:             ns2.happycards2008.com 76.237.206.65Name Server:             ns3.happycards2008.com 64.30.118.241Name Server:             ns4.happycards2008.com 75.23.73.65Name Server:             ns5.happycards2008.com 76.253.189.137Name Server:             ns6.happycards2008.com 74.69.168.236Name Server:             ns7.happycards2008.com 71.195.165.21Name Server:             ns8.happycards2008.com 88.171.125.18Name Server:             ns9.happycards2008.com 67.38.7.98 Domain name:             NEWYEARCARDS2008.COMName Server:             ns.newyearcards2008.com 75.53.216.142Name Server:             ns10.newyearcards2008.com 70.142.192.219Name Server:             ns11.newyearcards2008.com 72.128.113.26Name Server:             ns12.newyearcards2008.com 72.128.30.86Name Server:             ns13.newyearcards2008.com 74.130.106.75Name Server:             ns2.newyearcards2008.com 76.237.206.65Name Server:             ns3.newyearcards2008.com 64.30.118.241Name Server:             ns4.newyearcards2008.com 75.23.73.65Name Server:             ns5.newyearcards2008.com 76.253.189.137Name Server:             ns6.newyearcards2008.com 74.69.168.236Name Server:             ns7.newyearcards2008.com 71.195.165.21Name Server:             ns8.newyearcards2008.com 88.171.125.18Name Server:             ns9.newyearcards2008.com 67.38.7.98Creation Date:           2007.12.26Updated Date:            2007.12.26Expiration Date:         … Continue reading Add this to your block lists to avoid some Storm worm

Firefox Live Chat launch

http://support.mozilla.com/kb/Live+Chat If no one is available to help users out, this image will be shown instead: http://blog.mozilla.com/sumo/2007/12/28/firefox-live-chat-launching-today/

End of Support: Netscape Browser

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. http://blog.netscape.com/2007/12/28/end-of-support-for-netscape-web-browsers/

Google borrows Facebook’s privacy manual

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/