StarCraft 2 beta scammers on the loose

Some phishing sites are reportedly taking advantage of having hordes upon hordes of wanna-be participants by offering fake StarCraft 2 beta keys or downloadable betas. If you come across any such offer, these are all FAKE. What this does indeed is that if you activate said keys, your computer will be infected with keyloggers, trojans and the likes. These phishing sites are so determined, they’ve turned to using YouTube, MySpace, blogging networks, and websites that are dedicated specifically for StarCraft 2.

To Fight Worms, Use Ants

To combat worms, Trojans and other malware, a team of security researchers wants to use ants. Not the actual live insects, of course, but computer programs modeled to act like ants in the way they roam a network and search for anomalies. "Ants aren’t intelligent," says Glenn Fink, a senior research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory who came up with the idea for the project, "but as a colony ants exert some very intelligent behavior." According to Fink and one of his project partners, associate professor Errin Fulp of Wake Forest University, their in-the-works project uses distributed data-collecting … Continue reading To Fight Worms, Use Ants

Symantec Says Idaho Leads U.S. in Spam

According to findings from Symantec’s MessageLabs, Idaho tops the list of the most-spammed U.S. states. MessageLabs researchers say states with higher concentrations of small and midsize businesses generally fare the worst when it comes to spam. Sometimes being No. 1 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In this case, Idaho is No. 1 in spam. According to a report from Symantec’s MessageLabs, Idaho tops the list of states receiving the most spam in September. It’s quite a reversal for the state, which in 2008 ranked 44th in spam volume. Today, its spam rate stands at 93.8 percent of all … Continue reading Symantec Says Idaho Leads U.S. in Spam

Google barks back at Microsoft over Chrome Frame security

Google hit back at Microsoft, defending the security of its new Chrome Frame plug-in and claiming that the software actually makes Internet Explorer (IE) safer and more secure. "Accessing sites using Google Chrome Frame brings Google Chrome’s security features to Internet Explorer users," said a Google spokesman today. "It provides strong phishing and malware protection, absent in IE6, robust sandboxing technology [in IE6 and on Windows XP], and defenses from emerging online threats that are available in days rather than months." Although both IE7 and IE8 include a "sandbox" defense dubbed "Protected Mode," the feature works only when the browsers … Continue reading Google barks back at Microsoft over Chrome Frame security

6th Year! Calendar of Updates Anniversary

Calendar of Updates will be celebrating its 6th year of anniversary on Oct. 11, 2009.  We plan to celebrate this event by giving away software licenses.  Watch-out for the next blog entry or in our Announcement forum for the list of software titles/vendors that will help us in celebrating this important event at CoU 🙂 One thing… only registered member (it’s free to register a forum account) has the chance to win free software license(s).

Microsoft: Google Chrome Frame makes IE less secure

Microsoft does not recommend that Internet Explorer users install Google Chrome Frame, in order to avoid having more security issues. The release of Google Chrome Frame, a new open source plugin that injects Chrome’s renderer and JavaScript engine into Microsoft’s browser, earlier this week had many web developers happily dancing long through the night. Finally, someone had found a way to get Internet Explorer users up to speed on the Web. Microsoft, on the other hand, is warning IE users that it does not recommend installing the plugin. What does the company have against the plugin? It makes Internet Explorer … Continue reading Microsoft: Google Chrome Frame makes IE less secure

Protest of Swedish domain name rules grows

Pirate Bay said it is supporting protestors to Sweden’s plans to scrutinize all domain name registrations that use “bank” in their name. The Swedish authorities want to prevent people from being duped by phishing scams. The rules would only apply to Swedish .SE extensions but protestors say that the practice could create a precedent that other countries will follow and apply to many other names in domain registrations. The popular Pirate Bay has become a major supporter of the protestors and is collecting signatures. The protest list was started by Binero, a domain registrar.

"Jobs with Google" scam spammed out on Twitter

From Sophos blog: There has been a new wave of the Google Jobs scam on Twitter that others have been tracking for some time. Just as I was putting my suit on to attend the Virus Bulletin gala dinner tonight, I became aware that a number of Twitter users were trying to interest me in getting a job at Google. A quick search on Twitter revealed many other people were seeing similar messages. Clicking on the link takes your browser to, which appears to be an audaciously-crafted fake news page promoting employment with the search engine giant. More in … Continue reading "Jobs with Google" scam spammed out on Twitter

Fake anti-virus attack on Twitter

Sophos wrote in a blog post: A couple of hours ago Jack Schofield, a technology journalist at the Guardian newspaper, warned Twitter users about a fake anti-virus attack that is being distributed via the micro-blogging network. A number of Twitter accounts are promoting a link via the Metamark URL shortening service. Clicking on the links, however, will take you to a webpage hosting fake anti-virus (also known as scareware or rogueware) which will try and frighten you into believing that you have security problems on your computer. Ultimately you end up on a group of servers based in Toronto. SophosLabs … Continue reading Fake anti-virus attack on Twitter