Latest Microsoft patches cause black screen of death, Microsoft looking into Windows ‘black screen of death’ problem

Microsoft’s latest round of security patches appears to be causing some PCs to seize up and display a black screen, rendering the computer useless. The problem affects Microsoft products including Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems, said Mel Morris , the CEO and CTO for the U.K. security company Prevx. Prevx was alerted to the problem by users of its security software last week, Morris said. Microsoft apparently made changes to the Access Control List (ACL), a list of permissions for a logged-on user. The ACL interacts with registry keys, creating visible desktop features such as a sidebar. However, … Continue reading Latest Microsoft patches cause black screen of death, Microsoft looking into Windows ‘black screen of death’ problem

Rogue Gallery

Few years ago, I remember talking with MVP Janie Whitty about a page that is similar to above and similar to MVP Eric Howes’ list of Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware programs. A place where people can see the look of Rogue software (avoid rogue applications!) and I’m glad her wish has come true because Lavasoft have it now online:  http://www.lavasoft.com/mylavasoft/rogues/latest http://www.lavasoft.com/mylavasoft/company/blog/lavasoft-malware-labs’-rogue-gallery Thanks to Ray for the link!

Avast installer now comes bundled with Chrome

Yes, another security software bundles their installer with third-party and unnecessary software.  Avast installer is now bundled with Chrome.  Just like Ad-Aware by Lavasoft.  Good thing it’s not Ask/IAC Toolbar/Search Assistant. Still… people need to choose properly when installing stuff on their machine.  Such free add-ons is not necessary in using the program that you downloaded or going to install.

China warns of mass Internet virus (Panda Burning Incense worm due for a comeback)

A computer worm that China warned Internet users against is an updated version of the Panda Burning Incense virus, which infected millions of PCs in the country three years ago, according to McAfee. The original Panda worm, also known as Fujacks, caused widespread damage at a time when public knowledge about online security was low, and led to the country’s first arrests for virus writing in 2007. The new worm variant, one of many that have appeared since late 2006, adds a malicious component meant to make infection harder to detect, said Vu Nguyen, a McAfee Labs researcher. "It has … Continue reading China warns of mass Internet virus (Panda Burning Incense worm due for a comeback)

Toshiba worker arrested for selling copy limit busting SW (You can’t do that in Japan)

A Toshiba employee in Japan has been arrested for selling copy limit breaking software, letting buyers copy digital TV programmes on Japanese recording and playback products as much as they liked. The copy limit software is called Dubbing10 and lets digital media device users copy a recorded digital TV programme up to ten times. It was introduced in July 2008, after criticism that the previously available single copy facility was far too limited. Sony added Dubbing10 as firmware updates for its Japanese territory Blu-ray and DVD recorders in 2008, as well as to certain Vaio desktop and notebook computers. Sharp … Continue reading Toshiba worker arrested for selling copy limit busting SW (You can’t do that in Japan)

Hack In The Box heading to Holland

HITBSecConf2010 Amsterdam opens in July The organizers of the Hack In The Box security conferences in Malaysia are planning their first European show for Amsterdam next July. Hack In The Box (HITB) held its first security conference, or hacker convention, in Kuala Lumpur in 2003, one of the first major shows of its kind in Asia. HITB organizers added a show in the Middle East in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2007. The two shows run yearly and draw high profile security industry people every year. Next year, HITB will host its first show in Amsterdam from July 5 to … Continue reading Hack In The Box heading to Holland

Another ZBOT Spam Run

Trend Micro threat analysts were alerted to the discovery of another ZBOT spam campaign. The emails bear subjects such as &"your photos" and "some jerk has posted your photos." They inform the recipients that someone has posted their photos without their permission on a site and has sent the link to their friends. The recipient is intended to beleive that the "sender" is acting as a "good samaritan," emailing the one who supposedly posted the said pictures.The URL, of course, points to a website that distributes a malware detected by Trend Micro as TSPY_ZBOT.CJA. When executed TSPY_ZBOT.CJA connects to several … Continue reading Another ZBOT Spam Run

UK man arrested for video game account theft (RuneScape accounts compromised)

A 23-year-old man from Avon & Somerset has been arrested for theft of gaming accounts in the MMORPG RuneScape. The man is alleged to have "hacked and misappropriated" players’ accounts, and was caught after developers Jagex reported the issues to the Police Central e-crime Unit. The accounts are stolen by the use of phishing sites, which mimic official websites and ask players to input their usernames and passwords, which are logged. The thief then changes the password on the account to lock the original owner out. The problem is common in many online multiplayer games as players can have equipment … Continue reading UK man arrested for video game account theft (RuneScape accounts compromised)

Facebook swipes user’s vanity URL

Facebook’s recently introduced vanity URLs may be a handy function for many, but the offer to distinguish users’ profiles with names rather than numbers is not unconditional. Defence systems engineer David Lloyd was pleased to be able to adopt the nickname ‘squaresheep’ to distinguish his Facebook profile from those of the many others who share his given name. He had used the nickname for years on the likes of Hotmail and Skype, but found on logging into Facebook last weekend that the moniker had been taken off him and handed over to squaresheep.com, a US-based cooking website established only last … Continue reading Facebook swipes user’s vanity URL