Karagany Isn’t a Doctor, but Plays One on Your PC

A Trojan that pulls a sly performance of now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t disguises itself on an infected system as the Adobe Updater, a real program that’s installed alongside such mainstay applications as the Adobe Reader. This method of hiding in plain sight means the downloader, Trojan-Downloader-Karagany, may remain active on an infected system for an extended period of time, reinfecting PCs even after the more obvious payloads have been cleared up. During the initial infection, subtlety is this Karagany’s strong suit. When executed, it pulls an act I find slightly more interesting than the conventional file copies itself from one place to another, … Continue reading Karagany Isn’t a Doctor, but Plays One on Your PC

Study: Fifth of Facebook users exposed to malware‎

Security software manufacturer BitDefender today released some statistics gleaned from Safego, a Facebook application that it offers to users of the social-network to keep an eye on their vulnerability to malware. The big finding: 20 percent of Facebook users are exposed to malicious posts in their "news feeds" of friends’ activity, generally defined as posts that, when clicked on, result in "the user’s account being hijacked and in malware being automatically posted on the walls of the respective user’s friends." The numbers were derived from Safego’s analysis of news feed items viewed by the 14,000 Facebook users who have installed … Continue reading Study: Fifth of Facebook users exposed to malware‎

WikiLeaks promising even bigger leak of secret files

WikiLeaks is promising to release its largest cache of classified files yet. In a post on Twitter last week, the WikiLeaks organization wrote: "Next release is 7x the size of the Iraq War Logs. Intense pressure over it for months." An hour later, the group followed with: "The coming months will see a new world, where global history is redefined." […] The volunteers at the site, which lacks a home base so as to avoid being shut down, are continuing their work even as Swedish officials prepare an international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange on rape charges. Assange … Continue reading WikiLeaks promising even bigger leak of secret files

Piracy ‘hitting consumers where it hurts’

Pirated computer software is currently costing legal resellers and the local computer industry millions of rands a month through lost revenue – and leaving thousands of unsuspecting computer owners up the creek without support. Microsoft South Africa’s Charl Everton says her company alone is currently busy investigating more than 60 computer dealers suspected of selling fake or illegally licensed software – and that’s “just the tip of the iceberg,” she says. Overall, the trade in counterfeit goods is costing South Africa millions of rands annually in lost revenue, says Mandla Mnyatheli, chief director of company and IP enforcement with the … Continue reading Piracy ‘hitting consumers where it hurts’

Virus infecting Stony Brook computers

Students, staff and faculty using computers on the Stony Brook University networks should be on the lookout for a virus that disguises itself as security software called ThinkPoint, according to a post on the university’s Division of Information Technology site on Monday. The malware, which presents itself as legitimate by using the Windows logo and a Microsoft Security Essentials alert, pretends to scan the users computer for security threats. According to the post, the virus “provides a long list of infections to trick users into thinking their PC is in danger,”then indicates that it cannot remove all the infections and … Continue reading Virus infecting Stony Brook computers

iPad, MobileMe, iTunes: security expert says Apple is failing

Apple doesn’t take iPad and MobileMe security seriously enough according to a leading US cyber-security expert. John Bumgarner, CTO at the security research think-tank, the US Cyber Consequences Unit, spoke to Electricpig about Apple, MobileMe, the iPad and iTunes and wasn’t at all complimentary. Read on to find out why he believes MobileMe and iTunes are almost open goals for hackers… Bumgarner says we’re about to see a rush of attacks targeting Apple: “We will see a lot more malware targeting Apple-centric product lines because Apple’s technology footprint has increased and will continue to rise sharply as more people purchase … Continue reading iPad, MobileMe, iTunes: security expert says Apple is failing

Christmas Tree app virus hoax spreads on Facebook

Thousands of Facebook users are warning each other about a Christmas Tree virus said to be spreading in the form of a rogue application on the social network. The only problem with this warning? It’s utterly bogus.Thousands of Facebook users are warning each other about a Christmas Tree virus said to be spreading in the form of a rogue application on the social network. The only problem with this warning? It’s utterly bogus. Here’s a typical message being shared widely on Facebook: WARNING!!!!!!…..DO NOT USE THE Christmas tree app. on Facebookplease be advised it will crash your computer. Geek squad … Continue reading Christmas Tree app virus hoax spreads on Facebook

Avira blocks security tool and struggles with memory leak

Avira’s WebGuard anti-virus proxy is currently blocking access to the beta version of security tool Secunia PSI 2.0, which identifies security vulnerabilities in installed applications and, for some programs, automatically ensures that the latest version is installed. On being informed of the problem by our colleagues at heise Security, Avira was quick to respond, "The false alarm is fixed in the latest update which is now available. The update will be distributed automatically. Where the interval between updates would mean a long wait, users can also initiate the update manually." Two months ago, the Avira engine raised a similar false … Continue reading Avira blocks security tool and struggles with memory leak

Agnitum launches free Outpost Internet Security Suite

From Agnitum Blog: We are pleased to announce the availability of Outpost Security Suite Free 7.0, the first comprehensive full-functional Internet security suite to protect PC users from the full range of cyberthreats at no charge. Right out of the box, OSS Free provides robust, easy-to-use OS Windows protection with optimal default settings to address web-borne threats including known and zero-day viruses, spyware, hacker attacks and intrusions, spam, and more. The product’s acclaimed proactive protection, coupled with efficient detection and disinfection, make OSS Free a great option for web users everywhere. Benefits of OSS Free The first fully-functional free security … Continue reading Agnitum launches free Outpost Internet Security Suite

Hackers attack with digital kung-fu, demand taekwondo gold medal

After the disqualification of a female athlete who was headed toward a gold medal and could literally kick the snot out of most of us in real life, hackers attacked and it turned into an online fight of digital kung-fu. At the Asian Games held in China, Yang Shu-Chun was winning the taekwondo semi-final by 9-0. Her victory seemed a sure thing. But a referee suddenly ended the game, accused Yang of misplacing electronic sensors in her foot guards and removed her from the ring. Some online chatter claims it is a conspiracy that disqualified Yang before she reached the … Continue reading Hackers attack with digital kung-fu, demand taekwondo gold medal