German authorities nab Trojan gang

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German authorities arrested 10 people last week for computer intrusion
and financial crimes following an 18 month investigation into an
international phishing group.

The suspects, who varied in age from 20- to 36-years-old, allegedly
used a Trojan horse program to infect victims’ machines and log their
bank activity, racking up hundred of thousands of Euros in profits,
according to a Federal Criminal Investigation Office (BKA) press release (in German). 


AVG gains more awards!

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Grisoft’s AVG has recently gained another two awards to add to its
ever growing collection. Firstly, AVG Internet Security Home Edition
was awarded the ‘Recommended Product’ by the UK review site IT Reviews
due to its reliability, regular definitions and the degree of
customization available for advanced users aswell as the ease of use
for more novice users.

On top of this, AVG Antispyware has been awarded “PC Advisor Recommended” by PC Advisor
following its recent review. Factors that contributed to this included
not only AVG Antispyware’s easy to use and sleek interface, but PC
Advisor also noted that on average it detected the largest percentage
of threats, with the strongest signature database among the software

September 13, 2007


Pfizer Breach Exposes Data on 34,000 People

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Pfizer Inc. last week confirmed that the personal data of as many as
34,000 people may have been illegally accessed and downloaded from a
company computer system by a former employee.

The compromised information includes names, Social Security
numbers, dates of birth, phone numbers, and bank and credit card
information of employees, former employees and health care workers, the
New York-based drug maker said.

A spokeswoman for Pfizer said the incident, discovered on July 10, occurred sometime late last year.

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Seagate Targets Data Theft With Encrypted Hard Drive

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With the frequency of employee and customer information put at risk
because a computer was stolen right out of an office, car, or home, a
disk-drive maker decided to try to tackle the problem.

Seagate Technology announced that it’s working on a drive for
desktop PCs that will use embedded chips to encrypt the information on
the drive — all of the information. Then if the machine is stolen, the
thief would have to come up with a password at minimum and two- or
three-factor authentication at best.

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Critical bugs plague QuickBooks’ online service, warns US-CERT

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The federal government’s cyberdefense arm today warned users of the popular QuickBooks small-business accounting software that they risk losing data and control of their PCs to hackers.

According to two advisories published by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), the ActiveX control that enables Intuit Inc.‘s
QuickBooks Online Edition contains flaws that attackers can exploit
simply by getting users to view an HTML e-mail message or visit a
malicious Web site.

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Anti-Malware Company Wins ‘Spyware’ Court Case

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Zango, an online media company, came up short in its attempt to force
an anti-virus company to reclassify its “spyware” tag for the company’s

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled in favor of Kaspersky Lab, granting the security company immunity from liability in a suit filed by Zango. According to Kaspersky, Zango
sued them to force the company to reclassify Zango’s programs as
“non-threatening” and to prevent Kaspersky’s security software from
blocking Zango’s programs.

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China hosts nearly half of all malware sites

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China is host to almost half of the world’s malware-infected Web sites.

According to a report released Monday by antivirus company Sophos,
China–including Hong Kong–hosted 44.8 percent of the world’s infected
sites in August. The U.S. ranked a distant second, hosting 20.8 percent
of sites that contain malicious code.

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After Short Break, Storm Worm Fires Back Up With New Tricks

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After taking a 13-hour break late last week, the virulent Storm worm is
back to its old tricks, trying out new tactics, and taking advantage of
the Labor Day holiday.

The malware, which has relentlessly hammered the Internet for the
past three months, is being spread this week in mass mailing that
portends to be a Labor Day-themed electronic greeting card, according
to Vinoo Thomas, a McAfee AVERT Labs researcher.

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Prank starts 25 years of security woes

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What began as a ninth-grade prank, a way to trick already-suspicious
friends who had fallen for his earlier practical jokes, has earned Rich
Skrenta notoriety as the first person ever to let loose a personal
computer virus.

Although over the next 25 years, Skrenta started the online news
business Topix, helped launch a collaborative Web directory now owned
by Time Warner Inc.’s Netscape and wrote countless other computer
programs, he is still remembered most for unleashing the “Elk Cloner”
virus on the world.

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Monster warns victims, pledges better defense

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Monster Worldwide, the owner of employment search site,
began notifying this week the estimated 1.3 million users affected by a
breach that leaked résumé information and pledged to beef up network
monitoring and defenses to prevent such a leak from happening again.

As reported by SecurityFocus,
a malicious Trojan-horse program dubbed Infostealer.Monstres accessed
résumé data using stolen, but valid, employer credentials and copied
the information to a remote server. The information included names,
physical and e-mail addresses, and phone numbers. At least one reader
of SecurityFocus has claimed to have been notified by Monster that their information had been stolen. 


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