SPAM Protection – Lower detection rates in March 2013

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Virus Bulletin tests note that anti-spam products are having more difficulty in automatically stopping these unwanted messages due to advancement in techniques by spammers  http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=14674 QUOTE: Virus Bulletin announced the results of its latest anti-spam comparative review: 17 solutions achieved a VBSpam award, but the majority did so with a lower spam catch rate than […]

April Fools Day 2013 – Top scams and Malware alerts

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While many practical jokes and pranks will surface tomorrow, best practices are required for safety http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=14668 QUOTE: April Fools’ Day is a time for practical jokes, hoaxes and laughs. However, it’s important to understand that April Fools’ Day is also an ample opportunity for cybercriminals to capitalize on the popular day and its events for […]

Avira Security – Twenty Internet Safety tips for 2013

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Many best practices are shared in this excellent list of 20 protective techniques http://techblog.avira.com/2013/03/15/20-security-tips-for-a-safer-2013/en/

Mobile Phone Security – Targeted Malware attacks as next step

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McAfee Security highlights potential growth in specialized targeted attacks during 2013 http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/targeted-attacks-the-next-step-in-mobile-malware QUOTE: The Android threat landscape continues to evolve in 2013. To distribute Android threats, malware authors are transitioning away from attacking traditional vectors like the Google Play Market and third-party Android markets to vectors like spam and phishing emails and SMS.  Recently a […]

TDL Rootkit – New variant uses Google Chrome application framework for control

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This new variant uses Google Chrome application framework for control, replacing legitimate library components with those controlled by the rootkit itself   http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/new-tidserv-variant-downloads-50-mb-chromium-embedded-framework QUOTE:  Tidserv (a.k.a. TDL) is a complex threat that employs rootkit functionality in an attempt to evade detection. The malware continues to be on the Symantec radar since its discovery back in 2008. The latest […]

Easter 2013 – New Spam and malware attacks

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Symantec warns of several new spam and malware attacks actively circulating http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/spammers-magical-gifts-easter QUOTE: Easter Sunday is one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar and it is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 each year; this year it falls on March 31. Spam messages related to Easter have begun flowing into […]

Apple iCloud – Two factor security authentication offered

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Apple has enhanced security in iCloud by offering two factor security authentication, which provides a 4 digit pass key back to the users mobile phone http://www.itpro.co.uk/security/19490/apple-beefs-icloud-security QUOTE: Apple has bolstered the security in its iCloud, App Store and iTunes service in a bid to prevent hacking. The services will now offer two-step verification in order […]

Mobile and Desktop Botnet attacks continue growth in 2013

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Botnet attacks continue to grow, including a major increase in mobile phone attacks http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/309491-a-peek-at-the-future-of-botnet-evolution QUOTE: Botnets weren’t always malicious. According to a report by Symantec called The Evolution of IRC Bots, botnets were originally designed to automate basic tasks on IRC and allowed IRC operators to link instances of the bot together and manage its […]

Mobile Phone Security – Hacking attacks increase in 2013

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This NBC news article enumerates how Smart Phone attacks are more popular outside the USA, but are still a growing world-wide threat http://redtape.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/21/17390282-smartphone-hacking-comes-of-age-hitting-us-victims QUOTE: Devastating cellphone hacks that hijack your most personal gadget and rob you of privacy and money have long been forecast. But even as smartphone users in Asia are beginning to suffer exploding […]

SpamHaus DDoS attack – in depth analysis

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PC Magazine security shares an in-depth analysis of the Spamhaus DDoS attack: http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/309843-understanding-the-spamhaus-ddos-attack QUOTE: Distributed Denial of Service is the topic of the day, due to a recent massive DDoS attack by Dutch Web host CyberBunker against spam-fighting agency SpamHaus. Just how significant was the collateral damage to the rest of the Internet? CloudFlare, a […]


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