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“There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs" – Dai Zovi, author of “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook"

I keep saying it – DON’T CLICK ON THOSE LINKS!!!

March 30th 2006 in Uncategorized

Websense reports that bad end of town have started using the createTextRange vulnerability in an attempt to infect victims with a keylogging trojan that monitors activity on various (undisclosed) financial websites and sends the recorded information to the attacker:

Repeat after me – “I will not click on links in unsolicited emails… I will not click on links in unsolicited emails… I will not click on links in unsolicited emails…”

Got it? Good.

Note the “unsolicited” bit.  You may have subscribed to an email alert service and it would be a bit silly to do that and then not use the links in the emails they send you.  As for me, I’ve moved away from such things and always try to use RSS to pull down alerts from the various services I subscribe to, or I simply go to the Web site and browse:


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Between disobedient Excel sheets with a VLOOKUP that didn’t work, and chatting with friends who have been quiet too long I have got little work done… so, if the night is fried anyways, and there’s no way my already-late column will be submitted tonight, let’s go out with a bang….
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I achieved 8 out of 10… spotted all the phishing emails just fine, but also attributed falsity to two legitimate ones… go figure…  better safe than sorry, I suppose.  I’d have been real grumpy with myself if I’d marked a phish as legitimate…

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