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Malicious banner advertisement at National Geographic??

November 22nd 2007

Uh oh… Somebody using the pseudonym MWT has posted a comment warning that he was hit by a banner advertisement redirect when browing a National Geographic article. Note that he was using Opera at the time (his name is a link to a screenshot of the redirect). I also have screenshots of such malware redirects […]

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Postcard spam….

November 22nd 2007

An old trick, but always effective – this was in my inbox this morning. Remember, your users WILL get complacent and they WILL click on this stuff. Hello friend!You have just received a postcard from someone who cares about you! This is a part of the message:“Hy there! It has been a long time since […]

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HOTFIX: The address bar is displayed unexpectedly when you use IE7 to browse a Web page that you developed

November 22nd 2007

Consider the following scenario: • You develop a Web page that does not display the Address bar in the Web browser window.  • You use Windows Internet Explorer 7 to browse this Web page. • You press ALT+ENTER, or you press F11. This displays Internet Explorer in full-screen mode. • You press ALT+ENTER again, or […]

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allmusic.com pull malicious banner advertisement

November 21st 2007

Good news everybody.  I have just received an email from allmusic.com advising that the malicious banner advertisement discussed on this blog has been pulled. As always, please feel free to contact me whenever you find a site that has been compromised by a malicious banner advertisement, and I will work to get the advertisement off […]

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Allmusic responds…

November 21st 2007

Yep, they know what’s going on… And, I’ve received an email response (via my blog’s Contact Me link, not in response to the email that I sent). In all fairness, I’ll show you the response that they sent – it’s only fair that they get the right of reply.  Please forgive the blocking out of […]

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monster.com hacked

November 20th 2007

“Portions of Monster.com went black on Monday after attackers hijacked job listings hosted on the popular employment website and used them to spread malware to visitors, a security researcher said.“ … “the site had been subject to an iFrame attack that was redirecting visitors to servers that hosted exploits from Neosploit, a nasty attack toolkit […]

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At least the Feedburner gang have a sense of humour…

November 20th 2007

Spotted on their blog… Yeah, I saw the drop too, but subscribers always seem to drop away on weekends anyway, so I didn’t think that much of it.

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www.allmusic.com staff have read my email and visited my blog…

November 20th 2007

Here’s the proof… So far I there has been no email contact (unlike Sensis, who responded extremely quickly, and MSN, and AOL, and all the other big names I have helped over the years). Oh well, one of three things will happen. 1) They’ll get in touch with me and advise me that the advert […]

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Deucecleaner…

November 19th 2007

This may be of interest to those of you who want to know what the malware being offered by deucecleaner via the advertisement on www.allmusic.com actually does to/on your computer… http://research.sunbelt-software.com/viewmalware.aspx?id=2290409 Thanks Steven for the analysis [:)]

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Trojan Spreading via MSN Messenger

November 19th 2007

US-CERT is aware of reports of a Trojan spreading via MSN Messenger.  The Trojan arrives as a chat message that appears to contain an image file, that when opened, downloads and installs a Internet Relay Chat Bot. These messages may appear to come from a known contact. Source: http://www.us-cert.gov/current/index.html#msn_messenger_trojan Y’know, whenever anybody sends me a […]

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