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VXers Group 29A Calls it Quits

It seems the VX groups are all destined to die out slowly, viruses for fun, learning and definitely not profit are on the way out. Like many other things its become a commercial market. The top infector this month being Adware for the first time ever, not a virus. 29A is one of the old […]

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the Art of Virology 00h

This is the first part (of many others to come) consisting of basic a introduction to different viruses, some terminology and other aspects required before starting to understand or write viruses. Definition A virus is (taken from Windows XP’s Help And Support Center): A program that attempts to spread from computer to computer and either […]

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McDonalds Japan Spreads Malware on MP3 Player

This is pretty funny, but frankly typical of McDonalds..act before they think, it’s cheap, it’ll get more customers, whack it out! They gave out a bunch of flash drive mp3 players as a promotion, it turns out every single one was loaded with a fairly nasty piece of spyware! McDonalds Japan has launched a recall […]

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Anti-Spyware Groups Still Require Legislation

Cyber and computer laws are always a grey area, they tend to be very vague and don’t cover specific technologies. Spam is a good example, look at how long we’ve been getting spammed, and it’s been a SERIOUS problem for at least the last 5 years, spam legislation has only started coming in to effect […]

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What Responsibility do Anti-Spyware Researchers Have?

Ethical debates are always interesting, and people have gotten in trouble lately for reverse engineering and various other branches of research. This is a fairly old topic, but as I’m clearing out some old drafts, I still find it an interesting one. There’s been an ongoing debate in security circles concerning how security researchers should […]

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A Day in the Life of a Spyware Company – DirectRevenue

Spyware companies are apparently netting HUGE profits, it doesn’t surprise me though with the amount of people that actually install the crap on their machines.. Let’s say we don’t like companies like Direct Revenue very much though. Consumers have strong opinions about Direct Revenue’s software. “If I ever meet anyone from your company, I will […]

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Advertisers may face public humiliation over adware

Companies could find themselves put up for public humiliation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission if they continue to advertise through insidious ad-serving software. Such a move might help in the battle against adware, FTC Commissioner Jon Leibowitz said Thursday at an event here hosted by the Anti-Spyware Coalition. Adware is software that displays pop-up […]

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