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Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 Review

Introduction I do examine Security Software now and then to see what’s going on, if there are any new developments and what the state of affairs is when it comes to consumer grade Antivirus and Firewall software. Countermeasures are useful, especially when it comes to less tech savvy users (which we may happen to live […]

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Google Chrome To Protect Users Against Malicious Executables

It looks like Google Chrome is stepping up to provide users with the most secure browsing experience. The browser has been built with security in mind since the beginning with it’s sandbox model and it escaped exploitation during the recent Pwn2Own contest. Now they are infringing on the area of anti-virus vendors and stepping up […]

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Intel Completes $7.68B McAfee Buyout In All-Cash Deal

The big news in the last fews days is that Intel has completed it’s buy-out of McAfee in a $7.6 Billion dollar all-cash deal, it seems like security on the chipset/CPU is going to be a reality. We wrote about the initial acquisition back in August 201 and Intel have been working hard to get […]

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AVG Stepping Up Consumer Anti-Virus Offerings

AVG used to be THE anti-virus software a few years ago, especially with it being the first major vendor offering a free solution for home users. If you asked any techie back in 2002 which AV should you use, the answer would invariably be AVG free (or perhaps Panda). After that AVG just got bloated, […]

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Multiple Bugs In Anti-Virus Software Revealed

A spate of bugs have popped up recently in quite a few of the major anti-virus brands, some are old bugs which have just been made public and some are apparently new bugs – just discovered. Nothing too serious it seems (no remote takeover vulnerabilities) mostly just crashes and annoyances. Included are Symantec’s Norton Anti-virus, […]

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AV Firms Split Over Defcon Contest

Now this is a pretty interesting contest from the guys at Defcon, antivirus evasion! It’s a question that gets asked a LOT…how do I avoid AV? There are various ways to do it and I’ll be interested to see which are used in the contest, the most elegant solutions of course get better prizes. Security […]

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Malware Numbers Still Increasing Rapidly

It seems like malware numbers are going up, rather than down as I would expect. But then if you think about it as a numbers game, the more people that come online – the more in absolute terms that are going to have nefarious intent. This means more hackers, more script kiddies and more malware. […]

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Trojan Mimicks Windows Activation Interface – KardPhisher

Recently a new Trojan popped up that mimics the Windows activation interface, phishing for credit card details and even the PIN number. The Trojan itself isn’t particularly advanced technically, it’s mostly just a social engineering attack. Symantec is reporting on a Trojan horse that mimics the Windows activation interface. What they are calling Trojan.Kardphisher doesn’t […]

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Custom Trojans – Isn’t it Old News?

Well it is for me, and I guess anyone who consider themselves a career hacker, or at least has a serious interest.. As a few good trojans are open source (Back Orifice?), you can just mess around with them for a while until you reach the point they are no longer detected by any of […]

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Barclays Rolls Out Free Anti-Virus Protection for Customers

The shocking statistic first, “56% of consumers do not have active anti-virus on their PCs”, ok not that shocking but still a bit worrying. Allthough asking if your average user doesn’t protect themselves on the internet conjures up images of the pope squatting in the woods. The basic F-Secure anti-virus product protects against viruses and […]

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