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Trojan Targets Google Text Based Adverts

It looks like the malware guys are indeed getting more tricky, and this time it has an effect on multiple parties. It deprives Google of the impressions from the adverts and potentially can infect surfers with some nasty malware. Again it’s using the hosts file, redirecting Google’s own ads to those from a nefarious source. […]

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Worm Spreading Fast on Google’s Orkut Social Network

A new worm has hit Google’s Orkut and it seems to be hitting it pretty hard, it’s infected via the scrapbook feature and is adding hundreds of thousands of users, similar to the Myspace worm (Samy) that hit in October 2005. It seems to be fairly unmalicious, more of a ‘look at me – see […]

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Serious Flaw in Popular Media Players from Microsoft and AOL

It looks like there is a fairly serious vulnerability in some of the popular media player packages out in the wild packaged as a MP4 file (due to the MP4 codec from 3ivx), it effects Windows Media Player 6.4 and Windows Media Player Classic, which are made by Microsoft, and AOL’s Winamp version 3.5. All […]

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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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Security Software Moves to Consoles – Web Filtering for PS3

Ah it seems some companies are having the same idea as me, consoles might well be the next infection vector for zombie style botnets, they have good processing power, the current generation has ample hard-drive space and they are network connected. The difference with consoles is they tend to be turned off when not in […]

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The World’s Biggest Botnets – Peer to Peer

So what’s coming next, after Storm you might ask. You might remember Storm Worm Descending on Blogspot recently and other news about Botnets spiraling out of control accounting for almost 25% of online computers. Well apparently next will be p2p or peer to peer Botnets which could literally blow Storm away. You know about the […]

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Doubleclick Involved in Malware Distribution

We recently reported on thousands of people being hooked by big sites distributing malware, it now seems Doubleclick was the one at fault. It’s a pretty neat trick and a good spin on Social Engineering leveraging on the trustworthy nature of the sites. CNN even? Rogue anti-spyware software that pushes fraudulent PC scans has found […]

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‘Security Consultant’ Caught for Running Large Bot Network

Apparently he stopped his naughty activities back in 2006, but still…a guy that is supposed to securing machines was installing malware and had a bot totaling about a quarter of a million zombies. Most used for info gathering, Paypal accounts and installing Malware for comission, he claims to have made $19,000 in a week installing […]

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Thousands Hooked by Malware from Big Sites

If I recall this is not the first time this has happened, delivering viral payloads via banner ads and flaws in scripting. It seems that malware peddlers are getting more aggressive though, it obviously shows there is actual monetary value in infecting people and stealing their data. A subtle form of social engineering too, by […]

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Cyber Crime Toolkits Go On Sale

This is not exactly new news either, these kind of toolkits have been on sale for a long time, virus generators, trojan toolkits, now they are getting more polished, more stream-lined, more expensive and more easily available. News of them is hitting the mainstream media.. Malicious hackers are producing easy to use tools that automate […]

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