Browsing Tag: malware

[img_assist|nid=2070|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]Malware attacks and infections are up 50 percent from 2008 and losses are down, according to a Computer Security Institute report, but the industry organization says very few companies are willing to disclose dollar amounts. Read the full article. [Security Focus]

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Categories: Malware, Vulnerabilities

[img_assist|nid=2053|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]Malicious hackers are using fake alerts around H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccines to trick end users into installing malware on Windows computers, according to warnings issued by computer security firms.The latest malware campaign begins with e-mail messages offering information regarding the H1N1 vaccination. The e-mail messages contain a link to a bogus Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site with prompts to create a user profile.  During this process, a malware file gets planted on the user’s machine.

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The Koobface botnet, one of the most efficient social engineering driven botnets, is entering the Xmas season with a newly introduced template spoofing a YouTube video page, in between enticing the visitor into installing a bogus Adobe Flash Player Update (New Koobface campaign spoofs Adobe’s Flash updater), which remains one of the most popular social engineering tactics used by the botnet masters. Read the full article. [ZDNet]

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Categories: Malware, Ransomware

[img_assist|nid=2015|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=100]Security researchers have stumbled upon a new piece of ransomware that blocks an infected computer from accessing the Internet until a fee is paid via SMS (text message).The latest ransomware file is bundled
with a program called uFast Download Manager.  Once a machine is
infected, a message is posted in Russian demanding a
ransom under the guise of activating the uFast Download Manager
application.

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[img_assist|nid=2020|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]The notorious information-stealing Zeus trojan is currently spreading via drive-by download. Those behind Zeus, or Zbot, recently began circulating spam claiming to
come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting users submit a
“tax refund request form” by clicking on a link that is provided. Read the full article. [SC Magazine]

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Categories: Malware, Vulnerabilities

[img_assist|nid=1984|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=100|height=100]There is an ongoing attack against some WordPress implementations that is trying to brute-force the passwords for the administrator accounts on the installations. The attack is being driven by an automated PHP script that tries thousands of possible passwords.

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