Browsing Tag: malware

Categories: Web Security

By Vivian Yeo, ZDNet Asia

The threat from Web-based malware is growing at a rapid pace, with nearly 200 percent more malicious sites [zdnet.com] identified this month, according to a new report from MessageLabs.
Released Tuesday, the MessageLabs Intelligence Report revealed that 2, 797 new Web sites hosting malicious content including spyware, were blocked by the security vendor in March, a 200 percent jump over the previous month.
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The backers of the non-profit StopBadware.org consortium have launched a Web site where ordinary people can band together to fight computer viruses and adware. The online community site, called BadwareBusters.org, launched Tuesday and is sponsored by Harvard University’s Berkman Center, which runs StopBadware.org, and Consumer Reports WebWatch, an online information source for Web users.

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Categories: Vulnerabilities

All three major Web browsers —  Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari — failed to survive the hacker onslaught at this year’s CanSecWest Pwn2Own contest.

A security researcher named “Nils” (he declined to provide his full name) performed a clean drive-by download attack against the world’s most widely used browser to take full control of a Sony Vaio machine running Windows 7.  He also scored hits against Firefox and Safari.

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Categories: Malware

At the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security at Dartmouth College, experts discussed the drivers of the underground cybercrime economy, how the security story has changed in the media in recent years and what can be done to address the malware pandemic.

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Categories: Malware

In a statement on Monday, the BBC said that its decision to purchase and use a botnet to espose the malware epidemic had been “in the public interest”.
“It was not our intention to break the law,” the BBC told ZDNet UK on Monday. “There is a powerful public interest in demonstrating the ease with which such malware can be obtained and used; how it can be deployed on thousands of infected computers without the owners even knowing it is there; and its power to send spam e mail or attack other websites undetected.”

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Categories: Uncategorized

Sprint has sent letters to thousands of its customers informing them that a former employee compromised their personal account data over the course of two months in 2008 and 2009. Brian Krebs [Security Fix] says that the company mailed warnings to several thousand customers and that the breach could have been far worse had Sprint not recently upgraded its security controls.

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Categories: Web Security

After years of lagging behind on important security features, Apple has finally added a malware-blocker, a phishing filter and support for EV (extended validation) certificates into the latest refresh of its Safari Web browser.

The malware roadblock headlines a list of Safari 4 security features that also includes cookie blocking, private browsing, secure encryption, safe downloads and parental controls.

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