Category: Social, Technology Tags: Asahi Shimbun, China, Confidence trick, Cyberwarfare, Japan, Lower House, Malware, New Zealand, Personal computer, Spyware, Trojan Horse, Trojan Horses
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According to local media reports, hackers were able to snoop upon emails and steal passwords from computers belonging to lawmakers at the Japanese parliament for over a month.
A report in the Asahi Shimbun claims that PCs and servers were infected after a Trojan horse was emailed to a a Lower House member in July.
The Trojan horse then downloaded malware from a server based in China – allowing remote hackers to secretly spy on email communications and steal usernames and passwords from lawmakers.
Category: Social, Technology Tags: Agence France-Presse, Confidence trick, Death, Gaddafi, Libya, Libyan, Malware, Moammar Gadhafi, Muammar al-Gaddafi, RAR, Spam
The death of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi has almost inevitably resulted in cybercriminals taking advantage of the news story, and the general public’s seeming interest in viewing ghoulish photos and videos of his last moments.
Malicious hackers have spammed out an attack posing as pictures of Gaddafi’s death, tricking users into believing that they came from the AFP news agency and are being forwarded by a fellow internet user.
A typical message looks like this:
Category: Social, Technology Tags: Best practice, Chris Pirillo, facebook, Flickr, google, How to report malicious URLs, Malware, Search engine optimization, Sophos, StopBadware, StopBadware.org, Uniform Resource Locator, website, Wikipedia
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One of the topics I frequently get asked about by customers when they visit SophosLabs, is what do we do about the hoards of legitimate web sites that we see getting hit with malware? How do we go about alerting them to the problem? How can we help to get things cleaned up quickly thereby reducing risk for users?
Sophos customers can take advantage of our WebAlert service, but this is not relevant to non-customers.
Web security is a topic that affects us all. The web has become the predominant way in which malware is delivered nowadays. Thanks to techniques such as black hat search engine optimisation (SEO) or drive-by download attacks, failings in the security of a single site or hosting provider can expose many innocent users to malware. Improving the process by which the bad stuff gets reported and cleaned up is in all of our interests.
Sleazy slutty emails bombard inboxes, carrying malware
Category: Social, Technology Tags: Confidence trick, Labor Day, Mal/BredoZp-B, Mal/BredoZp-ET, Mal/Zbot-CX, Malware, McDonalds, Microsoft Windows, Personal computer, Slut, Sophos, Spam, Troj/Agent-TFW, Trojan Horses, Western Union, ZIP (file format)
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As many North Americans return to their offices after a long Labor Day weekend, they may find something unpleasant in their email inboxes.
A malware campaign has been widely distributed over the last couple of days, using a wide variety of different subject lines and attachment names.
There’s one thing in common between all the emails, however. All of the emails use sleazy slutty language to trick red-blooded men (we assume) into open the attached file.
The many different messages claim to come from what some would euphemistically describe as online “dating” websites. Typically the emails will claim to contain photos of a young woman in her twenties, who isn’t fussy about what kind of man she would like to hook up with (some say ages “between 21-99″ are fine).
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Category: Social, Technology Tags: Emphasis (typography), facebook, Facecrooks, God, Hoax, Malware, Olympic Torch, social network, Social networks, Spam, Spyware, Virus hoax
Facebook users are sending scary warnings to each other regarding a supposed new piece of malware spreading across the social network.
Attention!!!If you see anyone post out an application written "May God always bless this kind person below with peace, love and happiness", with your profile picture attached below, and send by your friend via Bold Text. Please DONT click "like" or "SHARE", is a spyware, and all your info at FB will be copy and reuse for other purpose. Please share this info out. Thanks......;)
Category: Social, Technology Tags: Android, Android Malware, Android Market, Android Security, Android Vs iPhone Security, CrunchBase, google, iOS, IPad, iPhone, Malware, McAfee
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The first half of 2011 was the busiest period of malware to date as increasingly sophisticated hackers set their sights on mobile devices, particularly those using Google‘s Android operating system, according to a new report.
In a report released Tuesday, the cyber-security firm McAfee said malware jumped 22 percent in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year. Google’s Android operating system was the most popular target for mobile malware developers during the second quarter, according to the report.