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600,000+ Facebook Accounts Get Hacked Per Day

If an unauthorised party has logged into your Facebook account, then you’re far from alone.

New official statistics revealed by the social networking giant reveal that 0.06% of the more than billion logins that they have each day are compromised.


How to report malicious URLs


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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.


Lady Gaga is still not dead

This weekend we saw another spate of Facebook messages claiming to link to a BBC News report of the death of Lady Gaga.

Of course, the claims are untrue – and Lady Gaga is still alive.

But that isn’t stopping Facebook scammers from creating money-making websites that claim that the eccentric pop star has been found dead in her hotel room, and tricking Facebook users into sharing the links.

BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room :( mjide35w
This is the most awful day in US history


Sleazy slutty emails bombard inboxes, carrying malware

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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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WikiLeaks suffers data loss

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Der Spiegel is reporting that WikiLeaks has had… wait for it… a data leakage accident. You might think, “So what? The data has already been leaked!”

Unfortunately, that isn’t quite as clear as it seems. WikiLeaks goes to great lengths to protect both their sources and potential informants by redacting their details from the data before publication.

Last summer Daniel Domscheit-Berg had a dispute with Julian Assange and departed with a chunk of the WikiLeaks staff to form OpenLeaks.

In the process Domscheit-Berg was reported to have taken data from a server containing the 250,000+ leaked diplomatic cables in encrypted form and left Assange without access to the contents.


Internet Explorer users have low IQ? its a Hoax

It turned out that many websites (CNN, BBC, NPR, CNET, Forbes, the Daily Mail, Mashable, the Daily Telegraph are just a handful) had been duped in recent days by supposed research from AptiQuant showing that users of Internet Explorer scored lower than average in IQ tests.

CNN report