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Trojan Flooder

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Trojan Flooder

If you’re like me, when you see the word “Trojan,” you probably panic. Am I right? Of course, a Trojan is pretty much only associated with a virus (or at least some sort of threat) in today’s computer world. They are basically completely destructive programs that disguise themselves as very helpful and useful programs. But, in all actuality, they contain hidden code which allows them to do harmful… Continue reading

Mozilla Firefox Vulnerabilities

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Mozilla Firefox Vulnerabilities

Today’s security topic was easy to miss over the busy weekend, so I decided to shed some light on things here, the Tuesday after the big holiday break.

The Mozilla foundation surely has been having a wonderful holiday. I expect that with 10 new vulnerabilities, they could be having nothing else. These new risks affect not only their popular Internet browser, Firefox, but also Thunderbird (the POP3… Continue reading

PhishTank

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Phishing, in case you haven’t either seen it or heard of it by now, is basically a certain type of attachment in which an online entity convinces the user to visit a specially crafted Web site in order to capture personal information. Phishing attaches for the months of November and December are usually out of control from the holiday shopping season and it is made painfully… Continue reading

Protect Your Computer

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Protect Your Computer

Have you noticed anything weird going on with your computer lately? Maybe it’s been running rather slowly or you’ve been receiving several error messages. Various other things could be happening too, but if either of those two things have been going on, it sounds like your computer is not up to par. When those sort of errors occur, it means that your computer is not running efficiently… Continue reading

The Zero-Days of December

Friday, December 15th, 2006

The Zero-Days of December

In the past 10 days, there have been two different vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Word program that basically allow potential control of your system through a remote entity. The two Zero-Day (read above in today’s Quick Tip for a definition of this) exploits are only being seen in limited numbers so far, but they still have the severity rating of “critical,” which is the highest rating… Continue reading

MySpace QuickTime Worm

Friday, December 8th, 2006

MySpace QuickTime Worm

It seems that on December 1st, a cross-scripting worm was discovered to be infecting MySpace accounts. The JS/Qspace, as it has been called, is a worm that uses a vulnerability in Apple’s QuickTime Media Player HREF feature in order to redirect visitors to a phishing site. Once on the site, the users are asked to put in their information where it is then… Continue reading

Firefox 2 Password Exploit

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Q:
I read something about a password exploit in Firefox 2 the other day. Is this true and if it is, what all does it mean?

A:
Yes, unfortunately, it is true. On November 21, 2006, Mozilla announced that there is a flaw in the new Firefox 2′s password manager. The Chapin Information Services (CIS) company is actually who discovered it first. Basically, the exploit consists of a… Continue reading

Let’s Keep You Safe

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Let’s Keep You Safe

Have I got a neat trick for you this week! It’s a little program from Microsoft itself that was designed to help users stay safe while they’re online. As I have pointed out before, the most secure way to run any Windows application is under a restricted user format during your normal day to day use. I’ve also suggested that you should bump up… Continue reading

Internet Browser Anti-phishing Protection

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Internet Browser Anti-phishing Protection

The new versions of both Microsoft’s and Mozilla’s Internet browsers have been out for a little while now and while Internet Explorer addressed some much needed issues, Firefox’s new update was less groundbreaking. Both browsers however, did add some anti-phishing functionality, including components that check Web sites for validity before it opens up the Web page for your viewing.

The browser’s anti-phishing tools use slightly different… Continue reading

Net Dog Internet Filter

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Net Dog Internet Filter

We all know that we can’t be too cautious on the Web these days. One wrong turn and Junior could get a crash course on the birds and the bees and that’s not the only thing. The Web, in all its grandeur, really has some locations that I can’t believe serve any real purpose, especially for children. Having two children myself, I always have my… Continue reading

Online E-mail Scanner

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Online E-mail Scanner

This week, the security front seemed a little quiet. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s good. There have been little tremors here and there, but nothing really worth causing hysteria over. So, during the times of peace, we should utilize procedures and services to strengthen our system’s defenses and test them against outside threats. Of course, you always have the day-to-day, or at least weekly, security maintenance… Continue reading

SpamThru Torjan

Friday, October 27th, 2006

SpamThru Trojan

Everything you know about viruses is about to change, because this week’s security article is about a spamming Trojan that marches to the beat of a different drummer. The SpamThru Trojan, as they are calling the new threat on the block, not only eliminates other malware on your system, but uses P2P technology in order to communicate with its master, among other things.

The… Continue reading

Social Engineering

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Social Engineering

Last week, I touched on the subject of Social Engineering, as it was brought to my attention in Kasperky’s monthly online scanner as a prevalent and successful avenue of infection for attackers. Social Engineering is basically a method in which some ill purposed entity tries to convince company officials, or simply individuals, to divulge certain information. For example, bank account information, social security numbers, birthdays, etc… Continue reading

October Security Bulletin

Friday, October 6th, 2006

October Security Bulletin

Hey, it’s October and I have a ton of security issues to go over with you folks this week. First of all, Kaspersky’s Online Scanner for September 2006 has uncovered the truth behind social engineering and the spread of malware. Of course, I also have a few vulnerabilities and attacks to talk about, so let’s get the show on the road and take a look at October’s… Continue reading

Symantec Threat Report

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Symantec Threat Report

The security company of Symantec are the creators of the highly popular Norton Antivirus software (among other products) has released their new Security Threat Report for the first half of 2006. The report is an analysis of threats and trends in the area of online attacks, viruses, phishing scams and malware. The report has become a very popular tool for developers and security specialists. There is so… Continue reading

AIM Bots

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

AIM Bots

FaceTime Communications recently discovered a worm that uses America Online Instant Messenger, otherwise known as AIM, to create a network of controlled PCs or also known as a bot network. It’s called the “Pipeline Worm” and it is revolutionary.

Bot networks are networks of PCs controlled by an outside entity. This entity gains control of these PCs by infecting them by using one of several procedures… Continue reading

Find My Credit Card

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Find My Credit Card

How long do you think you have had your PC? Two to three years? Maybe longer? Well, in that time, might it be safe to say that you have probably ordered a thing or two online? Maybe you have registered with a Web site or two? The holidays will be upon us before we know it and will anyone in your house be using the PC… Continue reading

Privacy and Cell Phones

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Privacy and Cell Phones

Cell phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants) have really become more than simply phones. People rely on them and consequently, they become warehouses of personal data. People use their cellular devices as their personal assistant for storing addresses, contacts, event reminders and even things as business negotiations. The cell phone’s versatility and remarkable capabilities are making people more dependent on them than ever.

With these devices… Continue reading

This Week in Security

Friday, September 1st, 2006

This Week in Security

There sure was a lot going on in the past couple of days in the world of cyber security. Let’s see, we have a fix for the fix and a new free phishing protection service from a major online player, all while another online giant gets criticized for its client software. So, read on and get the low down on what’s going on this week in… Continue reading

Lost in the Crowd

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Lost in the Crowd

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with what happened over at AOL during the first week of August, but it was some pretty big news. Apparently, two AOL employees released information on over twenty million private online search records. Although AOL states that the information was stripped of any identifying information, ensuring that none of this information would compromise any of the individual… Continue reading

Patch Day

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Patch Day

This week seemed to be the week for the patching of holes. There has been a number of security vulnerabilities discovered as of late, forcing companies like Microsoft and Intel to fix the problems. So, I thought I would take some time this week and inform everyone of some important downloads that could play a major role in keeping you and your system safe.

Microsoft’s Monthly Update

First… Continue reading

Ebay Feedback Scam

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Ebay Feedback Scam

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that reports for July by certain security experts claim that e-mail viruses are actually down. The bad news, on the other hand, is that the rise of a whole new genre of scams is coming quickly over the horizon, with the newest meaning to separate Ebay customers from their hard earned money.

The Feedback Scam, as… Continue reading

Hide Files

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Hide Files

What’s the best way to keep people out of your personal data? You know, those important documents or incriminating pictures. Well, you can encrypt it, you can burry it in some unsuspecting location on your PC, use dummy folder names, etc. The list goes on and on. Well, with the help of Hide Files by Spydex Inc., you can take your protection to the next level… Continue reading

Phone Phishing

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Phone Phishing

There’s a new type of phishing scam on the horizon. It’s one that mixes the traditional methods, such as sending bogus e-mails, with social engineering techniques. Don’t let it catch you off guard!

As you probably know by now, the term phishing refers to an attempt to gain personal information from end users by spoofing legitimate companies and financial institutions such as PayPal or Ebay. In order to… Continue reading

Worm Attacks Yahoo! Mail

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Worm Attacks Yahoo! Mail

Early Monday, June 12, 2006, it was discovered that the most popular Web based e-mail of Yahoo! was being exploited. The threat is a mass mailing worm that uses a vulnerability within JavaScript to allow itself into unsuspecting PCs. J.S.Yomanner@m is the name given to it by the Symantec corporation, and I could think of a few myself, but my professionalism restrains… Continue reading

Firefox and Thunderbird Critical Updates

On June 1st, Mozilla, the creators of the highly popular Open Source applications, such as Firefox and Thunderbird (alternate Internet browser and e-mail client), released an update. The update addresses several vulnerabilities in both applications with more than five of them getting a “highly critical” rating from two very reputable security companies (Secuna, ZDNet), and the Mozilla corporation itself.

For most… Continue reading

Microsoft Word Vulnerability

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Microsoft Word Vulnerability

Back on May 19th, a vulnerability was discovered in Microsoft Word that allowed a specially crafted Word document to arbitrarily install malware. This vulnerability is a Zero-Day Flaw, meaning there are yet to be any patches or fixes to stop it. To make matters worse, this particular vulnerability was released to the public, as well as, Microsoft, so anyone who whishes to exploit the Word… Continue reading

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