Monthly Archives: September 2008

Who needs to steal data, when you can buy it on eBay?

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Last month I blogged about the personal details of a million British banking customers being sold on eBay through the auction of computer hardware that hadn't been properly wiped. It sounds as though eBay is now becoming something of a Read more…

How to become a Facebook spy

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A couple of years ago there was a spy show on TV called Alias starring Jennifer Garner. It was all harmless hokum, of course, mainly consisting of the future Mrs Ben Affleck donning a variety of ostentatious wigs and tight Read more…

Has someone got a crush on me?

Has someone got a crush on me?

Am I the only one who finds this kind of thing a little bit distasteful? I've been in Ottawa for less than 12 hours, and yet apparently two people here already have a crush on me. I didn't even know Read more…

Kuwait teenager arrested in bank hack probe

Kuwait teenager arrested in bank hack probe

With gloomy predictions on the economy and plummeting share prices, people are likely to be tightening their belts more than ever. So the last thing you need is someone hacking into your bank account and spiriting away your hard-earned savings. Read more…

Alleged online fraudster 'posed as female lonely heart'

Alleged online fraudster 'posed as female lonely heart'

Earlier this year I blogged about a Nigerian man who created a fake identity on an internet dating website, and ultimately managed to infect the computer of a female employee at NASA. Details are now emerging of another Nigerian man Read more…

VB2008: Experts take flight... to Ottawa

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It's a sign of getting older that time seems to race past more quickly with every year. It's hard to believe that it's a full 12 months since I was feasting on schnitzels in Vienna, where the good guys of Read more…

When a bank site hosts a phish

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At SophosLabs, we receive an assortment of bank phishes every day. In this day and age, banks are taking immediate actions in bringing down phish pages down to protect their own customers.  Banks also secure their websites to prevent compromise Read more…

Military personnel data disappears into the wild blue yonder

Military personnel data disappears into the wild blue yonder

A theft at a Royal Air Force base has left British authorities, already red-faced after a series of high-profile data breaches (click on each word), with another sticky situation. This weekend it was revealed that three USB portable drives, containing Read more…

YAWI -- Mal/Badsrc-C

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On Friday, SophosLabs saw that the website of a major African Sunday newspaper was infected with Mal/Badsrc-C. We took steps to contact the sites owners and the site is thankfully now clean. So this morning the African diaspora instead of Read more…

Hail and farewell

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During the last week we have seen a new trick being used by Mal/Badsrc-C. The trick is not new but like all things in the malware world old tricks get re-used on a regular basis. This trick is to encode Read more…

September Round Up

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For the past couple of years there has been a significant shift in the way malware is distributed, away from email attachments to links in emails and so called drive by download from compromised websites. The past few weeks however Read more…

A VB100 win, as all eyes turn to Canada

A VB100 win, as all eyes turn to Canada

A drumroll! A fanfare of trumpets! A clatter of castanets! Yes, good news folks - the October 2008 edition of Virus Bulletin magazine has just been published. Why is this of interest? Well, it includes a test of 24 different Read more…

Cisco T-shirt competition - we have a winner!

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Congratulations to Chris Emerson, an embedded software engineer currently working with digital radio. Chris lives and works near Cambridge in the UK, and takes a "large" T-shirt fact fans. Why are we talking about Chris? Because he was the first Read more…

Bang! And the viruses are gone

Bang! And the viruses are gone

Cillit Bang is a cleaning product which is famous in the UK (and possibly elsewhere) for its retro TV advert. "Barry Scott" an ebullient fictional personality invented by Cillit Bang's marketing department solely to present the adverts, shows how the Read more…

Runtime HIPS stops Virtum infections

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Virtum (aka Virtumonde, Virtumondo) is one of the most prevalent malware families we have seen in recent times. Barely a week goes by without seeing more samples of the damn thing. They are constantly changing, making detection difficult and they Read more…

Browser beta blockers

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Earlier this month I blogged about how Sophos was planning to extend the application control functionality built into Sophos's solution to help you control whether your users should be allowed to run Google Chrome or not. We can already help Read more…

Cisco website: where have all the "t"s gone?

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This is odd. It appears that the letter "t" has been banished in its entirety from the home page of Cisco's website: Checking out the html source (or should that be "hml source"?) makes it clear that the problem is Read more…

Freddi the Facebook frog wins another award

Freddi the Facebook frog wins another award

Last night, a galaxy of stars from the world of celebrity and the IT industry met in London for the prestigious CNET Networks UK Business Technology Awards. Oh, and a few of us from Sophos turned up too. The awards, Read more…

Sophos enhancements, rootkits and ball gowns

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Today Sophos enhanced the malware protection provided by Endpoint Security and Control. The rollout of Sophos Anti-Virus v7.6 for Windows offers additional preventive layers of protection for Windows users, including integrated rootkit detection and on-access web-based script attack detection. We Read more…

Alleged Maserati hacker accused of trying to extort cash

Alleged Maserati hacker accused of trying to extort cash

A 60-year-old man has been arrested and indicted on charges of hacking into and attempting to extort money from the North American branch of luxury car firm Maserati. According to media reports, Bruce Mengler is accused of hacking into Maserati's Read more…