Monthly Archives: March 2010

Mal/RtfExe-A: A bogus legal email campaign "Complaint filled against you."

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A blog reader has gotten in-touch with us asking about a threat he had received that had evaded the email filters on his web-email account. The email with a subject "Complaint filled against you." has a body of: March 25, Read more…

CanSecWest 2010 Day 1

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As a Vancouverite it always seemed to be a bit of a shame that I have never attended a CanSecWest conference. This year I am here, the 11th annual CanSecWest conference, and I would like to thank Dragos Ruiu for Read more…

Communist Party Of Britain's website infected with malware (again)

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Last year, during the UK local elections, I blogged about how the Communist Party of Britain's website was infected. Earlier today, I noticed that the site had once again been infected this time with different malware. This infection, like the Read more…

Dezombifying Australia

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This morning it was Sophos's pleasure to host a meeting for the Internet Industry Association (IIA). From the text of its website, the IIA is an Australian industry body which aims to promote laws and initiatives which enhance access, equity, Read more…

Alexis Pilkington death exploited by scareware hackers

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A 17-year-old girl who committed suicide on Sunday has had her name taken advantage of by hackers for financial gain. Alexis Pilkington was a talented midfield soccer player who helped her team at West Islip Senior High School achieve victory Read more…

Sophos Survey - win a Klingon Anti-Virus T-shirt

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If you ran a security suite on your computer, what technologies would you turn on and which would you leave switched off? Some of the folks at Sophos are intererested in discovering your opinion, and so we're running a very Read more…

Critical Firefox security hole fixed - have you updated?

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Mozilla has responded to concern about a critical security vulnerability in Firefox 3.6, by releasing version 3.6.2 of its popular browser ahead of schedule. Firefox 3.6.2 fixes a vulnerability first discovered by security researcher Evgeny Legerov last month, which could Read more…

Russians cooperate with FBI, arrest 3

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The Financial Times reported this morning that the Russian FSB (the reincarnation of the KGB) detained three suspects in last year's RBS Worldpay payroll debit card scam. There were four major players, one of whom discovered the flaw in RBS's Read more…

German Government: Don't use Firefox

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The German government has advised computer users not to run Firefox and run an alternative browser instead, because of a critical security flaw. The advice, which comes from BürgerCERT, part of the German Federal Office for Security in Information Technology Read more…

No, you've not received a postcard from a family member

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Over the weekend there has been a new wave of attacks spammed out, spreading a version of the Bredo Trojan horse via malicious emails. The emails claim to be an ecard from a family member, but opening the attachment can Read more…

Another FakeAV for Windows 7!

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With Windows 7 becoming increasingly popular, more and more software companies have begun to upgrade their interface for the latest Microsoft operating system. Manufacturers seem to understand the need for a beautiful user interface for their products. However, not all Read more…

Google Talk used to distribute Fake AV

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When speaking in public and delivering presentations, I am often asked "Why would they want my Google/Yahoo!/MSN/Facebook credentials? It's only a throw-away email address." These services have transformed from simple webmail and messaging experiences into fully integrated platforms for video, Read more…

The dumbest malware attack I've seen this week

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When you've been working any length of time in the computer security business, you get pretty used to hearing from folks that the guys who write the viruses must be "evil geniuses". Well, not all of them are that smart. Read more…

Reporter investigating Facebook has his account hacked.. by me

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Last night, UK TV show "Tonight" broadcast a 30 minute documentary called "Facing up to Facebook". As well as looking into some of the great things that Facebook can do (for instance, they told the story of how the family Read more…

Michelle 'Bombshell' McGee pictures lead to malware

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The internet is ablaze with gossip about the state of Sandra Bullock's marriage to Jesse James, after it was alleged that the Oscar winner's husband was having an affair with tattoo model Michelle "Bombshell" McGee. With such a hot trending Read more…

Remote hacker immobilises over 100 cars

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A 20-year-old man has been arrested in Austin, Texas, after allegedly hacking into a computer system which caused more than 100 cars to be disabled with, in some cases, their horns blaring out repeatedly. Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former employee of Read more…

Virgin Mobile fined for sending email spam

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The Australian spam watchdog has fined Virgin Mobile AU $22,000 (approximately £13,200) after the company was found to have sent emails to customers who had opted out of receiving promotions. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Read more…

SophosLabs: The Movie!

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Put your answering machine on, grab your popcorn, and stop rustling your sweet wrappers at the back, because it's time for the world premiere of a brand new movie - starring the folks from SophosLabs! We've got some of the Read more…

St. Patrick's Day security

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Dear Diary, Back from another trip to New Zealand. Wellington on Tuesday and Auckland on Wednesday. Probably should have arranged to stay over Wednesday evening, as it was St Patrick's Day. Thanks to timezone magic, Auckland is almost the first Read more…

Scam of the day - Bredos targeting Facebook

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Today we have seen a surge in emails pretending to be from the social networking site Facebook. The message suggests that Facebook has modified the user's password to enhance user safety and that the new password is in a attached document. The Read more…