Monthly Archives: April 2010

Canadian Pharmacy spam now using RTF format

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The Canadian Pharmacy gang has added a new repertoire to their arsenal - this time they're using Rich Text Format (RTF) files attached to the messages. The RTFs, when opened, looks like this: The domain names have a pattern of Read more…

Tallest security seminar in the world...in Australia

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On Friday 07 May 2010, Sophos Australia and Security Software International are jointly hosting a security luncheon more than 285 metres above ground, on the top floor of the Eureka Tower in Melbourne. Eureka Tower is currently the second-tallest residential Read more…

Free Sophos wallpaper download

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I'm currently working on Sophos's booth at InfoSecurity Europe, and just spotted that we have some new wallpaper on the desktops of our demo workstations. The four different wallpaper designs feature some funky green tentacles, which are also creeping "Maniac Read more…

China slides off list of top spam-relaying nations

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China gets a lot of flak from various corners of the globe for being a hotbed of cybercrime, and so it's only fair to report when there's some good news coming from behind the bamboo curtain. The latest "dirty dozen" Read more…

Happy birthday Sophos

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I have been having a lovely time in London attending InfoSec Europe 2010 this week. Our UK marketing group asked me to join Graham Cluley, James Lyne and Chris Pace in presenting thought provoking sessions at our booth. This afternoon Read more…

Canadian Pharmacy spammers set up shop on Twitter

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At the beginning of this month I received an email telling me about someone new who had started following me on Twitter. Their name was @canadianshop, and it was immediately apparent that they were promoting a Canadian online pharmacy via Read more…

What do people think of spam? Cute info-graphic

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This is cute. The folks at Flowtown have created this info-graphic detailing a myriad of stats around people's perceptions of spam. Hat-tip: Thanks to the Soshable blog for bringing this to my attention.

Sophos fails to hand out pizza at Earl's Court

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Sophos is attending InfoSecurity Europe in London this week, the UK's largest IT security tradeshow. Sophos will be raising awareness of security threats, and doing the odd product demo, on our booth smack-dab in the middle (almost) of Earl's Court. Read more…

Why I'm right to use the word 'hacker', and will carry on using it

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Uh-oh. I've really annoyed Swapnil Bhartiya. He's written a blog post at Katonda which, amongst other things, takes me to task for referring to cybercriminals as "hackers". Bhartiya's complaint is one that many in the IT field share - that Read more…

PayPal phishing attack - would you have been fooled?

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Here's an email I received this morning claiming to come from PayPal, informing me that my account has been suspended because someone has been repeatedly trying (and failing) to access it. From: service@paypal.com Subject: A high number of failed login Read more…

Splunk warns that it exposed users' passwords

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Splunk, a utility that allows IT administrators to search and analyse their organisation's log files, has issued a warning to some of its users that their passwords were exposed by accident. I wasn't able to find mention of the incident Read more…

Monetization of the Internet - User choice

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When I started working in the computer security field 10 years ago, I would never have imagined that future battle lines would be drawn between legitimate online businesses and privacy warriors. Today aside from battling spammers, criminals, and ID thieves, Read more…

Sarah Palin's daughter testifies in email hacker case

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Bristol Palin, the daughter of failed Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has told a US federal judge of the harrassment she received after her mother's personal Yahoo account was hacked. Former University of Tennessee student David Kernell is charged with Read more…

Email from support@twitter.com? It's a Viagra spammer

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Have you received an email from Twitter support today? Well, think again. Because it could be that you have just received a message from a spammer trying to lure you into clicking on a link to their online drugstore. It Read more…

McAfee fix and the dangers of virus handling

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In the security world the news has been dominated for the last 48 hours with tales of woe regarding the false-positive some McAfee customers encountered with svchost.exe. McAfee customers who have run into the problem can find detailed advice on Read more…

Troj/PDFJs-JN: An exploit kit encapsulating malicious TIFF files

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Earlier this week, my colleague Fraser pointed me at a sample we had received called libtiff.pdf. He wrote a quick detection for it (Troj/PDFJs-JN) and left me to investigate the file further. He wasn't being lazy - it is just Read more…

Data breaches spiral around Nick Clegg in UK election

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Nick Clegg, leader of Britain's Liberal Democrat party, has found himself in the middle of a couple of stories about data security with the UK election just a matter of weeks away. British tabloid The Sun is reporting that Clegg's Read more…

Scareware hackers exploit McAfee false positive problem

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Hackers are exploiting a problem with McAfee's anti-virus product that has caused hundreds of thousands of computers around the world to repeatedly reboot themselves. The New York Times (and many other news outlets) have reported on the problems businesses suffered Read more…

Have you ever bought via spam?

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Spam is still at plague proportions, despite Bill Gates's prediction that it would be done and dusted by the start of 2006. In fact, these days we estimate that more than 95% of all email is spam. Which begs the Read more…

Ash-trapped - Sophos Security Chet Chat 5 and 6

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Well, like many other Sophites I have spent some unexpected time in Europe this week. Fortunately for me, I was able to tour a bit of my homeland (Poland) and only be diverted a few days from my regular schedule. Read more…