Monthly Archives: November 2010

I can't believe a GIRL did this because of Justin Bieber - Facebook's latest scam

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Another attack using Justin Bieber has hit Facebook users hard. Learn about the latest lure and how you can defend yourself.

Large US hosting provider hit in web attack

Large US hosting provider hit in web attack

In this post I take a look into what at first sight appeared to be a widespread web attack, with malicious JavaScript injected into hundreds of legitimate web sites. Closer inspection revealed the attack to be a little less widespread than expected, potentially targeting just a single hosting provider.

Politics and malware make strange bedfellows

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Stuxnet, China, Iran and Aurora! A busy day for cyberwar or lessons that we can all take away?

Internet kiosks - harmful to your health?

Internet kiosks - harmful to your health?

I'm at Kiwicon in New Zealand. Paul Craig, renowned internet kiosk hacker and security expert, has just done a live demo of Windows and Linux internet kiosk insecurity risks. Five kiosks completely owned in as many minutes!

Can you really see who viewed your Facebook profile? Rogue application spreads virally

Can you really see who viewed your Facebook profile? Rogue application spreads virally

Do you really want complete strangers to be able to email you, access your personal data and even post messages to any Facebook pages you may administer?

Japanese couple arrested for robbing Lineage virtual characters

Couple arrested for robbing virtual game characters

Two people have been arrested by Japanese police, accused of stealing virtual goods from players of the game "Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne".

Drive-by ransomware attack demands $120

1 in 30 are hit by CryptoLocker, and 40% pay the ransom

Malicious hackers are spreading ransomware, which encrypts media and Office files on victim's computers, in an attempt to extort $120.

The attack appears to have hit computer users via a drive-by vulnerability on compromised websites.

Android: How security can work while failing

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A new flaw in Google's Android phone software was disclosed this week. Can Google create an open platform and still maintain a secure environment?

Twitter hacker spreads Tsunami warning from government advisor's account

Hacker spreads Jakarta Tsunami warning from government advisor's Twitter account

A sick-minded hacker has broken into an Indonesian official's Twitter account, and spread a warning of an imminent tsunami in Jakarta.

Stuxnet? Let's stop being scared of shadows

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Sky News just published an article, complete with video, entitled Stuxnet Super Virus 'In Hands Of Bad Guys'. In the article and the video, you will see and hear a variety of startling claims.

All we need now is some genuine evidence.

New Windows zero-day flaw bypasses UAC

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A new zero day exploit has been revealed in Windows that can lead to an elevation of privilege. Find out the details and what you might do to protect yourself

Apple Mac malware: A short history (1982-2010)

History of Mac malware: 1982-2010

A short history of Mac malware - from 1982 to present day. Learn about the viruses, worms, Trojans and scareware that have affected Apple computers.

Do you protect your Apple Mac computer against malware?

Lost laptop leads to first Data Protection Act fine for UK firm

Lost laptop leads to first Data Protection Act fine for UK firm

Companies warned that they must wake up to the importance of encrypting their laptops.

ICO issues first fines to British organisations being sloppy with sensitive information, and breaching the Data Protection Act.

Sophos Security Chet Chat 35 and 36

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Sophos Security Chet Chats 35 and 36 discuss Movember, iOS, Reader X, Zeus, Stuxnet, China and more!

19790509: The mysterious number inside the Stuxnet worm

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Does anyone really know the truth behind the number "19790509", embedded inside the Stuxnet worm?

And what - if anything - does The Grateful Dead have to do with it?

Scottish hacker jailed for 18 months after widespread malware attack

Malware hacker sent to jail

Do you remember the widespread Stinx malware attack in 2006?

M00p cybercrime gang member Matthew Anderson, aka "warpigs", has been sentenced to jail by a British court.

Over 40 security fixes for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch in iOS 4.2

Over 40 security updates for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch in iOS 4.2

Apple has pushed out the much anticipated update to its mobile operating system - iOS 4.2.

Although most of the headlines have focused on new functionality Apple has introduced, there's a much more important reason why you should be considering updating your Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Security.

Christmas Tree app virus hoax spreads on Facebook

Christmas Tree app virus hoax spreads on Facebook

A hoax about a Christmas Tree virus is spreading rapidly on the Facebook social network.

Users are innocently sharing the warning, without checking their facts.

Miley Cyrus and cybercriminals make strange bedfellows

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Pop star Miley Cyrus is about to celebrate her eighteenth birthday.

Survey scammers on Facebook are marking the event and earning money by sullying her name.

Talking malware and spam at the AVAR 2010 Conference, Bali

Talking malware and spam at the AVAR 2010 Conference, Bali

Rowland Yu of SophosLabs is a lucky chap. He was in Bali last week attending the Association of anti Virus Asia Researchers (AVAR) conference. Here he reports on what he saw and heard.