Monthly Archives: July 2011

Google AdWords phishing attack strikes inboxes

Google AdWords phishing attack strikes inboxes

Have you received an email from Google saying that your Google AdWords campaign may have stopped running?

Beware the latest phishing campaign.

Obama outlines strategy to combat transnational cybercrime

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The White House unveiled their strategy on combating Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) organizations today. The document outlines their increased focus on international cybercriminals and the cooperation with foreign governments necessary to impact their operations.

Apple updates for iOS and iWork '09 fix 4 security flaws

NSA tracking hundred of millions of mobile phone locations worldwide

Apple released security updates today for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and ita office suite iWork '09. Sophos recommends applying these updates as soon as possible through iTunes and Apple's Software Update application.

SSCC 68 - OS X Lion, Zeus Android, Oracle patches and Secunia's threat report

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In this week's Chet Chat Kris Braun SophosLabs Threat Operations Manager joins Chet to discuss the week's news. Topics include OS X Lion, Oracle patches, Zeus for Android and Secunia's mid-year threat report.

CNAIPIC hacked - Italian cybercrime unit files published by Anonymous

CNAIPIC hacked - Italian cybercrime unit files published by Anonymous

Anonymous is claiming to have got its hands on 8GB of "secret documents" from CNAIPIC, Italy's cybercrime unit charged with defending the country's critical IT infrastructure.

Dad Drops His Daughter to Try to Catch a Baseball - Facebook scam

Dad Drops His Daughter to Try to Catch a Baseball - Facebook Scam

A father dropped his daughter while trying to catch a baseball.

But don't let the promise of a video of what happened trick you into falling for a Facebook scam.

Phone hacking, Piers Morgan and The Sunday Mirror

Phone hacking, Piers Morgan and The Sunday Mirror

The BBC has broadcast a report claiming that phone hacking was not just a problem at the Murdoch-owned "News of the World", but was also common place at its arch-rival "The Sunday Mirror" too.

Could hackers set fire to your Apple battery with a virus?

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Modern battery packs have their own processor and firmware. Along with many other peripherals in your computer, your battery is field-reprogrammable.

So is an "incendiary" virus really possible for your Macbook battery, as some stories seem to suggest?

Amy Winehouse death video scams appear on Facebook

Amy Winehouse death video scams appear on Facebook

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her North London home today, making headlines around the world.

Within four hours, cold-hearted scammers were taking advantage of her death on Facebook.

Another Japanese malware arrest - file-sharing vigilante suspect nabbed

Another Japanese malware arrest - file-sharing vigilante suspect nabbed

Japanese newspaper The Daily Yomiuri reports that a 38-year-old Japanese man has been arrested "on suspicion of storing a computer virus on his personal computer without legitimate reasons."

It seems he wanted to teach file-sharers a lesson.

Oslo bombing taken advantage of by Facebook scammers

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Facebook scammers are taking advantage of today's bombing in Oslo, Norway. The scams don't depart from their standard formula, but are particularly disgusting considering the tragic event they exploit.

Your Facebook Profile Stalkers exposed? No, it's a rogue application spreading virally

Your Facebook Profile Stalkers exposed? No, it's a rogue application spreading virally

Messages are spreading rapidly on Facebook claiming to reveal a way to find out who has been secretly viewing your profile.

The truth is, however, that it's another scheme to earn money for scammers.

A direct message from Twitter Administration. Can you tell if it's legitimate or not?

A direct message from Twitter Administration. Can you tell if it's legitimate or not?

For a long time we've seen spammers, phishers and malware authors concealing their advertising pitches, scams and malicious payloads by pretending to be a message from one of the social networks.

But can you tell what the purpose of this one is?

AnonPlus, Anonymous's social network, is hacked

AnonPlus, Anonymous's social network, is hacked

Turkish hackers deface AnonPlus's webpage with an image of a dog wearing a suit, mocking the more normal Anonymous logo.

Pfizer's Facebook page hacked - don't be next!

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Pharmaceutical megacorp Pfizer's Facebook page was defaced a couple of days ago, quite literally by script kiddies.

How safe is your organisation's social media presence from depredations of this sort?

Apple publishes big Safari security update - Lion status unclear

Apple publishes big Safari security update - Lion users included

Apple yesterday released an update for Safari 5.0.6 and 5.1 which includes a whole battery of security fixes.

If you calculate the magnitude of a security update by the CVE numbers listed, this one scores a 57.

Google: 'Your computer appears to be infected'

Google: "Your computer appears to be infected"

Google warns searchers about possible malware infection on their computers.

But could it lead to cybercriminals mimicking the internet giant's warnings?

Scrubs star Zach Braff's website hacked to say he is gay

Scrubs star Zach Braff's website hacked to say he is gay

Yesterday, Scrubs star Zach Braff who played character Dr John Dorian said his website was hacked to display a bogus letter to loyal fans admitting he was gay.

Serial virus writer jailed for orange cartoon octopus malware

Serial virus writer jailed for orange cartoon octopus malware

A Japanese man is sent to prison after spreading a virus across the internet via file-sharing networks and damaged data on victims' computers.

How NOT to get Justin Bieber to follow you on Twitter

How NOT to get Justin Bieber to follow you on Twitter

Just as there are many adoring young fans of Justin Bieber around the world, there are also scammers looking for an opportunity to make a quick buck.

Here's how not to get Justin Bieber to follow you on Twitter.