Monthly Archives: January 2012

How to get around the Wikipedia blackout

How to get around the Wikipedia blackout

There's an easy way to get around Wikipedia's blackout, using a tool which can also boost your online security.

Find out how now.

Trojan may have stolen data from Japanese space agency

Trojan may have stolen data from Japanese space agency

A data-stealing Trojan horse may have smuggled out login information to gain access to a cargo shuttle that carries food and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).

How five members of the Koobface malware gang were unmasked

How five members of the Koobface malware gang were unmasked

The in-depth story of how five men have been identified as part of the Koobface gang, in a detailed investigation conducted by independent researcher Jan Drömer and Dirk Kollberg of SophosLabs.

A must-read!

Social media, the ultimate career-squasher

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A new survey finds that 56% are likely to check out the social media profiles of potential employees.

If you want to avoid limiting your career progression, it might be time to clean-up your social networking accounts.

Zappos turns off phones after up to 24 million customer records exposed

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Online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos.com has warned its users that it has suffered a massive data breach, impacting up to 24 million customers.

Google Docs - a full-featured, full-service phishing facility?

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SophosLabs is warning users not to read too much into docs.google.com URLs.

Two scam campaigns this weekend used Google Docs to attack two very different targets. One had big-four Aussie bank ANZ in its sights; the other was aimed at a large North American school.

Will Twitter donate $1 for every retweet about baby with cancer? No. It's a hoax

Will Twitter will donate $1 for every retweet about baby with cancer? No. It's a hoax

Tens of thousands of Twitter users have been tricked into retweeting a message claiming that Twitter will donate $1 per retweet to a baby needing treatment for cancer.

Of course, it's a hoax.

Ashton Kutcher Foursquare hack witnessed by millions of Twitter users

Ashton Kutcher Foursquare hack witnessed by millions of Twitter users

Are Ashton Kutcher and Lorene Scafaria an item?

A hacker would certainly like you to think so.

Join us for the Sophos Security Threat Report webcast January 26th

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Join Chester Wisniewski and James Hilliard for a webcast covering the latest security developments from the second half of 2011 on January 26th, 2012 at 19:00 UTC/2PM Eastern time.

Police rescue man and daughter kidnapped by email scammers

Police rescue man and daughter kidnapped by email scammers

A man and his daughter are rescued by police after they were lured to South Africa by a scam email telling them they had won a fortune in a lottery.

Hotmail phishing: Don't send us the wrong password or we'll suspend your account!

Microsoft admits reading blogger's Hotmail

Did you receive a message saying that Hotmail's email servers were congested, and so they were removing all unused accounts?

If so, I hope you responded to the email with a roll of the eyes and a quick stab of the delete button. Because if you didn't, you might have been at risk of having your login credentials stolen.

Reddit joins anti-SOPA internet blackout

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Reddit plans to shut its doors on January 18th, in support of the anti-SOPA internet blackout.

Friday the Thirteenth - in memory of malware mayhem

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It's Friday the Thirteenth, an infamous date in the history of malware.

So here's a satirical trip down memory lane to consider other dies irae in the computer virus calendar.

Shady Ahmed offers me a class in ethical hacking?

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I received a spam today attempting to sell me ethical hacking classes, of all things. Looking at it further I enjoyed a chuckle and thought I would share it with our readers.

ICANN now accepting new gTLD applications; are cybersquatters still a real risk?

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With ICANN opening their high cost registration process for new gTLDs, what are the legitimate concerns and risks trademark owners may face from cybersquatters?

Despite what you may think, IT security *is* your business

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If you spend a lot of time paying attention to IT (in)security it can drive you to rant on occasion. This is one of those occasions, as too many companies are putting their future and their customers at risk thinking that "IT security isn't our busniess".

Stratfor's back, defiant but blushing over unencrypted subscriber data

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George Fried,an, CEO of Stratfor, came forth with a public statement explaining what happened in the attacks against his company last December. He admitted fault, took responsibility and accused Anonymous of censorship that doesn't come openly from governments, but rather from people hiding behind masks.

Facebook ducks U.S. privacy questions

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Facebook seems to be digging themselves another privacy hole after just agreeing to a settlement to protect privacy with the FTC. Congressman Markey and Barton are accusing Facebook of dodging questions about how they track users when not using Facebook.

Koobface malware gang - the noose tightens?

Koobface malware gang - the noose tightens?

Members of the Koobface malware gang might be feeling a little hot under the collar as evidence has begun to spill onto the internet about the alleged identity of one of its members.

And there's more information still to come..

Turn Facebook pink, red or black? Don't fall for online scams

Turn Facebook pink, red or black? Don't fall for online scams

Have your Facebook friends invited you to switch your boring blue Facebook profile to an attractive shade of red, black or shocking pink?