Monthly Archives: February 2012

SSCC 84.33 - RSA first impressions

Sophos Security Chet Chat

RSA special Chet Chat sharing Chester's and Duck's first impressions of the first day of the RSA 2012 conference in San Francisco.

Free iPad 3? It doesn't exist! Beware of scams

Free iPad 3? It doesn't exist! Beware of scams

Chances are that we will see Apple announce an iPad 3 very soon. But don't be duped into believing there's an easy way to get one for free.

Strawberry Quick Meth scare spreads widely via Facebook

Strawberry Quick Meth scare spreads widely via Facebook

Facebook users are sharing messages warning that children are being targeted with strawberry-flavoured crystal meth.

But is there any truth in the widespread warning?

Google offers $1 million in exploit rewards for Chrome hacks

Google offers $1 million in exploit rewards for Chrome hacks

Google is offering cash prizes totaling $1 million to hackers, plus a Chromebook, for those who successfully exploit its Chrome browser at the CanSecWest security conference next week.

25 'VeriSign Trusted' shops found to have XSS holes

25 'VeriSign Trusted' shops found to have XSS holes

A grey hat hacker has discovered cross-site scripting (XSS) holes in 25 UK online stores that are certified as safe by the likes of VeriSign, Visa, and MasterCard.

Police arrest four suspected Anonymous hacktivists

Police arrest four suspected Anonymous hacktivists

Police say that they have arrested four people, in connection with a series of Anonymous internet attacks against Spanish websites.

Is it time to delete your old Tweets? Market researchers salivate at opening of Twitter Firehose

Is it time to delete your old Tweets? Market researchers salivate at opening of Twitter Firehose

Did you think Twitter was just for fun? That your tweets were just harmless irrelevant mutterings into the electronic ether?

You're wrong. You're taking part in a massive market-research study.

Suspected Android SMS malware authors arrested in Paris

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French computer crime investigators have charged two men in connection with money-making malware that targets Android smartphone users.

Take on the RSA 2012 #sophospuzzle and win a NERF gun!

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Join in with those attending RSA 2012 and get in the running to win a NERF N-STRIKE Vulcan EBF-25.

You don't have to be at the show to enter and win!

The Pink Facebook rogue application and survey scam

The Pink Facebook rogue application and survey scam

Beware the Pink Facebook scam spreading on the social network right now.

Controversial ACTA is referred to the European Court of Justice

No to ACTA

The heated debate across Europe about ACTA has led the European Commission to refer the controversial agreement to the European Union's highest court.

Beatles for Sale? It's spam of the day

Beatles for Sale? It's spam of the day

Spam tries to sell you recordings by a popular skiffle combo - The Beatles!

Oops! Selena and Bieber's hidden camera bedroom video Facebook scam

Oops! Selena and Bieber's hidden camera bedroom video Facebook scam

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber in a sex video?

Your Facebook friends may be sharing the link with you - but take a reality check, it's another survey scam.

SSCC 84 - Cookie-gate, laptop security advice, Stratfor malicious emails and Facebook hacker advice

Sophos Security Chet Chat

Paul Ducklin hosts this week's Chet Chat with the tables turned... Chet is the guest. They discussed the recent Google cookie-gate incident, House Intelligence Committee advice on using laptops while traveling and the malicious emails sent to leaked Stratfor subscriber email addresses.

Voice spam tried to disrupt election in Ontario, Canada

Voice spam tried to disrupt election in Ontario, Canada

This week, news has emerged in Canada of a police investigation into the use of robocalling (automated phone dialling, a.k.a. voice spam) in an apparent attempt to disrupt an election result.

Android malware spreads via Facebook [VIDEO]

Android malware spread via Facebook [VIDEO]

Android malware! On Facebook! Caught on camera!

If you're using Facebook on your Android smartphone, you should be just as careful clicking on links as you would (hopefully) be on a desktop computer.

Activists creating decentralized mesh networks that can't be blocked, filtered or silenced

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In the face of an internet that can be controlled all too easily by corporations and regimes, activists are building alternative mesh networks that can never be blocked, filtered or shut down.

Malware: 'Scan from a HP OfficeJet' attack spammed out widely

Malware: 'Scan from a HP OfficeJet' attack spammed out widely

A malware attack cloaks its true intentions by posing as an emailed scan from a printer.

Would your users click on the attachment without thinking twice?

Build your own malware monster

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Like Lego? Here's a challenge for you.

Firefox for Android and SMS messages? A dangerous mix

Firefox to introduce click-to-play option to protect against dangerous plugins

Concerns are raised over the beta version of Firefox for Android, after it demands that users allow it to access your smartphone's ability to send and receive SMS messages.

Could such a permission be a security threat for the future?