Monthly Archives: July 2012

Server-side polymorphism: How mutating web malware tries to defeat anti-virus software [VIDEO]

Server-side polymorphism: How mutating web malware tries to defeat anti-virus software [VIDEO]

Web-based malware dynamically obfuscates itself to try to evade detection by anti-virus software.

Watch this video to see it in action.

UnSteveDorkland Twitter spoofer accused of hacking newspaper group

@UnSteveDorkland Twitter spoofer accused of hacking newspaper group

Whoever runs the spoof Twitter account is facing four criminal charges for poking fun at a UK newspaper group's executive.

O2 phishing emails pose as network disruption apology

O2 phishing emails pose as network disruption apology

Phishers have taken advantage of the network disruption suffered by the O2 mobile network earlier this month.

"Almost every Android device is compromised" turns out to be only almost true

"Almost every Android device is compromised" turns out to be only almost true

A security expert recently made an astonishing claim at a North American security event: one in three Android apps is malware-infected, and almost all devices are compromised.

Sounds like terrible news for Android users - but is it true?

Team Poison hacker jailed over Tony Blair security breach

Team Poison hacker jailed over Tony Blair security breach

A teenage hacker who stole private information belonging to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and clogged up the UK's national anti-terrorism telephone hotline, has been jailed for six months.

Fake Groupon discount emails carry malware

Fake Groupon emails carry malware

Cybercriminals have spammed out malware, attached to emails claiming to be related to discounts for offers on Groupon.

Google in trouble with UK ICO over Street View data - again

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Google has admitted that it still has some Street View data that the UK Information Commissioner's Office told it to get rid of in 2010.

Where are the Safari security updates for Windows and Snow Leopard? Users left exposed

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Apple released Safari 6 as part of its new Mac operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, as well as a version for Lion that fixes a whopping 121 security vulnerabilties.

But what about Windows and Snow Leopard? It seems Apple is leaving users of them behind.

Apple to Mountain Lion users: "Tell us who your friends are if you want to talk to us."

Apple to Mountain Lion users: "Tell us who your friends are if you want to talk to us."

An alert Naked Security reader and Mountain Lion early adopter has pointed us at a quirky new twist in the licensing conditions in Apple's latest OS update...

Why you shouldn't forward the "Invitation FACEBOOK - Olympic Torch" chain letter

Why you shouldn't forward the "Invitation FACEBOOK - Olympic Torch" chain letter

You shouldn't forward chain letters even if they're true. You definitely shouldn't forward them if they're false.

And the latest false warning doing the rounds is a perennial hoax - the so-called Invitation FACEBOOK/Olympic Torch virus warning.

Gillian McKeith's website seems to love spam

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The website of controversial TV nutritionist Gillian McKeith has been compromised by hackers, who are using it as a staging post in their spam activities.

Outbreak: Blackhole malware attack spreading on Twitter using "It's you on photo?" disguise

Outbreak: Blackhole malware attack spreading on Twitter using "It's you on photo?" disguise

Watch out! Malicious links are being spammed out on Twitter, designed to infect your Windows PC using the Blackhole exploit kit.

Anonymous hacktivists steal AAPT customer data in data retention protest

Anonymous hacktivists steal AAPT customer data in data retention protest

Internet security and privacy are enjoying a spirited public airing in Australia today.

The wires are abuzz with claims that hackers stole 40GB of data from an ISP in protest against proposed new data retention laws.

Black Hat - SexyDefense, maximizing the home-field advantage

Black Hat - SexyDefense, maximizing the home-field advantage

Irene Michlin from SophosLabs shares her thoughts on a presentation that suggests the good guys should strike back by writing malware to target criminals.

Malware attack targets German internet users

Malware attack targets German internet users

A malware campaign has been sent out, seemingly just to email addresses ending in ".de", claiming that photos of the recipient can be found in the attached file.

Mac malware spies on infected users through video and audio capture

Mac malware spies on infected users through video and audio capture

After further analysis, more information has emerged about the Morcut Mac OS X malware which was discovered this week.

Carly Rae Jepsen nude photos stolen by hackers

Carly Rae Jepsen nude photos stolen

# Hey, i don't know you
And this is crazy
But i've nicked your photos
I've hacked you baby #

Google pleads for YouTube real-name use

Google pleads for YouTube real-name use

Google is attempting to clean up YouTube commentary, by pleading with commenters to use real names when posting.

Black Hat - Smashing the future for fun and profit

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A summary from the first panel session of Black Hat 2012 where infosec luminaries Jeff Moss, Adam Shostack, Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum tackled the role of government in securing the internet.

NYC Traffic Ticket spam is really Blackhole malware attack

NYC Traffic Ticket spam is really Blackhole malware attack

Have you received a traffic ticket from New York cops?

Or are you actually a target for a spammed-out malware attack?