Articles by Lennard Cher

Good software doing bad things 2

Good software doing bad things 2

Recently, my "Oh-So-Smart" colleague <3 Pete <3, highlighted Good Software Doing Bad Things and I was truly inspired and impressed. Thus, I went hunting. Hunting for other good software doing bad things. Now, I have a sequel to his excellent blog. In Read more…

Return of the mass-mailing malware

Return Of The Mailers

I have not seen a mass mailer for ages. Before fake AVs, they were the one of the most commonly seen malware to pass through SophosLabs. Mass mailers can be hilarious at times, especially when the message body is a Read more…

Job Seeker Driven To Desperation

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The recent share market plunge has hit me hard. The Euro is crashing and everyone's doubting the global economic recovery. I am faced with economic catastrophe and with inflation eating into my salary, I am plunging deeper into the darkness Read more…

I Want an ATM Card

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When I was a child, I was fascinated by ATM machines. I had a savings account which my mother would deposit money regularly and I waited for the day that I could raid the account with the ATM card for Read more…

Apple Diversifies Into Online Pharmaceuticals

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Spammers have decided that in order for Apple to meet sky-high growth expectations from its shareholders, Apple needs to diversify into selling drugs online. The spam looks similar to the following message below: Apple Store Call 1-800-MY-APPLE Dear Customer, Your Read more…

Salesmen Are Not My Friends

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I dislike salesmen. The look on their faces irks me when I can feel the dollars flicking in their eyes. I hate it when my car insurance company ask if i want to get home insurance as well. I do Read more…

I Eat Tragedies For Breakfast

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Tragic stories tickle me. Whenever I encounter someone on the street trying to get donations to "help poor people with hunger", I make a detour around them. No sad story is tragic enough for me to hand out my cash. Read more…

Katya, My Queen-To-Be

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Do you think she's hot? Her name's Katya and she is my latest entry to my long list of "girlfriend-wannabe" / "potential one-night-stands". If my mum were to find out about her, she will definitely give me a hard backhand Read more…

Afriglish

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I am tri-lingual! I have realized that I have picked up a brand new language unconsciously. Its Afriglish. It is a term I have coined myself. Probably someone else might have already done so (try using a search engine) as Read more…

Infectious Sounds

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Floppy drives are a thing of the past. However, the people at SophosLabs, love computer history so much that we have to have floppy drives around. Floppy drives can do more than they were originally designed for. Floppy drives can help Read more…

AV Haters

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Amateur malware authors come from various backgrounds and they each have their own agenda to convey. For example, there's one that attempts to educate computer users not to click on unknown links in emails. These amateurs clearly do not like Read more…

Scammers Targetting Dog Lovers

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There have been (countless, lost count) posts about the many permutations of scam found in spam. This post highlights another area scammers have gone into. A couple on a Christian mission whose puppy cannot cope with the African weather. I Read more…

Fake Codec

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Fake codecs are on the rise again and the public needs to be really careful about installing codecs from unknown sources. When run, it installs itself into the systray and produces the below message. It also attempts to launch internet Read more…

Twitter Spam

Twitter Spam

Trying desperately hard to be hip and cool, I joined twitter recently to check out all the hype. I am kind of disappointed. So far, I have one friend to follow and one friend that follows me. This morning, my Read more…

Fake AV Now Part of Security Center

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The drudgery of fake antivirus. After countless permutations (Pn, Pn+1....Pn+9999) of these fake AVs, it is very hard to keep the enthusiasm high. Lately, a 'not-another-fake-av' groan came with a slight variation. This time, the authors have figured out a Read more…

FauxBook - fake Facebook emails spread malware attack

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I'm a Facebook addict. I would login and check out all the lovely ladies everyday. I'm sure millions of men are doing the same and malware authors have already gotten onto the bandwagon. Another variant also comes as a faux Read more…

Debuggered

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In the recent article, Delete files that don't exist, Stephen described a malware using the registry to delete a certain file upon launching. The same registry key is used in another way now. By adding the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Read more…

Animals Suffer from Malware Too

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Animals already suffer from cruel treatment due to illegal trading and hunting. Now, they have to suffer because of malware as well. Recently, I chanced upon another typical obfuscated VBscript: After de-obfuscating the encrypted layers of code, the Trojan unravels Read more…