All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘malware’

McAfee Lends Security to 99% of Rich Media Ads in U.S.

McAfee and Adgregate have partnered on what they’re calling the industry’s first secure advertising. WebProNews spoke with Brent Remai, VP of Consumer Marketing at McAfee about what this means for advertising.

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Spammers Sending Malicious 3D Easter Emails

Easter is coming up, and of course that means spammers are taking advantage. They do this with most holidays. And like they do with other holidays, they are using the holiday to disguise malicious emails. Symantec shared some examples with us.

"MessageLabs Intelligence has intercepted Easter ‘e-card’ spam emails offering a ‘2010 Easter 3D e-Card,’" a representative for Symantec tells WebProNews. "Spam authors are attempting to use the recent surge of interest in 3D media to increase the likelihood of people falling for their scam."

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Google Detects Malware Targeting Vietnam Dissidents

Google said it has detected malware targeting Vietnamese-language users opposed to bauxite mining in the Communist country.

The malware infected the computers of "potentially tens of thousands of users" who downloaded Vietnamese keyboard language software, Google Security Team member Neel Mehta wrote on the company’s security blog. The attacks targeted opposition to the mining of bauxite, an ore used to make aluminum.

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PandaLabs Detects 25 Million New Malware Strains

The past year set a new record for malware creation with 25 million new strains, according to a new report by PandaLabs.

The latest surge of activity included new examples of banker Trojans, which accounted for 66 percent of all new samples, as well as a number of fake antivirus programs.

During 2009, spam was also highly active, accounting for 92 percent of all email traffic. The tactics used to dupe potential victims into opening these spam emails have focused on exploiting current events and dramatic news stories.

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Beware Tiger Woods Accident Information Sources

The Tiger Woods car accident has had the web abuzz over the weekend. Like nearly anything else that creates such buzz, cyber-criminals will find a way to exploit it. This incident is no exception.

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Spam is Getting More Malicious

Symantec has released two new reports for the month of November – the State of Spam, and the State of Phishing (both PDFs). The reports highlight a dramatic increase in spam that contains malware. On top of that, junk and malicious email now accounts for close to 9 out of 10 email messages.

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Stealth Phishing Attack Looks Like Internal Email

Security company Trusteer Research issued a security advisory this week, dealing with a stealth new Zeus/Zbot phishing attack, which is aimed at harvesting enterprise log-in credentials for web banking, financial, HR, and SaaS accounts.

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Google Launches New Webmaster Tools

Google has launched a couple of new Labs features for Webmaster Tools. One is "malware details" and the other is "fetch as googlebot."

Google is providing snippets of code from pages it considers malware, in order to help webmasters eliminate the malware on their sites quickly.

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Earthquake and Tsunami Searchers Targeted By Malware

You have probably heard about the Indonesian Earthquake that took place last night, claiming the lives of many. Shameless cybercriminals have not wasted anytime exploiting the disaster targeting people around the world who search for information on the subject.

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Microsoft Gives Out Free PC Security

Microsoft has launched a new free anti-malware tool called Microsoft Security Essentials. The service is designed to protect consumers from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

The service has two very strong elements going for it. For one, it is from Microsoft, which means it comes from a well-known brand that practically all consumers are familiar with. Secondly, it’s free, and that is another word that resonates with consumers.

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Site Hacking Facebook Accounts for $100 a Pop

Security company Panda Labs has discovered an online service that promises to hack into Facebook accounts for $100. They claim they will provide "clients" with login and password information to access any account on the social network. Do you feel like your information is secure on Facebook? Comment here.

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Online Banking Threat Bypassing Up-to-Date Anti-Viruses

There is an online banking Trojan out there that is bypassing up-to-date anti-virus programs as much as 77% of the time, according to security company Trusteer. The Zeus Trojan is also known as Zbot, WSNPOEM, NTOS and PRG. It is the most prevalent financial malware on the web, Trusteer says.

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Security Issues Holding Back Social Media’s Potential

Social Media’s rise in popularity has created some very real problems for the Internet and its users. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have seemingly opened the floodgates to security troubles, and over the past few weeks, this has been accentuated by a number of issues and studies.

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Google Shares Interesting Malware Stats

Google is sharing some interesting statistics on malware, such as the number of entries on the Google Safe Browsing Malware List that have occurred over the last twelve months, and search results containing a URL labeled as harmful.

"We’re glad to share this sort of data because we believe that collaboration and information sharing are crucial in driving anti-malware efforts forward," says Niels Provos of Google’s Security Team.

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Short URL Spam a Big Threat in August

Spammers are taking particular advantage of the heightened interest in health-related issues like swine flu and healthcare reform to distribute large shortened-URL spam runs using the Donbot botnet, according to Symantec’s MessageLabs.

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Twitter Quietly Takes Step Toward Security

Security firm F-Secure discovered that Twitter has begun blocking links to malicious sites when users try to post them. Twitter has not acknowledged this with an announcement yet, but users (at least some) are getting the following message when trying to post a link to a known malware site:

"Oops! Your tweet contained a URL to a known malware site!"

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Journalists Not Protecting Themselves Online

BPM Forum and AVG Technologies released some interesting findings from the Protect the Press Poll, a survey of the cyber security habits of the working press. The biggest takeaway is that the supposedly well-informed members of the press are no better at protecting themselves online than the average user.

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Bing Promotes Ahead-Of-The-Curve Malware Filter

Whether you think about it or not, the issue of safety probably affects just about every decision-making process.  After all, even if you favor a grocery store based on its low prices and convenient location, you must also on some level recognize that muggings don’t occur there every day.  And Microsoft wants to make sure you feel safe using Bing, too. 

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Blackhatters Hit Google, Twitter

PandaLabs has identified thousands of links designed to target searchers looking for information on recently popular targets. With the goal of infecting unsuspecting victims with scareware, Twitter recently has also been bombarded with trending spam.

Blackhat SEOs targeting Google search results came to light this spring to redirect trusting users to scareware sites—sites falsely warning targets of viruses on their machine, offering fake system scans, promoting expensive fake anti-virus programs, and installing Trojans.

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Malicious Content Found More on Well Established Sites

MessageLabs Intelligence released some new  information today indicating that the assumption that most web-based malware resides on fly-by-night websites touting adult content, is an "old-fashioned notion."

Instead, a MessageLabs (part of Symantec) spokesperson tells WebProNews that cybercriminals are more likely to be hiding on legitimate web sites tha have been compromised.

Data from the week of May 5th shows that:

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Google Results Polluted By Cybercrooks

UPDATE: Since this post was first published, Google has said an algorithm change is pending to address the problem. Read more about that here.

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Firefox Vulnerability Leaves Computers Open To Attack

There has been a lot of talk recently about browsers and the maneuvering that is occurring in that spacefirefox-logo due to new releases and expiring agreements and more.

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Black Hat SEO Lucrative For Cybercrooks

Obviously, cyber crooks wouldn’t do what they do if there wasn’t any money in it. Thanks to some black-hat search engine optimization and a little rogueware (a.k.a. scareware), some are making almost $11,000 a day, according to FinJan’s first Cybercrime Intelligence Report for 2009.

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Facebook Hit With Malicious App, Searchers Duped

As far as malware tricks go, this one is pretty diabolical. Over the weekend, Facebook users started receiving messages saying friends had tried to view their profile but were unable to do so. The message prompts the user to install a third party app, oddly titled “Error Check System.”

The actual text of the message reads: “[Name] has faced some errors when checking your profile View The Errors Message.”

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(Some) LinkedIn Profiles Leading To Malware

Over the weekend, Twitter suffered from some security problems that fell more on the mischievous than malicious side of things.  Now, the sort of social media trouble quotient appears to have risen a bit as fake LinkedIn profiles are trying to send users towards malware.

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Live Search Highlights Malicious Sites in Results

About two years behind Google, Microsoft has finally decided to start marking malicious sites in the search results for Live Search. Better late than never though, I suppose.

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Hackers Buying AdWords Now?

Gotta hand it to the Web bandits. Buying AdWords is a brazen new realm for them. A paid link leading to a dangerous malware-laden download targeted President-Elect Obama’s sweeping victory.

The ad, which according to the screenshot at security company Sophos blog achieved top placement for the keyword phrase “Obama win,” clicked out to a “rogue” site and a download prompt for an installer that is “100% checked by Antivirus.”

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Cutts Nips Net Neutrality Conspiracy Theory

Be careful with Google conspiracy accusations; Matt Cutts might make an example of you. After being accused of blocking anti-Net Neutrality pages on the Progress and Freedom Foundation site, Cutts gloats over data to the contrary on his blog.

Brett Glass, via Dan Farber’s Interesting People mailing list, discovered only pages on’s website pertaining to Network Neutrality were flagged by Google as hosting malware. Once flagged, Google gandalfs the old "you shall not pass" command, barring searchers from accessing the infected page via search results.

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China, Google Share Top 10 Most Infected List

If you go down’s top ten most malware infected network list, you’ll notice a pattern: the first four are Chinese. While the critic may find that unsurprising, number five on the list, Google, Inc., is worth a double take.

Google isn’t just one of the founders of, it’s also a member. The company, in a weird twist, is also its own target. Google has its free blogging service Blogger to thank for all that junk gumming up its own network. Out of over 200,000 websites discovered to be infected, Blogger returned 4,261 infections.

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Oops, Google Malware Review Form Working Again

Webmasters this week were greeted with an "oops, not working" error when they tried using Google’s Malware Review form.

The form that was introduced last year in August to help webmasters solve issues of malware or badware, faced some technical problems this week and this was first reported at around 1 am on May 15th.

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1% Of Google Search Results Still Contain Malicious Content

Last Tuesday, Google published a report stating that web browsing and searching are increasingly becoming risky. Google for a year and a half now has been identifying web pages that infect vulnerable hosts via drive-by downloads, i.e. web pages that attempt to exploit their visitors by installing and running malware automatically.

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Google Says Malware Is a Growing Problem

Research by Google’s anti-malware team found more than three million unique URLs on more than 180,000 Web sites that automatically install malware.

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Beware of New MySpace Malware

Security Watch is reporting a new MySpace security issue that could reasonably make someone’s day unhappy. The idea behind the hack is to send an authentic looking patch from Microsoft to a person’s computer, once they have clicked on a link to view a person’s profile.

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Zango’s Got a Secret Crush on Facebook

Zango’s at it again, showing the company will stoop to any level to serve pop-up ads to people that don’t want them. What’s being dubbed by security experts as a malicious social worm is brought to you via Zango and Facebook’s open platform.

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Bhutto Assassination Draws Malware Scammers

Blogger links that purport to lead to video of Benazir Bhutto’s last moments alive go to a fake video codec and an all too familiar exploit.

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Google Removes a Ton of Malware Sites

Google has expunged more than 40,000 websites from its search index, removing a ton of sites because they contain malware.

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No Malware on Google Results?

Google has taken steps to remove malware websites from its search results, according to a ComputerWorld article released Wednesday.

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Google Scrubs More Malware From Index

Google has shown itself to be the strong, silent type, and quick, too – in about two days’ time, the company cleaned up what one individual called “massive amounts of malware redirects” without bothering to say a word about it.

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Malware Draws More Attention To DoubleClick

Compared to murder, malware isn’t so bad.  It’s not exactly good, though, and in a development that can’t please Google, it’s been connected to DoubleClick.

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Visitors to the Web site of the were exposed to malware, according to a ScanSafe advisory.

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PDF Potentially A Malware Vehicle

Proof of concept code demonstrated to Secure Computing showed how Adobe’s popular Portable Document Formet could become a massive attack vector for malware distributors.

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Bank Of India Site Co-Opted By Malware

Although Alex Eckelberry of Sunbelt Software believes fully patched IE and Firefox systems should be safe from the corrupted Bank of India website, it’s probably best to avoid the site until a massive malware problem has been corrected.

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New Malware Fakes Google Home Page

A couple of very obvious tipoffs should make it apparent to regular Google visitors that a malicious version of the search engine’s home page has been substituted for the real thing.

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Malware in Advertising

One of the more interesting attacks or hacks coming out the hacker’s world is the idea of malware embedded in advertising.

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Google Updates Webmaster Malware Reviews

Webmasters whose sites have been flagged in Google’s search results as being potential links to malware have a new process for updating their listings after cleaning the site.

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Africa, Iraq, Cuba Safer than US for Sites?

Google launched its Online Security Blog this week. Their first post took a look at compromised websites and malware around the world.

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Some People Will Click On Anything

Pose whatever theory you like as to why, but an AdWords experiment revealed that people will click on just about anything – even if the ad tells them their computer will be infected with a virus if they do.

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Google Warns Of Malware

A new study by Google that examined 4.5 million Web sites for malicious software found that about one in ten sites were infected.

The study called "Ghost in the Browser" revealed that out of the 4.5 million Web sites analyzed 450,000 had caused Google’s test computer to make a "drive-by download".

The study found that the average user does not have a way to protect themselves from the threat.

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Google Sells AdWords First, Asks Questions Later

Google finds itself under fire again for helping to spread viruses and malware through AdWords.

Researchers at security software maker Exploit Prevention Labs have uncovered evidence that malware distributors are using Google AdWords to infect computers.

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Google Responds To AdWords Scam Kerfuffle

The practice of establishing AdWords accounts for the purpose of passing clicks through a third-party malware distributor has drawn a blame-the-user response from Google.

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McAfee: The Internet Is Risky Business

It’s no secret that the Internet is rife with phishing and malware sites that look to prey upon unsuspecting web surfers. In a recent study, McAfee decided to take a geographical look at both the safest and riskiest places to surf the web.

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Google Images Regains Details, Keeps Warnings

About a month ago, Google Image Search started displaying its results a little differently; the makeover yielded a cleaner, but less informative, look. There was a low-level outcry from users, and now things are back to the way they were. That’s all good and well, and an important feature seems to have made it through the shuffle intact.

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Google Adds Malware Warnings To Search Results

Google is integrating malware warnings in the search results to warn searchers about risky sites before they go there. In fact, searchers have to work extra hard to get to them.

Results for the phrase "beautiful free screensaver" include a warning with the top result, linking to, reading "This site may harm your computer."

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Video Entices Malware Creators

Fake video sites and associated downloads look like they will be the proverbial pain in the keyboard for Internet users this year as criminals shift their efforts to them to get malware on computers.

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RFID Technology Vulnerable To Malware

RFID tags may become commonplace in the future, but not a lot of people are looking forward to widespread implementation. There was already concern that these “smart barcodes” would allow consumers’ habits to be more easily tracked, and that the technology could facilitate identity theft. It turns out that RFID tags can transmit computer viruses, as well.

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AppSense, Mitnick Release White Paper On Malware

AppSense, a self-proclaimed “leader in endpoint security solutions for the enterprise,” has sponsored a new white paper authored by Kevin Mitnick.

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Resistance is Futile

Microsoft says recovery from malware is becoming impossible. Well, duh.

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Microsoft Exposes Google AdSense Scheme

Mistyping a URL in the address bar of a browser can lead to a ring of traffic-stealing “typo-squatters” that ripoff the AdSense for domains system at the expense of Google and its advertisers.

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Malware: Computing’s Dirty Dozen

It seems that no sooner do you feel safe turning on your computer than you hear on the news about a new kind of internet security threat. Usually, the security threat is some kind of malware (though the term “security threat” no doubt sells more newspapers).

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Malware And Antivirus Software

Warning: most antivirus programs will not protect you against all forms of malignant software (often called “malware”) on their own. Find out how to protect yourself.

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Crouching Trojan, Hidden Malware

Trojans are not just more dangerous than computer viruses, they’re stealthier, too. Find out where they hide.

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Should Google Introduce A Malware Filter?

One of the bigger complaints about Google’s search ability is the amount of sites containing various amounts of malware or spyware or viruses still tend to permeate Google’s search results. Many a horror story has been told about a users getting some type of computer infection from a site they’ve discovered on Google (or any search engine for that matter).

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More Mass Mailing Malware Manifests

Mytob and Bagle variants have begun circulating on the Internet, and as always, regular updates of your antivirus package will be your best starting point.

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Eliot Spitzer Takes On Malware

A lawsuit filed in New York City accuses Los Angeles-based Intermix Media of being a major spyware distributor.

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Microsoft Releases Malware Remover

Today, with a new approach to security at the forefront, Microsoft released a free malware remover tool designed for computers operating in the Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 environments.

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Don’t Take Code Red Lightly

In confronting malware, there is nothing innovative about the new strains of Klez, Yaha, SirCam and Code Red. Yet all of these worms have demonstrated unprecedented staying power on the Internet despite the existence of patches, anti-virus signatures, personal firewall protection and Intrusion Detection technology. Why are these threats so prolific, and why do new threats gain traction so quickly if all they amount to are retread malicious code?

This paper analyzes the patterns of emerging malware and presents a strategy to assist network and security administrators in addressing “new” yet old threats.

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