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Microsoft Hack

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Basically, the rogue antispy was directing the victim to a genuine Microsoft address, but was modifying the html on the fly as it came back from the real Microsoft page. It made it read that Microsoft was recommending that the victim should buy the rogue. That’s a pretty good trick that will catch a lot […]

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New rogue: SafetyAntiSpyware

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SafetyAntispyware is a new rogue anti-spyware application. However, the functionality follows the same pattern as other rogues. First, it will detect some fake infections. Then it will ask the user to license the product to remove these “threats”. It will also keep reminding the user about these fake infections and will urge the user to […]

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“Everyone” may not be your friend

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There were two news stories recently that seemed to coincide. In the first, Cisco issued an annual security report which said the two current targets of the Internet criminal underground are banks and social networks. Banks because, well, we all know what they keep there. Social networks are targets because that’s where weakly protected password […]

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It pays to read the fine print (literally)

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This is a new one: bribeware. They’ll pay you a dollar to install their product. Nice idea, but unfortunately in this case it comes bundled with malware. We detect it as C4DLMedia, a group of installers that include adware and agents that change browser home pages. It’s considered a “moderate” risk. I wonder if Microsoft […]

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

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It has come to our attention recently that a website is giving out instructions on how to use a low tech social engineering trick to view private Facebook profiles. To view the instructions, a third-party application must be first downloaded and installed. While this application is not malware, it may impact computer performance. The instructions […]