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December 2006

The IRS Is Not Offering You Money

You would think that with the cold winter weather people would want to stay inside, but Phishing is an all weather sport, and the phish du jour is an IRS scam. There are hundreds of these, but they go something like this You get an email that appears to be from the IRS and they

Giving a New Computer?

Around this time of the year people often become first time computer users and learn the wonders, good and bad, of the internet.   There are a few tips you can give a new user to help them avoid some of the perils. Actually, there are several million pages of tips in books and on

Social Sites and Their Risks

In recent months malware on social sites has been in the media. There was the “Greygoo” worm that affected Second Life (http://secondlife.com/), as well as worms attacking MySpace (http://www.myspace.com) users. A recent worm that used QuickTime to spread to MySpace users also incorporated a Phishing attack. Users who accessed infected pages were sent to a

The Spirit of Cooperation

December 3-5 marked the 9th annual AVAR conference. This year yours truly got to be the conference chairman and ESET hosted the conference in New Zealand. AVAR is the Association of anti Virus Asia Researchers (http://www.aavar.org) and has a mission to prevent the spread and damage caused by malicious software, and to develop cooperative relationship

Beating the QuickTime Vulnerability

Apple QuickTime includes the ability to create a movie that can use JavaScript commands. This “feature” is referred to as the HREF track. One exploitation of this “feature” resulted in the spreading of a worm on MySpace. While the functionality itself has legitimate uses there is no legitimate reason for forcing active content from a

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