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July 2009

Orwell, Double-Think, and Anti-sec

Full Disclosure (the concept, not just the mailing list): apparently, it’s all the fault of the security industry. Well, most things are. Still, this is a bizarre little story. (Tip of the hat to the entirely normal Rob Slade for calling my attention to it.) Apparently an individual or group calling itself The Anti-sec Movement replaced every image

Comcast Embraces URL Hijacking

Typosquatting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typosquatting, sometimes called URL Hijacking is a nefarious practice of registering a domain so that when someone makes a mistake in typing in a URL the result is a page they were not looking for. For example, if I was an unscrupulous competitor I might register the domain www.esey.com and try to sell a

Cyber war or Cyber hype?

Cyber war or Cyber hype? On July 4th several US government web sites were hit with a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. In human speak that means you couldn’t get to those web sites because too many other computers were making them unavailable. Many of the attack failed, but some sites, like www.ftc.gov effectively

Nothin’ tweet about me

I’m still getting the occasional request to follow on my most obscure Twitter account, which is protected (meaning that I have to approve requests to follow me on there). Sorry, but if I don’t know who you are, you won’t get approved on that one. Even if I do know who you are, you won’t

Guest Blog: How Much Spam Does Waledac Send?

Sebastián Bortnik, at ESET Latin America, kindly translated a blog they put up today here and allowed us to reproduce it for our blog. I think you’ll find it interesting. Thanks, Sebastián! The revival of the spread of the Waledac trojan is already a fact. As the ESET team announced on Thursday, on Friday spam emails

Social Networking or Social Suicide?

I just read a startling news story about how someone didn’t understand what NOT to post on Facebook. The article titled “British spy chief’s cover blown on Facebook” tells how the wife of Sir John Sawers put up way too much information on Facebook. You can read the story at http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090706/tc_nm/us_britain_mi6 You don’t have to

Statistical Accuracy and the Gullibility Gene

SC Magazine in the UK picked up on our Global Threat Report for June, based on statistics that derive from our ThreatSense.Net® threat-monitoring technology. Thanks, Dan: when you do as much writing as I do, it’s comforting to know that someone is reading it. ;-) I thought, though, I’d develop some thoughts on a topic arising

Waledac, VirusTotal and some AV fallacies

[Since the owner of the blog described below interpreted this blog as a personal attack and marketing BS, I've removed information that identifies his blog. Which is a pity, because his blogs on the topic actually include useful information. I'm not withdrawing the whole blog, because it isn't marketing and it isn't about our product:

Waledac: after the fireworks

I’d like to thank the City of San Diego for welcoming me with a firework display last night. It was just what I needed after 22 hours in planes and airports. :-) Maybe just a little quieter next time? (London did much the same thing to me with its Millennium celebration.) It did look pretty

Waledac is Back!

The Waledac botnet has been activated and it is now sending spam promoting videos of Independence Day, even if we are only July 3rd. They are using multiple web pages with titles like “Fourth of July Fireworks Shows”. Users wishing to view the video are asked to click an image that returns an executable and

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