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March 2010

You are the weakest link…

Greetings, friends and fiends. It's been a while since I've been able to blog: I've been trying out one of these vacation thingies that I keep reading about in travel magazines. (Well, my wife does, and she tells me when I need a holiday, presumably as my conversations get grouchier.) But I see that my

We’re Not Talking Peanuts Here, Folks

We have recently seen some reports that give some idea of the real size of the cybercrime problem. Recently Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Examiner Dave Nelson reported that online banking fraud involving the electronic transfer of funds cost US banks more than $40 million dollars per month for the third quarter of 2009. The

Get Your Motor Running

Ford Motor Company has recently announced that later this year it will be producing cars with built-in WiFi capabilities. Since 2008, the first generation of this system enabled owners of certain Ford, Lincoln & Mercury vehicles to connect media players & bluetooth devices to their entertainment systems. This second generation of its so called Sync

It Seems Obvious To Me….

    If you listen to IT Security experts, they will regularly tell you to make your passwords difficult to guess. They will also tell you ensure it is not short, and has a mixture of alphabetic, numeric & special characters in it – and certainly don't use a word that is found in the

Patchwork for the Home and the Enterprise

SC Magazine's Dan Raywood reports that "To be completely patched requires an average of between 51 and 86 actions per year", quoting findings by Secunia that " in order for the typical home user to stay fully patched, an average of 75 patches from 22 different vendors need to be installed, requiring the user to

AV Lingo, et al

A reader recently sent in a batch of questions that I thought might be of general interest.  I also invited other members of the Research team to chime in with their thoughts. Question 1- When it is critical to give a malware specific name? [David Harley answers…] For detection/remediation purposes, it isn't really necessary for

What Do You Get When You Fall In Love?

Let's consider the words of the song "I'll Never Fall In Love" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David: "What do you get when you kiss a girl? You get enough germs to catch pneumonia After you do, she'll never phone ya I'll never fall in love again" OK, it's confession time. I am single and

RSA, AMTSO, the Universe and Everything

There was an AMTSO (Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization) panel session here at RSA, where Larry Bridwell, Righard Zwienenberg, Andreas Marx, Roel Schouwenberg and Neil Rubenking talked about AMTSO and what it does (and what it hopes to do). And I added to my list of qualifications for being involved with the organization: current vendor representative,

Greetings Austin!!!

After having launched the Securing Our eCity campaign (www.securingourecity.org) in San Diego, ESET is taking cyber security education to Austin Texas. ESET will be offering free educational seminars about cyber security in Austin. ESET recently commissioned a survey of 551 residents of Austin, Texas.  24% of the people interviewed reported that they or someone they

The Biggest Botnet in the World

You may have seen the news about the bot masters in Spain who were arrested. Defense Intelligence http://defintel.com/docs/Mariposa_Analysis.pdf dubbed this Mariposa botnet. It is claimed that this botnet had the power to perform much stronger attacks than what Estonia witnessed a couple of years ago.  Still, this botnet is dwarfed by the largest botnet in

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