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November 2011

You’ve Got Malware: Deceptive package delivery email for the holidays

Taking delivery of an unexpected package containing gifts is one of the joys of the holiday season. Missing a package delivery is one of the frustrations of the season. So, an email headed "Failed Package Delivery" is a good way for scam artists and malware distributors to get your attention. In this post I examine

Support-Scammer Tricks

Information and resources regarding tricks used by coldcall/support desk scammers

Facebook FTC Settlement Means 20 Years of Federal Privacy Audits

The FTC has just announced its eight-count deception charge against Facebook has been settled, with the world's largest social network submitting to a wide array of remedies that include 20 years of privacy auditing and strict controls on how the company deals with your personal data in the future. In this post I will explain

Cyber-Shopping Safety Tips: A handy video guide

Now that the 2011 holiday shopping season is underway we thought it would be helpful to share our tips for safer cyber-shopping in the form of a short video (I think we all know at least a few people who can’t seem to find time to read anything, but are more than happy to watch

Facebook Christmas Tree Virus: it’s Still a Hoax

“Old hoaxes never die”: last year’s Christmas Tree App Facebook “virus” warning is circulating again.

Holiday shopping? We know where you are

Well, not you exactly you, but malls are rolling out technology that tracks customers’ patterns throughout the mall using cell signals. They say they aren’t collecting personal information, but say they want to be able to track customer traffic patterns, for example, how many customers visit Starbucks after visiting Nordstroms. The technology, called FootPath, is

Facebook Invitation and the Olympic Torch

Old hoaxes never die. They just get transplanted to Facebook.

Breaking Dawn, Taylor Swift, Image Search: Poisoning, survey scams on the rise

Manipulating search results for trending topics like "Breaking Dawn" and "Taylor Swift" is a nasty phenomenon that is getting nastier, producing fraudulent and potentially costly results in response to innocent searches. As we described in our Search Poisoning video, the goal of this fraud is to trick people into loading web pages that they would

IRISSCERT, ESET Ireland and the Luck of the Irish

The IRISSCERT conference in Dublin has drawn attention to Irish cybercrime statistics since January 2011.

SCADA attacks gone crazy

SCADA, a network-enabled setup for controlling infrastructure, is hitting the headlines in force for falling victim to cyber scammers. There have been several incidents of unauthorized access to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems recently, from guessing simple passwords, to full-on spear phishing attacks against a hardware vendor, which were then used to access

Evolution of Win32Carberp: going deeper

This month we discovered new information on a new modification in the Win32/TrojanDownloader.Carberp trojan family.

US Pentagon: it’s official, military response to cyber attacks

Awhile back we noticed signals from the US Pentagon that they were considering the possibility of a traditional military response to cyber attacks on US physical infrastructure. Basically, a cyber attack on infrastructure could be considered an act of war. We now see the official report released, confirming this. The report states, “When warranted, we

Cyber Monday Safety: 10 tips for safer holiday shopping online

With 10 days to go before Cyber Monday, the "traditional" post-Thanksgiving online shopping day, ESET has put together 10 tips for safer holiday shopping online. Please feel free to share these tips with any friends and family who are planning to shop online this season. You can even go old school and hand them a

Much Ado About Facebook, Part II

Since yesterday’s Much Ado About Facebook post in the ESET Threat Blog, we have written additional articles, received a few comments, and also received updated information on the “threat,” so it seems that now is a good time for a follow-up article.  Reports continue to come in of pornographic and violent imagery on Facebook, and

SOPA-rific: House Judiciary Committee gets a rude awakening

SOPA: Homeland Security weighs in, MPAA is reticent. Clearly, the House Judiciary Committee needs some authoritative, neutral advice on the mechanics and implications of DNS filtering.

Agony Column for Comment Spammers

Today we hand over the blog to Ms Letitia Teaspoon, ESET’s Agony-Aunt-in-Residence.

SOPA Opera

We all have our concerns about piracy and violations of intellectual property, but the discussion taking place at the moment behind closed doors seems pretty one-sided.

Facebook, offensive content, and terse responses

I have yet to see any direct advice to Facebook users on the “Facebook Known Issues” page or the “Facebook Security” page.

Infosecurity Conference APTitude Adjustment

If you're interested in the "APT: Real Threat or Just Hype" keynote session I took part in during the recent Infosecurity Virtual Conference, you can now hear and see the presentations and Q&A  (and the other panel sessions from the conference). Register here. Here are the details for that keynote session, chaired by Steve Gold,

Facebook’s Gross Video Scam: Watch the rest of the story

Scumbags posts links on Facebook that can lead to malware infected websites, phishing forms, identity theft, financial losses, or worse. One hopes that all Facebook users have been warned about this by now, but how many have seen what these scams look like in action? When security experts advise "Do not click" with respect to

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