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March 2013

British cyber intelligence agency admits to basic password security errors

Britain’s hi-tech government intelligence agency GCHQ should know better than to send passwords in plain text via email – but has been doing so due to “legacy systems”, it admitted in a statement this week.

Don’t save that date – bogus wedding invitations are latest spam trend but also deja vu

Emailed wedding invitations have popped back up as a way to distribute malware Will this tactic join other malware-email staples like malicious tax season messages.

Pirated software use triples – leaving PC users at risk of infection

Use of pirated and counterfeit Windows software has tripled since 2006, according to analysts IDC – creating a fertile breeding ground for malware. For the report, entitled ‘The Dangerous World of Pirated and Counterfeit Software’, IDC analysts conducted 533 tests on counterfeit software from P2P and web sources.

Schneier, Winkler and the Great Security Awareness Training Debate

The value of educating people about cyber security is hotly debated these days, with opposing views on security awareness training coming from Bruce Schneier and Ira Winkler. Stephen Cobb weighs in.

Gamers warned of risks of “always online” games such as SimCity and Diablo

The new trend for “always online” games such as SimCity and Blizzard’s Diablo 3 may be putting gamers at risk, experts warn. The games, which require an internet connection even for single-player gaming, are designed to protect game companies from piracy.

James Bond steps in to defend British businesses against cyber attack

British cyber security experts from intelligence services such as MI5 are to join forces with 160 top British firms to defend against cyber attacks.

Carberp: the never ending story

Aleksandr Matrosov reveals changes in banking Trojan Carberp relating to Java/Spy.Banker (AgentX.jar) and gaining remote access using legitimate software as backdoor components.

Apple ID password and verification two-step plays on

Stepping up protection of the Apple ID falters as password reset bug emerges before two-step verification is fully implemented.

Criminal hacking continues to cause headaches for Yahoo members

Malicious spam may still be spreading across Yahoo! Mail accounts. We show you how to turn on the added verification process that Yahoo! offers.

Spammers leverage news of a new Pope and other world events

Major world events always bring with them an upsurge in related spam and the election and inauguration of a new Pope is no exception.

From flicks to clicks: Mac OS X Trojan Adware.Yontoo infects via fake codec

Protection and remediation tips for Mac OS X users targeted by a Trojan adware plugin called Yontoo hidden behind movie trailer and other media playing links, generating money for criminals exploiting online ad schemes.

Job Scams: Nice Work If You Can Get It

The new ESET blog format must be striking a real chord with people. At any rate, job offers are just pouring in. Except that they don’t seem to be jobs for security bloggers, or for web developers like the team that maintains this site.

Win32/Cridex: Java pushes Cyprus into a Blackhole

Banking crisis in Cyprus is now being used in a spam campaign promoting the Blackhole exploit kit and the Win32/Cridex Trojan.

Gapz and Redyms droppers based on Power Loader code

Technical analysis of Power Loader, a special bot builder for making downloaders for other malware families and yet another example of specialization and modularity in malware production.

Social media makes scams and hoaxes harder to spot

If your friend said it on Social media it must be true? Not if your friend’s acount has been hacked. We review tips for staying safe on social media.

Tax-related scams plague IRS and taxpayers

Answers to common questions about tax season scams in America and advice about fending off the malicious activity that seeks to exploit tax matters.

Gartner indicates shift to mobile computing happening faster than expected

According to a survey by technology industry analysts Gartner, the adoption of mobile devices is happening even faster than expected.

UK consumers remain concerned about bank security

A survey of UK consumers, sponsored by telecoms supliers Avaya and Sabio had some worrying results for the financial sector.

Criminal hackers increasingly attracted to smaller businesses

Even the smallest web based business in the world will attract criminal hackers interested in stealing financially valuable data.

The real risk in Google removing ad-blocking apps from Play store

While many Android users speculate about Google’s removal of ad-blocking apps from the official Android store, Google Play, we consider the risky behavior that is bound to result.

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