For the Hypochondriacs…

I’ve tried to convince you all that you really need to watch out for all of the threats and that it really isn’t worth worrying about Conficker, but if you are still worried about Conficker we do have a knowledge base article you can peruse at If you apply your security patches, disable autorun,

Who is the April Fool?

I kept telling everyone to worry about being secure, not about Conficker. Some people listen, some don’t. So what happened over about the past 24 hours? According to ESET’s ThreatSense.Net, by about 2 PM GMT on April 1st, of the top 20 threats encountered by our users in the past 24 hours, four out of

Conficker Launches Cyber Attack Against Big Ben

In an apparent effort to cause British commuters to miss their trains, Chinese hackers have ordered the Conficker.C botnet to randomly change the time on the venerable and vulnerable Big Ben. This has caused millions of Londoners to be late for work this morning. Hey, this is no more ridiculous than trying to protect against

Foil Conficker Get Rid of AutoRun

OK, this doesn’t actually foil Conficker, but it does block one of the attack vectors and prevents many other threats from automatically infecting your computer too, It is the longest standing un-patched Microsoft vulnerability and Microsoft calls it a “feature”. The idea of autorun is to attempt to make it so that a person can

TomTom to Get Bit by Microsoft Again

I read this morning that Microsoft is going to sue the GPS maker TomTom for patent infringement. You might recall that TomTom sold a GPS with malware already installed on it. It wouldn’t have been much of a problem if it wasn’t for Microsoft technology. It is Microsoft’s security nightmare called “autorun” that made having

The Oldest Un-Patched Microsoft Vulnerability

It is the longest standing un-patched Microsoft vulnerability I know of, and Microsoft calls it a “feature”. Microsoft calls it “autorun”, I call it “auto-infect”.  The idea of autorun is to attempt to make it so that a person can use a computer with a minimum amount of knowledge. This emphasis away from education is

Threat Trends In January

Here at ESET we have just released our Global ThreatTrends report for January 2009. Not surprisingly, at the top of the list is a family of programs that exploit Microsoft’s longest unpatched vulnerability. That’s right, Autorun.inf, is an evil “feature” that should have been patched out of existence a long time ago. Since it is

Confounding Conficker

[Update: Spiegl Online reports (in German!) that the total may be as high as 50 million infected machines: however, this figure seems to be extrapolated from the number of infections picked up Panda’s online scanner. Statistically, I’m not sure it makes any sense at all to try to correlate this self-selecting sample to the total population of

Top Ten 2008 Threats

The top ten (twenty, twenty-five…) season doesn’t seem to have finished yet: the latest to cross my radar was something like seven ways of surviving the recession, which I’m sure is of interest to all of us, but not really in scope for this blog. So here’s a snippet from our 2008 Global Threat Report,

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