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Tech Support Scams: Second Byte at the Cherry

Is there really anything new to be said about tech support scams? Unfortunately, the FTC tells us there is. Not only because people are still falling prey to this type of fraud, but because the scammers are still finding new approaches to harvesting their victims’ credit card details. Some quite interesting, sophisticated technical tricks are

CIPAV Spyware: Hiding in Plain Sight?

CIPAV, the "Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier" spyware apparently used by the FBI to monitor activity on the computers of suspects, may not seem the hottest news item around: in fact, my friend and former colleague Craig Johnston and I put together a paper – Please Police Me - on the issues involved with policeware versus

Thanks for your support scam

…In fact, while the season for the traditional end of year crystal ball-gazing is pretty much over, I’ll venture a few extra predictions based on recent observations of the support scam business…

Avoiding Conflict

Some of you may be aware that some users have recently encountered problems with one of Microsoft's security updates. Some user's systems would crash with a "Blue Screen Of Death" (BSOD) after installing Microsoft's latest batch of security updates. The problem has been narrowed down to the MS10-015 update. It seems that systems that have

Can We Learn From Our Mistakes?

I've read with interest the recent developments regarding the "Aurora" exploit code. As you are probably aware this code exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Microsoft recently released an out-of-band patch to close off this vulnerability. Very soon after, we are seeing reports that the first widespread attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability

Attack Vector Recycling?

I received a fax today. Now, that may not be worthy of noting on here, apart from the fact that I hardly ever receive faxes these days. But the interesting fact is that it was sent to my US based fax number and offered me a great deal on a "New Health Plan" for only

The out-of-control decade

We interrupt our – well, my - scheduled programming to bring to your attention an article in "The Register" that I think deserves your attention. I put up what was intended to be a brief pointer on the AVIEN blog (http://avien.net/blog/?p=253), but I found myself kind of warming to the subject, to the extent that I

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