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Top Ten Trite Security Predictions

1. Every security blogger in the world will mark the transition from 2009 to 2010 with at least one top ten something-or-other article. Except me, of course.  2. There will be headlines about the death of anti-virus, and a famous security guru will state that anti-malware only catches malware that's already been identified and analysed, that

No Ifs or Bots: if only…

I came across a nice article today by Dennis Fisher on “The Root of the Botnet Epidemic”. It's the start of what looks like an interesting series on "the roots, growth and effects of the botnet epidemic" and the first aricle takes a historical overview of the situation around the turn of the century, looking

Who Flipped the Bird?

As I write this, Twitter, the popular social networking site is experiencing a distributed denial of service attack. I do not know where the attacks are originating from, or the reason, but it occurs to me there may be hell to pay. So what motives? Perhaps the bad guys are upset that Twitter has recently

There’s Security, Then There’s Social Security

How secure is your Social Security Number? If your answer is "Very: I only ever give it to organizations who are entitled to know it", that may not be as safe as it sounds. Of course, there are a couple of fairly generic issues: some legitimate, convenient organizations may ask for it who are, nevertheless,

Cyber war or Cyber hype?

Cyber war or Cyber hype? On July 4th several US government web sites were hit with a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. In human speak that means you couldn’t get to those web sites because too many other computers were making them unavailable. Many of the attack failed, but some sites, like www.ftc.gov effectively

Not every Botnet is Conficker

If it was the intention of the Conficker gang to create a huge splash, they succeeded. (In fact, it’s quite possible that they’ve attracted more attention than they really wanted.) In any case, it seems that lots of people are looking nervously over their shoulders for any indication that something unpleasant and Conficker-related is about

Mad Macs – the iBot

When I write about Mac issues, I usually find myself abused by individuals convinced that there are no Mac viruses, never were any Mac viruses, and never could be any Mac viruses. Less advanced cases sometimes admit that there is Mac malware (and malware that isn’t Mac-specific, but can affect Mac users), but buy into

Conficker: Before the Flood (April Showers)

I don’t, of course, know for sure what’s going to happen on April 1st, when Conficker is timed, potentially, to go to its next stage of evolution. We do know, from inspecting code in the variants and subvariants that have come our way, that infected machines will be looking for instructions and updates on that date. At the very least,

Psyb0t: varying the angle of attack

DroneBL, a site that tracks IP addresses that considered vulnerable to abuse that some sites use for its DNSBL (blocking list), blogged yesterday on the fact that it’s been subjected to a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS), apparently by systems infected with malware going by the name of psyb0t. According to the blog, this

BBC Controversy: Click Fraud?

I spend so much time on this blog, that I’ve been neglecting the other blogs I’m supposed to contribute to from time to time (including my own, though I’ve just started to put some papers up there – more about that later). However, as the issue with the BBC’s possible breach of the UK’s Computer

Zombies Down Under

The estimable Graham Cluley’ drew my attention in his blog to the fact that this is National Zombie Awareness Week in Australia. A zombie is security geekspeak for a PC that has been infected by a bot or agent, so that it’s added to a network of compromised machines (a botnet) under the control of

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