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Halloween disfraces y un poco de Blackhat SEO

Cómo mencionamos en ocasiones anteriores el 31 de octubre se celebrará la Halloween (en español, Noche de Brujas), en Estados Unidos y otras partes del mundo,  junto con ella volvemos a mencionar que debemos estar atentos ante posibles amenazas que suelen aparecer durante este tipo de fechas conocidas por todos. Esto ocurre normalmente mediante el

Koobface llega a Mac OS y Linux

Sin lugar a dudas Koobface es el malware referente en lo que respecta a la relación entre los códigos maliciosos y redes sociales. El troyano que se propaga por la red desde hace años, y que ha conformado una importante red botnet ha vuelto a la acción con una particularidad: ahora es multi-plataforma. En el

Firesheep: Add-on the Firefox que permite el hijacking de sessiones HTTP

En lo que va de la semana fue una gran noticia la aparición de Firesheep, un add-on the Firefox, que permite realizar hijacking de sessiones HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol – en español, protocolo de transferencia de hipertexto). La técnica utilizada se basa en escanear una red inalámbrica no segura y secuestrar credenciales de inicio de

Facebook, Android e iPhone fugan datos de usuarios.

Siempre es importante saber que tan expuesta se encuentra la información que se publica en las redes sociales, o es accesible desde teléfonos móviles. Sobre todo cuando existe la posibilidad de que datos tales como correos electrónicos, números de teléfonos y lista de contactos se envíe a empresas sin el consentimiento del usuario. Durante los

What’s the Difference Between Facebook Security and Bigfoot?

The difference is that there have been reported sightings of Bigfoot. The keynote address at the Virus Bulletin conference today was given by Nick Bilogorskiy, a member of the security team at Facebook. To start with, I have known Nick for several years and I can tell you that he is very intelligent and a

Facebook Competitor Faces Criticism – Is Diaspora DOA?

Really – should any Alpha version be fed through a chipper-shredder like Diaspora has? The basics are simple: The basic premise behind Diaspora is that it will allow users to have social networking functionality similar to that offered by Facebook, but with far greater control over personal data. Diaspora was born earlier this year largely

Privacy? Who Cares?

In the security industry, we’re sometimes over-ready to be over-prescriptive, seeing security and privacy concerns as paramount where others see them as a distraction. And we’ve become used to the mindset that computer users will always prefer convenience to security.

Facebook ‘em, Danno*

Will I no longer be able to blog from my Netbook, or my antique iBook or Lifebook? Will I have to tear up my addressbook and insert appropriate spaces into the title page of the Handbook of Computer Security, to which I was a contributor? If I don’t do all these things, will Facebook go after my chequebook?

Share Your Password, Spam Your Friends

Time and time again security experts warn you not to share your password with anyone, yet sites like Facebook are always encouraging you to give them the password of an account that is not a Facebook account… your email account. You’ve probably seen the screen shot below on your Facebook friends page. It is asking

Facebook Friending Gets A Guy Some Jail Time

Believe it or not, this cybercrime has some twists reminding all of us to beware the estranged techie ex who decides to hack email or instant messaging accounts and then escalate to Facebook friending. Enter Harry W Bruder. This handsome devil is in his mid fifties, proving that not every Facebook user is a college

Anaconda, or a Monty Python sketch?

…you might wonder how a South American snake came to swallow an African mammal in the first place. (Don’t bother with the jokes about zoo viruses. I got there first.)

Multi-level Cybercrime

I just blogged about a potential new Facebook worm. It may turn out that it is not a worm, but another type of attack that involves multiple levels of criminal organizations, which to some degree are being aided by the privacy laws in the Holland. To begin with there are stolen credential attacks. The two

Is Facebook Making a Funny Face?

There may be a new worm on Facebook today. Unfortunately I don’t yet have enough data to be conclusive. A friend received an IM from a friend on Facebook that said “Hey i just made myself a cartoon omg lol ill show you but you gotta do urs too” The IM also included a link

Social Media: Another Survey

The survey asked just two questions:
1.Does your organization have a formal/written social media acceptable use policy?
2.What level of access does your organization allow to each of the follwoing social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Blogs, and Other?

Who is Downloading the Facebook Data?

Gizmodo ran a story about who is downloading the files with the information about 100 million facebook users.   http://gizmodo.com/5599970/major-corporations-are-downloading-those-100-million-facebook-profiles-off-bittorrent It turns out that lots of people are. The story says companies, such as Motorola, IBM, Apple, and Disney, among others, are downloading the data. Organizations such as the United Nations made the list as well.

How to Lie to Your Bank and Get Away With It

While we talk about the periodic leakages of personal information from Facebook and how that information is leveraged by cybercriminals, the community of Facebook users can change their ways. Let’s pair up victims with criminals based on what’s broadcast by the victim. Here are Facebook’s seven deadly sins matched up with the most likely categories

You’re So Vain…

You might recall back in November of 2009 ESET released the findings of a survey about cybercrime http://www.eset.com/threat-center/blog/2009/11/16/once-upon-a-cybercrime%E2%80%A6. We went back to Competitive Edge Research & Communication and commissioned them to conduct a new survey to determine prevalence of social networking as well as to identify online security and privacy concerns of Americans. In addition

El hackarillismo llegó a Facebook

Hace unas semanas les presentábamos el novedoso y original término “hackarillismo” a partir del “hackeo” a Youtube y la desinformación que circuló en los medios respecto a esa noticia. Como decía Ignacio Sbampato en aquel post, “un gran amigo de la desinformación es el uso incorrecto que se hace diariamente de todos los términos relacionados

Fasebook.com: un ataque de typosquatting para los despistados

Los atacantes siempre ponen su cuota de originalidad para propagar amenazas y uno de estos casos es la técnica conocida como Typosquatting. Esta, consiste en registrar nombres de dominios similares a otros conocidos o populares, para así obtener tráfico de forma automática. ¿Cómo funciona? Muy sencillo, se basan en los errores ortográficos o de tipeo

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