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Piedra libre a Koobface

Este último viernes hemos visto un nuevo golpe a las botnet, en este caso se han dado de baja algunos de los centros de comando de Koobface, una reconocida botnet que ha estado en el ambiente desde hace ya algunos años y le ha dado a sus administradores grandes sumas de dinero en ganancias. Estamos

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

Consecuencias de la Operación Aurora: ¿Google dejará de utilizar Microsoft?

Durante el día de ayer cientos de sitios web y redes sociales publicaron y comentaron una noticia que involucra a dos de las empresas tecnológicas más importantes del mundo: Google abandonaría Windows como Sistema Operativo. La noticia original fue la publicada por el Financial Times donde se afirma entre otras cosas (y en traducción libre):

McAfee FP news misused for more SEO poisoning

We're now seeing a fiercely concentrated Blackhat SEO campaigns exploiting the McAfee False Positive (FP) problem. Juraj Malcho, our Head of Lab in Bratislava, reports that in a Google search like the one I've screendumped above, he got three malicious hits in the top ten (the same ones captured here: of course, the malicious domain

El 60% del malware por keywords es rogue

Según un estudio realizado por Google, los falsos antivirus son los códigos maliciosos más utilizados en la propagación de malware vía Web, específicamente a través de publicidades. Los rogue son falsas aplicaciones antivirus (o de seguridad) que, por lo general, muestran en pantalla al usuario advertencias y falsas alertas llamativas respecto a la existencia de

Google: Single Sign-On, Single Point of Failure?

Spoof or SPOF? IT Security reportage veteran John Markoff reports in the New York Times that the attack on Google's intellectual property reported in January was even more interesting (and disquieting) than most of us realized. According to an unnamed source, some of the information stolen related to the company's password system, Gaia. Gaia is a

Top Four Privacy Hacks/Tips/Trends Of The Week

Clearly, anything which is posted online should be assumed to be eternal, written in stone tablets, and admissible for all time. For the early adopter (Internet, blogger, Friendster, etc.) this also operates as a reminder of the ever-powerful TOS change: just because the terms of service (TOS) say that your content is private now never

Polish Air Accident and Blackhat SEO

Thanks to Marcin Gajewski for pointing out that Lech Kaczynski was the President of Poland, not the Prime Minister. I really shouldn't try to blog after a full day's travelling :( While I was enjoying a rare few days off, my colleagues at ESET Latin America were posting a blog article about the ugly way in

No Stone Left Unturned

We have discussed SEO poisoning extensively in the ESET Threat Blog, and it should come as no surprise to our readers that any topic which trends up quickly in search engine traffic will be exploited by the criminals who specialize in such activities.  The poisoned search term du jour is "erin andrews death threat".  Apparently,

April 1st: Your Questions Answered

We're not really set up to use the ThreatBlog as a full strength Questions and Answers resource, but we got so many questions after my blog yesterday about April 1st hoaxes that I feel obliged to try to answer some of them. There is no truth in the rumour that the eCity of San Diego

Here Come (more of) The Ghouls

[Update: it's likely that the attacks described below will also take advantage of the more recent bombings in Dagestan, as described by the BBC here. Isn't it bad enough that horrors like this take place at all, let alone provide revenue for cybercriminals?] Late last  night (30th March) I added a pointer to my earlier

Russian Metro Bombings: Here come the Ghouls

[Interim updates removed: later information on Twitter profile attacks and Blackhat SEO attacks using keywords related to this topic to spread malware, has been made public in a later blog at http://www.eset.com/blog/2010/03/30/here-come-more-of-the-ghouls.] Following this morning's bombings in the Moscow Metro (subway system), Aryeh Goretsky suggests the likelihood of criminals using "blackhat SEO" (search engine optimization

The Ugly Marketing of Google Security

Engineers are really smart people who often know how to make something with no real world effectiveness work really well without effect. In a glaring example of marketing hype, very limited effectiveness, and a lesson in teaching users to fall for phishing attacks, Pavni Diwanji, Engineering Director at Google published a blog post http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2010/03/detecting-suspicious-account-activity.html The

“Londoning”: Mugs and Muggings Revisited

Last summer (June 2009), I posted about an example of a very common scam that relies on the scammer gaining access to someone else's email or Facebook account, then sending messages to all their contacts claiming that they've been mugged while abroad on business or vacation, and need their friends to send them some money

Is Gmail Spyware?

Perhaps you have seen the recent buzz around Google Buzz. The fact is that Google has decided that anything it knows about you it is free to share with the world at its discretion and not only do you not need to be told, but if you say no they will say yes for you.

Google’s Stance on Privacy

Recently Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, said in an interview “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place”. There are a variety of circumstances in which a person would want some degree of privacy for perfectly legitimate reasons. If a person

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

Arggghhh Google

So far, Google’s response to my blog has been identical to the response you get from abuse@blogspot.com, except without the delayed and failed delivery notifications. Yes, I actually did get a delayed delivery notification from the email I sent to abuse@blogspot.com, and then later a delivery failure. I suspect that from Google’s perspective there is

Google – The Pirate’s First Mate

When it comes to software piracy, it is hard to find a more complicit, competent, and friendlier ally than Google, assuming you are a pirate. Google owns the popular blogging site “Blogspot.com”. If you want to know how to illegally gain access to software, blogspot is probably one of the premier resources on the internet

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