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Week in security: Nuclear attack, scareware back and traffic-light hack

This week saw two of the scariest targets for hacks ever – nuclear plants and city-wide traffic systems. Tthe traffic-light hack could basically have paralyzedany one of 40 American cities, and America’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission was successfully attacked three times within the past three years.

Scareware: It’s back, and now it’s even scarier

‘Scareware’ – fake antivirus programs which attempt to fool the user into downloading malware, by warning him or her of a “threat” on their PC – is back, with a new, even more annoying trick.

Blaming the Victim…

So who’s to blame? First and foremost, the victimizers. Well, persistent victims, yes. And anyone in the security industry who pushes the TOAST principle, the idea that all you have to do is buy Brand X and you never have to take responsibility for your own security. Though, of course, “who’s to blame?” is the wrong question: what matters is “how do we fix it?”

Don’t they know it’s the end of the world?*

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeeter_Davis  Here in the UK it's just turned 6pm on the 21st May, which apparently means I'll shortly be either invited to a rapturous celestial street party or subjected to various unpleasant experiences starting with a giant earthquake and ending with a front seat at a subterranean bonfire on or before 21st October. Though according to

SC Magazine: Cybercrime Corner

You may not be aware that ESET writers have been supplying blogs to SC Magazine for a while now. Recently, Randy Abrams and I were drafted in after the original contributors moved on, and we started contributing this week: Poachers and Gamekeepers considers whether there is a conflict of interest when AV companies work with

More unflattering imitation

[Update: more information from ESET on this malware here.] Last October, my colleague Tasneem Patanwala blogged about rogue antivirus masquerading as an ESET product. In that instance it was a product calling itself Smart Security, and Tasneem's blog includes lots of useful information about that particular malware, and fake AV in general. Looking through my

Scareware and Legitimate Marketing

Kurt Wismer posted a much-to-the-point blog a few days ago about the way that purveyors of scareware (fake/rogue anti-virus/security products) mimic the marketing practices of legitimate security providers. You may remember that a while ago, I commented here about a post by Rob Rosenberger that made some related points. If you’re a regular reader of

False Positives and Apportioning Blame

All this is potentially frightening and inconvenient (or worse) for a home user. And if it happens in a corporate environment, it can be very, very expensive to remedy. So while some of the public comments we see in the wake of such incidents may seem over the top, “FP rage” is certainly understandable.

Support Scam Info: Some More Links

Further to my last blog here, it seems that I've been missing some serious fake AV telephone scam action. Some links provided by my good friend Steve B. Nice one, Steve. :) ALERT: metsupport.com – yet another telephone based fraud (aka SupportOnClick revisited – again) http://hphosts.blogspot.com/2010/06/alert-metsupportcom-yet-another.html techonsupport.com, click4rescue.com, pcrescueworld.com: SupportOnClick revisited http://hphosts.blogspot.com/2009/12/techonsupportcom-click4rescuecom.html SupportOnClick: Phoned by

Marketing Misusing ESET’s Name

The individual concerned had received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft, and informing him that notification had been received concerning a virus infection on his PC, and offering to help him to install antivirus software. When asked what antivirus software was being offered, the caller claimed that it was ESET’s.

Paying for free software

Adobe 0-days are not the only way in which you can be bitten by a PDF.

Painful Facebook Malware? Only When I Laugh.

Juraj Malcho, Head of Lab at Bratislava, reports: We've just encountered what appears to be a new Facebook scam in the wild. As of this moment we haven't seen any malicious content being served, but the content is changing even as I’m writing this post and it’s likely to serve malware soon. It spreads by adding

The World Cup is an Infectious Sporting Event!

Our research colleagues in South America have found that there is considerable effort by the bad guys to try to infect your computer when you search for information about the 2010 world cup games. Specifically, if you are searching for free tickets. The bad guys know that people searching for free tickets to the World

Unnamed App Facebook Scam

[Update: There's been quite a lot of discussion and extra information coming in on this. It seems to me that there is at least one unnamed app around as well as the Boxes issue, and while I've no reason to assume that it's malicious, I'd hardly advise that you rush into installing an application when

(Fake) Videos of Berlusconi attack

It is public knowledge that the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was hit in the face which left him with facial injuries, a broken nose and several broken teeth. The video of the attack is circulating on the Internet but at this time, if you search for them on any search engine it is possible

Don’t be a Turkey!

Yes, the time is now here for Thanksgiving e-Cards. Before you click on a link to go get your eCard, make sure that your operating system is fully patched. Even if you use automatic updates, it’s a good idea to go to update.microsoft.com and make sure you’re fully patched. Next try out the Secunia vulnerability

Halloween: There’s Something Scary In Your Search Engine

We told you to watch out, didn't we? (see Randy's blog at http://www.eset.com/threat-center/blog/2009/10/23/this-is-the-funniest-video-ever). But it's not just Michael Myers, zombies and vampires you need to watch out for. It's also Funny Halloween Costumes, Harvey Milk, Pumpkin Carving Stencils, candy, Pokemon, and McDonalds Monopoly online. Yes, the fake/rogue AV gang have started on their Halloween special,

9/11 – Nothing Is Sacred to Scammers

Here in the UK we’ve seen quite a lot of media attention (TV movies and documentaries and so on) relating to the 9/11 attacks, so I’m sure there’s a lot more happening in the US, today of all days. Sky News (http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/September-11-Terror-Attacks-New-Video-Of-Plane-Crashing-Into-South-Tower-9-11-Memorial-And-Museum/Article/200909215379149) has published an article that includes a link to a video clip of the

More Infections = A Lot More Malware

 To get a better understanding of infection trends over the last few months, the ESET research team has analyzed data compiled by our online scanner. This tool is available freely from ESET’s website at http://www.esetonlinescan.com and can be accessed by anyone to scan their system without having to install our product. Data from our online

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