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Dissipating the Cloud

The next presentation here at Virus Bulletin is called “Tales from Cloud Nine” and is presented by Mihai Chiriac, the head of research from BitDefender. While using the word “cloud”, Mihai continued to explain what the technology is that is being used, how and why it used. This was an exceptionally well balanced presentation that

A Cloud is a Container of Fog that Obscures Vision

I’m sitting in a presentation at the Virus Bulletin conference in Geneva. The topic is “Why in the Cloud scanning is not a solution. The presentation is done by Andreas Marx and Maik Morgenstern from AV-Test.org. What they found in extensive testing is that “Cloud” scanners do not have a detection advantage over traditional solutions.

Do You Wear a Seatbelt?

Modern cars are designed with crumple zones. These crumple zones help to decrease the risk of death in a severe car accident. Modern cars also have airbags. The airbags reduce your risk of death or injury in the case of an accident. If you don’t use a seatbelt your airbag and crumple zone are unlikely

Can’t Surf the Web?

Australia’s Internet Industry Association (IIA) is working on best practices for isolating computers with bots on them (http://iia.net.au/index.php/initiatives/isps-guide.html) At the same time, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is also drafting a document about the same thing (http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-oreirdan-mody-bot-remediation-03) If these recommendations are adopted then people who have bots on their computers would have to get

Do Security Like a Pro (or not)

A report from SANS concludes that security professionals may not be paying attention to some of the biggest threats out there today. Not terribly long ago the Windows operating system was the attack target of the bad guys. There were tons of exploitable vulnerabilities and they were heavily exploited. Since that time Microsoft has put

Got ICE?

ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency”. The idea is that you put ICE in front of the contact(s) on your phone that you would want to have called if something happens and emergency personnel look at your cell phone to try to figure out who to call. I recently found a cell phone at

iTrout

Kelly Jackson Higgins with Dark Reading reported that the anti-phishing technology on the iPhone is currently not working. You can read the article at http://www.darkreading.com/security/client/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=219700594&cid=nl_DR_DAILY_T The truth is that no anti-phishing technology is reliable. The technologies can help, sometimes significantly, but the most effective protection is an educated user. All of the technologies have failure

Keep Those Third Party Apps Patched!

You may have seen some news today about a new vulnerability that can potentially affect Windows Vista. Microsoft will have a patch for the flaw, hopefully before it is exploited. Of course, Microsoft had a patch for the flaw that Conficker exploited, but too many people are not patching anything. It’s a good idea to

Another Twitter Security Problem

As reported at http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Twitter-XSS-Vulnerability-Still-Wide-Open-Developer-Says-433005/, a researcher has found a cross site scripting vulnerability that affects Twitter. The researcher claims that by exploiting this he could gain access to the Twitter accounts of anyone who views his specially crafted tweets. The explanation of the problem is a bit techie, but there is a very key point

Is Apple’s Snow Leopard Immune to Malware?

There is an interesting and humorous work of fiction at http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/09/07/inside_mac_os_x_snow_leopard_malware_protection.html. Humorous as long as you don’t believe it! The article starts out saying “Safari, like other modern browsers, already flags certain websites that are known to be used to distribute malicious software”. That’s a nice layer of defense, but there are sites many sites

Oh Yeah, That’s How It Should Work!!!

Recently a security company was hired to test the security of a Credit Union. The security company (MSI) ran a penetration test and mailed a letter with a couple of CDROMS to the Credit Union. The letter appeared to come from a reliable source, but it was unexpected and the employee who received it was

M(b)ac(k) to the future

Mac security firm Intego blogged about Apple’s decision to include an antimalware component in Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" and we agree that it is a good step, security-wise, to provide some basic protection against malware.  Apple has long mocked Microsoft, up to and including this 2006 advertisement which implied there were no viruses

Now You Can Fix Autorun

Microsoft has released the patches required to make autorun work with only CD and DVD drives. There is one little catch, a USB drive can be configured to look like a CD, but this patch definitely helps reduce risk. I highly recommend you install the patch so that you can connect most thumb drives, GPS

Bots Aren’t The Only Zombies

News came out today that Michael Jackson’s death has been ruled as a homicide. Expect to see spam and hoax emails coming around soon trying to exploit this news. It seems that Michael Jackson just can’t die. It’s a good thing we didn’t have the internet when Elvis died. If you get emails for pictures,

The Retro‑Virus

Nowadays we see lots of malicious software that is designed to steal money and information. A new virus was recently discovered that seems to be all about proving a concept rather than blatant maliciousness. The Win32/Induc.A virus does not infect like most viruses do. Delphi is a programming language. Induc infected the Delphi IDE so

It Really Wasn’t Your Fault

You may have seen a headline about a huge identity theft ring being busted. http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE57G4GC20090817 There are a lot of things people can do to be safer online, but in this case it wasn’t about your computer being hacked. Whenever you use a credit card or a debit card there is information that can potentially

A Motivation for the Twitter Attack?

Some people are speculating that the motivation for the Twitter attack was to try to silence one person. There are really good signs that the attack against an individual was what took down Twitter, but still we really don’t know. I speculated that it might be a show of force to try to sell botnet

Firefox: More Security, Less Privacy?

Perhaps I imagined it, but a few days ago when I allowed Firefox to update to fix security vulnerabilities my privacy settings were reset to less private settings. I had Firefox set to clear the history on exit, and prompt me. I also had it set not to accept third party cookies. After the upgrade

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