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Anti‑Phishing Day

Too bad it doesn’t exist. I mean really exist. Here is how an anti-phishing day that is designed to be a highly effective educational deterrent to phishing would work. Google, Facebook, Hotmail, Yahoo, Twitter, Myspace, Banks, Online Gaming sites, such as World of WarCraft, and others would all send phishing emails to their users. Yes,

Yesterday’s Virus Hoax is Today’s Fake Utility

One of the (few) blessings of having been so long in this industry is that I remember a time when most malware was viral and Trojans were rare: so rare, in fact, that there was at one time a notorious "dirty dozen" set of Trojans.  At around the same time, there were innumerable hoaxes describing malware with

Facebook’s Search and Destroy

An article came out yesterday from Clement Genzmer who is a security engineer at Facebook.  His tagline is "searching and destroying malicious links".  Those of us in the business of digital security and safety can certainly identify with that, especially the part where we aim to identify the criminals and work with law enforcement to

Osama bin Laden is alive and well… on Facebook

The death of Osama bin Laden has gone viral, with blogs, social media and search engines pumping terabytes of rumor, innuendo and conspiracy theories at the speed of light, along with the occasional kilobyte of truth.  As the number of people searching for pictures and videos of bin Laden’s execution has skyrocketed, the criminal syndicates

Cyberthieves just love a good wedding, or a funeral…

Not using Twitter or Facebook is, in these times, akin to not owning or using a mobile ‘phone. Last night’s events – the reported death of Osama Bin Laden – proved that we are well and truly in the Twitter era (Twitter reported that over 4000 tweets per second were made immediately preceding the President’s

Belarus Explosion

No, this blog isn't expanding into a competitor for CNN or, in this case, Reuters: I've no ambitions to be a reporter. In fact, I don't know if this will attract more than usual blackhat SEO, fake Youtube video links, rogue FB pages and survey scams. In any case, if you're a regular reader of this

More SC Magazine Blogs

In Giving the cybercriminals a helping hand, Randy Abrams discusses how most Facebook app developers are making session hijacking too easy for the cybercriminals. In A tsunami is also a crime wave I talk about the range of cybercrimes that have come out of the Japan earthquakes and tsunami. And in Supporters Club I return to

Fining Support Scammers

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is planning to impose harsh penalties on support desk scammers. (Hat tip to Andrew Hayter for drawing my attention to that item.) According to chairman Chris Chapman, nearly half of all the complaints they've received about calls to numbers on the Do Not Call Register have been about cold-calling

Japanese Earthquake: inevitable SEO

As you'd expect, there have already been reports of Black Hat SEO (Search Engine Optimization) being used to lure people looking for news of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami onto sites pushing fake AV. (Stop me if you've heard this before…) My colleague Urban Schrott, however, offered some pretty good advice on what to look out

Here’s my support desk!

got a phone call from a gentleman with a pronounced accent wanting to help me with my virus problem ... You didn't know I had a virus problem? Neither did I, but he assured me that I was spraying malware all over the part of town I live and work in.

The iPad 2 is Not Free

George Santayana was a really smart philosopher. He is best known for his quote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. If you want to learn a little something from the past so as not to repeat other people’s mistakes then you can read Aryeh’s blog from when the first iPad

Get a Free iPad on Facebook!

Really, all you have to do is talk someone into giving you their iPad, but you’re not going to get one if you fall for the spam that has been going around on Facebook recently. There have been many of the spam scams over the years. Usually the spam is sent from a hijacked account,

Facebook and 419s

...I know that Facebook has various countermeasures for dealing with the even more various types of fraud that Facebook users are subjected to. Does it really believe that those measures are so effective, no fraudulent message can ever get through?

Sheldor‑Shocked

My Russian colleague Aleksandr Matrosov reports that this week he received an interesting sample from forensic investigation specialists Group-IB. The threat in question is detected by ESET products as Win32/Sheldor.NAD, and coverage by other vendors is reasonable: see http://www.virustotal.com/file-scan/report.html?id=9f3ff234d5481da1c00a2466bc83f7bda5fb9a36ebc0b0db821a6dc3669fe4e6-1294926672. The interesting feature of this sample is that it uses the TeamViewer 5.0 standalone component to effect remote control of the

Stealing from Santa (Scammers’ Holiday Season)

My colleague Urban Schrott, from ESET Ireland, wrote a nice feature article for our monthly ThreatSense report (which should be available shortly on the Threat Center page at http://www.eset.com/threat-center) on seasonal scams. As the scam season is starting to get into full swing, we thought it might be good to give it a wider audience here.

Fake Support: the War Drags On

After quite a few months of trying to raise public awareness of the problem of fake support cold-calling both here [and elsewhere, it's good to see other vendors also starting to publicize the issue. I've previously cited an article by Symantec's Orla Cox that describes one exchange of civilities with one of the scammers, and