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Phishing scam masquerades as Adobe upgrade

Phishing scam masquerades as Adobe upgrade March 31, 2011 8:35 AM PDT by Lance Whitney Phishers use all kinds of come-ons to lure their victims. But one persistent piece of spam tries to trick people by offering an upgrade to Adobe Acrobat.  Detailed by security provider Cloudmark in a blog posted yesterday, this type of [...]

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Report: Malware-laden sites double from a year ago

Report: Malware-laden sites double from a year ago March 8, 2011 5:23 AM PST by Elinor Mills More than 1 million Web sites were believed to be infected with malware in the fourth quarter of last year, nearly double from the previous year, according to figures released today by Dasient. Malvertising, advertising containing malware, also [...]

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Survey: Millions risk ID theft via social networks

Survey: Millions risk ID theft via social networks March 22, 2011 7:08 AM PDT by Don Reisinger Nearly 13 million American adults who use social networks are more than willing to accept friend requests from strangers of the opposite gender, a new survey from Harris Interactive has found. According to Harris Interactive, 18 percent of [...]

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Fake Android app steals data, takes shot at pirates

Fake Android app steals data, takes shot at pirates March 30, 2011 5:37 PM PDT by Elinor Mills A malicious Android app that masquerades as a free version of a legitimate app steals data and sends spam text messages and a warning that chastise the user for trying to get around paying for the actual [...]

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Spam down 33 percent after Rustock takedown

Report: Spam down 33 percent after Rustock takedown March 30, 2011 9:44 AM PDT by Lance Whitney (Credit: Symantec) The successful takedown of the Rustock botnet cut the volume of spam across the world by one-third, according to Symantec’s March 2011 MessageLabs Intelligence Report. By the end of last year, the notorious botnet was responsible [...]

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Microsoft raids disable vast spam network

SEATTLE, March 18 (UPI) — A huge network sending malicious spam across cyberspace was crippled in raids by Microsoft and federal agents, the company said Friday. The software giant secured a federal court order to carry out the raids across the United States, accompanied by U.S. marshals, The Wall Street Journal reported. Internet hosting sites [...]

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Taking Down Botnets: Microsoft and the Rustock Botnet

17 Mar 2011 6:19 PM Just over a year ago, we announced that the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), in cooperation with industry and academic experts, had successfully taken down the botnet Waledac in an operation known as “Operation b49”. Today, I’m happy to announce that based on the knowledge gained in that effort, we [...]

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R.I.P. Waledac: Undoing the damage of a botnet

8 Sep 2010 8:50 AM Ed note: [On October 27, 2010, the US District Court of Eastern Virginia issued a final judgment in this case, agreeing with Magistrate Judge Anderson’s recommendation to grant Microsoft’s motion for default judgment, and officially ordered the transfer of the domains behind Waledac to Microsoft.] Earlier this year, we wrote [...]

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Re-boot this year clean

It is that time of the year again to start anew. In terms of personal computers, the act of restarting the machine is called a reboot – an action that triggers execution of code from a special part of the disk called the Master Boot Record (a.k.a. MBR). As the year 2010 ended, here are some [...]

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SMS Mobile Malware feelin’ the love

Thinking of sending an MMS message to a loved one?  Think twice before downloading mobile applications that promise just that. With all the hoopla that this love month already has going on, obviously malware authors are joining in on the bandwagon. Instead of making someone’s day, you might have unknowingly been victimized by an SMS [...]

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