New Microsoft Update Patches Big Hole
Nov11

New Microsoft Update Patches Big Hole

Microsoft launched an update Tuesday to patch about fifteen holes in Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server and Office. While most of the patches are related to various Word and Excel, or Windows Server issues, a critical vulnerability was found within the Windows OS kernel – a fairly rare occurrence. The Big Hole The Windows kernel is the core of the operating system and the flaw is related to how embedded font files are...

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Why Twitter Links Should Scare You
Oct29

Why Twitter Links Should Scare You

26% of Twitter messages contain links, half of which are from spammers and lead to malicious websites. With only 140 characters per Twitter message, it makes sense to shorten URLs and leave characters to say what you have to say. But with shortened URLs you have no idea what your final web destination will be. A spreader of malware and malicious websites couldn’t be happier! Malicious Links in Abundance Researchers at Kaspersky...

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For Scareware, Every Day is Halloween
Oct27

For Scareware, Every Day is Halloween

Halloween is all about tricks, treats and pretending to be something your not. Scareware must think every day is Halloween. Computer experts are reporting that scareware is on the rise. Scareware – a sneaky hacker technique used to steal personal information and spread viruses – is being found in more and more places online and even on trusted sites, like the New York Times. “The recent scareware attacks are cropping...

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Celebrity Web Sites a Source of Photos, Ringtones and . . . Malware
Sep04

Celebrity Web Sites a Source of Photos, Ringtones and . . . Malware

Consumers’ obsession with celebrity news and culture is harmless in theory, but one bad download can cause a lot of damage to a computer. —Jeff Green, McAfee, Inc. Jessica Biel Sites Are #1 for Malware Internet security company, McAfee, Inc. has just released its yearly update of most dangerous celebrity web sites for online threats such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, and viruses. In the survey, web searches for actress, Jessica...

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Hackers Are Getting Older and Smarter
Aug13

Hackers Are Getting Older and Smarter

A recent article by Kevin Poulsen on Wired.com made a sobering observation: software hackers are becoming as sophisticated in their programming as the software they’re trying to attack. Where hacking used to be something of a harmless, if annoying prank by bright, restless kids before they went off and got regular jobs, hackers are increasingly well-funded and making use of state-of-the art technology to design the trojans,...

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Breaking News: Obama Refuses to Be President
Jan20

Breaking News: Obama Refuses to Be President

Did that get your attention? Scammers are hoping it will. Breaking News Malware Emails An ongoing strategy of scammers is to send out spam emails with shocking or titillating subject lines. They’ve decided the recent nomination of Barack Obama is a perfect topic and Symantec has reported that emails are showing up that read something like this: Sample Emails Subject: Breaking news Barack Obama refused to be the president of the...

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