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Russian malware spies on US ATMs

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Security firm Group-IB has identified a malware program called Dump Memory Grabber that can take debit and credit card data from point-of-sale (POS) terminal...

Opera Switches to WebKit and Chromium

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After many years of dealing with site compatibility issues, Opera found the solution: it will switch from its proprietary rendering engine (Presto) to WebKit...

Symantec CEO steps down, replaced by chairman

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Computer World: Security software vendor Symantec said Wednesday that Enrique Salem, its president and chief executive officer, had stepped down with immedia...

Aguilera: Hacker Stole My "Feeling Of Security"

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The Smoking Gun: Christina Aguilera contends that the recent hacking of her e-mail account had stripped her of a “feeling of security” that now “can never be...

Indonesia blocks porn sites during Ramadan

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ZDNet: Indonesia’s communications and information ministry has shut down more than one million pornographic Web sites ahead of Islamic holy month of Ramadan ...

Google’s reCAPTCHA briefly cracked

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H-Online: Hackers developed a script which was able to crack Google’s reCAPTCHA system with a success rate of better than 99 per cent. They presented the res...

Avira update fixes Service Pack bug

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The H-Online: Avira says that it has resolved the problems caused by a Service Pack that was released for its Windows products earlier this week. Users are a...

Hotmail hacked for $20

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The H-Online: The whitec0de.com blog reports that, for $20, a member of a hacker forum offered to crack any Hotmail account within a minute – and that he kep...

Introducing Google Drive… yes, really

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Cross-Posted from Official Google Blog: Just like the Loch Ness Monster, you may have heard the rumors about Google Drive. It turns out, one of the two actua...

Iran oil terminal suffers malware attack

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The BBC is reporting that websites belonging to the Iranian oil ministry and national oil company are offline after suffering a malware infection this weekend.

Android malware poses as Angry Birds Space game

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Android malware authors have seized an opportunity to infect unsuspecting smartphone users with the launch of the latest addition to the immensely popular “A...

Google updates OAuth 2.0 Playground

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The H-Security: Google has added new features to its OAuth 2.0 Playground, which it launched last November. Developers can now switch to using client-side fl...

"Please do not take down the Sality botnet"

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The H-Security: On Tuesday, a user who is known as “lawabidingcitizen” posted an unusual request to the Full Disclosure mailing list, a forum that is mainly ...

Report: iOS vulnerability sold for $250,000

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The H-Security: Business appears to be booming for those who trade in unpatched (zero-day) security holes: according to a report by Forbes magazine, a US com...

Embarrassing security failure at PayPal

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The H-Security: Until just a few days ago, web sites belonging to the world’s largest online payment service contained a security vulnerability in a key comp...

New automated sandbox for Android malware

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ISC Diary: One of the things that I’ve been working on lately is building an automated malware analysis environment to handle Android malware similar to the ...

Nessus 5.0 accelerates vulnerability scanning

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The H-Online: Tenable has released version 5.0 of Nessus, its popular vulnerability scanner. The new version of the tool includes an updated installation wiz...

Chinese hackers had free rein at Nortel

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The H-Online: According to a report, hackers, allegedly from China, had access to telecoms equipment manufacturer Nortel‘s IT systems over a period of severa...

Twitter enables HTTPS for all signed-in users

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The H-Online: Twitter has announced that it has now enabled HTTPS by default for all users signed into the micro-blogging service. By using HTTPS, all user i...

Reddit Bans Sexual Content Relating to Minors

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Mashable: Reddit, known for its freewheeling approach to content management, instituted a new rule over the weekend that banned suggestive or sexual content ...

LinkedIn Hits 150 Million Members

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Mashable: LinkedIn on Thursday announced it has 150 million members in its network, a 20 million increase over November.

Yahoo Chairman Steps Down

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Mashable: Yahoo‘s chairman of the board, Roy Bostock, is leaving the company. Bostock has been chairman since 2008.

Goodbye BTJunkie

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gHacks: Users of the popular Bittorrent indexing website BTJunkie who try to access the site’s content in a web browser are not seeing the usual site layout,...

Happy third birthday, Chrome!

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Google Chrome Blog: It’s that time of the year again for the Chrome team, when we pause on our anniversary to reflect on the amazing life and times of the...

Call of Duty: MW3 To Use Steamworks

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</p> rockpapershotgun.com</b>: This just came in from Valve: “The PC version of the product will be pow...

Blogger’s fresh new look

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Blogger Buzz: As you may have heard, things are starting to look a little different across many Google products—and today, Blogger is t...

Mozilla Plans To Hide Firefox Version

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gHacks: One “by-product” of the rapid release cycle of the Firefox web browser is the version number increase that goes along with ever...

Google Apps highlights – 8/12/2011

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This is part of a regular series of Google Apps updates that Google post every couple of weeks. Look for the label “Google Apps highlights” and subs...

Microsoft adds RAW photo file support to Windows

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Microsoft announced the release of a Camera Codec pack for Windows that offers support for the RAW file format from within Windows Explorer as well as Win...

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper

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ghacks.net: Microsoft has just released a beta of a system recovery software. Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper has been designed to aid users in starti...

Avira receives AV-Test.org certificate

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Avira TechBlog: Great news – our Avira Premium Security Suite received the next AV-Test.org certificate, this time for the first quarte...

Yet another VB100 award for Avira!

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Avira TechBlog: The series continues – Avira AntiVir Personal and Avira AntiVir Professional received the April 2011 VB100 award! The t...

Microsoft’s record Patch Tuesday

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H-Online: It's a record for Microsoft: 9 critical and 8 important updates close a total of 64 security holes. In the worst case, a numb...

Google Talk Guru

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Google Talk Guru is a new Google bot that lets you ask simple questions. It’s “an experimental service that allows people to get information like sports resu...

Google Docs Gets a Real-Time Upgrade

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In a bid to make Google Docs more appealing to workers and consumers, Google is rolling out a new feature that lets users of its productivity service discuss...

Internet Explorer 9 hits RTM

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TechSpot wrote: Microsoft this week reportedly signed off the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build of Internet Explorer 9. The RTM build is 9.00.8112.16421.1...

Chrome 12 Will Drop Support for Google Gears

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Google Operation System: While most Chrome users have been upgraded to Chrome 10, Google is fixing the bugs from Chrome 11 and working on Chrome 12. A recent...

Introducing the Google APIs Explorer

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Google is always looking for new ways to make it easier for developers to get started with our APIs. When you come across a new Google API, you often want to...

CIA launches W.T.F. (WikiLeaks Task Force)

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Washington Post: The CIA has launched a task force to assess the impact of the exposure of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and military files by WikiLeaks.

New hacked site notifications in search results

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Today we’ve added a new notification to our search results that helps people know when a site may have been hacked. We’ve provided notices for malware for ye...

LastPass Acquires Xmarks!

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In our efforts to bring you expanded, go-anywhere access to your data, we’re happy to announce that LastPass recently acquired Xmarks!

Facebook Announces First Hacker Cup

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Mashable: Facebook is known for its hackathons — all-night coding sessions designed to help create new products or improve others. Now the company has announ...

Google Chrome Has 120 Million Users

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Google revealed during its Chrome press conference today that its web browser now has 120 million users. That’s 50 million more users than it had less than s...

Amazon to Unveil New Kindle Web App Tomorrow

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Mashable: After launching its own incredibly successful, single-purpose hardware and a slew of free apps for mobile and PC devices, Amazon is getting ready t...

Improved Avira AntiVir Rescue System

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Avira programmers spent a lot of work and drastically overhauled the Avira AntiVir Rescue System which is now available in version 3.7.16. Next to a much bet...

Gmail Priority Inbox Now Learns Much Faster

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Google has upgraded its Priority Inbox, a recently launched Gmail feature that automatically places important mail on top of your inbox, with a couple of imp...

Facebook makes user profiles more visual

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Though it is primarily known as a social networking site, Facebook is actually one of the top destinations for photo sharing, and a new user profile design c...

Oficla downloads MBR Ransomware

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Avira TechBlog: We discovered a new ransomware threat which is downloaded by a Trojan of the Oficla family. This downloaded threat replaces the MBR (master b...

WikiLeaks Hit By Another DDoS Attack

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Controversial whistleblower website WikiLeaks was hit by another massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack earlier this morning. On Sunday, the sit...

Politics and malware make strange bedfellows

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Sophos Labs: There are two stories that have been the focus of much speculation that have come to some closure today. New information confirming many peoples...

The Pirate Bay founders sentenced to jail

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The Swedish Appeals Court upheld the conviction and jail sentences of three co-founders behind the infamous The Pirate Bay service. Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij...

Wanted: more than 2,000, in Google hiring spree

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Reuters: Google Inc plans to hire more than 2,000 people around the globe, bumping up its workforce as it expands into new markets and battles for talent wit...

Google Docs editing comes to Android and iOS

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Native Google Docs support has finally arrived for Android and iOS (the mobile version of Google Docs has been available for over three years). Edits show up...

‘Naked’ scanners fooled by creased clothing

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Controversial “naked” body scanners currently being tested at Hamburg’s airport are constantly malfunctioning due to folds in passengers’ clothing, broadcast...

Microsoft: Google is a hard habit to break

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Microsoft says Google is a bad habit, and it’s hard for people to break it in order to try alternatives, such as the company’s search engine, Bing. “It’s a h...

Yahoo announces more changes

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THE INTERNET SEARCH OUTFIT without a search engine, Yahoo has announced a package of products that it hopes will make it more relevant again.

iTunes Store links up with Twitter via Ping

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BetaNews: Ping, the social music service introduced as a part of iTunes 10 in September, can now be linked with Twitter, the popular micro blogging service a...

Facebook brand pages hit by malicious links

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CNet: The latest security fiasco on Facebook’s application platform may involve business pages rather than personal accounts: Sendible, a company that makes ...

Google Instant Goes Mobile

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Mashable: A beta version of Google Instant is now available on many U.S. iPhone and Android mobile devices.

WordPress Adds Feature for Embedding Tweets

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Mashable: Months ago, Twitter released a clunky tool called Blackbird Pie for embedding tweets in blog posts. Today WordPress has radically simplified and im...

3G Mobile Internet Comes to Mount Everest

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Nepali mobile network operator Ncell has installed the first 3G base station at the summit of Mount Everest, giving visitors, climbers and people living in t...

Microsoft Office 2011 out for Mac

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Software Magazine: Microsoft has launched the Apple version of its productivity suite, the Microsoft Office 2011. The package comes with a new version of Mic...

Google Finally Upgrades Feedburner

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Believe it or not, Google hasn’t forgotten about Feedburner. The RSS feed service has received an experimental new interface that better matches Google Analy...

Spam from the Advocate

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Currently cyber criminals try to make fast money by spamming out emails in masses in Germany which allegedly stem from an Advocate specialized in copyright. ...

MySpace moves against apps who share user data

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New York (CNN) — Social networking site MySpace, while acknowledging it shares profile information with advertisers, said Saturday that it is taking action a...

Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive

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Rules were made to be broken; that whole 55 MPH thing happens to be my favorite. Western Digital had larger aspirations; the kinds that considered milestones...

Apple To Remove Java from Mac OS X?

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After the news that the new MacBook Airs do not ship with Flash pre-installed (which is news considering Flash has been part of Mac OS X for a very long time...

Domain name Sex.com sells for $13 million

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Escom LLC has sold the controversial domain name Sex.com for $13 million, according to The Register. Documents filed in a California court say that the domai...

Facebook Launches Drag-and-Drop Photos [VIDEO]

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Facebook continues its quest to revamp its popular Photos feature with the launch of the number one most requested feature of them all: drag-and-drop...

Google Broadband Gets Its First Trial

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Google’s ultra high speed fiber network — which the company says can offer speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second — is about to get its first trial outside of ...

Apple launches MacBook Air laptop

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Apple is cashing in on the popularity of its iPhone and iPad to boost demand for its oldest product, the Macintosh.

Google ditches all Street View Wi-Fi scanning

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Google has no plans to resume using its Street View cars to collect information about the location of Wi-Fi networks, a practice that led to a flurry of priv...

Operation Payback takes down UK IP office

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HAVOC CAUSING hacker activist group Operation Payback has extended its reach and strangled the life out of the UK Intellectual Property Office’s website.

Turkish hackers attack CDU websites

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Two regional websites for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) were hacked on Tuesday by unknown perpetrators claiming to be Turkish followin...

Thief Steals Laptop, Returns Data on USB Stick

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A university professor in Sweden has “hope for humanity” after the thief who stole his laptop backed up all his data and mailed it to him on a USB stick.

Implantable LEDs Can Really Get Under Your Skin

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Maybe your main problem with tattoos is probably the fact that you’ve never been able to play Pong on them. But those problems seem to be over now that an in...

NVidia launches GT440 cards

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While NVidia’s big news may have been its upcoming budget-range GeForce GT 430 1GB cards which leaked out earlier this month, it seems that the company has b...

Hackers Access 107K Student Records At UNFL

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The good news is that overseas hackers apparently did not change the grades of more then 100 thousand University of North Florida students when they broke in...

Google’s First Personalized Doodle

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Google found a nice way to wish you Happy Birthday. If you visit Google’s homepage when you are signed in and it’s your birthday, you’ll see a special doodle...

Facebook: Giving You More Control?

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Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced on their blog that the site will soon be offering new features and controls. The features include New Facebook G...

Firefox is getting fast!

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Firefox’s JavaScript engine, Spidermonkey (including the Tracemonkey and Jaegermonkey JITs) is now faster than Webkit’s JSCore on both Sunspider and V8. Grea...

about:support

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Welcome to our first release of the new Mozilla about:support add-on.

Another record Patchday ahead

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The Redmond company today announced that it plans to release 16 security bulletins on coming Tuesday, Microsoft’s official monthly Patchday in October. Never...

Stuxnet in the news

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The Stuxnet Trojan is very well covered in the media as more and more details about its sophisticated code become public. It abuses four previously unknown s...

Microsoft Kills Live Space blogs

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Microsoft announced that it has collaborated with WordPress and now onwards it will be the default blogging platform for Windows Live users. This means Micro...

Browser cookies are becoming an issue

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The New York Times is reporting a rising number of law suits against some major players because of their use of persistent web tracking:

The Anti-Botnet Initiative

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The Anti-Botnet Initiative has now been started. The initiative is a cooperation of eco and The German Federal Bureau for Information Security (BSI) and has ...

Exploding laptop battery dept.: HP widens recall

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Hewlett-Packard has announced it has expanded the May 14, 2009, recall of its laptop battery packs. The company will replace the defective batteries at no co...

Google Introduces Google TV – Video

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On the 2nd day at Google I/O 2010 developer event, Google has announced Android 2.2 with Flash along with Google TV, a new technology for television and Inte...

Google Chrome Version 6 in the Works

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Not one to rest on its laurels, the Google Chrome team is hard at work on Chrome 6. The official move to the 6.0 designation in the Chromium developer build...

Skype 5.0 beta brings five-way video chat

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Video chatting is on the rise. Yesterday, we got to take a look at Qik’s mobile video chat client for the Sprint EVO 4G, and today, we get to take a look at...

Android Now Outselling iPhone [REPORT]

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Smartphones carrying Google’s Android operating system outsold the iPhone in the first quarter of 2010, according to new research out today from NPD.

New MacBook Air Might Arrive Tomorrow [RUMOR]

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According to Australian Macworld, a new version of the MacBook Air may show up in the Apple Online Store tomorrow morning. The same source who correctly pre...

Gmail Gets Its Name Back in the UK

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In the UK, Google was forced to give its email service Gmail a different name, Googlemail, because of a trademark dispute. These disputes take a long time (...

Men in blue suits raid Gizmodo

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Many bloggers and commentators are making much of the fact that San Mateo police served a search warrant on the home of Gizmodo blogger Jason Chen and confis...

Twitter to Launch Embeddable Tweets?

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A new blog post from the Twitter media team suggests that the company will launch an embeddable tweets feature sometime tomorrow.

Gmail Adds Drag-and-Drop to File Attachments

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Gmail has a new feature for Firefox 3.6 and Google Chrome users: drag-and-drop file attachments. The feature is very straightforward — just drag files from y...

UK firm offers clickjacking visualization tool

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UK security firm Context Information Security Ltd., is making available a browser-based tool that will demonstrate clickjacking techniques that were discusse...

Volcanoes and disaster recovery

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Dr. Johannes Ullrich at SANS brought up a good point in his morning podcast (Stormcast 296 ) about widespread transportation shutdowns and disaster recovery ...

Google Upgrades Its Twitter Search Features

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Google’s adding an intriguing new feature to its Twitter search options –- the ability to “replay” a moment in time to see what people were tweeting about a...

Twitter Has 105 Million Registered Users

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In kicking off Twitter’s Chirp developer conference, the company finally revealed its long mysterious registered user number, and it’s surprisingly large (b...

Adobe Creative Suite 5 Now Available

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Although there’s a heated Adobe vs. Apple discussion going on, creative professionals are probably much more excited about the latest version of Adobe’s Cre...

Palm Is for Sale

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Palm, the smartphone pioneer, is on the block. The company, which in recent years has been eclipsed by the iPhone (and to some extent by Google’s Android OS...

BREAKING: Twitter Acquires Tweetie

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Twitter has just announced that it has acquired Atebits, the company behind the popular Tweetie iPhone app and Mac desktop application.

Isohunt Goes Lite for Visitors From the U.S.

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One week ago, we heard that popular BitTorrent search engine Isohunt had been ordered by a U.S. judge to remove copyright-infringing content from their webs...

UK Passes Controversial Digital Economy Bill

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The United Kingdom parliament has passed the Digital Economy Bill, an extensive and controversial piece of legislation, by a vote of 189 to 47. The legislat...

Google Search Rankings Now Consider Site Speed

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Back in November, we started hearing murmurs that Google was considering whether or not to factor site speed into its search ranking algorithm. In a blog po...

Denial of availability and UK anti-piracy law

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There could be a denial-of-availability risk to the enterprise in the new anti-piracy law passed by the British Parliament yesterday. Employees using company...

Apple reinvents multitasking for the iPhone

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Multitasking, the feature that has been the absolute top of every iPhone user’s want list –which, by proxy became a major marketing point for both Android an...

Number of infected computers spikes in Korea

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Hong Kong-based security firm Network Box reported that Korea was the country of origin for 31.1 percent of the malware on the Internet in March. In February...

iPhone OS 4.0 Features List

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Just after the launch of iPad, Apple has just announced iPhone OS 4.0 Event at 8th April 10 AM PT. A lot more speculations are being made about the upcoming ...

Police arrest 70 in Romania for Internet fraud

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A year-long international investigation concluded in the last few weeks with 700 police in Romania launching raids and taking into custody 70 people from thr...

Xbox 360 system update finally adds USB storage

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As expected, Microsoft has pushed out a mandatory update to the Xbox 360 today, which adds support for USB storage devices, expanding the memory capacity of ...

Nintendo wants to try its hand at 3D again

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A very dodgy looking PDF file appeared on Nintendo’s Japanese investor relations site with the title “Launch of New Portable Game Machine” (PDF available her...

Adobe to launch Creative Suite 5 April 12

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A spokesperson for Adobe told us that on the morning of April 12 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, the company will hold a global online launch event for all of the compone...

Social media is exposure for password guessing

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The Inquirer security news site were reporting that the 25-year-old arrested by French police for hacking a Twitter data base and accessing U.S. President Ba...

Arrests on the Rise

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Lots of little newsworthy updates recently . . . they’ve been well-covered elsewhere, but we wanted to make sure our readers saw them as well.

Will fuzzing save civilization as we know it?

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Tom Gallagher, senior security test lead with Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, was extensively quoted in news stories today as he described how his g...

Firefox claims 30 percent market share

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Mozilla.org has made public a report that says its Firefox browser has 30 percent market share worldwide. Assuming it’s true, that is a six percent increase ...

Australian Internet censorship row warms up

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There seems to be an established procedure used by government officials who want to censor Internet traffic: begin requiring Google and ISPs to filter pornog...

Improved chat for iGoogle and orkut

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Have you ever wanted to quickly send a file to a friend who’s online? Now you can share pictures, documents and other files directly with your friends while ...

Google denies YouTube outage speculation

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Google Inc., owner of YouTube, said an outage of the popular video-sharing site Thursday was technical and not caused by outside tampering.

Google, China trade shots

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Google and the Chinese government are continuing to trade shots in the PR battle over net censorship. Earlier in the week, Google moved its Chinese search fa...

Firefox, IE8 and Safari hacked at CanSecWest

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In the Pwn2Own hacking contest at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada, security researchers and hackers quickly hacked three of the major...

Google-in-China saga: another hack, move to HK

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There is a risk to computer security from governments. Regulatory changes, even if they are very positive measures, can impose huge demands on an enterprise ...

Germany’s CERT warns against Firefox use

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BürgerCERT, Germany’s government information security organization, is recommending that Web users NOT use the Firefox browser until Mozilla fixes a vulnerab...

Google.cn is Dead Now

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Google.cn is now redirecting to google.com.hk [ Hong Kong google servers ] – this has happened after the cyber attack on google china servers in december. ri...

Phishing increased 62 percent in ‘09

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The DarkReading site is carrying a story about brand-protection firm MarkMonitor's finding that phishing increased 62 percent in 2009 with 565,502 attacks...

Google Code turns five

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At age five most kids can hop, skip and tie their shoes without help. Google Code turns five this week, and while they’re still working on the shoelaces thin...

Download Google Buzz widget for Android phones

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You can now access Google Buzz from your Android mobiles easily using the official Google Buzz widget, that lets you post text and photos with a single tap.

Twitter starts Direct Message phishing filtering

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Del Harvey who leads Twitter’s Trust and Safety team blogged yesterday that the social networking/micro-blogging service has begun filtering all links in Twi...

Many Zeus botnet C&C servers taken down

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Swiss security blog Abuse.ch has reported that the worst Zeus botnet hosting ISP was taken off line yesterday, cutting the botnet’s number of servers from 24...

Stars make search more personal

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We’ve long believed that personalization makes search more relevant and fun. For nearly five years, Google has been tailoring results with personalized searc...

Facebook, Twitter Use Skyrockets on Cell Phones

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New comScore data shows that Facebook and Twitter use has skyrocketed on mobile devices over the past year, and that on-the-go MySpace use is now on the decl...

Everybody uses Web 2.0, but IT might not know it

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Communications security firm FaceTime of Belmont, Calif., has released the results of a survey (of 1654 people) that strongly indicates we are all using a lo...

Quarantine for infected PCs?

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Microsoft Vice President of Trustworthy Computing Scott Charney, in a keynote address at the RSA security conference in San Francisco yesterday, called for q...

Another Bot Bites the Dust?

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Remember Microsoft’s action against 277 Waledac domains last week? Well, that’s one way of going after a botnet…

Twitter phished? It’s an easy mistake

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London, England (CNN) — Twitter this week endured a number of “phishing” attacks, in which some users unwittingly gave out their passwords to malicious sites...

Waldec vs Microsoft and then Twitter!

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There were a couple of news items that I thought were interesting enough, albeit unrelated, to comment on. The first (story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi...

Do not even turn on your PS3 today, Sony warns

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Since yesterday evening, PlayStation 3 users have been reporting difficulties in connecting their consoles to the PlayStation Network for online gameplay and...

Internet users skip security because of jargon

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Representatives of computer companies and governments meeting at the EastWest Institute security meeting in Brussels said that an industry culture of obscure...

Shorten your own URLs

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“YOURLS is a small set of PHP scripts that will allow you to run your own URL shortening service (a la TinyURL). You can make it private or public, you can p...

Top 4 most annoying Facebook couples

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(CNN)(The Frisky) — For anyone who is remotely active on Facebook, you no doubt have been faced at some point with inane updates on one of your friend’s kid’...

Interview with a Nigerian 419 scammer

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Bruce Schneier, in his blog Schneier on Security http://www.schneier.com/ drew attention to this great interview with an ex-Nigerian-419 scammer on the Scam-...

Fake AV & Talking With The Enemy

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Fake antivirus software (a.k.a misleading applications or rogue antivirus) is big business nowadays with Symantec reporting 43 million installation attempts ...

Wi-Fi sensitivity results in Santa Fe lawsuit

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When you spend your day scouring the Internet (and my blog 😉 ) for news about computer security topics you cover a lot of territory. Once in a while you just...

Google Media Player under development

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Google has confirmed that it’s future operating system Chrome OS will have an integrated media player that will offer  basic codec support , so that users ca...

Local Trends comes to Twitter

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The most popular micro blogging network ‘Twitter’ has now added local trends support. This new feature allows users to track Trending topics on twitter relat...

Adobe Flash 10.1 Will Get Private Browsing Mode

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Adobe Flash is a well well known plugin used today by most of the internet users. Its next upgrade i.e version 10.1 will get private browsing support. Flash ...

404 error message spoof

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Some questionable sites associated with the Winigard family of rogue security products pulls it from this location, which appears to belong to a graphic desi...

Dirty jokes by mobile phone

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The Danwei web site (Chinese media, advertising, and urban life) is carrying a rippingly funny blog piece by Alice Xin Liu about a recent Chinese government ...

What’s "Near Me Now"?!

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Have you stood outside the restaurant and thought whether to go inside? Google solves this problem very easily. It has come out with yet another mind bobblin...

“Washable” cell phone coming soon

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Seal Shield, a Jacksonville, Fla., company that makes washable computer keyboards and mice, said it will introduce the world’s first washable cell phone at t...

2010 prediction roundup

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It’s the time of year to make predictions. I only have one: in 2010, governments around the world will BEGIN to increase their efforts to do something about ...

The 12 scams of Christmas

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Tanya has just posted over on Kaspersky Russian site about losses caused by Internet fraudsters in England and Wales. If you want to practice your Russian, h...

US Chief of CyberSecurity

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After months of negotiations, US President Barack Obama has finally chosen a Chief of CyberSecurity – Mr Howard A Schmidt. Confirmation of the appointment is...

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Crisis malware infects VMware virtual machines

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v3.co.uk: The Windows version of the Crisis Trojan is far more dangerous than first thought, being capable of infecting VMware virtual machine images, Window...

AMD Blog Hacked, Database leaked on Internet

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TheHackerNews: A team of Hackers called, “r00tBeer Security Team” today hack into official blog of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) which is a American multinati...

Bogus anti-hacking tool targets Syrian activists

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h-online: Syrian activists, journalists and opposition group members are reportedly under attack by malware claiming to be a security tool that will help pro...

Cloud service cracks VPN passwords in 24 hours

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h-online: At the Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas, encryption expert Moxie Marlinspike promised that his CloudCracker web service was able to crack a...

Password leak at meetOne

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h-online: A data leak at the meetOne dating site allowed anyone to access private data including the plaintext passwords, email addresses and real names of t...

Trojan "made in Germany" spies in Bahrain

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h-Online: Citizenlab has released a detailed analysis of the activities of a trojan in which the experts conclude that the malware is most likely closely rel...

Spam attack on Dropbox users

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H-Online: Spammers are currently sending large volumes of spam to users of cloud storage service provider Dropbox. The H’s associates at heise Security have ...

NVIDIA hackers publish user data

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Late last week, NVIDIA confirmed that the database for its forums web site had been broken into by unauthorized third parties, with data from more than 400,0...

Update for Windows Update has teething troubles

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Microsoft has released an unscheduled, non-patch day update for Windows to update the Windows Update function itself. However, according to reports from read...

Microsoft revises its certificate management

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The H-Online: In response to the Flame worst-case scenario, Microsoft has now integrated a custom block list feature for its certificate store under Windows....

Password leaks bigger than first thought

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The H-Online: There have still been no official statements on the causes and extent of the recent password leaks at LinkedIn, eHarmony and Last.fm. A credibl...

Millions of Last.fm passwords leaked

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The H-Online: A list with several million passwords belonging to users of the music community site Last.fm has been posted on the internet. The site owners h...

LinkedIn passwords in circulation

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H-Online: Internet forums are currently circulating a list containing over six million password hashes which allegedly originate from LinkedIn. The passwords...

Windows XP in update loop

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H-Online: Users of Windows XP are reporting more problems with recent automatic updates. Three security updates for .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.5 are at the cen...

Skype divulges user IP addresses

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The H-Online: According to a blog post, a modified version of the Skype VoIP software can be used to easily find out the IP address of any valid Skype user. ...

Hotmail hacked for $20

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The H-Online: The whitec0de.com blog reports that, for $20, a member of a hacker forum offered to crack any Hotmail account within a minute – and that he kep...

Malware blocks booting

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Anti-virus experts at Trend Micro have discovered ransomware which blocks systems from booting. In contrast to the localised trojans, which are widely spread...

"Please do not take down the Sality botnet"

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The H-Security: On Tuesday, a user who is known as “lawabidingcitizen” posted an unusual request to the Full Disclosure mailing list, a forum that is mainly ...

Phishing via NFC

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At the RSA Conference 2012, McAfee’s Chief Technology Officer, Stuart McClure, and several of his colleagues, have demonstrated a whole range of different at...

Twilight author’s official website attacked

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Sunbelt: Twilight fans who normally frequent the official website of Stephenie Meyer, infamous writer of the said book and saga, may have found their systems...

Chinese hackers had free rein at Nortel

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The H-Online: According to a report, hackers, allegedly from China, had access to telecoms equipment manufacturer Nortel‘s IT systems over a period of severa...

Beware of spam this Valentine’s Day

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SophosLabs: It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and the spammers are out in force to make the most of unwitting shoppers on the international day of love.

Hacker claims to have compromised Intel

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The Inquirer: A Hacker using the pseudonyms ‘Weedgrower’ or ‘X-pOSed’ claims that he has compromised Intel and obtained sensitive data.

No further updates for Debian 5.0 Lenny

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The H-Online: The Debian developers have pointed out, in an announcement on the debian-announce mailing list, that – three years after it was released –Debia...

LinkedIn Hits 150 Million Members

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Mashable: LinkedIn on Thursday announced it has 150 million members in its network, a 20 million increase over November.

Foxconn hacked by Swagg Security

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The H-Online: Hackers operating under the name Swagg Security have said they were responsible for breaching the security of Chinese electronics manufacturer ...

Satellite phone encryption cracked

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H-Online: Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany have announced that they have cracked the A5-GMR-1 and A5-GMR-2 encryption algorithms used in sat...

Critical PHP vulnerability being fixed

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The H-Security: The PHP developers are working to fix a critical security vulnerability in PHP that they introduced with a recent security patch. The current...

Facebook Scam: See who views your profile!

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Earlier today we have seen a new Facebook clickjacking scam which spreads quite fast.</p> I KNOW WHEN YOU LOOK AT MY PROFILE USING...

MyBB downloads were infected

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The H-Security: In a blog posting, the MyBB development team has confirmed that the download package for version 1.6.4 of MyBB had been...

German Censors Approve New Action Game

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rockpapershotgun.com: Are you a German teenager? Then do we have some good news for you! After a short seventeen year-long wai...

Wikileaks website targeted by hackers

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TechSpot: Wikileaks found itself the victim of a cyberattack on Tuesday, shortly after the release of thousands of US State Department ...

Call of Duty: MW3 To Use Steamworks

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</p> rockpapershotgun.com</b>: This just came in from Valve: “The PC version of the product will be pow...

kernel.org compromised

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Read it yourself…</p> ———- Forwarded message ———- ...

Update: Google Buys Motorola

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Google Operating System Blog: Google found a way to solve the problem of Android patents and it's only three times more expensive than ...

Google Apps highlights – 8/12/2011

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This is part of a regular series of Google Apps updates that Google post every couple of weeks. Look for the label “Google Apps highlights” and subs...

Data loss at Play.com

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Play.com, one of the largest online retailers of DVDs, CDs, MP3s, books and gadgets, emailed its customers yesterday admitting to a security breach in its ma...

Spammers Exploit Japan’s Catastrophic State

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Symantec: Only a few days ago, Japan experienced one of the worst earthquakes in its history. The earthquake registered 8.9 on the Richter scale and triggere...

Many Gmail Users Can’t Find Their Messages

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Imagine loading Gmail and noticing that all your messages have been deleted. This is a real problem for many Gmail users who thought that they lost all of th...

Facebook’s value surpasses Yahoo, eBay

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A new study from New York securities firm NYPPEX estimates Facebook’s enterprise value is now much higher than Yahoo and EBay, at $41.2 billion and significa...

Don’t Lie to Me, Angelina!

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Earlier this year I received a Facebook invite in my Yahoo! Mail account from none other than Angelina Jolie herself. I kid you not.

Who’s Using Twitter?

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Mashable: The Pew Center is out with a new report that focuses on Twitter usage in the U.S., and it reveals that 6% of the entire U.S. adult population uses ...

Google Chrome Has 120 Million Users

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Google revealed during its Chrome press conference today that its web browser now has 120 million users. That’s 50 million more users than it had less than s...

Spam Carrying WikiLeaks Worm

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Symantec Connect: WikiLeaks.org is in the news after their recent publications linked to leaked government documents. Spammers are now leveraging the current...

Twitter Trend Poisoning Cookbook

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Symantec Connect: We have become familiar enough with malware creators poisoning popular search engine terms through SEO techniques in order to deliver their...

Oficla downloads MBR Ransomware

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Avira TechBlog: We discovered a new ransomware threat which is downloaded by a Trojan of the Oficla family. This downloaded threat replaces the MBR (master b...

WikiLeaks Hit By Another DDoS Attack

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Controversial whistleblower website WikiLeaks was hit by another massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack earlier this morning. On Sunday, the sit...

Politics and malware make strange bedfellows

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Sophos Labs: There are two stories that have been the focus of much speculation that have come to some closure today. New information confirming many peoples...

Fake Trojan Removal Kit serves up ThinkPoint Rogue

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You might want to steer clear of the following fake security program, being promoted as a “Windows Trojan Removal Kit” but actually hijacking your PC in the ...

Comment on Stuxnet and more Windows 0-days

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Over the last few days, some news organizations have been saying that Stuxnet source code is available on the black market, and that clearly therefor there i...

Closer look at W32/Ramnit.C

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Thomas Wegele, Virus Researcher from Avira wrote: In this month’s ITW malware set from the Wildlist organization two new variants of W32/Ramnit appeared. W32...

The Pirate Bay founders sentenced to jail

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The Swedish Appeals Court upheld the conviction and jail sentences of three co-founders behind the infamous The Pirate Bay service. Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij...

Microsoft: Google is a hard habit to break

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Microsoft says Google is a bad habit, and it’s hard for people to break it in order to try alternatives, such as the company’s search engine, Bing. “It’s a h...

Graph Of When People Break Up On Facebook

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David McCandless recently gave a presentation about data visualization in which he unveiled this graph, which tracked 10,000 Facebook status updates to deter...

Google Android Turns 3

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Mashable: Today marks exactly three years since Google and a slew of hardware and carrier partners officially announced the Android mobile operating system.

Microsoft Smart Screen False Positives

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SANS.edu: We received a couple of reports about Microsoft’s “Smart Screen” flagging harmless sites as malicious. Initially, we considered the possibility of ...

Android Overtakes iPhone

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Wall Street Journal: It looks like Steve Jobs may have something to be nervous about after all.

Google Instant’s Blacklisted Words

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Google search engine’s latest innovation technology that allows users to search for information in real time does not come without its own challenges. For ex...

Web filtering: are employees offended?

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Paul Mah, on the ITBusiness Edge blog, reported on GFI’s September survey of web filtering practices in small and medium businesses and got some interesting ...

Spam from the Advocate

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Currently cyber criminals try to make fast money by spamming out emails in masses in Germany which allegedly stem from an Advocate specialized in copyright. ...

Windows 7 year one – 240 million licenses sold

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Windows 7 turns one year old and obviously Microsoft felt the need to once again brag with the performance of its latest operating system. And it can really ...

PCWorld links to scareware

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I was reading an article on PCWorld’s website about the upcoming Google Chrome OS:

Man cops to botnet-fueled pump-and-dump scheme

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An Arizona computer specialist has admitted taking part in a conspiracy that used large networks of compromised computers to inflate the value of stocks so t...

Apple launches MacBook Air laptop

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Apple is cashing in on the popularity of its iPhone and iPad to boost demand for its oldest product, the Macintosh.

Operation Payback takes down UK IP office

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HAVOC CAUSING hacker activist group Operation Payback has extended its reach and strangled the life out of the UK Intellectual Property Office’s website.

Turkish hackers attack CDU websites

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Two regional websites for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) were hacked on Tuesday by unknown perpetrators claiming to be Turkish followin...

Less than 5% of IPv4 addresses left says NRO

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In late January, the Number Resource Organization (NRO) warned that IPv4 addresses were drying up, with less than 10% unallocated — a figure that has shrunk ...

Avira know better what to put and where

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Sometimes we encounter childish messages from the authors in the body of malware. A variant of the TDSS family we got recently is even going a step further b...

Facebook apps transmitted personal info

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NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 10 popular Facebook applications have been transmitting users’ personal identifying information to dozen...

Hackers Access 107K Student Records At UNFL

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The good news is that overseas hackers apparently did not change the grades of more then 100 thousand University of North Florida students when they broke in...

ZeuS baddies copy Conficker tactics

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Variants of the infamous ZeuS cybercrime toolkit have begun using the tactics of the infamous Conficker worm in a bid to get ahead of security defences.

Adobe fixes Reader and Acrobat

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Adobe just released Reader and Acrobat version 9.4. The new release fixes some critical vulnerabilities which allow attackers to infect PCs – for example, ju...

Stuxnet Questions and Answers

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Stuxnet continues to be a hot topic. Here are answers to some of the questions we’ve received.

Twitter XSS getting abused

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On Twitter a new security flaw gets currently exploited. Hackers found a way to inject malicious JavaScript code into tweets with the onMouseOver event. This...

iPad isn’t for everyone, so deal with it

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Thirty-two days ago, I purchased Apple’s iPad, after proclaiming that I wouldn’t. A gadget like this one should be tested if repeatedly blogged about. I woul...

Android Now Outselling iPhone [REPORT]

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Smartphones carrying Google’s Android operating system outsold the iPhone in the first quarter of 2010, according to new research out today from NPD.

What does PHP stand for? Probable Hacked Page?

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Late last week, the wires were buzzing over news that the official site of PHP-Nuke “Professional Content Management System“ was serving malware. I am frankl...

Whoops – Twitter got hacked again

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I had a look at my twitter page early this morning and read “Twitter is a rich source of insanity”, and thought “Wow, the twitter marketroids are really bold...

I Want an ATM Card

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When I was a child, I was fascinated by ATM machines. I had a savings account which my mother would deposit money regularly and I waited for the day that I c...

A Virus Is Coming! Tell All Your Friends!

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Email hoaxes are nothing new, dating back at least as far as 1994 with what is widely believed to have been the first email hoax—referred to as the “Goodtime...

IE losing market share, Chrome gaining

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For the first time, Microsoft’s share of the browser marked has slipped below 60 percent, according to figures from Net Applications, a Aliso Viejo, Calif., ...

Men in blue suits raid Gizmodo

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Many bloggers and commentators are making much of the fact that San Mateo police served a search warrant on the home of Gizmodo blogger Jason Chen and confis...

Whoops – Treasury still hacked.

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I was wrong in my earlier assessment that the three treasury websites had been cleaned… the attack site was simply tracking ip addresses, and would not serve...

A HijackThis Toolbar from Facebook?

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Spam emails such as the one below have been doing the rounds on the Internet hoping to lure recipients into downloading a Facebook toolbar.

Facebook Users Like Sex [STATS]

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Self-proclaimed social media scientist Dan Zarrella has already applied linguistic methodologies to psychologically profile Twitter users. Now he’s using th...

Another call to avoid “admin” privileges

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For the second time recently, a security researcher has pointed out that running machines without administrative privileges could significantly improve secur...

Treasury website hacked

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For a short while today a couple of treas.gov websites were hacked, and were reaching out to an attack site in Ukraine.

A Trojan Adding Malicious Routing Entries

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Backdoor.Rohimafo is a Trojan that has several back door functions. It not only opens a back door and performs the usual functions but it also can perform so...

UK firm offers clickjacking visualization tool

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UK security firm Context Information Security Ltd., is making available a browser-based tool that will demonstrate clickjacking techniques that were discusse...

Subdomains defaced on The Telegraph website

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The Telegraph, one of the biggest newspapers in the UK, hasn’t had a good time of it lately where their website is concerned. There were vulnerabilities foun...

Twitter Has 105 Million Registered Users

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In kicking off Twitter’s Chirp developer conference, the company finally revealed its long mysterious registered user number, and it’s surprisingly large (b...

Singer’s Exploit Kit version CVE-2010-0806

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Well, well… looks like someone has been singing along to one of Jay Chow’s songs while coding an exploit that corresponds to a vulnerability in Internet Expl...

Denial of availability and UK anti-piracy law

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There could be a denial-of-availability risk to the enterprise in the new anti-piracy law passed by the British Parliament yesterday. Employees using company...

Ninjas Taking Over LinkedIn

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Apparently, Facebook isn’t the only online sphere where ninjas are becoming a problem — The LinkedIn Blog reports that the job title “Ninja” has become more ...

Google has just rewarded me with $1 million!!

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I don’t believe it!! This morning I’ve received an email sent by Google notifying me that I´ve won $950,000,  so I think this will be the last post I’m going...

iPad Spam has entered the building

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It was only a matter of time before the merest of “iPad” mentions on sites such as Twitter would result in autospammed messages like this:

Number of infected computers spikes in Korea

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Hong Kong-based security firm Network Box reported that Korea was the country of origin for 31.1 percent of the malware on the Internet in March. In February...

Security awareness: many levels, many things

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Rob VandenBrink has written a piece on the SANS web site Diary (“The Many Paths to Security Awareness”) with an interesting take on the very large topic of c...

Hacking forum or a sting operation?

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Though it is true that malware is getting more and more sophisticated I am sometimes surprised by the lack of skills coming from wannabe botnet operators. To...

Will fuzzing save civilization as we know it?

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Tom Gallagher, senior security test lead with Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, was extensively quoted in news stories today as he described how his g...

Firefox claims 30 percent market share

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Mozilla.org has made public a report that says its Firefox browser has 30 percent market share worldwide. Assuming it’s true, that is a six percent increase ...

Forbes: "It’s all just Malware now"

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It seems I prompted an exploration of infection related search terms in Google Trends over on the Forbes.com Firewall blog. “Malware” is becoming a sort of c...

Fake Lawsuit Notification Attack

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A few of days ago, we encountered an e-mail with a malicious RTF attachment. It was sent with a supposed lawsuit notification message.

Firefox, IE8 and Safari hacked at CanSecWest

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In the Pwn2Own hacking contest at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, Canada, security researchers and hackers quickly hacked three of the major...

It takes only one ‘nice’ person

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In the security industry we often focus heavily on new technologies and shiny new software, and forget that so much of what we see is dependent on the person...

Google-in-China saga: another hack, move to HK

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There is a risk to computer security from governments. Regulatory changes, even if they are very positive measures, can impose huge demands on an enterprise ...

Smart Aleck Passwords

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Älypää, a popular Finnish game and quiz site, announced a database breach late last night.

A Fishy Defacement

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Generally speaking, most website defacements I see tend to look the same with political activist Y decrying political activist Z, or leet hax0rs posting up a...

Phishing increased 62 percent in ‘09

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The DarkReading site is carrying a story about brand-protection firm MarkMonitor's finding that phishing increased 62 percent in 2009 with 565,502 attacks...

iRogue?

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Are Mac OS X rogues an emerging threat?

Consoles for old games come with new malcode

1 minute read

Be on the lookout for websites offering up “free applications” which come with a nasty sting in the tail. Here’s a typical example: Appzkeygen(dot)com

Vodafone distributes Mariposa botnet

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Here is yet another example of a company distributing malware to its userbase. Unfortunately it probably won’t be the last.

All browsers are (not) created equal

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My friends often ask me about steps they can take to keep their systems at work and home free from malware. Apart from the usual recommendation to use altern...

Adservers compromised in latest Zbot push

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As we have commented before when content served up from adservers is compromised, the effects can be far reaching, potentially exposing huge numbers of victi...

Late Dash by Spammers for 2010 Winter Olympics

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The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver, Canada, from February 12-28. With more than 82 countries participating and millions across the globe catchin...

Everybody uses Web 2.0, but IT might not know it

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Communications security firm FaceTime of Belmont, Calif., has released the results of a survey (of 1654 people) that strongly indicates we are all using a lo...

FakeAV, now for Windows 7!

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It’s been over a year since we first started seeing the familiar Windows XP My Computer page where it appears your drives are being scanned and it reports a ...

Phishing Scam Linked to Valentine’s Day Movie

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Symantec has been observing several spam and phishing attacks regarding the recent Valentine’s Day. One such phishing attack was on an e-card website that as...

U.S. Census Bureau warning of phishing scams

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The U.S. Census Bureau is warning of phishing and other scams that are using the 2010 Census as bait. Here is the warning from the bureau’s web site:

Big Brother in Social Networking Scam

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“Big Brother Brazil” is a Brazilian reality TV program adapted from the popular Big Brother television series. The show is about a group of people living tog...

Beware of Targeted Scams and Phishing Attacks!

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According to latest State of Spam and Phishing report, scam and phishing messages accounted for 21 percent of all spam, which is the highest level recorded s...

I’m Feeling Lucky?

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Criminals like to attack the biggest target because BIGGER generally provides a better Return On Investment (ROI). Windows is a good example. Mac is indeed s...

NOT the real VirusTotal.com

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In Additional to my last Post: http://boelectronic.blogspot.com/2010/03/free-fakeav-at-virus-total-thats-not.html

Most used Spam Categories in February 2010

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Since January we publish monthly reports about the categories of the spam messages which got sent around the last month. These categories are detected by Avi...

Zeus botnet continues: 2,500 victims estimated

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Herndon, Va., forensics firm NetWitness has said that the Zeus botnet has breached the networks of nearly 2,500 organizations in nearly 200 countries, includ...

Internet users skip security because of jargon

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Representatives of computer companies and governments meeting at the EastWest Institute security meeting in Brussels said that an industry culture of obscure...

Phony Firefox update comes with Hotbar adware

1 minute read

Our good friends at Broomfield, Colo., security firm eSoft have found an interesting scam to trick Internet users into installing the Hotbar adware: a fake F...

Phishing scam steals carbon credits

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Wired magazine has run a story on a phishing scam in Europe, New Zealand and Japan that resulted in the loss of 250,000 carbon credit permits worth $4 millio...

Hackers Disrupt European CO₂ Market

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In recent weeks, various cybercrime attacks have disrupted the computer systems that allow nations to manage their national greenhouse-gas emissions quotas a...

Troj/JSRedir-AK: 40% of a month’s malware

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It has been a month since Sophos added detection for Troj/JSRedir-AK and figures generated today show that over 40% of all web-based detections have been fro...

Dirty jokes by mobile phone

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The Danwei web site (Chinese media, advertising, and urban life) is carrying a rippingly funny blog piece by Alice Xin Liu about a recent Chinese government ...

Seasons of Scams

1 minute read

With the holiday season behind us, cyber scammers and spammers will now be looking towards the upcoming events and worldwide happenings that they can leverag...

Consistent Computer Virus Malcode names

2 minute read

InfoSecurity, a great site for computer security news, just put up a story asking the very old question: “Why don’t AV vendors name malcode consistently.”

Rimecud and Hamweq – birds of a feather

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Following the addition of Win32/Hamweq to the MSRT last month, MMPC will continue cleaning PCs in 2010 by adding another prevalent worm, Win32/Rimecud, to th...

It’s Nice To Get Noticed

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Looking at a random new incoming malware sample in F-Secure sample automation systems. Notice the Mutex names it uses:

Busy time for spammers during winter holidays

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The spammers and malware authors profited of the holiday time when a lot of people are at home and sent a large amount of emails just before the official fre...

McAfee Labs’ January Spam Report

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Angelina Jolie and Barack Obama are the #1 celeb subjects of choice for spammers, according to McAfee January Spam Report. The report also reveals:

Firefox 4!

2 minute read

The third version of Firefox has emerged as the most successful leader in the browser category of all alternatives to Internet Explorer. Since the official l...

“Washable” cell phone coming soon

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Seal Shield, a Jacksonville, Fla., company that makes washable computer keyboards and mice, said it will introduce the world’s first washable cell phone at t...

Flash, Christmas and the new year

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We see spam all the time. One of the most dependable things spammers do is to try and exploit various newsworthy events and holidays.

Thrice Bitten, Not Shy

1 minute read

The one subset of malware which does not immediately seem motivated by financial incentives is the autorun worm. In fact the raison d’etre for this class of ...

2010 prediction roundup

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It’s the time of year to make predictions. I only have one: in 2010, governments around the world will BEGIN to increase their efforts to do something about ...

CNNIC changes have effect on spam tactics

1 minute read

As was announced on Dec 11th, CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) now requires a “formal paper based application material when making the onlin...

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Russian malware spies on US ATMs

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Security firm Group-IB has identified a malware program called Dump Memory Grabber that can take debit and credit card data from point-of-sale (POS) terminal...

Narilam Worm manipulates databases in Iran

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h-Online: Security firm Symantec has discovered a specialised worm called W32.Narilam that can compromise SQL databases. Symantec reports that the malware “s...

Crisis malware infects VMware virtual machines

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v3.co.uk: The Windows version of the Crisis Trojan is far more dangerous than first thought, being capable of infecting VMware virtual machine images, Window...

Bogus anti-hacking tool targets Syrian activists

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h-online: Syrian activists, journalists and opposition group members are reportedly under attack by malware claiming to be a security tool that will help pro...

Trojan "made in Germany" spies in Bahrain

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h-Online: Citizenlab has released a detailed analysis of the activities of a trojan in which the experts conclude that the malware is most likely closely rel...

Fake Facebook Photo Notifications Contain Malware

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Mashable: Sophos’s NakedSecurity blog outlined the threat on Wednesday. The company’s SophosLabs intercepted a “spammed-out email campaign” which was designe...

Automated Skype calls and Fake Antiviruses

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This is an old story back from September, 2011, but since recently I’ve seen users complaining about this, I want to share it again [Credit to NakedSecurity,...

Painting a Picture of W32.Flamer

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Symantec Connect: The number of different components in W32.Flamer is difficult to grasp. The threat is a well designed platform including, among other thing...

Iran oil terminal suffers malware attack

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The BBC is reporting that websites belonging to the Iranian oil ministry and national oil company are offline after suffering a malware infection this weekend.

Malware blocks booting

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Anti-virus experts at Trend Micro have discovered ransomware which blocks systems from booting. In contrast to the localised trojans, which are widely spread...

Android malware poses as Angry Birds Space game

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Android malware authors have seized an opportunity to infect unsuspecting smartphone users with the launch of the latest addition to the immensely popular “A...

"Please do not take down the Sality botnet"

1 minute read

The H-Security: On Tuesday, a user who is known as “lawabidingcitizen” posted an unusual request to the Full Disclosure mailing list, a forum that is mainly ...

Fake AICPA Mail Serves Blackholes and Rootkits

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Sunbelt: Be wary of emails claiming to be from AICPA – as per their alert here, these are not real and any mention of “unlawful tax return fraud” is just a b...

Malware to Mourn Whitney Houston

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Symantec: The world is mourning the loss of another legendary pop singer also known as the queen of pop – Whitney Houston. Spammers are paying homage to the ...

Beware of spam this Valentine’s Day

1 minute read

SophosLabs: It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow and the spammers are out in force to make the most of unwitting shoppers on the international day of love.

Megaupload, up again? no

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GFI: You’re probably aware that Megaupload has wandered into what can only be described as a bit of a pickle, assuming said pickle is roughly the size of ...

Facebook Scam: See who views your profile!

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Earlier today we have seen a new Facebook clickjacking scam which spreads quite fast.</p> I KNOW WHEN YOU LOOK AT MY PROFILE USING...

MyBB downloads were infected

1 minute read

The H-Security: In a blog posting, the MyBB development team has confirmed that the download package for version 1.6.4 of MyBB had been...

Duqu, Son of Stuxnet?

1 minute read

Schneier on Security: A newly discovered piece of malware, Duqu, seems to be a precursor to the next Stuxne...

Using data to protect people from malware

1 minute read

This is an article posted in Google Online Security Blog, it’s about unusual traffics being sent from infected computers during search or web surfing, if you...

Fake Certificate in Malware – with Message

less than 1 minute read

Avira TechBlog: The malware authors every now and then send us virus researchers some messages. For example in the compiled binary itself, or as debug out...

ZeroAccess, an advanced kernel mode rootkit

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Prevx Blog: In the last couple years there have been three major players who dominated the scene in the field of the kernel mode rootkit development. They...

Analysis of TR/Spy.SpyEye

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Avira TechBlog: SpyEye is a malware family which we are monitoring for some time. Today we are analyzing a sample which is detected as TR/Spy.SpyEye.flh by A...

Spammers Exploit Japan’s Catastrophic State

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Symantec: Only a few days ago, Japan experienced one of the worst earthquakes in its history. The earthquake registered 8.9 on the Richter scale and triggere...

Spam Carrying WikiLeaks Worm

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Symantec Connect: WikiLeaks.org is in the news after their recent publications linked to leaked government documents. Spammers are now leveraging the current...

Looks familiar? Yes! From Alureon!

1 minute read

It’s a normal day to us. We receive a new Bamital virus sample report from a customer, and we provide an analysis. Suddenly, something interesting bursts int...

W32.Yimfoca.B – Malware Localization

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The latest W32.Yimfoca.B variants can target malicious links in no fewer than 44 countries and nearly 20 different languages. It has also increased the numbe...

Adobe update spam scam

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Here’s the latest twist in the “membership” site scam: spam emails that tell potential victims to update their Adobe Reader include links to a web site inten...

Oficla downloads MBR Ransomware

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Avira TechBlog: We discovered a new ransomware threat which is downloaded by a Trojan of the Oficla family. This downloaded threat replaces the MBR (master b...

Politics and malware make strange bedfellows

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Sophos Labs: There are two stories that have been the focus of much speculation that have come to some closure today. New information confirming many peoples...

Fake Trojan Removal Kit serves up ThinkPoint Rogue

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You might want to steer clear of the following fake security program, being promoted as a “Windows Trojan Removal Kit” but actually hijacking your PC in the ...

Closer look at W32/Ramnit.C

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Thomas Wegele, Virus Researcher from Avira wrote: In this month’s ITW malware set from the Wildlist organization two new variants of W32/Ramnit appeared. W32...

No p*rn for you, naughty boy!

less than 1 minute read

There are always peculiar things malware researchers discover while analyzing new samples.

PCWorld links to scareware

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I was reading an article on PCWorld’s website about the upcoming Google Chrome OS:

Man cops to botnet-fueled pump-and-dump scheme

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An Arizona computer specialist has admitted taking part in a conspiracy that used large networks of compromised computers to inflate the value of stocks so t...

Malware Pushers Abuse Firefox Warning Page

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This is a pretty neat attack from the malware pushes leveraging on the ignorance of the average user – which in all honestly is a safe bet most of the time! ...

Avira know better what to put and where

less than 1 minute read

Sometimes we encounter childish messages from the authors in the body of malware. A variant of the TDSS family we got recently is even going a step further b...

ZeuS baddies copy Conficker tactics

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Variants of the infamous ZeuS cybercrime toolkit have begun using the tactics of the infamous Conficker worm in a bid to get ahead of security defences.

Stuxnet Questions and Answers

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Stuxnet continues to be a hot topic. Here are answers to some of the questions we’ve received.

Messages from Malware authors in Malware

less than 1 minute read

During our analysis of the different malware families we sometimes stumble upon some messages inside the viruses placed there by their authors. For example, ...

Stuxnet in the news

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The Stuxnet Trojan is very well covered in the media as more and more details about its sophisticated code become public. It abuses four previously unknown s...

More Spam with JavaScript redirectors

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We received new spam emails which contain a JavaScript redirector in form of a HTML attachment. The emails we received have the subject “Consultation Appoint...

Security issues on Android

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One unique security feature of Android is the permission check when installing 3rd party apps. The system lists all permissions that an app requires and asks...

The bad guys are going after the Pirates

less than 1 minute read

File-sharing organization Pirate Bay has been controversial for a long time, like maybe the length of its entire existence. It’s been in the news recently...

DLL Hijacking Evolved

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Back in November 2007, I’ve seen this technique used by one of the variant of Worm called W32/Drom. The technique was not to execute the malicious file or co...

What’s in a (rogue) name? VirusTotal 2010

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There is a well-respected and very useful site that everyone in the anti-virus industry uses – sometimes several times a day: Virus Total. You can upload sus...

Warning on Facebook worm "FBHOLE"

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There’s a new Facebook worm out there. However, it doesn’t seem to be doing anything else than posting a message to people’s Facebook walls.

SEO poisoning: Rima Fakih photos

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You might avoid looking for photos of Miss USA Rima Fakih for a while. There is a controversy about a certain pole-dancing incident in her past that is stirr...

What does PHP stand for? Probable Hacked Page?

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Late last week, the wires were buzzing over news that the official site of PHP-Nuke “Professional Content Management System“ was serving malware. I am frankl...

A HijackThis Toolbar from Facebook?

less than 1 minute read

Spam emails such as the one below have been doing the rounds on the Internet hoping to lure recipients into downloading a Facebook toolbar.

Don’t play with Natural Disasters!!

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We want to warn you of an email message in Spanish we’ve received with the subject ( Urgente ) Posible Terremoto y Tsunami con un 89 % de efectividad and tha...

A Trojan Adding Malicious Routing Entries

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Backdoor.Rohimafo is a Trojan that has several back door functions. It not only opens a back door and performs the usual functions but it also can perform so...

Heads up – 0day ITW – Rihanna is a lure

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On April 9th, Tavis Ormandy published a proof of concept about how to use the latest version of Java to compromise a pc. You can read about it here. He notif...

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Black Hat SEO attack

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Of course I’m talking about football. When I say football I mean the game that is played with one ball thas is kicked with the foot, not the other game that ...

Malware humor

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Every once in a while, you find some odd piece of text in a piece of malware.

WordPress blog pages redirected to rogue site

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Brian Krebs, in his “Krebs on Security” blog is reporting that a large number of WordPress blog pages have been hacked to redirected visitors to networkads.n...

Singer’s Exploit Kit version CVE-2010-0806

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Well, well… looks like someone has been singing along to one of Jay Chow’s songs while coding an exploit that corresponds to a vulnerability in Internet Expl...

Benign Feature, Malicious Use

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An interesting and unknown feature used by sysadmins around the world in some large corporate networks is the use of proxy-auto config (pac) files. This beni...

Number of infected computers spikes in Korea

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Hong Kong-based security firm Network Box reported that Korea was the country of origin for 31.1 percent of the malware on the Internet in March. In February...

POC is out: a worm that spreads via PDFs

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A blog contributor who goes by the name of “jeremy” has continued to research the possibilities inherent in the recently discovered .pdf-file weakness that c...

Java Applet Attack Targets XBox Gamers

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If you like downloading or installing programs on your PC related to XBox gaming, you might want to take heed of this writeup. There’s a fake application kit...

Rogue Toolbars Serve Up Facebook Phishing Pages

2 minute read

There are a number of Toolbars out there in the wild with a nasty sting in the tail for anybody using them to login to Facebook. We’ve seen two of these so f...

Hacking forum or a sting operation?

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Though it is true that malware is getting more and more sophisticated I am sometimes surprised by the lack of skills coming from wannabe botnet operators. To...

Fake updates install backdoors

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Our good friends at Hanoi, Viet Nam, -based security firm Bkis have written about an interesting malcode lure: Trojans masquerading as updates for popular ap...

Journey to the Center of the PDF Stream

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Malware authors use numerous unconventional techniques in their attempts to create malicious code that is not detected by antivirus software. As malicious co...

Be wary of Steam password stealers

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There are a couple of programs in circulation at the moment designed to steal Steam account login credentials. People can have a lot of money invested in Ste...

Jon and Kate Plus Eight … plus fake codecs

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One our researchers was reading the comments about Dancing With The Stars, and Kate Gosselin’s performance (He’s a huge fan … don’t ask), when he noticed a l...

Running executables in PDF: it’s a feature

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Didier Stevens, security professional and blogger, has found a “feature” in the PDF file format that makes it possible to package an executable in a PDF file...

EXEs in word docs

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Today, our friends at Trend Micro blogged about a new attack vector using Microsoft Word documents. We saw this as well last week, and have written a detecti...

Back to Basics with Fake AV

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We’ve been seeing Fake AV programs getting more convincing for a while now. Some of the tricks employed by the guys behind these rogue programs include Windo...

Child Tax Credit is the New Phishing Bait

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Who wouldn’t want some tax benefits in the current economic times? Don’t phishers and scammers know that all too well! In a new phishing scheme, We found tha...

Bots, bots, and again bots

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Today we are going to take a closer look at bots and botnets. On the black market, selling bots and botnets is quite profitable, which makes creating them a ...

Index of /images: a hiding place for malware?

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The underlying structure of a typical website is made up of different folders and sub-folders, much like the ones that are on your computer. A webmaster (is ...

Another FakeAV, for Windows 7!

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With Windows 7 becoming increasingly popular, more and more software companies have begun to upgrade their interface for the latest Microsoft operating syste...

The Dangers Of Freebies

2 minute read

The internet is rife with free tools from anything to everything (almost) – from free HTML web editors to free applications to free games and so on.

iRogue?

1 minute read

Are Mac OS X rogues an emerging threat?

Chilean Earthquake Spawns Malware

3 minute read

Most of us are familiar with how high profile news events are used for malware distribution. We’ve seen it many times such as with Tiger Woods’ scandal and t...

Consoles for old games come with new malcode

1 minute read

Be on the lookout for websites offering up “free applications” which come with a nasty sting in the tail. Here’s a typical example: Appzkeygen(dot)com

Many Zeus botnet C&C servers taken down

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Swiss security blog Abuse.ch has reported that the worst Zeus botnet hosting ISP was taken off line yesterday, cutting the botnet’s number of servers from 24...

Vodafone distributes Mariposa botnet

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Here is yet another example of a company distributing malware to its userbase. Unfortunately it probably won’t be the last.

Cute (and malicious)

2 minute read

There’s an angelically tinged infection doing the rounds at the moment that has more than a whiff of sulphur about it.

Steer clear of fake FBI fingerprint scanner

1 minute read

Sources on a number of forums tell me that a certain application is going to be released into the wild in a few days, promoted heavily via sites such as Yout...

Kuwait, Saudi… and PrIv8 ActiveX ExploiT

less than 1 minute read

We all know Brazilian hackers have mastered the art of creating banking trojans. The Chinese are very fond of password stealers targeting online games. The b...

Viruses and Digital Signatures

1 minute read

Recently, We received some malicious files which appeared to be signed by “Adobe Systems Incorporated”. On closer inspection, however, it was seen that the s...

The Morphing PDF

less than 1 minute read

Just when we thought SEO using Flash was as interesting as SEO poisoning can get, it seems it’s getting even sneakier…

Adservers compromised in latest Zbot push

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As we have commented before when content served up from adservers is compromised, the effects can be far reaching, potentially exposing huge numbers of victi...

Contraband Imports

less than 1 minute read

One of the issues malware writers deal with is having their programs load and execute on a victim’s computer. An unwary victim may click on an email attachme...

Chat with malcode

2 minute read

It’s time for your daily dose of “spot the fake program / avoid the fake program”.

FakeAV, now for Windows 7!

1 minute read

It’s been over a year since we first started seeing the familiar Windows XP My Computer page where it appears your drives are being scanned and it reports a ...

Mariposa botnet take down

1 minute read

Readers may well have read some of the news stories posted after yesterday’s news concerning the take down of the “Mariposa” botnet. So what is Mariposa?

Battlefield Keygens are Bad Company

less than 1 minute read

In the same way that media event X guarantees Rogue Antispyware Y, a new and highly anticipated videogame that’s about ready to launch will similarly bring o...

60+ Compromised Sites with SEO Poisoning

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More than 60 websites have been found to be hotbeds for SEO poisoning. Each of these domains host hundreds of possible matches for search keys.

NOT the real VirusTotal.com

less than 1 minute read

In Additional to my last Post: http://boelectronic.blogspot.com/2010/03/free-fakeav-at-virus-total-thats-not.html

Analyzing PDF Files

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We’ve been seeing a gradual shift in malicious PDF file coding (no surprise there, we know malware authors can and do adapt their techniques).

Do I Know You?

1 minute read

Imagine that you’re sitting at home catching up on your email backlog. In comes an email from your ISP, FooBarBazCo (some creativity required here, I know). ...

Zeus botnet continues: 2,500 victims estimated

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Herndon, Va., forensics firm NetWitness has said that the Zeus botnet has breached the networks of nearly 2,500 organizations in nearly 200 countries, includ...

Exploit for zero-day vuln in Firefox is for sale

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Evgeny Legerov, founder of Intevydis in Moscow, has created an exploit that hits a previously unknown heap-corruption vulnerability in the Firefox browser. T...

Antivirus NOT

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“Dammed thieves. Stole our logo. I suppose we should be flattered, though.” — A.E.

The Facebook Team informs you…

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In the last two days our lab has detected a flood of email messages that seem to have been sent by the Facebook team urging users to submit a new account agr...

Unusual Valentine’s Gift Unwraps FakeAV

less than 1 minute read

While everyone is searching the web for the unusual gift on Valentine’s Day, Cybercriminals take this opportunity to propagate Rouge Antivirus.

Tidserv and MS10-015

2 minute read

In the past, viruses and computer threats were created simply for the sake of it. Sometimes these threats would wipe your hard drive clean—just to let you kn...

Escort service infected with Troj/JSRedir-AR

less than 1 minute read

Clients of escorts and call girls are usually aware of the the risks presented from STIs. However, SophosLabs has been monitoring a different type of infecti...

New Rogue: SecurePcAv

less than 1 minute read

SecurePcAv is a phony antivirus program that has been infecting PC’s across the interwebs in recent days.

Zeus – Exploiting Spear Phishing to Spear Phish

less than 1 minute read

The Zeus crimeware family has moved into new territory with its latest spam campaign – purporting to be a warning about targeted phishing attacks on “.gov” a...

New Rogue: Paladin Antivirus

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Paladin Antivirus is a phony security program, designed to rip people off. Paladin Antivirus tricks people into thinking they are downloading a legit antivir...

The Buzz is getting LOUDER

1 minute read

It has been barely two days since Google announced their new social integration and messaging tool called Google Buzz. Today we saw the first example of malw...

Between a PoC and a Hard Place

2 minute read

Several reports have been published detailing a Blackberry proof of concept (PoC) exploit called txsBBSpy that was recently presented at a security conferenc...

Fake AV & Talking With The Enemy

1 minute read

Fake antivirus software (a.k.a misleading applications or rogue antivirus) is big business nowadays with Symantec reporting 43 million installation attempts ...

New Rogue: Advanced Defender

less than 1 minute read

Advanced Defender is fake security software that tricks people into thinking it’s legitimate antispyware software in hopes they will pay for the product.

Take Care Before Valentine: Cupid Struck

less than 1 minute read

It’s just a few more days before Valentine’s Day. As most people now are already preparing their celebration, malware authors are also getting ready to use t...

New Rogue: SafePcAV

less than 1 minute read

The creators behind the rogue antispyware appliaction WiniGuard have released yet another clone of their software. This one is called SafePcAV.

Phony Firefox update comes with Hotbar adware

1 minute read

Our good friends at Broomfield, Colo., security firm eSoft have found an interesting scam to trick Internet users into installing the Hotbar adware: a fake F...

Trojan code sneaks into two Mozilla add-ons

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Mozilla yesterday posted a notice on its AMO blog (that’s an acronym for their add-on site addons.mozilla.org) that two add-ons have been found infected with...

It’s lame ransomware, but it could fool somebody

less than 1 minute read

Found this little gem today. It’s distributed with other malware, cracks and drive-by downloads. It purports to be a security warning from your Windows opera...

Anatomy of a free Starbucks gift card scam

2 minute read

With virus and spam outbreaks, analysts needs to keep their nerves to analyze the situation and proceed to deal with the new threat. So, I wasn’t expected to...

Microsoft Support informs you…

less than 1 minute read

Since yesterday, our lab has detected a flood of email messages that seem to contain a Microsoft Update, but it’s actually malware. We’ve seen around 3,000 i...

New Rogue: MyPcSecure

less than 1 minute read

MyPcSecure is the latest rogue anti-spyware application and a clone from the WiniGuard family.

New Rogue: LiveEnterpriseSuite

less than 1 minute read

LiveEnterpriseSuite is a clone of InternetAntivirusPRO. Actually, the only thing that the authors of this rogue have changed is the name in the GUI.

Troj/JSRedir-AK: 40% of a month’s malware

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It has been a month since Sophos added detection for Troj/JSRedir-AK and figures generated today show that over 40% of all web-based detections have been fro...

New Rogue: APcSafe

less than 1 minute read

APcSafe is another rogue anti-spyware clone of the WiniGuard family.

New Rogue: PcsSecure

less than 1 minute read

PcsSecure is the latest cloned rogue antispyware from the WiniGuard family.

Desktop Security 2010

less than 1 minute read

Desktop Security 2010 is a rogue antispyware program, designed to trick people into thinking it is a legitimate program. Desktop Security 2010 uses fake secu...

Smutty Searches Scuppered

1 minute read

Symantec Security Response has repeatedly warned that looking for free movies and videos online often results in malware infection, and here we go again with...

Salesmen Are Not My Friends

1 minute read

I dislike salesmen. The look on their faces irks me when I can feel the dollars flicking in their eyes. I hate it when my car insurance company ask if i want...

APcSecure

less than 1 minute read

APcSecure is a new rogue from the WiniGuard clone factory.

System Defender

less than 1 minute read

System Defender is a rogue antispyware program, or a PC infection made to look like real security software. System Defender is a scam designed to trick peopl...

ProtectSoldier

less than 1 minute read

ProtectSoldier is the latest rogue antispyware program released by cyber thieves to terrorize PC users.

ArmorDefender

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ArmorDefender is the latest rogue antispyware program released by cyber thieves to terrorize PC users.

Antivirus360

less than 1 minute read

Antivirus360 is a phony antivirus program, designed to rip people off. Cyber thieves who created phony software like Antivirus360 use scare tactics to fright...

ProtectDefender

less than 1 minute read

ProtectDefender is a new clone of the WiniGuard family.

GhostAntivirus

less than 1 minute read

GhostAntivirus is a new rogue anti-virus application. It is a clone of InternetAntivirusPro.

Rimecud and Hamweq – birds of a feather

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Following the addition of Win32/Hamweq to the MSRT last month, MMPC will continue cleaning PCs in 2010 by adding another prevalent worm, Win32/Rimecud, to th...

SysDefenders

less than 1 minute read

SysDefenders is the latest addition to the clones of the WiniGuard rogue anti-spyware family.

Registered malware

1 minute read

Malware authors love to innovate when it comes to persistence and hiding their nefarious creations from detection, and although most of the schemes are not u...

Guard Pro

less than 1 minute read

Guard Pro is a rogue antispyware software, or a phony. Guard Pro uses fake system scans and warnings to frighten people into buying the software.

OWA-Malware is still being sent

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The Internet Storm Center reports that malware which claims to be “new Outlook Web Access settings” is still being sent out by cyber criminals. We saw those ...

InSysSecure

less than 1 minute read

InSysSecure is a rogue security program, designed to rip people off. InSysSecure uses false security warnings, alerts and system scans to frighten people int...

W32/Fame

less than 1 minute read

Unlike the first malware authors who wrote viruses seeking fame through destruction, their motivation has changed to financial gain.

SysProtector

less than 1 minute read

SysProtector and ApcDefender are two new rogue antispyware programs released in the past 48 hours.

No Malware (NoMalware)

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No Malware is a rogue security program, or a phony. NoMalware is designed to trick people into purchasing the software, which is actually useless, a PC infec...

Flash, Christmas and the new year

less than 1 minute read

We see spam all the time. One of the most dependable things spammers do is to try and exploit various newsworthy events and holidays.

Thrice Bitten, Not Shy

1 minute read

The one subset of malware which does not immediately seem motivated by financial incentives is the autorun worm. In fact the raison d’etre for this class of ...

Not-so funny jokes

1 minute read

Activities associated with Koobface have increased during the month of December. Often it is for the sending of traffic to compromised servers in order to ob...

Christmas Bo(g)us

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Well, it didn’t take long for the Christmas E-Card scams to start.

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Movie

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Those looking to see the latest 3D blockbuster movie, The Avatar, on the cheap will have to take great care in what they search for. We have become aware of ...

Data Doctor 2010 will make you sick

less than 1 minute read

Data Doctor 2010, an encryption trojan via our old “friends” iframedollars. It encrypts the files on your hard drive very rapidly if you’re unfortunate enoug...

Who’s the quickest? Only one way to find out…

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Earlier on this morning I happened to notice a redirect page used in a meds spam campaign that just happened to also be compromised with a malicious script.

Dangerous web searches

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Don’t go there. There are a lot of rogue downloaders hiding in those links.

Naked elves distract nerds

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What’s the best way to distract an online gamer while you drop some undesirable files onto their system? We saw what’s probably a pretty effective method tod...

SecurityTool rogue is trying to be a moving target

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The SecurityTool rogue security product, which first turned up early in October, is still active and trying to avoid countermeasures by setting up 12-24 down...

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All the world’s a Stagefright

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Here’s how security vulnerabilities are supposed to be handled. One, a researcher discovers an issue. Two, the people who make the software find a solution. ...

What you need to know about BERserk and Mozilla

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The Intel Security Advanced Threat Research Team has discovered a critical signature forgery vulnerability in the Mozilla Network Security Services (NSS) cry...

iPhone Notifications to Google Glass

1 minute read

Google has already released a MyGlass Companion app for Android via the Play Store, and although a corresponding iOS version has yet to manifest itself  in t...

Opera Switches to WebKit and Chromium

2 minute read

After many years of dealing with site compatibility issues, Opera found the solution: it will switch from its proprietary rendering engine (Presto) to WebKit...

Google updates all Chrome editions

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h-online: Google has updated the Stable, Beta and Developer Channels of the desktop version of its Chrome browser with a number of bug fixes and improvements...

Google Acquires VirusTotal

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This is what we read in latest post from VirusTotal in their blog:

Google’s New Favicon

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Google Operation System Blog: Google has a new favicon that looks like the icon from Google’s mobile search apps for Android and iOS. The same icon was also ...

Chrome 20 closes 23 security holes

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Google has closed a total of 23 vulnerabilities with the release of Chrome 20. Of those vulnerabilities, 14 are rated critical, enabling attackers to execute...

Google closes persistent XSS holes in Gmail

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The H-online: Google has closed several cross-site scripting (XSS) holes in its Gmail email service – which has more than 350 million active users – that cou...

Google’s reCAPTCHA briefly cracked

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H-Online: Hackers developed a script which was able to crack Google’s reCAPTCHA system with a success rate of better than 99 per cent. They presented the res...

Google releases security update for Chrome 19

1 minute read

H-Online: Google has announced an update to the stable version of Chrome, which brings the browser version to 19.0.1084.52 on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Th...

Chrome 19 released with tab syncing

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The H-Online: Google has announced that Chrome 19 is the new stable version of its open source based web browser. As usual, the browser sees a number of secu...

Chrome 18 update closes high-risk security holes

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The H-Online: Google has released a new update to the stable 18.x branch of its Chrome web browser to close a number of security holes found in the applicati...

Introducing Google Drive… yes, really

2 minute read

Cross-Posted from Official Google Blog: Just like the Loch Ness Monster, you may have heard the rumors about Google Drive. It turns out, one of the two actua...

Google updates OAuth 2.0 Playground

1 minute read

The H-Security: Google has added new features to its OAuth 2.0 Playground, which it launched last November. Developers can now switch to using client-side fl...

Firefox switching to encrypted Google search

1 minute read

The H-Online: An inconspicuous “s” added to various ​lines of code in its latest nightly builds means that future versions of Firefox will send all search qu...

Google Drive Will Support Third Party Apps

1 minute read

Google Operation System Blog: Back in November 2010, a comment from the Google Docs source code revealed some new features that will be available: third part...

Chrome may get a password generator

1 minute read

The H-Online: Google’s solution for the problem of getting better passwords on the net – a combination of browser sign-in andOpenID – will take some time to ...

Google found evading Safari’s privacy controls

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The H-Online: Google and other advertising companies have been found to be deliberately evading the privacy controls of Apple’s Safari browser. The evasion w...

Happy third birthday, Chrome!

4 minute read

Google Chrome Blog: It’s that time of the year again for the Chrome team, when we pause on our anniversary to reflect on the amazing life and times of the...

Blogger’s fresh new look

1 minute read

Blogger Buzz: As you may have heard, things are starting to look a little different across many Google products—and today, Blogger is t...

Update: Google Buys Motorola

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Google Operating System Blog: Google found a way to solve the problem of Android patents and it's only three times more expensive than ...

Google Apps highlights – 8/12/2011

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This is part of a regular series of Google Apps updates that Google post every couple of weeks. Look for the label “Google Apps highlights” and subs...

Using data to protect people from malware

1 minute read

This is an article posted in Google Online Security Blog, it’s about unusual traffics being sent from infected computers during search or web surfing, if you...

No More Offline Gmail in Google Chrome

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Google Operation System Blog wrote:</p> Chrome 12, the upcoming version of Google's browser which is likely to be released today, ...

Google Chrome Stable 11 is released!

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The Google Chrome team is happy to announce the arrival of Chrome 11.0.696.57 to the Stable Channel for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome...

Chrome Bookmarks Integrate with Google Search

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Google Operation System: Until recently, Google Bookmarks and Chrome Bookmarks were two separate features that didn’t speak the same language. Even if you co...

Google +1

1 minute read

Google Operation System: Google +1 is yet another attempt to make Google more social. It’s Google’s version of the Facebook “likes”, a simple feature that’s ...

Google Talk Guru

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Google Talk Guru is a new Google bot that lets you ask simple questions. It’s “an experimental service that allows people to get information like sports resu...

Security Vulnerabilities in Chrome

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Avira TechBlog: It looks like new Chrome releases aren’t due every six weeks as Google announced a few weeks ago, but once a week now – the company just rele...

Talking to your computer (with HTML5!)

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Google Chrome Blog: Today, we’re updating the Chrome beta channel with a couple of new capabilities, especially for web developers. Fresh from the work that ...

Switch to Gmail

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Gmail Blog: Posted by Jason Toff, Product Marketing Manager

New Chrome Logo

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The latest Chrome Dev Channel release comes with a new Chrome logo that’s more plain and boring, but looks better as a desktop icon. Even if not many people ...

Google Docs Gets a Real-Time Upgrade

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In a bid to make Google Docs more appealing to workers and consumers, Google is rolling out a new feature that lets users of its productivity service discuss...

WebM Plugin for Internet Explorer 9

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Google Operation System: Internet Explorer 9 will be released later today and one of the many new features is the native support for videos. Unfortunately fo...

More Browser Updates

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Avira TechBlog: Well, actually we expect some more updates as some security vulnerabilities have been revealed at the Pwn2Own contest during the CanSecWest s...

Chrome 12 Will Drop Support for Google Gears

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Google Operation System: While most Chrome users have been upgraded to Chrome 10, Google is fixing the bugs from Chrome 11 and working on Chrome 12. A recent...

What’s New in Chrome 10?

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Google Chrome 10 is ready for primetime and it comes with a surprising number of new features. Here are some of them:

Introducing the Google APIs Explorer

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Google is always looking for new ways to make it easier for developers to get started with our APIs. When you come across a new Google API, you often want to...

Chrome OS Beta Channel Update

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The Chrome OS Beta channel has been updated to R10 release 0.10.156.46 including the new Chrome 10 Beta, new trackpad and several stability and functional im...

Many Gmail Users Can’t Find Their Messages

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Imagine loading Gmail and noticing that all your messages have been deleted. This is a real problem for many Gmail users who thought that they lost all of th...

Google may have told Logitech to stop the Revue

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Google really isn’t happy with its TV operating system. In addition to telling companies not to mention their Google TV products at CES next month, now it lo...

New hacked site notifications in search results

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Today we’ve added a new notification to our search results that helps people know when a site may have been hacked. We’ve provided notices for malware for ye...

Adobe Reader and Google Chrome

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The latest release of Google Chrome includes the Chrome PDF Viewer which won’t properly display some PDF files like Dynamic Forms and PDF Portfolios. While G...

Google Chrome Has 120 Million Users

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Google revealed during its Chrome press conference today that its web browser now has 120 million users. That’s 50 million more users than it had less than s...

Download Google Books App for iPhone

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Google has just released ‘Google Books’ app for iOS. The Google Books app offers access to over 2 million Google eBooks on iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Take ...

Gmail Priority Inbox Now Learns Much Faster

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Google has upgraded its Priority Inbox, a recently launched Gmail feature that automatically places important mail on top of your inbox, with a couple of imp...

Google Chrome 8 available

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Google just released version 8 of its web browser Chrome. It fixes 13 security vulnerabilities of which 4 got rated “high”ly critical – the people reporting ...

Link to a YouTube Comment

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If you happen to find a YouTube comment that’s really interesting and you want to share it with other people, mouse over the comment, click on the “Share” bu...

Google Earth 6: Better Street View and 3D Trees

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Google Earth 6 doesn’t have too many new features. You can now use Street View just like in Google Maps by dragging the pegman icon. “To view street-level im...

Google Chrome and Multiple Profiles

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Google Chrome has always supported multiple profiles, but you had to use a command-line flag (–user-data-dir=”c:\path\to\the\profile”) to associate a profile...

Wanted: more than 2,000, in Google hiring spree

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Reuters: Google Inc plans to hire more than 2,000 people around the globe, bumping up its workforce as it expands into new markets and battles for talent wit...

Google Docs editing comes to Android and iOS

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Native Google Docs support has finally arrived for Android and iOS (the mobile version of Google Docs has been available for over three years). Edits show up...

Microsoft: Google is a hard habit to break

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Microsoft says Google is a bad habit, and it’s hard for people to break it in order to try alternatives, such as the company’s search engine, Bing. “It’s a h...

Google Cleans Up Messy Data with Refine

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Mashable: If you live for data, slave over spreadsheets and constantly find yourself sifting through endless rows and columns of facts and figures, Google’s ...

Say Hello to the Samsung Nexus S

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Mashable: If you didn’t think the Nexus S was real, perhaps these pictures of the purported device will convince you otherwise.

Google Chrome Gets Its Own PDF Viewer

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For Google Chrome users, viewing PDFs in the browser has been a colossal pain for lo these many moons. That’s why we are (and you should be) thrilled to lear...

Google Instant Goes Mobile

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Mashable: A beta version of Google Instant is now available on many U.S. iPhone and Android mobile devices.