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Flaws in ATM machines – or in malware analysis?

According to a report by TrustWave, new malware has been spotted that specifically attacks ATM machines. The malware can be used to perform various functions including copying magnetic cards and PIN numbers. Trustwave calls upon banks to inspect their ATM machines for malicious software: Given the impact this malware can have on an infected ATM [...]

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Are adult sites safe? How misquoting can change a story

This week, I saw reports on a couple of fairly large news sites and blogs about a study that supposedly shows porn sites contain far less malware than “normal” websites. While this makes for nice headlines, I was interested in this study and spent some time looking for the actual data used to reach this [...]

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Gmail also hit by incorrect malware list

After receiving some reports of mail incorrectly flagged as spam or phishing attempts, Google has confirmed that the problem with their malware list also caused mail to Gmail accounts to be marked as spam:

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Google admits the internet is a dangerous place

A small human error caused Google to mark every site in its search results as “dangerous” earlier today. Even worse, according to some reports users were unable to bypass the warning and continue to the website. 

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Mac malware getting serious

There were two separate news items this week that together show MacOS X has finally become an attractive platform for malware makers. The first was reported by several news sites: pirated copies of iWork were found to contain malware. From the advisory: The installer for the Trojan horse is launched as soon as a user [...]

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Law enforcement versus antivirus vendors

Both the Independent and the Times Online reported yesterday that the UK police wants to be able to search computers remotely, without the need for a search warrant. Some of the methods that might be used include installing keyloggers, hacking wireless networks and installing backdoors on the suspect’s PC: Police might also send an e-mail [...]

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Up to 30 million PC’s using fake antivirus software

Panda Security claims that up to 30 million computers worldwide might be infected by “fake antivirus”. I usually take these numbers with a grain of salt, especially when they are coming from a company that just happens to sell real antivirus products. So let’s dig into their press release E-bulletin: They don’t provide exact sources, [...]

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MessageLabs: taking spammers offline helps. For a day.

Here’s an interesting tidbit from MessageLabs’s september report: on the day that the alleged malware hoster Intercage was taken offline, there was a significant drop in malware activity:  The drop was very shortlived; this suggests that Intercage was primarily hosting C&C (command and control) servers that control the activity of the botnets used to send [...]

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The latest headlines: now brought to you by hackers

Webroot sent out a press release bringing us the shocking news that hackers read the news too: For the first time, hackers are capitalizing on the top news stories from Google Trends Labs, which lists the day’s most frequently searched topics, which can include news of the Wall St. bail out or the presidential campaign [...]

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Intercage taken offline

Intercage (also know as Atrivo), the company that was alleged to be involved in several dubious activities, has been taken off the internet today when their last bandwidth provider, Pacific, took them offline. While there has been no actual proof that they were involved in illegal operations, I still think this is a good day [...]

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