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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Malware-URL Extension Statistics January 2010

We like to introduce statistics about the file extensions which get used in malware URLs that are embedded in emails for example or are used on infected websites. We will publish these statistics on a monthly basis from now on. … Continue reading

Most used spam categories in January

Starting from January we will publish monthly reports about the spam categories which were most often used in the last month. These categories are currently detected by Avira’s AntiSpam engine: # Name Description 1. OTHER Anything that doesn’t fit the … Continue reading

Google Chrome 4 – now with Extensions

With the latest release of their browser, v.4.0, Google has published a long expected feature: Browser Extensions. Now Chrome features what other browsers like Firefox, IE, Opera and so on offer for a long time already. But, being able to … Continue reading

Microsoft announces Out-of-Band IE-Patch

For the critical security vulnerability that currently gets exploited in the wild (since back in December for example to attack Google) Microsoft has announced an out-of-band Update that will get released later today. The exploit code for abusing the vulnerability … Continue reading

Security hole in Internet Explorer gets exploited

In Internet Explorer (nearly all versions except IE 5.01 on all supported Windows operating systems) there is a vulnerability which Microsoft issued a warning about. Attackers actively abuse the security hole to smuggle malware on PCs. To infect a machine, … Continue reading

Plenty of Updates on Patch Tuesday

This Black Tuesday was different as anticipated – Microsoft releases only one security bulletin, but other companies “jumped in” and deliver updates now as well. For the windows operating systems, only one Security Bulletin was released. MS10-001 deals with a … Continue reading

Busy time for spammers during winter holidays

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 free days. As can be seen in the graphic below, we … Continue reading

OWA-Malware is still being sent

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 malware emails in the middle of October already. Avira protects the users – … Continue reading

Quiet Patch Tuesday ahead

For the coming Tuesday the Redmond company only announces one Security Bulletin. It deals with a security vulnerability Microsoft considers to be critical just in Windows 2000 – in all other operating systems, the impact is “low”. The 2008 server … Continue reading

Firefox Extension Updates

After updating to Firefox 3.5.6 (latest), some of my extensions were disabled because they do not provide an URL for automatic updates. This feature is not new in Firefox, but why did I get this error right now, after months … Continue reading