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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Obfuscated Links in emails using JavaScript

Our spam traps started to receive a bunch of Phishing emails like the one below, having no link inside. We know many tricks how to hide the URL (JavaScript, form, etc.) but this one was new: Pretending to be an … Continue reading

How to create a safe browsing environment for children

There is no technology yet which can be compared to or replace parental advice and supervision. Nevertheless, protecting the children while using the computer using software is also very important. There can be two parts identified where the protection should … Continue reading

Trends in Malware and Phishing

We collect URLs (web addresses) pointing to Malware files and Phishing sites from various sources. That enables us to get a good insight into the “Malware and Phishing Market”, and now we noticed an interesting trend: For the first time … Continue reading

Mass infection of Websites

Drive-by-downloads that use exploits to infect the visitor of a website are a very popular distribution method for malware authors. In the last days we detected thousands of websites which are infected with a hidden, invisible iframe. Searching for similar … Continue reading

Amazon misused in phishing campaign

For some time, alleged phishing mails targeted various institutions but aren’t really phishing for the victims’ credentials, but are redirecting them to a fake Canadian Pharmacy website, are very widespread. (Don’t get this wrong, we are not missing “real” phishing … Continue reading

Privacy implications of Facebook Places

Facebook just introduced what they think is a great new feature called “Places”. Places is about sharing your current location with your friends: “you can share where you are and the friends you’re with in real time from your mobile … Continue reading

Adobe patches Reader and Acrobat

Adobe has released version 9.3.4 and 8.2.4 of Adobe Reader and Acrobat for Windows, Mac OS X and Unix operating systems. According to Adobe’s security advisory, this release fixes critical vulnerabilities which allow for remote code execution:  “These vulnerabilities could … Continue reading

Phishing, Spam and Malware Statistics for July 2010

It’s time for our monthly threat landscape overview again. Here are our statistics for July 2010! Most phished brands statistics Paypal continues to be the most phished brand around, followed now with a long distance by Facebook which continues to … Continue reading

Fake DHL Spam contains fake Windows Update

Malware which is spammed within emails that fake DHL or UPS mails is nothing new. We receive such emails very often, and in most cases the malware attached is a Trojan of the Zbot/ZeuS family which tries to gather online … Continue reading

New Facebook phishing spam outbreak

In the recent past we saw emails looking like phishing mails, which were spam though actually. The spammers tried to make them look as much as possible as official mails from the entity they were faking: Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and … Continue reading