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Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Anti-Botnet Initiative

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 created a telephone hotline for persons which may have their computers infected and seem to … Continue reading

Browser Updates, again

Google released version 6.0.472.59 of its Chrome web browser. It fixes 10 security vulnerabilities; 1 is only affecting Mac OS X and critical, 6 are rated “high” in their severity. As usual, the update should get delivered and installed automatically … Continue reading

Microsoft releases 9 Security Bulletins

On the September Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released 9 security bulletins which fix 11 security vulnerabilities. 4 of them earned the critical rating as attackers can execute remote code without user interaction. Please make sure to install the patches as soon … Continue reading

0-day Flash Exploit in the wild

Adobe isn’t coming to rest. Now there is a new zero-day exploit in the wild exploiting a vulnerability in all current Flash Player versions. Adobe already has a security bulletin online; an update is announced for the week around the … Continue reading

Fake Western Union Spam leads to Malware

As Phishing emails continue to get sent out with subject lines containing financial transaction services like Western Union, PayPal or similar, we are so used to it that we mostly ignore those emails; they get marked as Spam or Phishing … Continue reading

Short notice about email worm

This is just a short notice on the VB email worm which got some media attention last Friday. Avira detects the malware as TR/Swisyn.algm with the VDF update from last week; on Friday, we renamed the worm to Worm/Swisyn.algm … Continue reading

New 0-day Exploit for Adobe Reader (Update)

A malicious PDF file has turned up which exploits a new security vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat – even in the most current version 9.3.4 and 8.2.4, on all supported platforms. There is currently no update available from Adobe … Continue reading

Browser Updates

The Mozilla foundation just released the popular web browser Firefox in version 3.6.9. The new version fixes overall 14 security vulnerabilities of which 10 are rated critical by the developers. Additionally, they added a new feature called “X-FRAME-OPTIONS“-header which shall … Continue reading

Phishing getting “Verified” (Update)

Not a week passes by without me being astonished about the inventiveness of online scammers. Last week I wrote about a method used to direct the user to a Phishing page by using html attachments. Now we are seeing a … Continue reading

You are being tagged

In this comment, I am not going to talk about some online service having geolocation automatically turned on or allows others to put you on a map without your permission – this article is about something that also affects people … Continue reading