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Yearly Archives: 2011

Improve your security series

I have seen in various forums and on Facebook some of these links used and I thought it would be handy to see them all in one post. So, here they are sorted in chronological order, each linked to the … Continue reading

Online pharmacy spam disguised as phishing

Every time when I see a phishing where AOL is involved I become nostalgic. The reason for that is that the first phishing seen online was sent on an AOL newsgroup on January 2. 1996. Here is one email which … Continue reading

Many updates for Windows, Java, Adobe, Thunderbird and Firefox

This week has been a very busy one for Microsoft, Sun, Adobe and Mozilla Foundation. We have seen the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-037 announcing the patch of some vulnerabilities which may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, cause a denial-of-service … Continue reading

Microsoft publishes a workaround for Duqu Malware

We have written already about Stuxnet v2 or TR/Duqu and we mentioned that Avira detects it TR/Spy.Duqu.A and  TR/Duqu.A.1. This malware uses a vulnerability in a Microsoft Windows component, the TrueType font parsing engine. The vulnerability is caused when the Windows kernel-mode driver win32k.sys fails … Continue reading

Internet Explorer issues after updates

Microsoft announced in the Security Bulletin MS11-081 published in October that all versions of Internet Explorer (from 6 to 9) on all Windows operating system versions are affected by some vulnerabilities, many of them critical. In the same time, updates were delivered … Continue reading

Improve your security #6: Harden your Facebook account

Nowadays the social media life is a significant part of our every day lives. We must make sure that we keep this part of our lives under control. Failing to do so may have significant repercussions like identity stealing (somebody … Continue reading

Facebook spams evolved

We are all used with the already classical spams “Facebook has sent you a notification” and all other variations similar to this one. The links usually redirect in two steps to a Canadian Pharmacy website where various (fake) meds are … Continue reading

Microsoft’s official Youtube channel hacked (updated)

It appears that someone has hacked into Microsoft’s account on Youtube and removed all videos. As can be seen in the picture, there are currently no videos at all anymore (see the red arrow in the screenshot) and  the comment … Continue reading

Stuxnet v2 or TR/Duqu

The Stuxnet virus has gone to the next generation: “TR/Duqu”. Avira already detects the new malware since VDF, which was released on 2011-10-19. The new variant of Stuxnet consists of 3 main files: a driver file (at this time … Continue reading

Targeted spam or just a new spam filter evading technique?

I own a couple of domains for various private activities, among these, my personal blog. They don’t get much traffic, but I receive a lot of spam on these domains. One of these spams escaped the spam filters because it was … Continue reading