A new form of malware has been spreading across company servers with promises of sexual enlightenment in a PowerPoint. The file, “Real kamasutra.pps.exe,” has lured countless pleasure-seekers with an illustrated guide to some of the ancient text’s most popular positions.

Once downloaded, however, the PowerPoint’s viewer inadvertently invites a trojan horse (not a sexual position) virus which gives the hacker backdoor access to the infected computer. With this access the hackers can steal sensitive information and use it to their advantage.

This tactic of playing on an unwitting victim’s sexual curiosity is about as old as the Kama Sutra itself. So remember, if you receive an email promising any kind of erotic benefit, you’re most likely getting screwed.

(Via ABC News) / (Image by Nav Jagpal, licensed under Creative Commons)

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normal-brittany-murphyEver since the news of Brittany Murphy’s untimely death has made its rounds, the internet has surged with search queries under her name. Never missing an opportunity, hackers have used her death as a new method of performing Black Hat SEO attacks for directing web site visitors to scareware portals.

These attacks can easily affect Windows users who search for Brittany Murphy and click on one of the many links to poisoned search results. These search results expose the user to a fake anti-virus scan. The fake anti-virus scan is designed to make users panic into downloading rogue anti-virus software with little or no value.

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germanvirus To fight against online viruses, the German government will set up a national help desk that users can call in to help them get rid of viruses on their computers. Aside from this, Germany also wants Internet service providers to call the computer users and alert them if they have a virus installed on their computer.

As it stands, the Internet service providers can already see which computers are infected, so merely notifying the users will not cost the companies too much money. It is estimated that one quarter of the computers in Germany have been taken over by harmful software, so hopefully this will help unsuspecting users to clean up their computers.

(Via IndiaENews)

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hacked-computer-june081Since the dawn of computers, people have been worried about the viruses and hackers. Now there are companies specifically dedicated to preventing these hackers and viruses from affecting our computers. One report however, says that they aren’t doing nearly enough. SANS Institute states that the cybersecurity community is facing an epidemic of unpatched software especially with applications like Adobe, Flash, Java, and Microsoft.

The report found that exploitable bugs in those applications are often unpatched for long periods of time.

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skype4beta_videochatA programmer named Ruben Unteregger has released the source code behind a malware program that he created specifically to record Skype voice conversations on the sly.

Unteregger, who used to work for a company called ERA IT solutions, created MiniPanzer and MegaPanzer. Both of these programs were originally created and sold to Swiss authorities to be used as surveillance tools. The programs were designed to hook into the Window XP’s audio drivers to record victims VoIP calls as MP3s. Afterward, these MP3 records are automatically sent to a remote server for an eavesdropper to collect.

Unteregger stated that he had retained copyright for the programs and has decided to release the source code and two compiled binaries so that signatures to detect the malware could be created. Just days after Unteregger released his code, Symantec and TrendMicro stated that their anti-virus programs had already detected Trojans in the wild similar to that of Unteregger’s.

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