virusA new virus sweeping through Japan and Europe is targeting file-share websites  and popular downloads before holding users at ransom for money before publicly sharing their web browsing results. This Japanese based trojan has targeted a popular file-share service called Winni, and in particular the people downloading a particular type of anime.

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virusAs always, hackers are busy trying to get you to download their latest virus and hopefully make some money from it somehow. This time they are targeting people that are using search engines to look up Apple’s iPad. When you type keywords like  “Apple Tablet” and “Apple iPad rumor” into search engines, you will get spam results and the scary part is that these regular looking sites will install spyware and viruses unto your computer.

On its blog, Symantec, an Internet security company tested this out by Googling some iPad keywords and found that a bunch of the link on the first page were hacker’s infected websites. That being said, make sure you are careful when browsing around online and make sure that you have some sort of Internet security program installed on your computer at all times.

(Via SecurityWatch.EWeeek)

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A new scheme is hitting Facebook, trying to trick its users into searching for virus-infected websites, and ultimately downloading the virus by choice. It works like this: while you’re surfing Facebook, you get a notification saying that you have been infected by an “unNamed App” and that it is an internal spybot. In reality there is nothing wrong with your account, but the hacker expects that you will immediately go to Google and search for this “unNamed App.”

“A normal user will go to a search engine to find out what this is about… and then he will find that there is a nice BlackHat SEO attack that makes the 1st and 2nd results to lead to a malicious website that forces you to install a rogueware application,” reports PandaLabs research lead Luis Corrons.
The hacker’s website will usually rank somewhere near the top of the search engine results, and when you click to go into the website, it will try to force you to download the virus. This shows just how tricky hackers have become. Facebook already knows about this scam and is actively warning its users of it and to “Be wary of any sites that claim to be able to fix this, as they might contain malicious software.” To avoid falling victim to these types of scams, be sure to be careful what you click on.

(Via SecurityWatch.EWeek)

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cyber-crimeAccording to the antivirus maker Symnatec, 87% of e-mail traffic in the past year was spam. This constitutes over 40 trillion spam messages and of these 40 trillion, 2% were found to have malicious malware.

While at first this does not sound like a large number it should be known that this is a 900 percent increase from last year.

Malware can search computers for bank information and personal details, or hijack computers to become a spamming army of zombie “botnets.” The worst thing of all is that, often, all of this happens without the user even noticing.

Within the past year there has been a specific increase in the amount of people who have had their Facebook or Twitters accounts hacked into.

One of the most alarming incidents in 2009 for governments and policy makers was the July 4th attacks on U.S. governments sites, such as the White House, the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq — followed a few days later by similar attacks on websites in South Korea.

According to a research paper by antivirus maker McAfee, both attacks were made by the same “botnet army” of 50,000 computers, which spammed targets with so many e-mails their IT systems were overwhelmed and subsequently crashed.

Looking ahead to 2010, antivirus maker Trend Micro predicts that there will be more attacks on Mac operating systems. Previously ignored by malware makers because of its relatively low market share, the booming popularity of Apple iPhones that run on the Mac operating system, it’s drawing the attention of cyber criminals.

The introduction this year of domain names in languages other than English — such as Russian, Chinese and Arabic — will also expand the hunting grounds for cyber crime, Trend Micro reports.

(Via CNN)

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An e-mail circulating the Internet claiming to be from shipping giants UPS, FedEx, and DHL, is actually a virus – so don’t open it! This phishing scam looks like its alerting customers or late or undeliverable packages, but in actuality it’s a virus attached to the e-mail. If you receive an e-mail like the one below, make sure you delete it immediately and refrain from opening the attachment.

(Via Snopes)


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facebook3Facebook users have something new to fear, a virus known as Bredolab, is rapidly spreading through the popular social network. The virus masks itself as a “Password Reset Confirmation Email” and appears to come from Facebook. This deceiving email includes an attachment that supposedly contains a new password for the user.

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facebook_hacked_by_koobface_mk2_virus_xlarge With the exponential growth of Facebook and Twitter comes the seemingly unstoppable growth of malware spyware and computer hacking. As the use of one rises, so does the other. As a result, social networking sites are coming under constant harassment from malicious programs designed to steal passwords and other personal information.

Yuval Ben-Itzhak, technology chief at a small security software vendor Finjan, has stated that “Cyber criminals continue to follow the money. With the combination of using sophisticated Trojans for the theft and money mules to transfer stolen money to their accounts, they minimize their chances of being detected.”

Symantec Corp has also stated that the use of spam email messages has also increased greatly in the third quarter. According to company reports, the amount of spam emails being sent out has risen to 88.1 percent from last year’s 81 percent. Furthermore, reports show that botnets are now responsible for sending 87.9 percent of all spam.

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twitterUsers of the social networking website Twitter have yet another virus to fear. According to these latest reports, there is a new worm related to a phishing scam floating around Twitter and it’s using the system’s direct messages to spread.

An already compromised account will send a direct message to another account with a body similar to:

“rofl this you on here?”

Once users click on the link they are asked to submit their information via a fake Twitter login page. And, once they’ve entered their login information, hackers use the compromised account to send a fresh batch of messages to all of the person’s Twitter followers. By luring unsuspecting users with “rofl is this you?” promises of a funny picture, victims are inclined to click on the fake link and thus subject themselves to the phishing virus.

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eyeimWith the recent release of Mac’s Snow Leopard and the upcoming Windows 7, it’s  only natural that hackers gave their viruses an upgrade as well. According to security company RSA, the Zeus trojan virus now employs the use of instant messaging. After the Zeus trojan has gotten a hold of someone’s account, a hacker will automatically receive an instant message notifying him that that his hack was successful.

Once installed on a PC, the Zeus virus sends the hacker the user’s log-in information and passwords. Then a module, that can be applied to the virus, can search for information specifically concerning financial institutions. A security company called Damballa estimates that the number of PCs that have been infected with the virus are currently at around 3.6 million,  making the Zeus Trojan one of the most aggressive invasive malware viruses around.

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