Archive for the ‘Malware’ Category

May 24, 2007

“The nightmare begins early in the morning with an innocuous-looking e-mail on your mobile phone instructing you to check a specific Web site for information about repairing your credit score.

You go to the Web site, decide it’s just another piece of spam, and move on through your normal daily routine. There’s the check-by-phone payment of your credit card bill, a high-level confidential business teleconference discussing sensitive company information, and finally arranging a dinner with that cute co-worker you don’t want your boyfriend to know about.
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CNN’s Richard Lui reports on mobile spam — spam mail sent directly to your cell phone (April 13)
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Little do you know that all the while, someone else has been watching – and listening.

Welcome to the brave new world of smartphone spying, where dark-souled hackers with bad intentions use readily available technology to track every move you make with your cell phone, Bluetooth or personal digital assistant.”

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Malware Targets OpenOffice Users

May 22, 2007

“Malware miscreants have crafted a cross-platform worm targeted at OpenOffice users that’s capable of infecting Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.The OpenOffice/StarBasic macro worm, dubbed BadBunny, is a proof-of-concept worm that’s not been seen outside the lab. Most anti-virus firms describe it as a low-risk threat.

OpenOffice users are liable to get infected if they open an OpenOffice Draw file called badbunny.odg. If open, the file downloads and displays a pornographic jpg image of a man dressed as a rabbit making the beast with two backs with a scantily clad woman in a woodland setting.

How very fur-verted.

Meanwhile, a macro included in this payload performs different functions depending on whether victims are running Windows, MacOS, or Linux. On Windows, for example, a JavaScript virus is executed and a mIRC script is run. Linux boxes are infected with a tiny Perl script and an XChat script. Mac OS systems are infected with a Ruby script virus.”

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Here Come Some Lawsuits

February 16, 2007

“I mentioned in August last year that Google started to show malware warnings if you click on a search result from a harmful site. Now Google shows a message below the title of a search result: “This site may harm your computer.” Even if you click on the title, you won’t be able to visit the site: Google explains you once again that the site could be dangerous and recommends you to visit another search results or to change your query. The only way to visit the site is to copy the URL and paste it in the address bar, which is not an obvious or a trivial task for an ordinary computer user.”

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