Merry Christmas Virus Hoax

There is an email circulating that says any email titled Merry Christmas will contain a had drive eating virus.  This is a hoax.  Here is the link – http://www.hoax-slayer.com/merry-christmas-virus-hoax.shtml

The email I received this morning that had been forwarded a few times. It said:

"VIRUS ALERT!!   

http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/zafi.asp

You should be alert during the next days:
Do not open any message with an attached file called ‘Merry Christmas’
regardless of who sent it, It is a virus ...

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Whatever Happened To All The Good Viruses?

This post is another in my continuing series of warnings about the changing nature of security threats on the Internet.  There has been an almost total disappearance of the kind of disruptive mail mailing viruses, like the ILoveYou or Anna Kournicova viruses.  the reason for this is that the nature of on-line threats has shifted from a group of hackers doing it for fun and notoriety, to a group of professionals doing it for profit.  Skilled criminal groups ...

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Joke of the Day

Subject: Estate Planning

When Dan found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he  decided he needed a woman to enjoy it with.  So, one evening he went to a singles bar where he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.  Her natural beauty took his breath away.  "I may look like just an ordinary man," he said as he walked up to her, "but in just a few years, my ...

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New Frontiers In Identity Theft

I just got an e-mail that included the story below.  I did confirm the story on the FBI web site with the included link.  You can NOT be too careful or paranoid about sharing this information with anyone.  remember – just because you are paranoid, it doesn’t mean they are not out to get you!!!

Jury Duty Scam

This has been verified by the FBI (their link is also included below). Please pass this on to everyone in your email ...

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Check Out These Web Sites

Here are some especially interesting web sites that I have visited lately, and i thought they were special enough to share.

Norman Bel Geddes was an industrial designer who worked between the two world wars.  This site includes his vision for a long distance flying boat that makes the new Airbus look small by comparison.  you have to see this one

Interested in improving your mental acuity?  Then check out SharpBrains.  Brain fitness is emerging as ...

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Russian Business Network – Organized Cyber Crime HQ

There was a post recently to the StopBadware group by Jart regarding this threat to computer and Internet security.  In my Bulletproof Computer Security class, I discuss how the nature of the security threat has moved from loosely knit groups of kiddie scripters and teenage computer crackers to a highly organized and professionally trained cadre of criminal software writers.  This post, repeated below, also contains links to articles on BlogSpot and Wikipedia.

Jarts post follows:

http://groups.google.com/group/stopbadware/browse_frm/thread/f6d908519cc04432?hl=en

I hope ...

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Sony Is At It Again

Sony has done plenty of damage to its already tarnished reputation for going with proprietary formats that ultimately fail (Betamax, BluRay?), and for hardware issues (flaming laptop batteries), and security issues (CD rootkit scandal).  Now they are at it again, putting a rootkit on a USB key drive.  See the following article.

Nutshell, Finnish security company F-Secure has reported to have found software with rootkit-like behaviour supplied with Sony USB sticks with a built-in fingerprint reader.

"The Sony MicroVault USM-F fingerprint ...

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The Kaspersky Malware Awards

(From PC Magazine)  Kaspersky is one of the leading anti-virus companies, and in June they released their ranking for the top 10 best (or worst) malicious software designs of the year.

Lets just say that if you get one of these, you have got a problem!

1. Greediest Trojan targeting banks: Trojan-Spy.Win32.Banker.aqu, a modification that targets 87 banks simultaneously.

2. Greediest Trojan targeting e-payment systems: Trojan-PSW.Win32.VB.kq, which targets four e-payment systems.

3. Stealthiest malicious ...

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Storm Worm Attacks Continue

Beware e-mails purporting to be an "e-card" from "friends" or "family".  If there is not a name of someone you know directly identified in the e-mail, you are being lured into a spam botnet.  See the PC Magazine article excerpt below, and click on the link to read the entire article.

Thursday August 23, 2007

Storm Worm Attacks Take On New Disguises

The big effort to build a new botnet these days is through the Storm ...

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Skype Out

Voice over internet Protocol (VoIP) provider Skype, an eBay subsidiary, was out of service for a couple of days last week.  Before you get all excited and turned off over VoIP because of this, bear in mind that things are not that much different on wireline phone service.  I used to work for a major wireline telephone company, and several smaller wireline competitors. Regular wired phone service can go out for days at a time due to natural disaster, ...
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