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Searching for free stuff online can be costly

Posted by vijai on Thursday, September 16, 2010, In : Security 
This pie chart shows the different threats that can come from 
visiting Web sites that advertise unauthorized content.

This pie chart shows the different threats that can come from visiting Web sites that advertise unauthorized content.

(Credit: McAfee)

It's common knowledge that you can catch computer viruses on porn Web sites. But did you know it's also risky to surf the Web searching for free movies or music?

A study from McAfee to be released on Tuesday finds that adding the word "free" when looking for entertainment content in search engines greatly increases the chances of landing on a site hos...

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VeriSign adds malware scanning to SSL services

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, In : Security 

VeriSign is adding malware scanning to its authentication services for Web site operators, the company announced on Monday.

The "VeriSign Trusted" check mark seal indicates to Web surfers that VeriSign has verified that the site represents the organization or company that it purports to be and that it is using encryption to protect communications between the site and its visitors. Now, existing and new VeriSign SSL customers will have their sites scanned daily to check for malware as ...

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When malware strikes via bad ads on good sites

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, In : Security 

Matt Drudge and Michael Arrington found themselves this week in an unpleasant position when visitors to their respective Drudge Report and TechCrunch sites were targeted by malware that appeared to have come from ads.

While Drudge vehemently denied it and blamed accusers with playing politics, Arrington acknowledged on Thursday that there had been malware-laden ads on TechCrunch on Wednesday. It's unclear which ad network served up the malware and what type of malware it was, althoug...

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More security breaches hit midsize companies

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, October 29, 2009, In : Security 

More midsize companies are being attacked by cybercriminals at the same time they're spending less on security, says a McAfee report released Wednesday.

Across the world, more than half of the 900 midsize businesses (51 to 1,000 employees) surveyed by McAfee for its report, The Security Paradox, said they've seen an increase in security breaches over the past year. Despite the threat, the recession has caused most of these companies to freeze their IT security budgets.

Midsize organizations have seen an increase in cyberthreats in 2009. (Credit: McAfee)


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Why virus writers are turning to open source

Posted by Oyya-Info on Saturday, September 19, 2009, In : Security 

Malware developers are going open source in an effort to make their malicious software more useful to fraudsters.

By giving criminal coders free access to malware that steals financial and personal details, the malicious software developers are hoping to expand the capabilities of old Trojans.

According to Candid W?est, threat researcher with security firm Symantec, around 10 percent of the Trojan market is now open source.

The move to an open source business model is allowing criminals t...

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Twitter warms up malware filter

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, In : Webware 

Twitter's new malware filter is a sign the social media site is stepping up efforts to stem attacks, but the measure has its shortcomings, say security experts.

Twitter's filtering mechanism was highlighted by Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of F-Secure, in a blog post Monday. When a user tries to submit a tweet with a suspect Web link, the following warning appears:

"Oops! Your tweet contained a URL to a known malware site!"

Twitter's latest security measure was a positive one, es...

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Microsoft's free anti-malware beta to arrive next week

Posted by Oyya-Info on Friday, June 19, 2009, In : Security 

Microsoft will launch a public beta of its anti-malware service, Microsoft Security Essentials, on Tuesday as it phases out its Live OneCare suite in favor of a simpler free consumer security offering.

Microsoft Security Essentials, which will run on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, will be available in the U.S., Brazil, and Israel in English and Brazilian Portuguese. A public beta version for Simplified Chinese will be available later in the year.

The service works like traditional antivi...

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Dasient helps Web sites avoid blacklists, malware

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, In : Security 

Last week, PBWorks founder David Weekly found out from some customers that his hosted collaboration site had been blacklisted by Symantec for hosting malware and, thus, visitors to any of the 10 million pages on PBWorks were being warned that the site wasn't safe.

"(Damn) you, Norton Safe Web. Whenever one file on one PBWorks space has a virus, all of PBworks is marked unsafe?!" a frustrated Weekly wrote on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday. In a follow-up interview, he said: "That's tarnishi...

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