Earlier this month we saw the military ban the use of USB drives and other removable media. Apparently the virus outbreak that lead to this measure affected 75\% of all systems at the largest U.
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Playing catch-up with Google's Safe Browsing diagnostic, Google's warnings for potentially hackable sites, and Yahoo's SearchScan introduced through their partnership with McAfee, Microsoft's Live Search has updated their Webmaster tools to offer detection for embedded malware. Moreover, as a late entrant they simply had to differentiate, and they did it in the form of providing outbound links check for whether or not the ongoing links have also been embedded with malware.
Microsoft's Security Response Center and McAfee are warning on increased network scanning activity during the last couple of days courtesy of the very latest W32/Conficker.worm exploiting the already patched MS08-067 vulnerability.
* Ryan Naraine is on vacation. Guest editorial by Todd Hooper It's true - I'm a PC.
Following the speculations on the resurrection of what's thought to be an already fixed Gmail flaw which could assist in domain name hijackings, yesterday Google commented that their investigation indicated that the recent domain hijacks should be attributed to a phishing campaign, rather than to a Gmail flaw.
Those of you looking for statistics to justify your security budgets for next year, look no further: Symantec has released their view of the underground economy as it has evolved over the past year.The qualitative information in the report is amusing, but the quantitative information has far more value to anyone trying to build a justification for infrastructure and security services related to PCI-DSS.
"Committing cybercrime around the Christmas tree" has always been a tradition for malicious attackers introducing new ways to scam the millions of online shoppers during the holidays. This Christmas isn't going to be an exception, but what has changed compared last couple of years is the tone of the Xmas promotions already circulating across various cybercrime communities.
Major news sources are reporting that Facebook has won a $873 million dollar judgement against a Canadian spammer. What this means for spam on social networks is not clear, however.
* Ryan Naraine is away on vacation.Guest editorial by Guillaume Lovet Ah, Web 2.
Spammers are abusing Microsoft's online services at such an alarming rate that a non-profit spam fighting group now lists Microsoft as the world's 5th most spam-friendly ISP (Internet Service Provider).The latest update of Spamhaus.