My apologies for the lack of blogging recently. Here are a few good places to keep up with the spyware news, sites that I read on a daily basis, SunbeltBLOG, Vitalsecurity, SecurityFix, Ben Edelman and others listed in my blogroll on this page.
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My good friend and colleague in the spyware fighting business, Patrick Jordan, aka Webhelper on the forums, has been under a DDoS attack since June 16 at his website, webhelper4u.com. This is not the first time anti-spyware websites have been attacked by the malware pushers. In 2004 several well known sites in the anti-spyware community were hit.
They tied the knot today, that is, 180solution and Hotbar. The new (?
Last week I blogged about the hacking of Circuit City's customer support forum. They've now patched the security hole that allowed the forum to be hacked with iframes leading to sites downloading the Galapoper trojan, used to send spam.
I recently did an online scan at the site of a major antivirus vendor. Now I've gotten two emails like this:AdvertisementDear Valued Customer:Thank You for using Active Scan.
I find it very troubling that the ISPs, groups and individuals involved with these websites well known and well documented for running exploits continue to operate apparently unhampered. The activities going on from these sites are clearly illegal under US laws and there’s no international effort that I’m aware of to shut down these criminals
I often hear questions asked about why do spyware pushers trash machines with their large bundles of garbage-ware and how do they do it. Last year I wrote about Spyware Tricks, including the money trail.
Things have been quiet on the 180solutions front for a while, but now they are back in the news with Zango adware being pushed by a botnet, discovered and detailed by Paperghost at VitalSecurity, complete with screenshots. The story goes like this.
From FaceTime’s Greynets Blog — I’m not kidding — spread through instant messaging, a browser hijacker that plays music and is named Safety Browser. Oh, the irony.
ContextPlus, known for the Apropos rootkit which plagued thousands of internet users, has shut down operations according to a notice on their homepage.