Malware Update

-GPU assisted Malware ups the threat level.

-GMail security check-list.

-Behind the scenes Malware cleaning:

-Best Malware Ever?

-And finally make sure that you and your users KNOW what your Anti-virus interface looks like. Fake anti-virus programs are rampant. The best defense is still educating the end-user.

I’ve also been enjoying a few podcasts over at “The Force Field” if you’re into tech, check it out.

Thanks for reading, check back soon, and be safe out there.



Scare-ware and Rogue Anti-virus

A good read:

Guess what I’m doing this weekend? That’s right, I’m already booked-up to remove malicious fake anti-virus programs from peoples computers. A problem that I’ve seen more and more in the last 18 months or so. Programs like these are often designed to trick you into paying for the removal of viruses and malware that aren’t even on your computer. Furthermore, they might disable your real anti-virus. Even if your current anti-virus recognizes one of these rogues you may still be at risk. They are craftily deployed to trick most users by with pop-up warnings like, “click here to remove infections.” The well meaning computer user wants to keep his computer virus free, and these rogues take advantage of this fear. While anti-virus, firewalls, and sandboxes help, education is key in helping people avoid these problems. Know what your AV’s user interface looks like. If in doubt, ctrl-alt-delete to kill a pop-up instead of clicking the X. And of course steer clear of the shadier sides of the web.
If you want more information on scare-ware and rogues, there are tons of websites out there that address these threats (but some of them are themselves malicious). One of my favorites is

-Be careful out there-

Greetings from Yourbank™

Coming soon to an inbox near you:

As part of our annual security audit please go to this website http://www.I’minyouraccountsteallin’ and enter your account number and password for verification…

Many, many people have actually fallen for such scams, and others like it. These fraudulent emails are sometimes referred to as “419 scams.”  They have become quite prevalent, and can be rather elaborate. By now, most people have heard of these, but people are still falling for them. The authors of these emails use psychology ( see also: “social engineering“) to trick people. Even otherwise reasonable people when presented with a great offer, a rare chance, or confronted by ‘authority’ (if you don’t respond within 48 hours we will be forced to…) may make a costly mistake. Microsoft recently started a marketing campaign with some funny-yet-scary commercials featuring customers of a fake bank divulging all their personal secrets for $500. Last year McAfee also had videos that addressed phishing.

McAfee's Video Series

McAfee’s online video series entitled, “Stop H*Commerce” is available at . It is the tragic story of a woman victimized by a 419 scam. Not only does it highlight the world of cybercrime, but it also gives a startling look into the pain suffered by victims and their families. Each episode has additional content that I strongly suggest you watch. This content is accessed by clicking the more info link in the bottom right hand corner, or by clicking thumbnails in the sidebar.

click the more info link

Additional content

Stop H*Commerce can be a real eye opener. If you consider yourself already well versed in the dangers of phishing, its still worthwhile. Furthermore, you can suggest it to grandma, or any other less tech savvy people. Please note that I am in no way affiliated with McAfee, and I am not promoting their products. I hope that you enjoy this excellent series. But more than that, I hope that you learn to be safe out there.