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Posts for February 7th, 2012

Spamvertised ‘Tax information needed urgently’ emails lead to malware

Posted: February 7th, 2012 - Information Security  

Security researchers from AppRiver, have intercepted a currently spamvertised malware campaign, enticing end users into clicking on malicious links. Impersonating INTUIT Inc., the maker of the popular tax software TurboFax, cybercriminals are spamvertising links are attempting to trick end users into thinking that “it appears that your name and/or Taxpayer Identification Number, that is stated […]

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Over 3 years later, “deleted” Facebook photos are still online

Posted: February 7th, 2012 - Information Security  

Facebook is still working on deleting photos from its servers in a timely manner nearly three years after Ars first brought attention to the topic. The company admitted on Friday that its older systems for storing uploaded content “did not always delete images from content delivery networks in a reasonable period of time even though […]

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FBI warns new cyber scam

Posted: February 7th, 2012 - Information Security  

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are warning the public about a new email phishing scam involving a piece of malware appropriately called “Gameover.” “All phishing scams aim to collect your personal data, but the ‘Gameover’ scam goes straight for your banking accounts,” said […]

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HP recalls fax machines due to fire and burn hazards

Posted: February 7th, 2012 - Information Security  

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced a voluntary recall February 2 of about 928,000 HP fax 1040 and 1050 machines. The importer was Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, California. The machines were manufactured in China. The fax machines can overheat due to an internal electrical component failure, posing fire […]

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RealPlayer Update Closes Critical Holes

Posted: February 7th, 2012 - Information Security  

RealNetworks has released an update to RealPlayer to close a number of holes in its media player application. Version 15.02.71 of RealPlayer addresses a total of seven remote code execution vulnerabilities, rated as highly critical by Secunia, which could be exploited by an attacker to compromise a victim’s system. … The company notes that it […]

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Android Market Flooded With Fake Malware-Laden Apps

Posted: February 7th, 2012 - Information Security  

Spotted by the security watchdogs at Android Police, the suspicious apps include phony versions of “Jetpack Joyride,” “Madden NFL 12,” “Batman Arkham City Lockdown,” “Angry Chicken” and nearly a dozen others. Also found lurking the Android Market is a phony version of the Pinterest app, the popular new online pinboard. The bogus Pinterest app, from […]

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Copyright lawsuit targets owners of non-secure wireless networks

Posted: February 7th, 2012 - Information Security  

A federal lawsuit filed in Massachusetts could test the question of whether individuals who leave their wireless networks unsecured can be held liable if someone uses the network to illegally download copyrighted content.  The lawsuit was filed by Liberty Media Holdings LLC, a San Diego producer of adult content.  The company has accused more than […]

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Facebook malware scam takes hold

Posted: February 7th, 2012 - Information Security  

A large number of Facebook users were sharing a link to a malware-laden fake CNN news page reporting the United States attacked Iran and Saudi Arabia, security firm Sophos said February 3. If users who follow the link click to play what purports to be video coverage of the attack, they are prompted to update […]

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