Valentine's day is just around the corner and of course the mere thought of chocolate and pink hearts bring butterflies to our stomachs. But butterflies aside, there are other things that flutter through your inbox and their intentions are not always friendly. I am talking about STIs, yes, Socially Transmitted Infections. The internet is full of botnets, worms, and trojans, all bent on turning those butterflies into panic. Koobface: A Worm to Die For Among one of the biggest offenders in STI history is the Koobface worm. First discovered back... [Read More]
by RSS Michael Perna  |  Feb 12, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
It's a little known fact that the month of May is actually Zombie Awareness Month. While many pay homage with movie marathons and even reenacting zombie activities (well, some zombie activities) during pub crawls and horror conventions, we thought we’d give you some life-saving details on how to stop a different kind of zombie… The Zombie Computer! While an infected zombie computer won't eat your brains for sustenance, they can still inflict a great deal of pain and misery to computer users. A zombie computer allows an unauthorized person... [Read More]
by RSS Rick Popko  |  May 20, 2010  |  Filed in: Security Research
While the next generation of tech has arguably arrived, it is simply a fact now that social networking sites and the blogosphere have become an integrated part of many peoples lives - some may even call them home (at least to their browsers). In 2008, we predicted the wave of spam that would hit these "Web 2.0" platforms as it was a natural target for spam to migrate to after years of living inside of mass mailers. Indeed, throughout the year of 2008 we witnessed a barrage of attacks on these sites: malicious social applications, "Spam 2.0", worms... [Read More]
by RSS Derek Manky  |  Jun 18, 2009  |  Filed in: Security Research
Our sensors (i.e. our digital media person, a rabid fan of Facebook) caught today some interesting Facebook private messages. One of such, sent by a "Friend" to about 100 contacts of hers, merely consisted in a domain name, as can be seen below: Fortunately for Daniel, he did not know what to do with it (or he knew, but did not want to); yet other recipients may have recognized a domain name, and entered it in their browser's address bar, out of curiosity. After all, that's from Martha, and she usually sends rather funny links. Of course, the... [Read More]
by RSS Guillaume Lovet  |  May 04, 2009  |  Filed in: Security Research
The Koobface worm scouring Facebook since last July, and which made the headlines again this week, is certainly beginning to redesign the concept of "friend. " The "acquaintance from high school you've never talked to since you added her/him" might now be the "acquaintance from high school you've never talked to since you added her/him and who occasionally sends links to sites loaded with viruses." While Koobface has redefined this friendship concept, it's not the only thing: It's redefined the URL redirection policy of Facebook. Indeed, URLs... [Read More]
by RSS Guillaume Lovet  |  Mar 05, 2009  |  Filed in: Security Research