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Tuesday, October 19 2010 15:39

Microsoft releases latest Security Intelligence Report: key findings

On October 15, 2010 Microsoft released their latest assessment of Internet security threats and trends.

The Report is very comprehensive and we try to summarize the most important findings in easy-to-digest bites.

 

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Friday, August 13 2010 15:17

Security update available for Adobe Flash Player

Adobe has released a new update to its popular Flash Player, the software used by most of the video streaming sites like Hulu and YouTube.

All our readers are strongly recommended to update it as soon as possible and to configure the software to automatically check for available updates.

 

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Saturday, May 22 2010 16:23

Rogue Facebook apps launch 'beach babes' attack

A new Facebook malware attack is on the loose this weekend, enticing users to click a “Distracting Beach Babes” video on their Facebook Walls.

If you see this video on Facebook today, do not click the link. Doing so, and downloading a linked file, will result in malware being installed on your computer.

 

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Friday, November 20 2009 17:56

Fake Facebook uncovered

PandaLabs, the malware analysis and detection laboratory at Panda Security, has encountered a spoof Facebook page designed to steal passwords from users of this social network.

The URL and content of this Web page are similar to those of the real service, therefore users that reach this page could easily be tricked into entering their user name and password. If they do so, the page returns an error, which should help alert users to the fact that this is a malicious site. You can find images of the process here.

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Thursday, November 19 2009 12:24

How To Protect Against Malicious Websites

Kaspersky Lab has published a factual and hepful article addressing the current cybercrime trends and evolution, which we thought our readers could use as a reference.

It is packed with essential recommendations, but don't be tempted to keep it as a reading for sleepless nights. It doesn't make for a pretty picture!

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Tuesday, September 15 2009 16:18

Fake antivirus programs hijack and block computers

PandaLabs, the anti-malware laboratory at Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, has identified a new, more aggressive trend for selling fake antivirus programs or rogueware. Until now, when a computer was infected by this type of malware, users would typically see a series of warnings prompting them to buy a pay version of the program. Now, these technologies are being combined with ransomware, hijacking the computer and rendering it useless until victims complete the purchase.

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Wednesday, September 16 2009 19:10

Cybercrime in the news: NYT, Financial Times and CNN report

The general level of Internet security is quickly deteriorating as confirmed by the increasing attention of "mainstream" press to the phenomenon.

In the last few days, the New York Times, the Financial Times and CNN have all published very interesting articles on how Internet security issues affect all aspects of our lives, from different perspectives.

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Friday, August 07 2009 17:07

PandaLabs reveals exponential growth in Rogueware

PandaLabs, Panda Security’s malware analysis and detection laboratory, today announced the general availability of a multi-year study that examines the proliferation of rogueware into the overall cybercriminal economy.

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Friday, July 10 2009 16:27

Trojans jump to 70 percent of new malware in second quarter of 2009

Trojans accounted for 70 percent of all new malware detected between April and June 2009, according to data compiled in the latest Quarterly Report from PandaLabs.

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Thursday, June 18 2009 17:08

FastAntivirus 2009: a new fake antivirus

FastAntivirus2009 is an adware program that deceives users warning them of non-existing threats in their computers so that they purchase a certain program that removes them from the computer.

Once installed, the program starts scanning the hard disk in search for possible malware. You can see an image at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/panda_security/3640841952/

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Friday, June 05 2009 16:05

Cyber-crooks use Twitter to infect users

PandaLabs, Panda Security’s malware detection and analysis laboratory, has located a new attack on Twitter users. In this case, cyber-criminals have created hundreds of Twitter accounts and published thousands of comments in them under the topic “PhishTube Broadcast”, in relation to the US rock band Phish. This way, they ensure the topic appears in the Trending Topic list. The result is greater visibility and more user traffic to their comments.

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Friday, May 22 2009 23:34

Almost 30,000 videos on YouTube contain comments with links to a malicious Web page

This is yet another example of how cyber-criminals are attacking popular Web 2.0 sites to distribute malware. Such attacks have previously been seen, to a lesser extent, on sites including Digg.com and Facebook. Now, PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware detection and analysis laboratory, has detected up to 30,000 videos on YouTube with comments containing links that point to a Web page designed to download malware.

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Saturday, May 09 2009 20:36

Cyber-criminals create specialized search engines leading users to malicious websites

PandaLabs, Panda Security' malware detection and analysis laboratory, has observed how cyber-criminals are starting to use their own search engines to lead users to malicious pages, often created for distributing malware.

This new trend underlines how cyber-crime is becoming increasingly professional. Previously, cyber-crooks would use malicious SEO (Search Engine Optimization) or "blackhat SEO" techniques to improve the ranking of their pages among popular search engines. Now they are beginning to use their own search engines which lead users directly to pages designed to infect or defraud them.

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Thursday, March 26 2009 16:38

Is Your Money Safe Online?

Online security company McAfee says it has seen a 200% rise in high tech financial scams from this time last year. To protect yourself, find and download anti-phishing software.

Watch the video. (KNTV)

Is Your Money Safe Online?

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