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March 2010

Infection campaign using Twitter profile

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Recently I was going through the twitter web site for just checking on tweets on Ricky Martin news. Of course with a thought that it being a hot topic of yesterday there can be someone using this news as a means to attract a potential victim to their web site....

No efforts are seen to be made to catch the cyber criminals in India.

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Being in computer security industry for years I am seeing lot of cyber criminals activities day in and out. These activities are increasing exponentially in numbers. A growing threat by international cyber criminal organization has accelerated this situation. Daily the threats targeting Indian citizens, online commerce, enterprise networks and financial...

A private message from Windows Live

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There seems to be a problem with Windows Live Messenger being abused to send spam messages, sometimes called SPIM. I have been noticing recently is that my hotmail mail box contains 1 mail from “Windows Live” having subject line as “A private message from [Your friend] on Windows Live” Usually...

Panic Button on Facebook – will it really help?

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Recent conviction of Peter Chapman for the murder of 17-year-old Ashleigh Hall where use of Facebook was prominent to lure the victim. Many such incidents which keep on happening every few weeks where there is use of technology like social networking websites makes us think as to something should be...

Microsoft Security Bulletin released for the month of March

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Microsoft has released its security bulletin summary for March 2010. This month Microsoft has released two bulletins, both of them are rated Important. Total eight vulnerabilities have been addressed in this month. The first bulletin addresses a vulnerability of Windows Movie Maker available with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows...

Indian Income Tax refund phishing scam emails now mentions tax refunds in US Dollars.

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Yesterday a friend of mine forwarded me a mail he thought to be a phishing email. The email was indeed a phishing email. It was a Indian Income Tax phishing scam that is still going on as the phishers are still actively sending emails to millions of email addresses supposedly...

Internet Explorer vulnerability could allow Remote Code Execution

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If you are using an older version of Internet Explorer (IE 6 or IE 7), you have a strong reason to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8. Attackers are exploiting a security bug in the older versions of Internet Explorer that allows them to remotely execute a malicious code. The vulnerability...

FIFA World Cup 2010 Lottery Scam Mail

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The online scammers have attempted a new trick shot. They are trying to boost their chances of a scam by capitalizing on the popularity of FIFA Football World Cup 2010 that will be held in South Africa from June 11, 2010 onwards. Today I received an email with the words...

Phishing email of Bank of India in Hindi.

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Today I got 4 Bank of India phishing emails. As I had written a blog earlier the phishing attack on Bank of India is getting repeated every few days. Out of the 4 phishing attack emails that I received 3 were in English language but the fourth email was in...

Windows XP users do not press F1 if prompted by a website

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As Abhijit Kulkarni yesterday blogged about the .HLP vulnerability in Windows XP. See details below in his blog. I observed that Microsoft has rated this vulnerability as “Medium risk” as it needs user intervention. We are monitoring for any malicious exploit of this vulnerability being made by any malware. I...