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June 30, 2012

Malware causes printer outage and gibberish

A malicious program called Milicenso afflicted printers across various offices in the world causing them to print garbled data. India, the US, Europe and South America were the majorly afflicted territories. Milicenso has been used in the past by malicious cyber groups and it has now reared its ugly head again. The program is a ‘malware delivery vehicle for hire’ so it has been spotted several times since 2010. TOI reports that it can spread through email attachments, malicious websites or fake video decoders. Infected machines generated a malicious file in print queues, which in turn converted files in the main directory of the printer into gibberish. Quick Heal detects this file on your machine as Trojan.Milicenso.

Facebook becomes breeding ground for spam

Facebook has mandatorily altered the default mail address for all users. The default email address of every user on Facebook now is their user name followed by ‘@facebook.com’ (For instance, abc@facebook.com). One cannot send emails though, since this is not a web mail service. It is simply a gateway into the Facebook messages folder and one can only receive messages in the Facebook inbox. What it does however, is open a channel for spammers. All they have to do is attach the suffix to common names and bombard them with spam. Facebook should have ideally made this an opt-in feature and should have at least informed people before implementing the change. This ZDNet post describes the situation well.

Facebook’s confusing user report chart

Facebook recently released a rather confusing chart about how it handles user reports. These user reports cover issues pertaining to spam, harassment, privacy violations etc. The User Operations group is divided into 4 teams: Safety, Hate and Harassment, Access and Abusive Content. The group contains hundreds of staffers who are spread across various cities around the world. Here is the detailed chart that Facebook released and it shows the various outcomes that specific complaints would take. This will give you a better idea about what happens when you register a user report over the social network.

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  1. Narendran KJune 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Adding to the milicenso, from my experience i also saw a adware coming with it… i guess it is Earzo(something like that… )

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  2. Interesting info Milicenso malware…!!!

    Thanks….!!

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  3. SIYARAM SHARMAJune 30, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    very usefull infomation

    tahking you

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  4. Dinobondhu KondagoriJuly 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Thanks to tell us the 3 Security news

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  5. @Sameer, @Siyaram, @Dinobondhu: Thanks for the appreciation.
    @Narendran: Thanks for the information. We shall look into it.

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  6. vilas waghJuly 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    thanks 4 info rahul.nice job.

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  7. satyam sarafiJuly 10, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    my virus protection went off please any one help me..

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  8. Arghyadeep GhoshNovember 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    I want to update my Quick heal so I click update now button but it give me a message that the update defination file is corrupt . Aborting the update process .ID 2 please try to take update ,if issue persist contact support

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    • Rajib Singha Rajib SinghaDecember 1, 2016 at 5:31 PM

      Hi Arghyadeep,

      Thank you for writing in. Our support engineers would gladly help you with this issue. Please call us on our toll-free no. 1800-121-7377 or visit http://bit.ly/QHChat to chat with us online. You can also raise a ticket at http://bit.ly/Askus and we will get back to you at the earliest.

      Regards,

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