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Panic Button on Facebook – will it really help?

 March 19, 2010

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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

 March 12, 2010

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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.

 March 11, 2010

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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

 March 9, 2010

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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

 March 8, 2010

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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.

 March 6, 2010

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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

 March 3, 2010

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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...

Paypal phishing attack

 March 2, 2010

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I came across multiple emails in my inbox which were talking about my Paypal account being blocked. The mails had a subject line as “Your Papal account is suspended”. I immediately sensed it as phishing email. As earlier I had received emails indicating about payments that I made using Paypal...

Internet Explorer .HLP vulnerability on Windows XP

 March 2, 2010

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Microsoft’s security team is investigating a security vulnerability reported at http://isec.pl/ by Maurycy Prodeus. The vulnerability is observed on operating system older than Windows Vista (i.e. Windows XP). In this, the attacker hosting a malicious website can remotely run arbitrary code by convincing the user to press the computer’s F1...

Spanish police arrested 3 hackers as suspected masterminds of Mariposa botnet.

 March 2, 2010

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Mariposa botnet which has grown much stronger over last six months was posing a big challenge for security software developers. The botnet which was first observed in April-May 2009 has shown significant traffic growth over last six months indicating substantial number of compromised computers. The botnet was quite actively managed...