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    • Here we go again.

      8 years ago

      Computer Virus Alert Network

      Well, it turns out we have another one of these nasty Malware viruses that works by tricking you into downloading the virus itself by using a fake popup that says that you're system is already infected. Its called ErrorRepairProfessional (or ErrorRepairPro).

      This information was given to me by a Mikill15, who apparently already had the misfortune of encountering the virus. In addition, the virus might change your security settings as well (although that sounds inaccurate. Might just be another false icon and screen that tricks you into thinking that your system is compromised.)

      I suggest that you follow standard protocol for any malware that tries pressuring techniques to get you to download it:
      - Log off the internet
      - Run a security sweep only with anti-virus programs you know!
      - If its generating too many pop-ups for you to turn your anti-virus on, shut down your computer, disconnect all internet access to quarentine it, and then turn the system back on again and see if you can run your anti-virus

    • New threat

      8 years ago

      Computer Virus Alert Network

      Threat level: orange

      Well, turns out we have a new virus running around. Its one of those viruses that has a specific title, and happens to use the screen-name of someone on your contact list.

      The e-mail title reads "Black in the White House". This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the hard disk, where vital information function is stored. And apparently the little prick who wrote the virus thought it would be funny to add an animation of an Olympic Torch burning away your screen before it burns your Hard Drive. It was discovered yesterday, and McAfee is still working on an anti-virus.

      So for now, take the usual steps. Don't open the e-mail, even if it has a friends screen-name on it. Log out of the internet immediately and deploy whatever anti-virus programs you have. For all we know, it could start out small and turn into the next Conficker virus. So be careful out there.

    • IE-users be warned

      9 years ago

      Computer Virus Alert Network

      Many times haters posted warnings about the dangers of using internet explorer, (I am one of those :p). But today I will only keep myself to the facts.

      30 march Windows released an emergency patch. This is very unusual because Windows normally releases their patches on Tuesday, but due to a zero-day* flaw in internet explorer 6 and 7 they released their patch early.

      If you are using internet explorer 6 or 7 (even for testing purposes for you web designers out there) make sure you have the patch that fixes not 1, not 2.... but 8 fatal flaws. And maybe consider upgrading to IE 8 or any of the other browsers (Firefox, chrome, opera, ...)

      *(A zero-day or "0day" attack is a computer threat that tries to exploit computer application vulnerabilities for which no security fix is yet available.)

      latest IE patch

    • Code Yellow

      9 years ago

      Computer Virus Alert Network

      Ladies & Gentlemen, we have a legitamite new threat.

      Topic 1: An oldie, but a goodie

      I recently recieved this e-mail from a good friend of mine. I scanned it myself. No viruses, and it wasn't generated by a spybot or a zombie computer that used my friends' email address.

      The email reads as follows:
      "You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any message with an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,' regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer.

      This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

      If you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by a friend, do not open it!

      It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept."
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      Topic 2: somebody call the vietnamese cyber union

      Recently, several bloggers and vietnamese citizens who were opposed to a proposed Bauxite Mining purposal have been targeted by a botnet. The botnet is question employed a DoS (Denial of Service) attack method. While this doesn't really concern any of us in the USA, if you support this opposition of the mining purposal, it might be a good idea not to promote it online.

      Source: Cnet
      news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20001498-265.html?tag=mncol;title
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      Topic 3: Remembering the Conficker Virus

      Well, while the virus itself is no longer as big and scary of a threat as we thought it would be, its still a problem that remains. There are variants of the same virus all over the net. Some are modified to be a little tricker then the original, and some are reduced to being simple, dime store fake antivirus popups that you can get rid of by clicking the close button on the top corner of the screen.

      Regardless, we can't forget about Conficker. Its still a real threat that can strike at any time if were not careful.

      I'd suggest everyone brush up on there conficker history and methods for disposing of it.

      Source: Cnet
      news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20001449-245.html?tag=mncol;title
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      Topic 4: Google loves pranks on April fools

      Alright, if you woke up this morning and found that Google has the title "Topeka", don't be alarmed. Its just one of many april fools jokes the fine people of google are pulling. So continue your google searches in peace and say no more.

      Source: CNN.com
      www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/04/01/april.fools.tech/index.html
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      Thats the news for today. Stay safe out there!

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      9 years ago

      Computer Virus Alert Network

      Hey. Its NightFlier01 here. Been a long 2 months without any news. Hope none of you have caught anything on your computers. But now I'm back in the saddle, and I'm ready to start spreading the news again.
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      Topic 1: All your health insurance belong to us now!

      have you ever lost a wallet/purse full of cash and credit cards? If you have, you probably know its easy for some A-hole to max out your credit cards unless you call your company and tell them to cancel the cards, and explain the whole situation. But how many of you have ever thought to call the company that covers your health insurance when you loose that wallet/purse?

      Recently, scammers and crooks have found ways to sell your health insurance info to other people, allowing them to get full medical benefits under your name, using it as a smoke-screen. Often, all they need is your name and the ID # on your health insurance card, and you are officially fucked.

      But dont fret. Just make sure you call your health insurance company, let them know what the situation is, and they'll work with you to correct it. Just like Credit Card companies, even they have to keep ontop of world news and have to create programs in order to correct such problems swiftly and with ease.

      Source: Cnet
      news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10460902-245.html?tag=mncol;title
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      Topic 2: I think Tom Cruise robbed my Best Buy

      This is actually local news to me. The Best Buy in Brunswick, N.J. had about $26,000 worth in apple laptops stolen on Thursday. Apparently, these guys climbed up the side of the store using the outside vent, cut a hole in the roof, and repelled down into the store, 10 feet away from the motion-detectors, and took these laptops right off the shelves. And, they did this while hiding behind banners that made them practically invisible to the security cameras.

      That is quite possibly the only case in which shit that happens in the movies actually works in real life. This is living proof that with extremely precise and careful planning, what works on a screenplay, works in reality. I'm just fucking amazed that everything went according to plan with whomever these theives were. But, knowing movie logic, either theres gonna be some kind of backstabbing where these guys are gonna litterally kill eachother, or there gonna end up getting tracked down by a real-life Sherlock Holmes kinda detective.

      But my only other thought is that at least one of these guys had to be Best Buy employees. Any smuck who works in sales for a fancy store like that usually knows that the manager keeps all the security monitors in his office. So its not fucking rocket science to just go into your boss's office and study the camera angles until you find a blind spot.

      Source: Cnet
      news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10464001-83.html?tag=mncol;title
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      Topic 3: When you have a virus, Microsoft suggests that you kill it before it spreads

      Microsoft exec. Scott Charney is basically suggesting that when your computer catches a virus, the first thing you should do is completely terminate its access to the internet. Comparing it to how people governments and the CDC treats an epidemic, the first step is to completely quarantine the computer from the World Wide Web, preventing it from sending out the very same virus, malware, or botnet that has infected your computer.

      That means yanking out the dial-up wire, cutting power to your wireless router and shutting down your WiFi.

      And, to be honest, its kinda brillant, but a pain in the ass at the same time. Its Brillant in that your essentially cutting its roots off before the branch out to other computers, and its so simple to do, that a scared 8 year old could do it. Its a pain in the ass because your essentially scarificing any possiblity of finding a cure for it online.

      For example, the Conficker virus that terrorized us a year ago. After it made it to the 10 O'clock news on major networks, anti-virus security firms started a mad rush to develop anti-virus programs, making them available online, free of charge. But that depended on being able to log online to download it.

      So yeah, there are pros and cons to this simple idea, but it seems like an easy first step for Tech-No's (Tech-No: [TECH-NOa person whom is often intimidated, confused, or unskilled in modern computer tech.)

      Source: Cnet
      news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10462649-245.html?tag=mncol;title
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      Well, thats it for today. Hope you all stay safe out there.

    • Twitter: internets largest running joke

      9 years ago

      Computer Virus Alert Network

      This is just so unbelieve. I actually almost got angry about being completely right about the track record of this website. I'm talking about table-smashingly angry, especially since people weren't smart enough to stop using it after the 30 other incidents before this one.


      1.) Twitter is now without a doubt the worlds biggest STD infested whore around. Once again, the popular social networking site was hacked! This time it was a DNS hack, which crippled the site, not before blaring an annoying statement from a group called "The Iranian Cyber Army."

      Folks, if you use twitter, heres some advice: give up and go to a better site! You know the website fails on a grand scale when hackers find to more annoying then themselves, and decide to use it as a wet stone for their skills. Seriously, abandon ship while you can still salvage your time!

      source: Cnet
      news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10418270-36.html?tag=mncol;title

      2.) Apparently, Firefox and Adobe are considered the top glichiest software programs of the year. Qualys tallied 102 vulnerabilities that were found in Firefox this year, up from 90 last year. The numbers are based on running totals in the National Vulnerability Database.

      To be honest, I dont find this too suprising, especially since I've seen how much of a pain in the ass it is to use Firefox movie capture (Which is made worse because of all the fucking commericals online!)

      Source: Cnet
      news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10417785-245.html?tag=mncol;title

      3.) Apparently, theres a fake google search engine thats running around that distributes malious code once you access it. its called Google Doodle. It looks just like the google search engine, with the exception of the green Esperanto flag on the side (which definately fools people since it follows the same google art style)

      Source: Cnet
      news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10416246-245.html?tag=mncol;title

      4.) I have a personal bone to pick with whatever asshole created these online commericals. There a pain in the ass, you can't simply click them off like with ads, and in some worse case scenarios, they freeze up your computer before you can get in! Seriously, I used to have my account on AOL set as at Teen, so that way I can avoid the waves of spam mail. But then they decided to install commericals into the homepage and I could'nt get online until I changed my account status!
      Now, I'm not bashing that timely marketing technique that ensures that the world economy keeps on spinning and that we wont put people out of work, but this is too much! At first it was exclusive to youtube, and you could avoid it if you clicked the refresh button. But now its spread, and they have fixed the hole so that you can't escape it unless you decide to exit the site and forget the video! Vimeo, youtube, hulu, Blip.Tv, MillieDrive, and every other one in between!
      Seriously, whomever this a-hole was that first came up with the idea, consider yourself lucky that I'm trying to keep people safe from hackers, and not become one myself.

    • Online Security

      9 years ago

      Computer Virus Alert Network

      The holiday season is here which means it's time for scammers, hackers, and virus writers to work their hardest to take your money or personal data and do what they do best: make your life a living hell. So, if you plan on using the internet to make some of your shopping easier like many other people (myself included), make sure you are safe. The best places to order items are from trusted sources. Now, you might be saying, "Of course" and I am right there with you but we always have to repeat this to cover all of our bases.

      But what if a trusted site has a more shady dealer using their service? We have all heard horror stories about people getting scammed on eBay and other auction sites, but what about on other sites like Amazon? Amazon has a great feature that lets you buy items from other online sellers and using Amazon as the middle man. You can get some really good prices through this service but it is possible for someone to use it maliciously. The best thing to do is make sure you know the support contacts for these sites and to keep your bank/credit card companies contact info close at hand. In the event that you purchase a fraudulent item, contact the site to let them know and give them any information that can help and contact the company that your card is through and see what they can do. It might be as simple as you being reimbursed for the charge but it could also mean that they will issue you a new card with a new number. I could go on for a while about more ways to stay safe but the link below would be better to look at. It's about eBay but most of those tricks are good for any site.

      http://e-commerce.bestmanagementarticles.com/a-34440-13-ways-to-stay-safe-on-ebay.aspx

      There is a virus that has been circulating for a couple of years now called Antivirus 2XXX. I don't understand how it keeps coming back but every 3-4 months there is a new variant of it. It doesn't ever look the same either. It has a different name or look every time. You could just be surfing around and a pop up will come up looking something similar to this:

      personal-antivirus.jpg

      It will also pop up what appears to be a dialog box that asks if you want to scan your system do not click yes and DO NOT CLICK NO. Click the close button on the dialog box and on the main pop up window and promptly remove yourself from the internet and run your security programs to make sure you have not caught the virus. If you click either the yes or no button on the dialog box, the main pop up window will "scan" your system and tell you that there are viruses. This is false. You might have viruses or malicious items on your machine but this particular one will not tell you that. It produces fake results when it finishes and asks if you want to clean the "viruses" off your system. If you click yes on this, it will ask you for some money. Don't pay them. If you are reading this a little too late, immediately call your bank or credit card company and try to resolve your problem. Don't worry about them hassling you, they have dealt with this before and should be pretty understanding. It is a very easy virus to remove and most real antivirus programs should have no trouble in taking care of it. This is the most common problem that I have to deal with at work but it also very simple to take care of with the right tools.

      Also, Nightflier wanted me to include this:
      For AOL users, be on the lookout for scams. I personally encountered a scam that involved an address known as "Onlinebanking@aol.com" with a subject line that threatened to shut down my subscription if I didn't give them my account information. Keep in mind that this scam was very convincing since it employed photoshoped pictures of Authentic AOL company artwork in the message boarder. If you see this e-mail or anything similar, send it to your spam folder. Real AOL Official e-mails have a blue envelope icon next to them, and will never ask for your account information. Also, chances are you will receive a letter or phone call before you get an e-mail.
      Also, be sure to call AOL head office if you're suspicious of an e-mail. They are your last line of defense if you are unsure.

      Please keep yourselves safe during this holiday season and be on the lookout for some of the things I mentioned here.


      Here are a couple of free programs that will help keep you secure:
      Malwarebyte's Anti-malware
      Spybot - Search and Destroy

    • Windows 7

      9 years ago

      Computer Virus Alert Network

      As you will all know by now, Windows has released his successor for windows Vista. I've been using it for a couple of days now and I'm impressed and depressed by the way Windows is trying to make Windows 7 a bit safer for everyone.

      Let's start with the positive points:
      - The User Account Control (UAC) that everybody hated in Vista has come a long way. It still asks whether you want to install a program, but that can be very useful. Let's say you're visiting a site and UAC pops up you will know something is wrong.

      - Getting Started, an introduction to windows 7, gives you a warning to install an anti-virus software. If you choose not to immediately a small icon in the task bar will remind you this very important task. Windows provides a link to AVG 9 but of course you can choose your own.

      - Upgrade! Not really something to do with security but just a brilliant feature. I upgraded my PC from vista and although it took me 2.5 hours, I could keep all my previously installed software! That was totally worth the wait, cause it would have taken me months to get everything back!!

      Bad (bad isn't even close to the word I'm looking for)!!!
      - I would advise everyone to stay away from Windows 7 Starter... I have no idea why, but Windows thought it would be safe to make sure you can't change your background... there are a couple of more important reasons to stay away from it like the fact you can only run 3 applications simultaneously... But just google Windows 7 starter for more information, cause I'm not here to rant.


      Overall I'm having a lot of fun with Windows 7 so I would really encourage you all to upgrade!
      <for all the gamers here.... yes you can still play all your games, or at least I can>

    • Seasons warnings

      9 years ago

      Computer Virus Alert Network

      Threat Level: Moderately high

      Well, the holiday season is upon us, and every hacker is coming out of the woodwork to find ways to turn you're happy holiday into their own personal gain.

      Here is a list of scams you should be aware of this holiday season while you're shopping online:

      12 scams of Christmas starting with:


      1.) Charitable phishing scams: Be wary of e-mails that appear to be from legitimate charities. Not only will they take your money and deprive charities of needed funds, but they will also steal your credit card information and identity.

      2.) Fake invoices from delivery services: During this period, scammers will send out fake invoices and delivery notifications appearing to come from Federal Express, UPS, the U.S. Postal Service or even the U.S. Customs Service saying that they were unable to deliver a package to your address. They ask you to confirm your address and give them credit card information to pay for delivery.

      3.) Social networking friend requests: Bad guys take advantage of this social time of year by sending out authentic looking friend requests via e-mail. Never click on those links but sign into Facebook and other services and look for friend requests from the site itself. Clicking on a link could install malware on your computer or trick you into revealing your password.

      4.) Holiday e-cards: Be careful before clicking on a holiday e-card, especially if it's from a site you haven't heard of. This is a way to deliver malware, pop-ups, and other forms of unwanted advertising. Some fake e-cards will look like they come from Hallmark or other legitimate companies, so pay close attention and make sure it's from someone you know. If you're going to send an e-card, be sure you're dealing with a reputable service lest you risk infecting yourself and your friends.

      5.) Fake "luxury" jewelry: If you see an offer for luxury gifts from companies like Cartier, Gucci, and Tag Heuer at a price that's too good to be true, it probably isn't true. These links could lead you to malware and take your money or merchandise that will probably never arrive (or be fake if it does). Some of these sites, according to McAfee, even display the logos of the Better Business Bureau.

      6.) Practice safe holiday shopping. Make sure your wireless network is secure and be sure you're shopping on sites that are secure. Though it isn't an iron clad guarantee, you should look for the lock icon in the lower right corner of your browser and make sure the Web page starts with https. The "s" stands for "secure."

      7.) Christmas carol lyrics can be dangerous: Bad guys know that people are searching for holiday related sites for music, holiday graphics, and other festive media. During this time, they create fraudulent holiday related sites.

      8.) Job search related scams: With the unemployment rate at 10.2 percent, there are plenty of job seekers looking for work. Beware of online offers for high paying jobs or at-home money making schemes. Some of these sites ask for money up front, which is a good way for criminals not only to steal your "set up fee" but misuse your credit card too. Marcus said that some "get rich quick" sites are all about money laundering, asking you to accept an inbound financial transfer and pay them.

      9.) Auction site fraud: McAfee has observed a rise in fake auction sites during the holidays. Make sure you're actually going to eBay or whatever site you plan to deal with.

      10.) Password stealing scams: Criminals use low-cost tools to uncover passwords, in some cases planting key logger software to record keystrokes. Once they get your passwords, they gain access to bank accounts and credit card accounts and send spam from your e-mail accounts.

      11.) E-mail banking scams: A common type of phishing scam is sending out official looking e-mails that appear to come from your bank. Don't click on any links but type in your bank's Web address manually if you need to access your account.

      12.) Files for ransom: Hackers use malware to gain control of your computer and lock your data files. To access your own data you have to pay them ransom.

      Source: news.cnet.com/8301-19518_3-10403100-238.html?tag=mncol;title

      For Internet Explorer users: A recent IE explicit code was found in the wild, with the ability to control your computer and lock out the user. So, do yourself a favor and run a full scan before you log in.

      Source: news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10403756-245.html?tag=mncol;title

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