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Image via Flickr user Marjan Krebelj Lately we’ve been inundated with headlines of identity theft, hacked financial institutions, and general digital insecurity. It’s enough to ask why software developers can’t create the perfect code; code without vulnerabilities or room for … Continue reading

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Events like the recent spat of earthquakes and hurricanes in the United States inspire curiosity, especially when it’s so easy to find information these days. However, any time there’s a topic with a high volume of search traffic, cybercriminals swoop in … Continue reading

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If you didn’t get to your computer during spring cleaning, now’s the time to get organized. Don’t know where to start? Read below for a few pointers: 1. First, delete any unnecessary items. The more programs and files you have … Continue reading

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From precious photos to important work documents, a computer’s hard drive typically contains heaps of priceless data.  That’s why losing everything in the hard drive is a great fear for many—especially those who haven’t taken precautions to back their files … Continue reading

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Image via Flickr user ♀Μøỳαл_Bгεлл♂ These days, mobile phones are capable of sending emails, checking Facebook, playing streaming music, and a whole bag of other tricks.  They’re essentially small computers that transport your digital persona wherever you go.  The emergence … Continue reading

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By Steve Espino – PC Tools Malware Research Team Stealthy malware can redirect web search results to websites other than what was initially being searched for. The user may be redirected to advertising websites, fake antivirus sites, and some completely … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Rev Dan Catt Businesses be warned: according to the FBI, hackers have stolen millions of dollars from small to medium-sized American companies by making unauthorized bank transfers to Chinese companies.  While it’s not a new … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user indi.ca Fake AVs have been tormenting PC owners for years.  And they have now finally made their way to the Mac. A fake antivirus designed to look like a real Mac OS X application emerged … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Sam Howzit Just like that, almost 80 million PlayStation owners became victims of one of the biggest cases of data theft ever.  The data robbery occurred between April 17th and 19th, and Sony had to … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user swanksalot While the news that U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden probably came as a big surprise to all of us, the use of the topic to spread malware should be a surprise to no … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user debaird The plot in the ongoing Stuxnet story thickens…  Iranian officials have not only recently accused the U.S. and Israel of creating the Stuxnet worm as a direct attack on Iranian industry, but a high-ranking … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user RambergMediaImages As consumers become less and less responsive to email marketing campaigns from large companies, these companies, in turn, are outsourcing their online marketing efforts to 3rd party specialists.

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Image via. Any time there’s an upcoming movie with an extremely dedicated fan base, you can expect to find cyber-crooks trying to take advantage of the fanaticism to make money.

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Image courtesy of Flickr user MoneyBlogNewz While the general public dreads the thought of tax season, many cybercriminals look forward to it.  For most, filing taxes is a tedious but necessary civic duty.  Cybercriminals, on the other hand, excitedly view … Continue reading

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Image via Flickr user alancleaver_2000 According to some security experts, Lizamoon is the most successful SQL injection attack ever witnessed.  During its short lifespan it has already compromised hundreds of thousands of websites.  While reports vary on the number of … Continue reading

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Image via Flickr user arnold | inuyaki Will we ever be able to comprehensively rid ourselves of spam?  When you consider that 78.7% of all email in February of this year was spam, the outlook isn’t so promising.

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By Alan Lee – PC Tools Malware Research Team With all the fake security applications out there, you’d think we’d have learned our lesson by now–but not so.  Fake security applications, commonly known as FakeAVs, continue to be effective and … Continue reading

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A recent malware episode in the UK serves as an important reminder that malware can even infect prominent, presumably trustworthy websites.  Tens of thousands of people in the UK are thought to have fallen victim to the malware attack.

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It’s been a busy month for Anonymous, the hacker/cyber-activist collective known for supporting Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks site: despite being occupied by efforts to assist anti-government protestors across the Middle East and Northern Africa (through a series of DDoS attacks on … Continue reading

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Those who have seen the 80′s Bond flicks might remember OddJob–the stout, round-faced Bond villain with the lethal top hat and the thin mustache.  Well, “OddJob” recently reemerged and is still dangerous.  But this time around, rather than executing people … Continue reading

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Two years after it first appeared, the Conficker worm still poses a threat even though it has been relatively quiet as of late.  Since it first emerged, the Conficker Working Group, a team of experts who collectively work to fight … Continue reading

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“Boy” may not seem like the most intimidating of terms, but when it comes to malware, it should incite a considerable level of concern.  A new type of malware known as ‘Boy-in-the-Browser’ is a rising financial malware threat.  Boy in … Continue reading

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Phishing scams are nothing new on social networking sites – Facebook has been especially prone to ongoing series of attacks, including recent scams promising free tickets on Southwest Airlines and free iPad giveaways. However, hackers have recently launched a more … Continue reading

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On Friday, March 26th 2010, the San Francisco office of the FBI received a copy of a video that had been removed from YouTube.  The video showed a man making serious threats against a US Congressman and his family.  Apparently, … Continue reading

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For most people, their hard drive is like their brain – it’s often slow, cobwebby, and has to catch up to what’s going on around it. Every once in a while it stops working altogether and you have to get … Continue reading

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There are online criminals like hackers, creators of botnets, and identity thieves.  And there are criminals online like murderers, sexual predators and old-fashioned mafia dons.  Law enforcement has increasingly started to use popular social networking sites to catch offline criminals … Continue reading

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Phishing scams are becoming more common with the universal spread of social media. One recent victim was a journalist, who used the incident to educate the rest of us (link). Twitter is by far the most fertile ground, due to the … Continue reading

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We all worry about the security of our data.  (And if you don’t, you probably should!)  The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse reported last year that the past 5 years have brought over a thousand data breaches in the United States alone, which … Continue reading

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In honor of the 2011 RSA conference, we’re republishing an old ThreatFire blog post inspired by the 2008 conference:

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Interested in a computer science degree? This book list is a great one to consider reading before embarking on that degree, but it seems to be missing a few things to really be a substitute for a degree:

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