Category Archives: Online Fraud

We’re seeing a pretty dramatic uptick in bot activity today. With all the attention that botnet activity has been getting lately, I thought that this stuff was going the way of Ruben Studdard. Anyways, unfortunately, we are also seeing a … Continue reading

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Old scams don’t go away. The Nigerian 419 scam became a bit more sophisticated not too long ago. In addition to the weepy story of a mysterious, deceased, incredibly wealthy relative that left no will but left behind lots and lots … Continue reading

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While there may be some important Microsoft updates, none of them will arrive via email. Write it down. Microsoft does not send out updates via email. Do not click on links related to Microsoft’s updates that arrive via email. There … Continue reading

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Their social engineering team hasn’t run out of ideas yet, but the attacks are starting to look a bit creepy. Here is a screenshot of the latest Storm related attack site: It’s not reproduced all that well on this blog … Continue reading

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The VB2007 conference was a fine one this year in Vienna, Austria, with plenty of great presentations from some talented researchers. PC Tools researchers’ papers were selected for two of the “Last minute technical presentations” this year. My talented colleague … Continue reading

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More phishing this weekend, as always. Apparently, the arrests of a suspected phishing group this past week in Germany didn’t net much of the phishing crime scene. This email bait arrived on Saturday, and appears to be much better designed … Continue reading

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If you’ve got kids, don’t let them download any free games today. Oh yeah, you too. It appears that the storm gang is now shifting their focus from football fans to children. This perpetual effort is changing, but its social … Continue reading

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Wow. I used to get messages asking about sites like this one from my friends and family, but they weren’t quite so convincing. This phish is flapping. Supposedly, my bank just contacted me 10 minutes ago about a problem with … Continue reading

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My talented colleague Sergei Shevchenko and myself (Kurt Baumgartner) will be presenting “Last minute technical papers” at this year’s Virus Bulletin 2007. If you’re not registered yet, you have a few days left! VB2007 conference: last-minute schedule revealed Sergei will … Continue reading

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We’ve been receiving all sorts of new mail from the Storm threat’s authors. The latest to arrive at our office accounts is a message appealing to football fans. With college and pro football underway in the states, this social engineering … Continue reading

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Malware v2.0 writers continue to develop new techniques and write sophisticated code to evade security solutions. We’ve seen a surge in the volume of changing and newly distributed malware that “go Ring0”, or install kernel level drivers. Often, and in … Continue reading

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As the trend continues to move away from exploiting system services and more commonly toward exploiting client applications like web browsers and third party plugins, our research has turned towards these threats and overturned some fairly new stones for the … Continue reading

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