We are sad to learn that a 36 year old man in Romania killed himself and his son because of a common computer virus. The type of virus is malware, or a cryptovirus categorized as ransomware that typically locks a computer system and uses a message that claims the computer owner or user violated the law and must pay a hefty fine or face a deprivation of liberty for viewing prohibited. In this case child pornography was the reason. In other cases the virus may claim that the user also violated the law by using copyrighted content or spreading malware.
Tagged: Internet Security
Tonight we received information simply titled “Leak about download.com” concerning a split between CBS Interactive’s CNET brand and the download.com domain. The information we received details that CNET and download.com will separate because of CNET’s dissatisfaction in the direction download.com went.
Further speculations suggest that there has been a battle between CNET and download.com that has been going on for over a year.
Multiple sources have reported of a nasty botnet currently trolling WordPress websites that uses brute-force tactics in order to crack WordPress websites using the username Admin. To protect yourself against this current WordPress botnet, it is recommended to immediately change your WordPress username from Admin to something else, and change your WordPress password to something very strong.
Be aware of new adware (malware) and spam links we recently discovered that attempts to adapt to the style and or structure of general websites in broad. Recent findings suggest that criminals may attempt to design and use essentially In text or in content adware that is expected to be distributed and spread the usual way adware is such as combo-malware via browser hijackers and and other methods.
Malwarebytes 2012 Malware Report – 2013 Cyber Threat Predictions (Cyber Threats in 2012: Looking Both Ways)
According to Malwarebytes report released January 22, 2013, the year 2012 the most popular malware infecting computers were Drive-by exploits, Ransomware, phishing scams, and other parasites. To add more to Malwarebytes 2013 Malware Report, which also predicts future threats in 2013, we noticed such a big increase in Ransomware infections, that the category of malware is the most visited on our website.
Malwarebytes answers, what can we expect from 2013 in cyber threats ? The best way to answer this is to look back at where we were a year ago and where we are now. What has changed, what have we learned and what do we know now that can help us predict the future? To answer these questions, they released a detailed report, looking at popular computers threats of 2012 and making predictions for the threats we may see in 2013.
The FBI caught 10 people from Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the United States, all whom which they had numerous search warrants and conducted a worldwide investigation against considering the dangerous Butterfly Botnet malware that infected more than 11 million computers and caused more than $850 million in loses by stealing computer users’ credit, bank account, and other personal information.
This past year (2012), more amounts of visitors are leaving comments and sending messages about software they have downloaded from download.com (download.cnet.com) containing privacy invading malware without their consent, categorized as browser hijackers. One reader claims that they downloaded the legitimate Anti-malware software Malwarebytes from download.com, and months later they became infected with a browser hijacker. This reader states “The only download I’ve done in the last probably three months was downloading Malwarebytes from download.com. I had no problems before that, then suddenly had this Funmoods stuff and couldn’t figure out where it came from.”
There’s a new flaw first reported 2 months ago in a Russian forum concerning your Skype account’s safety. To exploit this flaw, all the criminal would need to know is the victim’s email address tied to their Skype account.
John McAfee, the eccentric 67 year old British born founder of the major Antivirus software company McAfee Inc., is wanted for murder in Belize, police reported today. John McAfee is the primary suspect (prime) in the murder of a 52 year old American expatriate and neighbor originally from Florida, Gregory Faull, who was shot in the head and killed Saturday November 10th in the pool at his home on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize.
Twitter, including several Twitter accounts were hacked today Thursday November 8th, 2012 by an anonymous hacker or collective of hackers. While it is not released if any internal information was compromised or impacted, nor for what reason the attack was initiated, Twitter is taking the attack very serious and resetting what seems like hundreds of thousands of compromised account passwords.
Internet Security Giant Symantec Issues Statement About Anonymous Hackings – No Evidence Customer Information Was Exposed Or Impacted
“Symantec is investigating the recent claims made online regarding the security of our networks. We have found no evidence that customer information was exposed or impacted. We will continue to monitor the situation and aggressively investigate these and any related claims.”
Many websites were hacked by power group Anonymous today including Paypal, Symantec, Imageshack, and many more.
The Anonymous hacker collective has claimed responsibility for the cyber attacks, claiming on Twitter the hacks are part of a “November 5th protest.” Anonymous even released the VMware ESX Server Kernel source code to the public.