Spam Skype calls tricking users into virus downloads

An automated Skype call has been plaguing users of the video calling service over the last few days, encouraging them to download a dubious anti-virus program in order to protect themselves from non-existant threats. A computer-generated voice has been…

Cash-guzzling Android SMS Trojan on the prowl

Security specialists Kapersky Labs have uncovered a new mobile phone virus that could potentially cost Android users a lot of money. The SMS Trojan is found disguised within an unnamed media player app. The questionable file, Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, then sends out…

UK businesses at threat from "evolved" cyber criminal attacks

The CA Internet Security Business Unit have released their latest State of Internet security report, revealing that rogue or fake security software, major search engines, social networks and Web 2.0 threats were the most notable online security issues in 2009….

FEATURE: Modern Day Malware & Organised Crime

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Quarter past nine on a Monday morning. I’m staring at the thick oak beam of long polished table wondering what the hell I’m doing at briefing about internet security. My last journalistic foray into this turgid corner of the tech world had me stuck talking anti-virus software with one of the chief marketing officers at a leading company. I recall a solid 40 minutes of the internet neighbourhood watch warnings as the canapes passed just out of reach behind his back. The hungrier I got the more it sapped my soul. My last conscious thought was “never again”. Never again; until today.

I’m not sure if it was the lure of the Soho House, the charm of the invitation or, more likely, the promise of breakfast but somehow, between them, they short-circuited that old memory in my brain; they silenced its voice. Down went that corner of my neural net; a localised blackout and now here I am in my trainers and jeans, most others with a collar at least. Quarter past nine on a Monday morning. Fifteen minutes before I’m usually at work.

Ed Gibson begins the day more upset than I am that his cooked breakfast hasn’t arrived but that’s probably where the similarity ends. Edward P Gibson is Microsoft’s chief security advisor and a former operative with the FBI. He takes comfortable control of the room of assembled journalists with the warmth and ease of his Midwest drawl. I wonder if that manner served him well at the FBI. I wonder if he’s enjoying his retirement, but by the end of the morning I’ll have changed my mind about how much rest he’s getting in his new profession…

Twitter ramblers targeted by all-new data-mining trojan

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Users of Twitter, the minutiae-documenting waffling programme with no discernible purpose whatsoever, have been coming under attack recently thanks to a fake profile offering, predictably enough, free porn.

Some poor people have, while in the process of telling precisely zero readers what they had for breakfast, been sent messages from this fake account and then – here’s the stupid bit – clicked on the links supplied. Then they also clicked on “YES” to install…

Limbo 2 Trojan "guaranteed" to evade security software. It's a phisher's wet dream

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Watch out! There’s a new Trojan in town, guaranteed by its developers to constantly evade the top ten security software products.

The developers of “Limbo 2” customise each version and then sell it online for up to $1,300 a pop. Each version is unique, so it’s very difficult for anti-virus software to get a grip on it.

Once it’s out there, Limbo 2 does what any self-respecting bit of phishing software does — it steals bank details. Trouble is, this one sits on a PC and records a user logging in to a banking web site, and adds spoofed information boxes which asks users to enter more information than usual. Data is then fed back to whoever bought the software…

The Trojan virus that pretends to be a YouTube video

trojan-horse.jpgYou might think ‘tubing’ is one of those deviant sexual practices that lurks in the moist corners of the internetweb. And it probably is. But it’s also a new term coined by security firm Websense, to describe a nefarious new hacking technique that sees a nasty Trojan horse masquerading as a YouTube video.