Beware of Fake PayPal Emails

There is a phishing scam going around pretending to be form PayPal. The email claims to need confirmation to complete or renew your PayPal sign up.  The subject of the emails is “Confirmation required,” and the body of the email reads: “To finish signing up for your PayPal account, you must click the link below…

Cracked[dot]com Spreads Malware

On Monday, November 11th, it was discovered that Cracked[dot]com was infected by malware performing drive by downloads. The discovery comes from Barracuda Labs Research. The malware was spread through a drive-by-download. The number of systems it has infected is unknown. Given the site is ranked by Alexa as number 289 in the U.S. and 654 worldwide the…

Facebook Email Carries Malware

An email making the rounds requesting you to change your Facebook password hides malware. The email has the subject line “You requested a new Facebook password.” The body of the email reads: “You have received a secure message. You will be prompted to open (view) the file or save (download) it to your computer. For…

FBI Needs Help

The FBI needs help prosecuting Vladimir Tsastsin. Just over a year ago Tsastsin and six of his cohorts were arrested in Estonia charged with running a click fraud scheme that infected more than four million computers in over 100 countries — an estimated 500,000 of those PCs in the United States.  The defendants are suspected of using…

New PCI Data Security Standards

Version 3.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) goes into effect on January 1, 2014. That is only 45 days from today. The PCI SSC published the 3.0 standards in their document library on Thursday. The changes are suppose to allow for more flexibility, with an increased focus…

Cyber Security For The Boss

On December 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Cyber Security Institute will present “Cyber Security For Decision Makers: A Non-Technical Presentation”. The one day conference will take place at the NASA Johnson Space Center Gilruth Center. Cyber Security Institute Executive Director T. Andrew Yang said “This daylong presentation will provide…

Browser Security

After email the most common source of Malware infections is through your internet browser. So securing your browser is a great way to defend against Malware and protect your privacy. This is the first in a series of tips to help our readers protect themselves. This first tip will focus on general practices. Subsequent tips…

AV-Comparatives Scores Panda 100%

On October 31st Panda Security announced that their cloud based antivirus product, Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Addition, received a 100% detection rating by AVComparatives.org. Considered to be the most complete and rigorous test for antivirus software, AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test, evaluates how such products perform in real life. The test reproduces everyday user scenarios to see how…

SAP The Target Of New Malware

There is a new Trojan discovered by Doctor Web, a Russian antivirus company, in the last few weeks that is searching for computers containing SAP client applications. For now this is the Trojan’s only activity. This type of action would indicate the criminals are amassing a network for a future attack. SAP makes software for Enterprise Resource…

Google Improves Chrome Security

Google has been paying attention to its forums, which has been riddled with reports of Chrome falling victim to browser hijacking malware. Google responded with two new browser features. The first is a “reset browser settings” button. Under the “Advanced Settings” section you will find this button which will set your browser back to its…