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…

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…

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…

Tor No Longer Private

After stealing $1.4 million using the TorRat Trojan 4 men were arrested by the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit. The criminals used the Trojan to steal money from over 150 accounts. TorRat is designed to steal online banking credentials. The bank robbers were able to hide their activities by putting their command and control server on…

Internet Explorer Wins Safest Browser

 NSS Labs Inc. Put together their 2013 Browser Security Comparitive Analisys in the categories of Phishing Protection, Privacy and Socially Engineeres Malware. Tha analisys compares Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. NSSLabs rated Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as providing the best protection against malware and phishing attacks.They also determined that reputation technology of Google’s Chrome…

Is Your Toaster Attacking Your PC

Malware embedded in microchips on small appliances and electronics may be lying in wait to infect your computer. Items like microwaves, toasters, irons, cell phones, dash board cameras and other such devices manufactured in China may be infected. Chips in small appliances shipped from China to Russia have been proven to be infected with malware.…