Beware of Phishing Scam Using Skype

There is a new email phishing scam impersonating Skype. The subject of the email reads “You received a new message from Skype voicemail service.” The scam email spoofs the address “Skype Communications” with the attachment Skype_Voice_Message-7776C24212.zip. In reality the attachment contains an executable, Skype_Voice_M_497564___random_numbers___872345.wav.exe, that installs a Trojan. The body of the email reads: This…

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…

Malware That Downloads Malware

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) reports a rise in the spread of the Win/32.Upatre Trojan. Upatre is spread via email attachment. Once it has infected a machine its purpose is to download further malware. The chart below shows the uptake in Upatre infections. The most commonly downloaded Malware by Upatre is Win32/Zbot.gen!AM which steals…

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…

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…

Cyber Criminals Get More Sophisticated

Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) jumbles the memory locations of important components of a program making it problematic for attackers to determine where the components exist in in order to exploit them. ASLR is the most effective mans for averting a Windows security breach. However, Current trends in malware show a shift toward an ASLR…

Spam Attack Spreads Trojan Through Microsoft Hole

You need to be aware of fake emails being sent by criminals posing as Allergan Limited. Allergan is a widely respected, global, technology-driven multi-specialty health care company based in the UK, and with a presence in many countries around the world. One of Allergan’s lines of business is medical testing. The fake emails being sent…