Archive for the 'maleware' Category

Phishing attacks getting more efficient for the bad guys

Folks, please, please, please be very careful of what you click on and what financial information you provide. Especially in response to an ‘alerting’ email! There are a great number of ‘phishing’ attacks occurring again and they are getting even more sophisticated. Many almost look and sound legitimate. I have written previously on some of […]

Latest Mac Malware news 06-04-2011

The Mac Trojan/Malware ‘MacDefender’ now calls itself ‘Mac Shield’. The malware keeps changing names and looks but still is relatively the same as before. However it is still infecting loads of machines and is, in my opinion very dangerous; it lures users into providing sensitive financial information to thieves. Sophos for Mac will remove it. […]

MacDefender trojan/malware is currently spreading on Mac systems – let’s kill it!

MacDefender, is the rogue antimalware trojan currently spreading on Mac systems. This malware is known by a variety of names, including "Mac Defender", "MacProtector", "Mac Security", "Apple Security", and "Apple Security Center".  It is a great example of how ‘social engineering’ can be used to trick people into harming themselves. Below are clear and easy […]

New Mac Trojan horse and Security tips from the NSA

There is a new Mac Trojan horse masquerades as virus scanner – read about that here . This is another example of social engineering – tricking users into making security mistakes. Users looking for legitimate protection against viruses on their Macs might be duped into downloading and installing this. Essentially this is ‘ransomware’. It requires […]

CheckPoint/Zone Alarm Lose with fake threat

I’ve written about this tactic before – using ‘rogue/fake’ threat or infection warnings to distribute REAL malware. This is one very effective way to get unsuspecting or untrained people to accidentally actually ‘infect’ themselves. It now appears that a legitimate (using that word lightly now) company – CheckPoint, makers of ZoneAlarm is using the same […]

Security Threat News

I have mentioned many times before of the need to update your computer Operating Systems, Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware applications. But I also must mention again to please update your applications as well – ESPECIALLY ADOBE PRODUCTS. A 2009 Global Threat Report from ScanSafe, a Cisco company, shows that in the 4th quarter of 2009 80% of […]

Here we go again – Spyware and bogus Antivirus

Folks, I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping your Operating system patched, up to date and running the latest versions of available applications – especially web browsers! Several new threats are emerging that are taking advantage of the fact the people are running outdated and un-patched software. Some of the latest hacks have involved un-patched […]

Bogus and Malicious emails

Here is a reminder. Let’s all keep ourselve and our data and systems safe.I have just recently seen numerous emails comming in supposedly from UPS containing trojan/infected files!!If you are not expecting and ‘EXPLICIT’ file in an email from a TRUSTED person. DO NOT OPEN/RUN OR DOWNLOAD IT!!Info on some here. Legitimate vendors – eBay, […]

OS X Security and Malware

Please folks practice safe computing – keep your systems up to date, don’t install pirated software (including music and videos), clear your browser cache often, and don’t install ‘helpers’ or ‘codecs’ you cannot thoroughly verify.Using the line, “I have a Mac I don’t get worms or virus’ etc.” is not only naively silly, it can […]

Let’s Kill Some Spyware!!

I recently had to help some people remove some serious spyware/malware/virii.No normally if I can’t ‘kill’ the bad stuff fairly quickly. I will simply get the persons ‘data’ – documents, pics, music etc. – off the machine and then delete the partitions. wipe the drives, re-format and re-install the operatiing system clean.But sometimes in a […]