More Scareware going around–Fake disk errors and hidden files.

More security news. There is another round of Scareware/Trojans going around that trick users into infecting their machines and then ransoming a fix for money.

This new threat, named "Trojan.HiddenFilesFraud.A" by Bitdefender’s researchers, hides all files and folders on your machine and disables some standard keyboard shortcuts so you can’t un-hide them. To further inflame your mania it displays error messages as-if from Windows reporting such worries as "damaged hard disk clusters." Disk scareware hides files.Just when your frenzy is at its peak, the fake disk repair tool goes to work. It busily spins and flashes and eventually reports a plethora of errors. Want the problem fixed? All you have to do is register… for $80. The worst of it is, even when you do register it doesn’t unhide your files. Pay $80 for the repair utility that will do absolutely nothing once purchased. The scam is done, the money is gone. And there is a good chance your credit card will be used for more fraudulent activity in the very near future!

It displays a fake ‘error’ and ‘fix window’ that if clicked on (EVEN TO CLOSE!!) actually infects the machine! The the user is supposed to be scared enough and convinced to reach for his pocket and 

Please keep your Anti-virus/Spyware application, Systems and especially your Browsers up to date! I have posted previously on how to ‘get out’ of this bogus application look here and throughout my blog for MANY articles regarding security please check them out. Or you could just pay me to fix what you mess up for not following my advise. Smile

Be safe folks! Peace.

Your iPhone Is Secretly Tracking Everywhere You’ve Been

I am not sure how many have heard about or actually even care.
But, this does sound scary as sh*t to me! It’s time that we as consumers have more choice on what information we choose to ‘share’ with providers and vendors. Things like this should be disclosed to consumers.

“Security researchers have discovered that Apple’s iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner’s computer when the two are synchronized.

The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone’s recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner’s movements using a simple program.

For some phones, there could be almost a year’s worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple’s iOS 4 update to the phone’s operating system, released in June 2010.” [from here]

So if someone were to get a hold of either your phone or gain access to your computer they could find out where you go often, what time and how often.

If you want to actually see what is there you can (and should!) check out this open source freeware application. has a super article on this too, check it out here.

Mac OS X Trojan catches Sophos’ eye

Two very recent article point out what most security people know and the rest should knowNO technology, especially computers connected to any network, are completely secure!

An article here points this out:

"It appears there is a new backdoor Trojan in town and it targets users of Mac OS X. As even the malware itself admits, it is not yet finished, but it could be indicative of more underground programmers taking note of Apple’s increasing market share."

And from another one here:

"More than half of Americans believe that PCs are "very" or "extremely" vulnerable to cybercrime attacks, while only 20 percent say the same about Macs, according to this ESET survey.
(Credit: ESET)"

ESET released the results of a survey in November related to awareness of cybercrime in the U.S. The survey of more than 1,000 people found that while both PC and Mac users perceive the Mac as being safer, Mac users are victims of cybercrime just as frequently as PC users.

Meanwhile, Mac users are just as vulnerable to Web-based attacks like phishing as PC users are, and Mac users who fall prey to phishing tend to lose more money on average than PC users do, the survey found. "Viruses are a diminishing percentage of what we’re seeing," said Randy Adams, director of technical education at ESET. "A lot of attacks have to do with social engineering and that kind of attack is platform agnostic."

Please folks, practice safe computing practices. I’ve written extensively on that so I won’t go into that here, just search my blog(s) for security items.

For those of you that are interested in an antivirus product for Mac Eset makes a fantastic one. You can check it out here.

By the way Eset’s products are top notch! If I were to buy a security solution it would be theirs.

Keep safe folks.