Latest Graham Cluley Stories

2011-03-16 14:30:00

Twitter users are now able to choose whether or not they would prefer to log on to the site through a secure connection. The "always use HTTPS" setting is now being utilized on the microblogging site as a way to help stop hackers who target people as they connect over public Wi-Fi. The same technology is currently being used to protect online bank accounts and electronic purchases. Twitter has been trialing the use of HTTPS for a while, but users had to access it by a different address....

2011-01-15 08:10:00

Computer security firm Sophos released a warning this week that hackers are spreading a new damaging computer virus with a file that promises a PowerPoint presentation of sexual positions from the Kama Sutra. Graham Cluley of Sophos said in an online post that Internet surfers need to be wary about what they do "with that mouse." "When you click on the file you do get to see a real PowerPoint presentation, but in the background a backdoor Trojan called Troj/Bckdr-RFM is installed which...

2011-01-10 10:40:00

The Weekly World News posted a "quote" from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who supposedly told them "Facebook has gotten out of control. And the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness." With that, the online world has fanned the flames of what is just another passing meme. The story has it that on March 15 of this year Mark Zuckerberg will be pulling the plug on Facebook. Weekly World News (WWN) is known for its eyeball-grabbing...

2010-09-21 12:50:00

Twitter has fixed a flaw in its microblogging service site that allowed a malicious code to direct users to porn sites just by rolling over the message with their mouse. Thousands of user accountss were used to exploit the flaw, including Sarah Brown, the wife of the U.K.'s former Prime Minister. "The exploit is fully patched," Twitter said on its status blog. People using third-party software were unaffected by the problem. Initially, users only had to move their mouse over a message...

2010-08-16 13:50:00

Facebook users are being tricked into a scam by accepting an application that allows them to install a "dislike" button. The scam tricks users into allowing the application to access their profile page, which then posts spam messages. The application also attempts to lure users into taking an online survey. Facebook offers a "like" button that allows users to let people know how they feel about their posts. Graham Cluley of security firm Sophos told BBC News that the scam was the latest...

2010-07-15 11:28:47

A report said Thursday that Europe has overtaken Asia as the biggest source of email spam around the globe, with Britain being a major culprit. Information technology security firm Sophos said that Europe produced over a third of the world's total junk emails in the second quarter of 2010, which is slightly above Asia.  Asia had been ahead of Europe in the first quarter. "The UK... saw a significant rise in the proportion of spam it relayed. With a total output of 4.6 percent of the...

2010-06-04 05:55:00

Droves of Facebook users are falling prey to "clickjacking" attacks through links that appear to have been "liked" by their friends, web security labs are warning. Hundreds of thousands of users have been affected by the attacks. Clicking the link tricks users into recommending the site on Facebook too. Currently the purpose of clickjacking is "trivial" and does not actively result in any malware or phishing attacks, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, told BBC News. The...

2010-05-25 10:30:00

On Tuesday, a major computer security firm urged Facebook to set up an early-warning system after hundreds of users were attacked by a new wave of fake sex video ploys. Sophos warned users of the world's biggest social networking site to be on guard against any posting entitled "distracting beach babes," which shows a thumbnail of a woman in a bikini. The British-based virus fighter said the malicious posts appear as if they are coming from Facebook users' friends, but it urged recipients...

2010-05-18 14:10:21

Sophos, a computer security company, warned Facebook users on Tuesday against clicking on a link claiming to be the "sexiest video ever" which is actually a trap designed to infect computers. The firm said that thousands of users have fallen prey to the trickery, which appears to come from a friend's Facebook account. The message reads, "This is without doubt the sexiest video ever!" and is accompanied by what seems to be a movie thumbnail of a woman wearing a short skirt on an exercise...

2010-04-28 15:23:05

According to a study by Google, fake anti-virus software that infects PCs with malicious codes are a growing threat. Its analysis of 240 million web pages over 13 months found that fake anti-virus programs accounted for 15 percent of all malicious software. Scammers trick people into downloading programs by using ads that convince them their PC is infected with a virus. Once installed, the software steals data and forces people to make a payment to register the fake product....

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The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.