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2009-01-28 11:39:00

- Out of 430 million email messages analyzed, 89.88 percent were spam and 1.11 percent were infected with some type of malware - Sexual performance enhancers and pharmaceuticals were the most common subjects used by spam in 2008 - In the last three months of the year, 301,000 zombie computers were activated and used for distributing spam GLENDALE, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware analysis and detection today revealed the results from its analysis on 430...

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2008-10-26 09:35:00

Just one day after Microsoft distributed a rare emergency security patch, hackers have found new ways to exploit the bug.  Security researchers identified a new trojan called Gimmiv on Friday, after a hacker had posted an early sample of code that could be used to take advantage of the flaw on the Internet. Since the bug could be used to create an Internet worm attack, Microsoft issued the patch more than two weeks ahead of its next security update.  In fact, the software...

2008-08-29 12:00:47

BitDefender researchers have identified a new large spam wave featuring abusive use of overnight shipping company names to deceive users into downloading extremely dangerous malware. The e-mail spam informs customers that the delivery company was not able to deliver a specific package sent one month ago. The message also asks the recipients to download and print the attached invoice in order to retrieve the package. However, the attached archive does not hold the alleged invoice, but an...

2008-08-27 09:00:18

By Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- Did a computer intrusion at a Best Western hotel in Germany open the door for a hacker to steal the records of 8 million customers and pull off "the greatest cyber-heist in world history," as a Scottish newspaper put it? Or was the incident a significantly more minor affair, affecting only 10 customers at the one facility, as claimed by Best Western International Inc.? The Phoenix-based hotel chain and the Sunday Herald newspaper of Scotland are...

2008-08-14 12:00:28

Two well-known threats have ranked high on BitDefender's Top Ten E-Threats in July. According to BitDefender analysts, Trojan.Clicker.CM and Trojan.Downloader.WMA.Wimad.N, which have remained relevant throughout the summer, ranked first and second place on the list of dangerous threats. Trojan.Clicker.CM displays popups containing advertisments when accessing infected internet sites, while Trojan.Downloader.WMA.Wimad.N tries to trick users into installing adware disguised as a music/video...

2008-07-28 12:00:34

A new malware distribution scheme performed via spam messages aimed at tricking computer users to download and install malicious applications on their computers has been identified by BitDefender(R), an award-winning provider of antivirus software and data security solutions, today. The malware distribution campaign is based on news fragments involving Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears and Barack Obama. The e-mail messages direct unsuspecting users to a webpage that allegedly contains a video...

2008-07-10 09:00:34

BitDefender researchers have identified a new wave of spam messages that announce an alleged attack of the US Army against Iran in order to trick users into downloading and installing malicious software onto their personal computers. The webpage hosting the piece of malware -- dailydotnews.com -- is a simple, yet efficiently designed site with a top banner, a simple picture masquerading a YouTube player and three lines of text detailing the US operation in Iran. This spam approach is used...

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2005-06-20 17:45:00

WASHINGTON -- A recent computer security breach that left 40 million credit cards vulnerable to fraud shows how online criminals are scoring big by thinking small, experts said on Monday. Cybercriminals are increasingly crafting more focused attacks with a potential for profit as they target one or two companies at a time, rather than blasting out Internet virus attacks across the globe, according to security experts. The payoffs can be enormous. MasterCard International said on Friday that...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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