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GOA report on security threats

The Government Accountability Office has released a report entitled “INFORMATIONSECURITY: Emerging Cybersecurity Issues Threaten Federal Information Systems“. From the report: Spam, phishing, and spyware pose security risks to federal informationsystems. Spam is a problem not only because of the enormous resources itdemands, but also because it now serves as a means for other types ofattack. […]

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Bittorrent file used for massive adware infestation

Why is Aurora (Direct Revenue’s latest adware) so prevalent? Microsoft MVP spyware researcher Paperghost broke this story. WOW. And what a story it is. A 175MB Bittorrent file spawns massive adware. Here’s what seems to be the story: 1. The file was a Family Guy cartoon wrapped in an adware installer. Paperghost found this BT […]

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Hotbar to be upgraded in Sunbelt database

After our initial response to Hotbar, our spyware research team spent a more time researching Hotbar’s practices. We will be upgrading their threat level and default action in our database. Hotbar will be re-classified from “Low Risk Adware” to “Adware.” Hotbar’s “Threat Level” will be changed from “Low Risk” (5) to “Moderate Risk” (4). The […]

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Adware vendors and Jedi mind control tricks

Ray Everett-Church writes a great article here. Notable quote: “But all the public relations whitewashing cannot change the underlying facts: Spyware and surreptitious adware remain a scourge for many millions of unsuspecting users. The purveyors of these insidious programs can play all the word games they want, but as long as they are in the […]

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Hanging out with 10,000 IT techies

While others were doing lofty pronouncements about security at the Gartner Security Symposium, we decided to spend the week hanging out with 10,000 fellow techies at Microsoft Tech.Ed. Many of these techs live in the trenches, fighting the bad stuff every day. It was a blast. We gave out a custom made chopper and generally […]

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A smart (and scary) IE hack

VitalSecurity.org’s PaperGhost writes about this site, which has a fake SP2 bar at the top (which leads to a Firefox page–very cute). Click to enlarge Alex Eckelberry

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Greetings from Tech.Ed

It is a great show. If you are here, you should come out to the booth and visit us. Today is the day we give away the motorcycle. Enough plugging us, now on to the show….. Lots of interesting people, sessions and exhibits at the show. As some people say, “So much to do, so […]

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A light week for blogging

It’s Tech.Ed this week so we’re going to be a little light on the blogging. Interesting stuff going on in the antispyware space. I hope to get to more later this week. Alex Eckelberry

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RTFS (Read the "Fine" Screens)

It gets a little frustrating dealing with certain “software developers”. These “software developers” want to be “quickly and fairly” identified by the Anti-spyware community. Great. No problem. We think, “How about putting a place on our website for them to contact us in a non-contentious way, so that we can give them a fair review […]

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What adware vendors are spending on lobbying

A recent post here on money spent lobbying in DC by adware vendors. You can look up stuff yourself by going here. Alex (Thanks to Ben Edelman.)

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