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Security: The Same Mistakes in 2009 1 January, 2009

Posted by aronzak in security, Virtualisation, Windows.
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An article that was on Slashdot today shows that after the malware makers that brought us “XP Antivirus 2008” have now made “XP Antivirus 2009”, which has infected over 400,000 PC’s. Have you updated to the latest threat? Now, new and improved, this version is compatible with Vista.

The inevitable question we must ask is are users getting any smarter about security? And the real question is will computer security ever be able to defend dumb users from themselves. Probably not. You can make something as annoying as UAC and users will still get hit.

*sigh*. In other news, the results of a “malware challenge” are out, with reports produced on how malware works and what it does to computers. Using a safe virtualised environment, the top entry, by Emre Bastuz examines the changes to the Windows registry that a virus makes, and sets up a fake network to observe the virus keylogging Windows and sending data back to the ‘host’ server by IRC. Pretty cool. I was thinking, would it be possible to make an open source tool that can automate this some of process and make it easier to respond to malware in the wild? Doing something like this would be fun and could help projects like ClamAV, an open source antivirus program.

Antivirus XP 2008 28 October, 2008

Posted by aronzak in security, Windows.
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Are you prepared for the latest security threat (singular)?

Buying Antivirus XP 2008 you protect yourselves from all Trojan and backdoor programs, viruses of the original and the Internet-worms which actually extend now.

That made a lot of sense. I dunno what the original viruses are, but they’re lurking, And those worms just keep extending through the internets. They’re unstoppable; they might just gobble up your own personal internet. Probably because of all the Internet-worm extenders they buy from reputable spammers.More on the chain of “scareware” here.

In other news, I’m surprised at how well google and firefox implement the stopbadware.org warnings. Google with a polite warning, FF by making your screen turn blood red. Pity it’s useless as Debian couldn’t have been hit.

Emergency! Emergency!

Emergency! Emergency!