Archive for the ‘Viruses’ Category
  • Vodafone and Verizon customers beware. Email virus with your name on it.
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 4:03 pm
    Vodafone and Verizon Wireless users have a new threat to watch out for in their inbox. A new virus claiming to be from either Vodafone or Verizon comes with a subject of "Your credit balance is over the limit". The danger comes by way of an attached virus that the email details as an "balance checker". Whatever you do, do not open it or run the attached program. Doing so invites in a nasty little Trojan with name of "Regrun" that hosts a nasty program flagged as "Mal/Zbot-P". It's extr...
  • Windows 7 to be a little more choosey with auto-run/flash drives
    by Mike
    Posted April 28th, 2009 at 7:13 pm
    **The box bordered in red will no longer be an option on most flash drives after Window 7's latest security update** Microsoft announced today a move to make it harder for viruses such as Conficker to piggy back on Windows' auto-run feature when a flash drive is inserted.  Instead of the flash drive having access to auto-run features as soon as the drive is inserted, users will have to manually launch programs contained on the storage device.  However, Microsoft cautioned that DVD's and C...
  • Windows 7 in danger of “Unfixable Exploit” [Gasps!]
    by Mike
    Posted April 24th, 2009 at 3:51 am
    For all of the updated and extra security Microsoft is touting for Windows 7, this latest revelation doesn't bode well for consumer confidence for Microsoft's latest up and coming operating system.  A malicious program with such prowess and finesse must have some size behind it rigth?  Wrong!  The program responsible for attaching itself to 7 weighs in at a measly 3KB and goes b the name of "VBootki 2.0".  According to Network World, researches have determined that your handy virus s...
  • Conficker = April Fools Joke?
    by Mike
    Posted April 1st, 2009 at 6:00 pm
    So how is your April fools day going?  Is your PC still running?  More than likely that answer is a resounding "Yes!".  The Conficker worm that has been all the talk the last several months and more so the last couple weeks leading up to the April 1st deadline of when the little worm would step up its "phone home" tactics.  While there has been "increased communication" between Conficker infected computers and some outside source, the internet is still functioning, computers still humming ...
  • Digital Doomsday coming April 1st?
    by Mike
    Posted March 29th, 2009 at 9:43 am
    *Updated April 1st...apparently I spelled "Conficker" CoRnficker"...ugh...just caught it* If you can remember all the way back into the depths of your mind to a time called Y2K, you will know how much a computer generated apocalyptic event can cause mass pandemonium. Y2K while costing many individuals large sums of money as they stockpiled food and supplied for a digital end times awoke to live as normal on January 1st 2000 to much relief, (and some anger as they squandered so much money...
  • Pwn2Own can’t quite claim the mobile market…yet.
    by Mike
    Posted March 22nd, 2009 at 12:57 pm
    Mobile users can breathe a heavy sigh of relief as their beloved mobile devices are safe for another year.  The Pwn2Own competition put on by CanSecWest in Vancouver, British Columbia, draws hackers from far and wide that come together to find, exploit, and aid developers and manufacturers in patching security holes, were unable to break into any of the mobile devices entered (according to Tipping Point) even though they had a field day with browsers just a few short days ago.  The mobile...
  • Uh-Oh: Huge Windows virus spreading like wildfire.
    by Mike
    Posted January 21st, 2009 at 11:44 am
    If you are one of the majority of computer users who use Windows, put down your drink and read carefully.  A virus known as the "Conficker Virus" is a massive security threat to Windows XP, Vista, and even Windows 7!  Said virus is easily spread if it is on an infected USB memory stick/flash drive.  When you plug in the stick/drive, Windows runs an "auto-play" feature that searches for programs on that particular drive.  The virus then hijacks the process disguising itself as a folder th...
  • Symbian’s “Curse of Silence” kills SMS!
    by Mike
    Posted January 4th, 2009 at 8:08 pm
    A rather disturbing find (if your running a Symbian OS that is) is a bug in the Symbian OS that will cause your phone to stop receiving SMS messages.  What causes it you ask?  According to an article posted on Mobile Whack on the subject says the bug "activates" when a message is composed consisting of more than 32 characters as well as including some as of now unknown identifier.  After said message is composed, it labels the message as "Internet Electronic Mail" and deactivates SMS on y...
  • Fisher price now selling computer viruses. (And the children yell yaaaaay!)
    by Mike
    Posted January 2nd, 2009 at 10:54 pm
    The Consumerist posted an article earlier this evening about a particular problem possibly affecting Fisher Price's Kid-Tough digital camera.  The person quoted in the article on the Consumerist went on saying that after his kid took a bunch of pictures, he plugged it into his computer only to have been greeted with a pop up from his virus software alerting him that he had just been protected form a virus.  To make matters even worse, phone calls were useless as apparently all 3 phon...
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