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The Latest in the Threat Landscape - Web Based Attacks: February 2009

As we talk to consumer and enterprise customers, we are finding many don’t understand the risks of the Internet today, why their computers have been compromised or how the threat landscape has really changed.  The fact that just visiting your favorite Web site can either lead to malware silently being installed on your computer WITHOUT ever clicking on anything, or being plagued by misleading applications, such as fake antivirus software, seems to be a surprise to many users and IT managers.     With the increase in Web based attacks that users are being subjected to every day, we w...
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Microsoft Internet Explorer Unpatched Vulnerability is Here… Norton Users Never Fear!

Microsoft Internet Explorer Unpatched Vulnerability is Here… Norton Users Never Fear! You might have heard a few things about a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer this week.  This is otherwise known as a “zero day” because it was found and hasn’t been patched by Microsoft at the time of discovery.  You can read more about the actual vulnerability here in the Microsoft Security Advisory for CVE-2008-0015.  This bug in Internet Explorer can lead to users having malware installed on your system silently just by visiting any Web site that might be hosting malicious code designe...
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One MILLION websites compromised

In the old days, practicing “safe Internet” meant staying in the good online neighborhoods so you didn’t get infected. Today, almost any website you visit could be a landmine leading you to having your system compromised.  We all remember the quote from Austin Powers where Dr. Evil says “One MILLION dollars”. Now imagine a techie version of Dr. Evil, let’s call him “Dr. Drive-by” saying in that same tone “One MILLION websites compromised”. Drive-by download outbreaks can be measured in how many occurrences a particular domain name occurs in Google searches. Recent reports from SANS Interne...
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Are you Naked? Exploits from the latest Microsoft Vulnerability seen in the wild

Are you Naked?  Exploits from the latest Microsoft Vulnerability seen in the wild Which is worse, being seen naked running down the street or having a vulnerable computer leaving you exposed to attacks from drive-by downloads?   It is probably a matter of opinion (or local laws.)  Unfortunately, I think people are more concerned about being seen naked than whether they have a computer that is vulnerable.   Don’t get caught being exposed by having a vulnerable system!   In my previous blog post, I talked about the way that malware is able to get onto your system.  Exploits from drive...
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