Avoiding Malicious Sites

by Andy on June 2nd, 2010 in Security Tips.

Malware distributors often hijack current events to serve malware and with the FIFA World Cup almost upon us (come on Northern Ireland!! Oh.. wait..) a deluge of booby trapped sites appearing in search engine results is inevitable.

A new wave of scam e-mails are now hitting victims around the globe. They usually appear to come from trusted friends and look like this:

Are you, a friend, or a family member planning to make a trip to the United States in the near future? If so, keep these words in mind: ESTA is FREE.

Since the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico in April, the amount of newly registered domains related to the disease has increased significantly, making hypochondriacs a potential target for villains. Playing on peoples' fear in this way is a classic example of how to perform fraud. In fact, the false propaganda on swine flu domains is comparable with the technique that fake-scanners use.  The sites are created solely to bring feelings of emergency, fear and panic to visitors, and the overall ambition is to make people pay for a product.

Various reports state that huge numbers of PCs throughout the world have been “zombified” during the last year. Still, the true number of hijacked computers is likely much higher than what's stated, making botnets a massive global security problem.

While traveling in Asia, I recently experienced extremely low security levels at an Internet café. I went in to check my e-mail and made a security check on the Windows OS. I opened Windows Task Manager and looked for suspicious applications running, thinking that probably thousands of users must have used this machine.

Beware of those Sexy Views!

by Pekka on April 24th, 2009 in Security Tips.

The "Sexy View" worm, alias "SymbOS/Yxes.A!worm", represents a new form of threat with a mobile mission, infecting smartphones...

The nature of malware infections has changed during the past years. A long time ago, malware and viruses were spread in much less sophisticated ways. (1) Times are not the same anymore because malware authors constantly invent new intellectual ways to compromise machines.

You may have seen the headlines last week about a series of worm attacks on Twitter. As we know that many of you use the site (and maybe even follow the team here at Lavasoft on it) we’d like to take a moment to clarify what it was and how you can stay safe.


If you follow online security news, there’s little chance that you haven’t heard about Conficker – a new worm that has received extensive media coverage in the past weeks, due in part to Microsoft’s offer of a $250,000 bounty in return for information leading to the arrest of the malware’s perpetrators.


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