06.25.10

Eye on Security: Latest Windows Malware, Viruses

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Windows at 4:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Children targeted by sexual predators using Windows crackers; Central Ambulance Service downed by Windows viruses

Sexual assault by Internet

Now, this is different. A computer cracker, Luis Mijangos of Santa Ana, CA has been arrested by the FBI for taking over more than 100 Windows PCs and using what he found on them to extort sexually explicit videos from women and teenage girls by threatening to release their personal data.

Save the Women and Children From That Other OS

A predator distributed malware to PCs through digital music files. He used the malware to gather information and control PCs which escalated to demanding explicit images and video from the ladies.

Malicious code on Lenovo driver download page – Update

The driver download portal of hardware manufacturer Lenovo temporarily deployed malicious code. Various virus scanners issued alerts about a Java-based Trojan downloader or dropper. The iframe injected by attackers points to the volgo-marun.cn server and can still be found on several pages of the download.lenovo.com server.

Anti-Virus Elite 2010 Looking for a Way to Hijack your PC

Be sure not to trust this soft! Remove it as soon as you notice it on your PC! These are just several warnings flying around the web these days.

Cyber criminals have created a new rogueware, named Anti-Virus Elite 2010. Usually installed from malicious websites, or during the process of downloading video codecs or updates for your computer, the fake application starts its activities as soon as it gets to your PC.

BIS helped uncover computer attack on G20 meeting

The Czech counter-intelligence service (BIS), along with other secret services, last year participated in the investigation into the attack on the information systems of the delegates to the G20 summit in Seoul, BIS says in its report for 2009, released on its website.

Last June, the BIS as an intelligence service of the EU presiding country uncovered a “sophisticated attempt at cybernetic espionage.”

According to the BIS annual report, the contact persons at the finance ministries of the participating countries received forged electronic post in the form of an attachment to an e-mail with a special pdf file containing “a harmful code.”

OU Reports Virus, Security Breach

The University of Oklahoma is warning students about a security breach that may put their personal information at risk.

The university said its Information Technology department noticed unusual Internet activity on a laptop computer associated with its network. It said it determined the computer belonged to an employee and was infected with a virus known as Zeus or Z-Bod.

South Central Ambulance Service hit by computer virus

A virus has hit parts of the computer system used by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS).

The problem first occurred on Tuesday but has not affected the parts used to deal with 999 calls, the trust said.

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4 Comments

  1. Yuhong Bao said,

    June 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm

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    “Children targeted by sexual predators using Windows crackers”
    Note that this was a targeted attack, which are much more common than viruses on UNIX systems in general (not just Linux).

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Part of it is social engineering.

    Yuhong Bao Reply:

    Which is OS agnostic, of course.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    On GNU/Linux it would possibly require access to a repository and/or root password. In Windows, an E-mail attachment would do.

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