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  • Vanity - Concerning Security Warning at National Review Website

    03/23/2015 8:37:01 AM PDT · by Steve_Seattle · 29 replies
    For the second day in a row, I have gotten a strange security warning when trying to enter the National Review website. It warns me of spyware, gives me a phone number to call, and even has a voice message. I have not found a way to escape that message short of shutting down my computer. It seems to be a fake security warning. Has anyone else encountered this problem? If so, do you know what is going on and what to do about it? Thanks.
  • Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

    02/16/2015 11:44:44 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Feb 16, 2015 | reuters.com
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
  • Rights groups release software to detect government spyware

    11/21/2014 3:43:11 PM PST · by Brother Cracker · 15 replies
    america.aljazeera ^ | November 20, 2014 | Wilson Dizard
    Human rights group Amnesty International released free software on Thursday that allows users to determine if their computers are bugged by government intelligence agencies. The program, Detekt, was designed specifically for human rights activists and journalists, whose computers governments regularly target, Amnesty said. “Governments are increasingly using dangerous and sophisticated technology that allows them to read activists and journalists’ private emails and remotely turn on their computer’s camera or microphone to secretly record their activities,” said Marek Marczynski of Amnesty International. “They use the technology in a cowardly attempt to prevent abuses from being exposed,” he added. In many place,...
  • Human Rights Organizations Launch Free Tool To Detect Surveillance Software

    11/20/2014 5:54:48 PM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Mashable.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | LORENZO FRANCESCHI-BICCHIERA
    More and more, governments are using powerful spying software to target human rights activists and journalists, often the forgotten victims of cyberwar. Now, these victims have a new tool to protect themselves. Called Detekt, it scans a person's computer for traces of surveillance software, or spyware. A coalition of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched Detekt on Wednesday, with the goal of equipping activists and journalists with a free tool to discover if they've been hacked. "Our ultimate aim is for human rights defenders, journalists and civil society groups to be able to carry...
  • New Chinese Intelligence Unit Linked to Massive Cyber Spying Program

    10/31/2014 7:43:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 31, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    A Chinese intelligence unit carried out a massive cyber espionage program that stole vast quantities of data from governments, businesses and other organizations, security analysts who uncovered the operation said Thursday. The activities of the Chinese unit called the Axiom group began at least six years ago and were uncovered by a coalition of security firms this month. Cyber sleuths traced Axiom attacks to the 2009 cyber operation against Google in China and other U.S. companies known as Operation Aurora. The group was also linked to a Chinese hacking program that targeted dissidents and opposition groups known as GhostNet. More...
  • Kim Komando: 3 surprising things that spy on you that you can't stop

    08/10/2014 12:22:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    Komando.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Kim Komando
    Do you ever feel like you're being watched? In the past, you could chalk it up to paranoia, close the curtains and get on with your life. Thanks to technology, it's not just your imagination. You really are being watched in your home, at work and everywhere in between. From online advertisers and hackers to the NSA and other government agencies, everyone is trying to keep tabs on you. And things keep getting worse. If you think you know every gadget and organization that's a danger, think again. Here are three things spying on you that you probably didn't know...
  • Malware, please help!

    07/03/2014 12:40:22 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 46 replies
    July03,2014 | Libertynotfree
    FireFox 3.0 action: reset to default. Window X3 I copied their URL to post on this thread, if you know any malware protection program which can take care of this kind of malware, please post. First 3 URL come up every time I click. I have CClean. http://cr.gogorithm.com/WLBidRequestHandler?oid=2&width=1200&height=900&pubid=58488&noaop=1&tagid=300157822500000000&revmod=2&born=1401903982&Prof=&BTF=&cb=1404413752629&encoded=1&cirf=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.freerepublic.com%2Ftag%2F*%2Findex http://static.icmwebserv.com/blank4.html#%7B%22ad_type%22%3A%22siteunder%22%2C%22percent%22%3A100%2C%22size%22%3A%5B%7B%22percent%22%3A100%2C%22width%22%3A1200%2C%22height%22%3A900%7D%5D%2C%22max_impressions%22%3A2% http://cdncache1-a.akamaihd.net/pwn.html?u=http%3A%2F%2Fp.txtsrving.info%2Fclick%3Fc%3Dda480a77af4541ad8537a425d5da1aec%26subid%3Dg-605317-b757b08c6b66452f9abd524ffc443982-%26t%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.freerepublic.com%252Ffocus%252Ff-chat%252F3175370%252Fposts%26rt%3D1717%26data_tag%3DA%26mk%3DbGF0ZXN0K2FydGljbGVz&n=ld893__da480a77af4541ad8537a425d5da1aec__1404358630&r= http://www.onefloorserve.com/lps/player_lp7.aspx?appId=339032&source=saymedia_1fa&cid=275759&clickid=07_25004824_02eac240-cf93-44d0-ab7b-09bdb01b60d6 http://lp.empire.goodgamestudios.com/?country=us&pid=516&camp=1&gid=12&cid=15489&tid=US
  • Report: Chinese phone comes preloaded with spyware

    06/18/2014 7:11:36 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    AP/Yahoo Finance ^ | June 17, 2014 | RAPHAEL SATTER and FRANK JORDANS
    A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday. G Data Software said it found malicious code hidden deep in the propriety software of the Star N9500 when it ordered the handset from a website late last month. The find is the latest in a series of incidents where smartphones have appeared preloaded with malicious software.
  • Healthcare.gov Contractor (and Close Russian Ally) Belarus Built Malware RIGHT INTO Obamacare Code

    02/04/2014 3:28:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Remember when John McAfee warned us in November that anybody who signed up to the Obamacare site might have their bank account cleaned-out by hackers? The eccentric genius and former fugitive called the government website 'a hacker's wet dream', adding that there were 'NO safeguards' that would stop someone from starting a fake Obamacare website 'for a couple hundred dollars' that could 'empty your bank account' in hours.  McAfee added unambiguously that 'It's going to happen, and it's going to happen soon... nothing in the Obamacare system safeguards against this.'  And I thought he was just trying to sell...
  • Fed Up with Aggressive Pop-Ups at Townhall, CanadaFreePress, etc.

    02/24/2013 10:30:20 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 49 replies
    130224 | Arthur McGowan
    I am fed up with, and don't even go to, a number of websites that make it impossible to close their pop-ups--I mean there isn't even a button to do so--or else, when you close the pop-up, an entirely new, screen-filling WINDOW opens. Townhall, CanadaFreePress, NRO, NewsMax, and many others are guilty of this kind of aggression. I'm sick of it. I never even look at what they are hawking, and now, I won't click any links on FR to these sites until I hear that they've cleaned up their act.
  • When did we get advertising?

    10/25/2012 10:05:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    October 26, 2012 | Me
    I was gone most of the day running errands, then tonight when I post threads and comments, there are certain words highlighted which, when you rollover the cursor contain an advertisement. Has anyone else noticed this? When did this happen? Just curious...
  • COMPUTER QUESTION: Why Can't COMODO Internet Security Detect "trojan-downloader.banload" ?

    06/02/2012 12:27:01 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 35 replies
    My Computer | June 2, 2012
    I trust TopTenREVIEWS. So when my security softeware expired, I took their recommendation and bought COMODO Internet Security Complete 2012. A little later I decided to get a utilities tool for Windows XP SP3, and again, I went to TopTenReviews. I purchased Advanced System Optimizer 3.1, Advanced System Optimizer 3.1, now 3.2, has a tool called "System Protector", and it finds many viruses and malware that COMODO doesn't. My find was "trojan-downloader.banload". It attacked the registry the following areas: hkey-users\.default\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\internet settings\zonemap\ranges\ range10\* range10\:range range6 range6\* range6\:range range2 range2\* range2\:range range15 range15\* range16\:range range7 range7\* range7\:range range5 range5\* range5\:range This...
  • BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

    11/30/2011 2:14:08 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 27 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 30th November 2011 | Dan Goodin
    An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users. In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration. Using a packet sniffer while his device was in airplane mode, he demonstrated how each numeric tap and every received text message is logged...
  • BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

    11/30/2011 10:51:57 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 40 replies
    The Register ^ | 30 November 2011 | Dan Goodin
    An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users. In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration. Using a packet sniffer while his device was in airplane mode, he demonstrated how each numeric tap and every received text message is logged...
  • EA Games Germany: "Origin Is Not Spyware"

    11/04/2011 11:19:04 AM PDT · by MeganC · 18 replies
    The Escapist ^ | 1 Nov 2011 3:10 pm | Heather McLellan
    EA Germany has denied claims made by German gamers and journalists that its Origin service is invading their privacy. Germany's privacy laws are amongst the toughest in the Western world. It should come as no surprise that EA's Origin service - which is mandatory for gamers wishing to play Battlefield 3 on PC, and has been criticized for invasion of privacy before - has come under fire in the country known for challenging Google streetview and banning the Facebook "Like" button. German gamers are taking the situation pretty seriously. The furore began a few days ago, when pictures that appeared...
  • Small-business nightmare: 8 million sites hacked to harm customers' computers

    08/12/2011 10:04:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Link only - Small-business nightmare: 8 million sites hacked to harm customers' computers
  • Open letter to Herman Cain on the right to keep and bear arms

    06/13/2011 8:44:36 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 52 replies
    Examiner ^ | June 10, 2011 | David Codrea
    Dear Mr. Cain, Many conservatives have been touting your candidacy for president as cause for great hope that they will be able to support someone who understands limited government and freedom. That’s why your answers to Wolf Blitzer’s questions on gun control (see sidebar video player at 3:04 mark) have raised concerns among right to keep and bear arms advocates. Specifically, you affirmed your belief that “states or local government [should] be allowed to control guns.” That's the same "home rule" position advocated by the Brady Campaign. Some in the conservative camp are trying to find excuses for you, telling...
  • Computer Tech Accused Of Peeping On Women Through Their Webcams

    06/08/2011 6:47:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    CBS) ^ | June 8, 2011 5:56 PM | Mike Landon
    Police say they’ve arrested a 20-year-old computer technician on suspicion of planting spyware on dozens of computers to secretly watch the owners via their webcams. Trevor Timothy Harwell was arrested Wednesday after being charged with a dozen counts of illegal computer access and fraud, Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said. While working for Rezitech Inc., Harwell visited the homes of customers to service their Macintosh computers, Goodrich said. “While he had physical access to the computers, he would install a spyware-type application that allowed him remote access to the user’s computer and webcam,” Goodrich said, adding Harwell also worked on...
  • Pa. lawsuit: Rental firm spies on users (Aaron's Rentals)

    05/03/2011 10:44:02 AM PDT · by rawhide · 12 replies · 1+ views
    ajc.com ^ | 5-3-11 | JOE MANDAK
    A major furniture rental chain has software on its computers that lets it track the keystrokes,screenshots and even webcam images of customers while they use the devices at home, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Wyoming couple who said they learned about the PC Rental Agent "device and/or software" inside the computer they rented last year when an Aaron's Inc. store manager in Casper came to their home on Dec. 22. The manager tried to repossess the computer because he mistakenly believed the couple hadn't finished paying for it, the couple said....

    03/13/2011 8:20:17 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    SELF | March 13, 2011 | swampsniper
    I restarted the computer a while ago and when it booted up about 2/3 of my desktop icons have a blue Facebook symbol on them. Spybot didn't find anything at all, Avast says all is fine.What is going on here? I allowed a flash player update early this morning, could the Facebook icons come in with that?
  • Google Hijack Malware - Windows 7

    01/15/2011 7:52:33 AM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 41 replies
    My computer is infected with malware that hijacks Google. I have swept with Webroot and Avast! No luck. Help? I prefer not to get into the registry - I lack the skills. I will be out for awhile, so thanks to all in advance.
  • Tech help needed: Best system virus protection for Windows

    12/08/2010 9:31:13 AM PST · by Maceman · 112 replies · 3+ views
    I had a fatal crash a couple of daya ago -- seems a virus corrupted my Windows XP, do had to do a reinstall. I lost a lot of data, but fortunately not everything. In any event, I have reinstalled XP, and want the absolute best virus/spam/spyware, etc. protection I can get. I think I have heard of free software that's available for this purpose as well. I'll appreciate your recommendations, as long as they don't include buying a Mac, which is just not an option for me. Thanks, as always. So is it Norton, McAfee, something else? I
  • Web bug reveals browsing history

    12/02/2010 5:57:10 AM PST · by decimon · 12 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | December 2, 2010 | Unknown
    Porn sites are among the top users of a browser bug that reveals all the places people go online, finds research. Carried out by computer science researchers at UC San Diego the study found 485 sites exploiting the bug. The flaw gives sites access to all the other sites that user has visited. Many use it to target ads or see if users are patronising rivals. The researchers said their work showed a need for better defences against history tracking. The bug exploits the way that many browsers handle links people have visited. Many change the colour of the text...
  • Android Also Gives Google Remote App Installation Power

    06/29/2010 12:52:55 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies · 1+ views
    ThreatPost ^ | June 25, 2010, 1:08PM | by Dennis Fisher
    The remote-wipe capability that Google recently invoked to remove a harmless application from some Android phones isn't the only remote control feature that the company built into its mobile OS. It turns out that Android also includes a feature that enables Google to remotely install apps on users' phones as well. Jon Oberheide, the security researcher who developed the application that Google remotely removed from Android phones, noticed during his research that the Android OS includes a feature called INSTALL_ASSET that allows Google to remotely install applications on users' phones. "I don't know what design decision they based that on....
  • Drive By Computer Infections From Facebook and Torrent Websites

    05/10/2010 4:04:47 PM PDT · by Wooly · 11 replies · 891+ views
    Me | 05/10/2010 | Vanity
    In case you have not heard or have not had this happen to you, a company named LoudMo is promoting a $2.00 pay per install program for its affiliates. This has led to an increase in stealth placement of an advertisment program that give you pop-ups that offer free downloads of FLV Player, Chameleon Tom,BabelFish, or Gateway Content Protection. The adware program is a drive by install that has largly been seen on Facebook and Bit Torrent, but will probably become more widespread. This program can infect all platforms and your anti-virus will not find or get rid of it...
  • How “Dirty” MP3 Files Are A Back Door Into Cloud DRM

    04/07/2010 11:09:27 AM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 600+ views
    tech cruncy ^ | 04.06.10 | Michael Arrington
    All the big music sellers may have moved to non-DRM MP3 files long ago, but the watermarking of files with your personal information continues. Most users who buy music don’t know about the marking of files, or don’t care. Unless those files are uploaded to BitTorrent or other P2P networks, there isn’t much to worry about.A list of which music services are selling clean MP3 files without embedded personal information, and which aren’t, is here. Apple, LaLa (owned by Apple) and Walmart embed personal information. Amazon, Napster and the rest have resisted label pressure to do so.A music industry...
  • 90% of Windows 7 vulnerabilities eliminated by removing admin users

    04/04/2010 8:19:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 88 replies · 2,487+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | 04/04/2010 | Don Judd
    The IT world has been saying it for years, and now Microsoft itself is chiming in on the topic. Removing admin rights from users will eliminate 90% of the critical and remote execution flaws found in Windows 7, including most spyware threats. most Windows 7 flaws are found when normal users are operating as an admin or privileged user. By removing those extra permissions, and leaving just the administration account active, Windows 7 becomes an operating system nearly on par, security wise, with Mac OS X and Linux. It means that users in the work place will have to accept...
  • HELP! kb971033 has disappeared from updates...

    03/14/2010 3:54:16 PM PDT · by papasmurf · 28 replies · 1,522+ views
    Self ^ | 3/14/2010 | papasmurf
    I received the kb971033 update last Month. I made sure it was unchecked, and did not allow it to install. Yesterday I received more updates, so this AM I looked at them. They were OK, but, I noticed that kb971033 had disappeared from the list of updates waiting to be installed. I did not "hide" kb971033, but, just to be sure, I "unhid" updates, and it was not there either. Then, paranoid that it self installed (as MS has been known to do), I checked Programs in the Control Panel, and it wasn't there either. I did a search...
  • The Spy at Harriton High

    02/24/2010 7:32:11 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 61 replies · 1,246+ views
    StrydeHax Blog ^ | 21 February 2010 | Stryde
    This investigation into the remote spying allegedly being conducted against students at Lower Merion represents an attempt to find proof of spying and a look into the toolchain used to accomplish spying. Taking a look at the LMSD Staff List, Mike Perbix is listed as a Network Tech at LMSD. Mr. Perbix has a large online web forum footprint as well as a personal blog, and a lot of his posts, attributed to his role at Lower Merion, provide insight into the tools, methods, and capabilities deployed against students at LMSD. Of the three network techs employed at LMSD, Mr....
  • Suit: Pa. school spied on students via laptops

    02/18/2010 1:41:55 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 43 replies · 1,887+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 02/18/10 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    A suburban Philadelphia school district used school-issued laptop webcams to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit. Lower Merion School District officials can activate the webcams without students' knowledge or permission, the suit said. Plaintiffs Michael and Holly Robbins suspect the cameras captured students and family members as they undressed and in other embarrassing situations, according to the suit. * * * The Robbinses said they learned of the alleged webcam images when Lindy Matsko, an assistant principal at Harriton High School, told their son that...
  • Who Owns Your PC? New Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update "Phones Home" to Microsoft Every 90 Days

    02/12/2010 12:33:08 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 44 replies · 1,497+ views
    Laren's Blag ^ | 11 February 2010 | Lauren Weinstein
    Greetings. Sometimes a seemingly small software update can usher in a whole new world. When Microsoft shortly pushes out a Windows 7 update with the reportedly innocuous title "Update for Microsoft Windows (KB971033)" -- it will be taking your Windows 7 system where it has never been before. And it may not be a place where you want to go. Imagine that you're sitting quietly in your living-room at your PC, perhaps watching YouTube. Suddenly, a pair of big, burly guys barge into your house and demand that you let them check your computer to make sure that it's "genuine"...
  • Safety First for IT executives in China (Govt Warns Symantec CTO of 'Evil Maid' Virus)

    01/09/2010 10:59:17 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 640+ views
    CRN ^ | Sep 16, 2009 | Sholto Macpherson
    US Government recommends weighing laptop before and after each visit. Senior executives in US IT companies have been advised by the US Government to follow extremely strict policies for visits to China which extend far beyond standard software protection. The policies encourage them to leave their standard IT equipment at home and to buy separate gear only for use in China. Mark Bregman, chief technology officer at security firm Symantec said he left his MacBook Pro behind in the US and took his MacBook Air whenever he flew to China. Bregman said he only ever used the Air in China...
  • Spyware cleared from ABQjournal after reports from readers

    12/17/2009 2:01:22 PM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies · 456+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 17, 2009 | Donn Friedman
    Users wrote to us this morning that anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware programs were reporting to them that our site contained malicious code. These security programs protected many of our readers' computers after our advertising server was hacked early this morning. Thanks to your help, we were able to detect and clear the problems from our servers shortly after 10 a.m. This incident reinforces the value of keeping your anti-virus programs and security patches up-to-date. Please e-mail us at journal@abqjournal.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call our customer support at...
  • Nasty "Security Tool" malware removal instructions.

    This appears to be something brand new, and it gets past AVG antivirus. I have antivirus and am pretty careful, and can't remember the last time I picked up anything that messed up my computer like this nasty thing. It takes over when you boot up, and won't let you go into task manager or anything. I got rid of it by going into safe mode (press f8 during boot) and looking at the properties of the shortcut on the desktop. It pointed to the executable file C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\24180116\24180116.exe. I deleted this executable file and removed the...
  • Deactivate Location-Aware Browsing in Firefox 3.5

    07/06/2009 1:16:37 PM PDT · by Gomez · 34 replies · 1,447+ views
    If the new Location-Aware Browsing (a.k.a. Geolocation) feature in Firefox 3.5 makes you worried about your privacy, you can turn the feature off with a simple about:config tweak. A Quick Look at Location-Aware BrowsingFor those who are curious about this new feature, here is a quick look at what happens when you encounter a website that triggers the function in Firefox.  You can also visit a website that has been set up as a Geolocation demo (link at the bottom of the article). Note: The Location-Aware Browsing feature uses Google Location Services to determine your location with the following: your...
  • Real Networks launches RealPlayer SP

    06/26/2009 5:08:23 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 10 replies · 521+ views
    PC advisor UK ^ | 06.25.09
    Real Networks, makers of the RealPlayer music and media management application, have launched a new version of their software. RealPlayer SP for Windows is available immediately as a beta download, with a Mac version expected by the year end.
  • Experts Say Chinese Filter Would Make PCs Vulnerable

    06/13/2009 7:35:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 1,127+ views
    NYT ^ | 06/13/09 | ANDREW JACOBS
    Experts Say Chinese Filter Would Make PCs Vulnerable By ANDREW JACOBS BEIJING — Filtering software that the government has mandated for all new computers in China is so technically flawed that outsiders can easily infiltrate a user’s machine to monitor Internet activity, steal personal data or plant destructive viruses, experts who have studied the program say. “It contains serious vulnerabilities, which is especially worrisome given how widely the software will be adopted,” said J. Alex Halderman, a computer science professor at the University of Michigan who examined the program. “What we found was only the tip of the iceberg.” Known...
  • China demands new PCs carry spyware

    06/08/2009 12:13:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 895+ views
    ZDNet ^ | June 8, 2009 @ 8:38 AM | Richard Koman
    There comes a time when despite the allure of the market, Western industry should band together and turn its back on China. A time when the computer and Internet industry realizes that the censorship-and-repression tax the government is intent on levying is too high a price to pay.Is this, at long last, that moment? Well, it’s doubtful. But it should be.Starting July 1, computers sold in China must include government-provided spyware that blocks pornography and political dissent from Chinese citizens’ view, The New York Times reports, following up a Wall Street Journal report. Called “Green Dam” — green being a...
  • FBI used spyware to capture hackers, hitmen

    04/21/2009 9:39:51 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 4 replies · 574+ views
    zdnetasia ^ | April 21, 2009 | David Meyer
    he FBI has used a secret form of spyware in a series of investigations designed to apprehend extortionists, database-deleting hackers, child molesters and hitmen, according to documents obtained by ZDNet Asia's sister site CNET News.com. One suspect used Microsoft's Hotmail to send bomb and anthrax threats to an undercover government investigator; another demanded a payment of US$10,000 a month to stop cutting cables; a third was an alleged European hitman who was soliciting for business from a Hushmail.com account. CNET News.com obtained the documents--totalling hundreds of pages, although nearly all of them were heavily redacted--this week through a Freedom of...
  • Threats to Cyber Security

    03/12/2009 10:43:07 AM PDT · by ADReditor · 211+ views
    American Daily Review ^ | 03/12/2009 | Jim Kouri
    Federal agencies are facing emerging cybersecurity threats that are the result of increasingly sophisticated methods of attack and the blending of once distinct types of attack into more complex and damaging forms. Examples of these threats include spam (unsolicited commercial e-mail), phishing (fraudulent messages to obtain personal or sensitive data), and spyware(software that monitors user activity without user knowledge or consent). Click to read more ...
  • White House web revisited (using webtrends tracking)

    01/25/2009 4:59:41 PM PST · by markomalley · 38 replies · 2,020+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 1/25/2009 | Jack Schofield
    (beginning of article snipped) Obama's team may not be so lucky. It got off to a bad start by breaking loads of existing links, and by using WebTrends tracking code without making this clear to users. Also, while everybody loves YouTube, it may not be the best idea to serve WhiteHouse.gov videos from there. YouTube is owned by Google, which was one of Obama's contributors. (snip)
  • How spyware nearly sent a teacher to prison

    12/05/2008 9:07:44 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 47 replies · 2,762+ views
    IT World ^ | 27 November 2008 | Robert McMillan
    If there's a poster child for the dangers of spyware, it's Julie Amero. The 41-year-old former substitute teacher was convicted of four felony counts of endangering minors last year, stemming from an Oct. 19, 2004, classroom incident where students were exposed to inappropriate images. Prosecutors had argued that Amero put her students at risk by exposing them to pornography and failing to shield them from the pop-up images after they appeared on her classroom computer. Amero was an unlikely porn surfer. Four months pregnant at the time, she said she had only just learned to use e-mail. She says she...
  • Pentagon Hit by Unprecedented Cyber Attack

    11/20/2008 4:43:58 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 244 replies · 12,359+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 11/20/08
    <p>Thursday, November 20, 2008 The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken the unprecedented step of banning the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives and DVD's, FOX News has learned.</p> <p>The attack came in the form of a global virus or worm that is spreading rapidly throughout a number of military networks.</p>
  • Army Colonel Gets Spyware From N.Korea

    09/02/2008 5:14:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 303+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/02/08
    Army Colonel Gets Spyware From N.Korea Amid lingering controversy over the arrest of a North Korean Mata Hari, a malicious North Korean e-mail has been sent to a colonel at a field army command. Military authorities have reportedly provided the entire army with updated anti-hacking software. A military intelligence source on Monday said the e-mail was sent early last month to the colonel via China. The source added that the e-mail was programmed to automatically steal stored files if the recipient opened it. But whether military secrets were actually stolen by way of this e-mail was not known. Military authorities...
  • Antivirus XP 2008

    08/17/2008 1:24:34 PM PDT · by AZFolks · 82 replies · 1,067+ views
    Antivirus XP 2008 By: webmaster | Under: Unwanted Programs 26 Jun Updated: July 30, 2008 Antivirus XP 2008 is a bogus antivirus application for Windows that was promoted and downloaded automatically by redirecting users internet browser to its predefined website. Aliases: Adware.AntivirusXP2008 Risk Level: Medium File Size: Varies Affected System: Windows Common Symptoms: 1. Redirects web broswser and pop-up scan results. It will then prompt the user to buy the licensed software.
  • Windows update leaves thousands unable to get online

    07/12/2008 4:16:45 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 71 replies · 2,734+ views
    telegraph ^ | Last Updated: 4:01pm BST 10/07/2008 | By Claudine Beaumont, Digital Channel Editor
    A software update for the Windows operating system has left hundreds and thousands of computer users unable to access the internet. The update, known as a "patch", conflicts with another piece of software, the Zone Alarms firewall, that many people use to protect their computers from hackers and viruses. The patch, codenamed MS08-037, was designed to fix a security loophole in the way Windows handles website addresses. It was discovered that there was a weakness with the operating system that could allow hackers to re-route legitimate web pages to malicious websites instead, and leave internet users open to fraud...
  • (Vanity) Need advice re: Computer debugging software

    07/11/2008 12:05:44 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 26 replies · 195+ views
    In my little house we have an HP desktop and an ARCHOS 605 wifi (amongh other things) and for the longest time they worked perfectly together. Then one day they were no longer on speaking terms. Though each by itself worked out-- and checked out-- AOK. So, after some very careful investigation -- and a $$ an hour computer guy -- the problem almost certainly is a virus, or what have you. So, can anyone recommand a good de-bugging program? We just have the plain-vanilla AOL virus protection (quit snickering) and so...well...any recommandations? Thanks
  • Avast Free Virus Showing False Hit on Super Anti-Spyware

    05/26/2008 5:03:20 PM PDT · by cva66snipe · 29 replies · 255+ views
    none ^ | May 26, 2008 | cva66snipe
    Is anyone else using Avast Free Virus Scan getting a Trojan alert on Super Anti Syyware.exe command? I'm getting it on the boot up scan and Avast has no way of marking it a false positive. Warning shows Win32: Trogan-Gen with no anme associated except the Spyware program.
  • Yahoo search to 'battle spyware'

    05/06/2008 10:26:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 204+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 6 May 2008 11:18 UK 10:18 GMT, | BBC Staff
    Yahoo search to 'battle spyware' SearchScan is a free tool embedded into search Yahoo is introducing new technology to its search engine which will warn users if they are about to click on a website that hosts viruses, spyware and spam. SearchScan uses security firm McAfee's SiteAdvisor technology to warn users about "potentially risky sites". The service, which is switched on by default, produces an on-screen alert. "Our goal is to protect users by allowing them to make a more informed decision about the sites they visit," said Yahoo's Priyank Garg. Rival firm Google introduced similar technology in 2006....
  • How to remove system integrity scan wizard-Help!

    05/02/2008 10:32:19 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 11 replies · 110+ views
    How can I remove system integrity scan wizard from my system? Since yesterday, this keeps popping up. I have run my Professional AVG AV software as well as Adaware and this is the one thing that I am unable to get rid of. Is there a free online program that will remove this? Thanks!!