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    Today, I received an email from Apple telling me that there was a change in my account information. Seeing that I had already changed it a few weeks ago, I was rather curious to see what this email from “Apple” had to say. After opening the message, I was surprised to see an uncanny and almost identical resemblance with the legitimate email from Apple I got a few weeks back. See the side-by-side comparisons below:

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    Microsoft issued a new batch of security bulletins for October with fixes for several vulnerabilities in software products used by millions of computer users worldwide. Eight security bulletins have been released, which include patches for 23 vulnerabilities for software such as Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Silverlight, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Forefront United Access Gateway, and Microsoft Host Integration Server.

    Six out of the eight bulletins are rated “important” while two are rated “critical.” Some of the patches indicated a required restart after updating the machine with the affected software. Users and administrators are advised to immediately address these security flaws.

    Users may refer to our vulnerability page for more information.

    With a plethora of devices now entering the work environment, consumerization proves to be an IT nightmare and an increasing security risk, especially in terms of making sure all devices connected to the network are updated accordingly. With that, a lack of strategy could prove devastating and user-liable devices can get infected simply by surfing the Web or by being used in an unsecure environment. It is critical for users who bring their personal devices to their workplace to make sure that they update their systems with the latest security updates as soon as these are made available.

    To learn more about Microsoft support for the affected software, more details on the security bulletins for October can be found in the vendor’s official bulletin summary.

     



    Online threats and malware have been plaguing Internet users for more than 20 years now. While today’s cybercsecurity headlines often refer to the latest data breaches, Facebook scams, and the 1410% increase in the Android malware volume, it is interesting to note that the tools cybercriminals use today are, in a sense, the BRAIN-child (pun intended) of two Pakistani brothers who ironically wanted to do good and to prevent software piracy. From the PC boom in the 1980s to the rise of the Internet and connectivity from the 1990s to the 2000s, Trend Micro has been closely monitoring technological advancements in information exchange as well as how malware and online threats grew from their roots as pesky computer viruses to the notorious information-stealing programs of today.

    At present, Trend Micro sees 3.5 new threats per second. As more and more businesses and home users take the inevitable journey to the cloud, risks of data and financial loss are greater than ever. Trend Micro also continues to uncover cybercrime operations and how bad guys earn millions of dollars, pointing to an underground economy that matures with time.

    Our new infographic, “Threat Morphosis: The Shifting Motivations Behind Digital Threats,” offers a look into the evolving cybercrime motivations and the resulting shifts in the threat landscape through the years.

    Click here for a detailed look at the thumbnail image below.

     



    An addition to the roster of digital devices that have been shipped with malware, Samsung, too, seems to have accidentally distributed malware along with the new Bada-powered Samsung S8500 Wave smartphone.

    It has been reported that the 1GB micro-SD cards included with the mobile phone units shipped to Germany came preinstalled with Windows-based malware. It attempts to infect users’ PCs with the file slmvsrv.exe once connected to the smartphone. It arrives on users’ systems via the infected micro-SD card.

    Trend Micro detects this malicious file as WORN_AUTORUN.WAV, which connects to various websites to possibly download even more malicious files. It may also expose users to backdoor programs and spyware.

    According to TrendLabsSM engineer Karl Dominguez, it is easy to identify the malware in removable drives or, in this case, the micro-SD. However, the difficult part is removing it from the affected system because of its rootkit capabilities. It also disables booting in Safe Mode, thus, making it harder to remove the malware.

    To address the infected AUTORUN.INF, users are advised to disable the autorun functionality in Windows. It is also important for them to secure their systems by protecting their removable drives. Users can also pick up some countermeasures in our blog entry “How to Maximize the Malware Protection of Your Removable Drives.”

    Though the malware-laden 1GB memory cards were only limited to the initial German production run, this incident should nonetheless serve as a cautionary tale for smartphone users. It is similar to the off-the-shelf Vodafone incident that happened a few months ago.

    Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ protects product users from WORN_AUTORUN.WAV by detecting and preventing the file’s execution on affected systems via the file reputation service.

     
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    A new spam campaign has been discovered spoofing job-application-related emails. While most spammed messages have been known to take advantage of a specific occasion, a holiday, or even a currently newsworthy item, spammers have hit a new low with this scheme.

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    The sample in Figure 1 contains a short body text that says “Please review my CV, Thank you!” The email also comes with a .ZIP file attachment. Once opened, the .ZIP file executes a malicious .EXE file named Resume_document_589.exe, detected by Trend Micro as TROJ_OFICLA.AB. When executed, it drops its component file, TROJ_DLOADR.SMVE, onto users’ systems. This was found to be the same downloader found in a similar spam run.

    Job spam is no longer a novel enticement to lure users into malicious tactics. While the one-liner in the body text may be far from convincing to the more experienced user, first timers who chance upon the spam may still unwittingly open the attachment out of mere curiosity. Recipients are thus advised to constantly exercise caution when opening email messages and when executing file attachments.

    Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ protects product users from this attack by preventing the spammed messages from even reaching users’ inboxes via the email reputation service and by blocking access to malicious sites and domains that host malware-ridden files via the Web reputation service. It also prevents the download and execution of the related malware, TROJ_OFICLA.AB and TROJ_DLOADR.SMVE, on affected systems via the Trend Micro file reputation service.

    Non-Trend Micro product users can also stay protected from similar attacks by using eMail ID, a free tool that uses a two-step verification process to help users quickly find legitimate messages in their inboxes.

     
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