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    We're seeing schemes that are taking advantage of the buzz around the upcoming developer preview release of Windows™ 9 this September. One of the threats we saw was found using some combinations of keywords like Windows 9, free, leak and download in popular search engines. It involves a potentially malicious website that offers what appears to be a free download of the yet-to-be-released Windows OS. Figure 1. Blog offering free Windows 9 download Users who click the 'Download Now' button will be redirected to a download page provided by the file-hosting service Turbobit.net. The file being ...

    Posted in Bad Sites, Social |



    In the past few weeks, an exploit kit known as FlashPack has been hitting users in Japan. In order to affect users, this particular exploit kit does not rely on spammed messages or compromised websites: instead, it uses a compromised website add-on. This particular add-on is used by site owners who want to add social media sharing buttons on their sites. All the site owner would have to do is add several lines of JavaScript code to their site's design template. This ...




    With the ostensibly harmless nature of adware, we are constantly tricked into believing that they are nothing but online nuisances. But underneath, they are marketing-engineered software that could potentially carry malicious programs to target your browsing behavior and spy on your other online activities. What is adware and why does it exist? Upfront, adware are just annoying ads that pop up every now and then. They come in an assortment of freeware such as toolbars and plugins, icons, wallpapers, advanced search ...

    Posted in Bad Sites |



    In the early 2000s, Africa gained notoriety due to the 419 “Nigerian” scam. This scam involved making payments in exchange for a reward for helping so-called high-ranking Nigerian officials and their families. While all the scams may not have necessarily originated from Africa, the use of Nigerian officials was imprinted upon the public consciousness, thereby forever associating this scam with the continent. Web Defacement as a Popular Form of Protest The 419 scam isn’t the only cybercrime activity in the area. Web ...

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    At the tail end of July, we wrote about Gizmodo Brazil being compromised by cybercriminals in order to lead visitors into downloading backdoor malware into their machine. This is of course a very big deal, since it is a rather large and noteworthy website being hacked into - but it's par for the course for the region, seeing as the modus operandi of criminals that target Brazilian users typically resort to compromised websites and hosts in order to host malware and ...



     

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