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Posts Tagged ‘Email’

Old style Email Worm spreading rapidly

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

In something of a blast from the past, an email borne worm has been sighted spreading around the internet.

Although we’ve not seen too many actual attacks from this, it’s been widely reported in the media, perhaps as it’s quite a novelty these days to see a worm spreading in this way.

It spreads itself as an executable in email, but disguises itself as a PDF file, when executed it attempts to download some other malicious files on the victim machine, and drops some files in an attempt to let the worm spread via autorun.

K7 Total Security detects this worm as  ”Emailworm (0019e4ae1)” (yeah, it’s that uninteresting!)

Full information is here:

http://viruslab.k7computing.com/index.php?option=com_k7virus&view=showvirus&Itemid=1&id=818

If you’re interested in more, Dan Goodin has written a short piece about the worm on The Register http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/10/email_worm_spreading/

Andrew Lee
CTO K7 Computing

 

 

Accused Palin email hacker blames malware on PC

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Lawyers defending the hacker accused of breaking into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account claim that his PC had been infected with spyware. (more…)

Hotmail hack reveals worrying state of passwords

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Password security is once again in the spotlight after a recent phishing attack on Hotmail users after it was revealed that users who had seen their accounts hacked were using woefully inadequate passwords. (more…)

Hotmail pull attachment feature over security fear

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Microsoft has disabled a feature that allows Hotmail users to embed an image into emails due to security concerns, the company has confirmed. (more…)

Spam – why is it still a problem?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

We all know the scene. You open up your email account and the first job that’s presented to you is to wade through the latest collection of spam emails in an attempt to find a message of any value at all.

You’ve probably also thought to yourself on more than one occasion “who actually buys this stuff?” Of course, there must be somebody who responds to these messages, that’s why you’re getting them right? (more…)

Third of users admit to responding to spam

Friday, July 17th, 2009

A third of computer users have admitted to responding to spam email messages, according to a new report. (more…)

Users warned over swine flu spammers

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

A cure for the H1N1 strand of swine flu has overtaken Viagra as the most spammed drug on the internet, according to medical experts. (more…)

Suprising results in OFT scam report

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Internet users who use rely on “gut instinct” to avoid falling prey to online scams and those with advanced knowledge of financial products are actually more likely to fall victim to cyber criminals, according to surprising research published in the UK by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). (more…)

Scammers capitalise on Swine Flu outbreak

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Computer users are being warned that online criminals are using the recent outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu virus as a means of distributing malicious software and selling bogus “cures”. (more…)

97% of email is spam, say Microsoft

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

More than 97% of all emails sent worldwide are unsolicited spam messages, according to research by Microsoft. (more…)