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[News] [Rival] Windows Users Exploited Across the Web

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Windows Users Exploited Across the Web
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 11:55:13 +0100
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NYTimes.com Users Hit by Malicious Ad


Fake virus infection Web pages are everywhere

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| Everyone has seen a fake virus infection Web page from time 
| to time. They pop up on your screen looking like a perfectly 
| normal Windows page except they tell you that your PC is 
| infected by a virus and you need to click here to either fix 
| the problem or download a program that will clean out the 
| bug for you. The only problem is it's a lie. It's actually 
| an attack designed to get you to download malware.
| Usually these fake Windows pages-they're actually Web pages-
| pop up when you're visiting a dodgy Web site. But, even the 
| New York Times isn't immune to attacks like this. Over this 
| last weekend, September 12-13, I was startled to see an 
| apparent Windows page show up that read, "Warning!!! Your 
| system requires immediate anti-viruses scan. Personal 
| Antivirus can perform fast and free virus malicious software 
| scan of your computer."
| [...]
| That's good advice. When you're on a Windows PC, you 
| shouldn't click on any part of the fake message. No, not 
| even cancel. Any click might start a malware download.


Scareware scumbags exploit 9/11

,----[ Quote ]
| Fraudsters have set up websites supposedly containing info 
| about 9/11 but actually geared towards running fake anti-
| virus (scareware) scams.


Trial set for 'botnet for hire' duo

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| A federal judge has cleared the way for the trial of two men 
| accused of waging a cyber attack on a webhosting company so 
| they could demonstrate the effectiveness of their botnet to 
| potential customers.



ISPs asked to cut off malware-infected PCs

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| The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has drafted a new code of conduct
| that suggests Internet Service Providers (ISPs) contact, and in some cases
| disconnect, customers that have malware-infected computers.
| The drafted code, which will not be mandatory, suggested ISPs take a four-
| step approach to protecting customers.
| Identification of compromised computers
| Contact affected customer
| Provision of information and advice to fix the compromised system; and
| A reporting function for alerting about serious scale threats, such as those, | that may threaten national security.

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