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The AMTSO debate

Since I heard the first time about AMTSO (Anti Malware Testing Standards Organization), in one of the VB Conferences (I think two years ago), I asked myself whether or not this association makes sense. I’ve heard later on that Avira is also part of it. But, I simply forgot about this issue. I recently started to hear a lot of noise about this issue, saying that AMTSO represents only the interests of the AV Industry and not those of the user getting infected. I don’t have yet an opinion, but as soon as I have one, I’ll post it 😉…

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Softpedia took again one of my posts in the Avira Techblog and wrote an article based on it: “In the recent past we saw emails looking like phishing mails, which were spam though actually. The spammers tried to make them look as much as possible as official mails from the entity they were faking: Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and so on,” Sorin Mustaca, manager of international software development at Avira, warns. “[Full name] has sent you a message” the rogue communication, which appears to originate from Facebook, reads. However, instead of the actual message, the recipient is presented with an image…

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Quoted in USA Today Somewhere in the middle of the article: Apple’s problem is singular. The company has made a big deal about hiding technical details of iOS, allowing only approved Web apps to tie in. This tight control initially made it easier to keep iOS secure. But now Apple may have to share iOS coding with anti-virus firms, says Sorin Mustaca, development manager for anti-virus firm Avira. Windows, Google, Nokia and RIM share such coding to help anti-virus firms develop protections. “Apple does not allow this, making it challenging for anti-virus vendors to create third-party protection for iPhones and iPads,” Mustaca says.

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PayPal security warning email with malware

PayPal security warning email with malware There is a new wave of emails pretending to come from Paypal having a ZIP archive attached. The email says that your PayPal account have been accessed by a third party and, in order to protected your account, PayPal has been locked.The user is invited to review the report attached to the email, the zip archive, containing a single executable following the template account–report.exe There is no link inside the email, so everything was made “easy” the user : he should only extract the file and execute it. Please don’t because it contains a…

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Project Honeypot – 1 Billion Spammers Served and more…

Project Honeypot published this nice article which contains all kind of data and graphics here: 1 Billion Spammers Served All nice and shiny, but I have a problem with this graphic: Notice that PayPal is about 1% … Our data, gathered by the URLCheck service, gives us completely different numbers: So, don’t believe everything what you see…

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Confiker again in the news – @Shadowserver:EU is bigger than you think guys

I have to confess, I never ever read anything on and everything I write here is taken from this page from McAfee Avert Labs Blog Shadowserver names 183 country codes and 5994 autonomous systems with Conficker IP in their network space: * 1086 for the Russian Federation (RU) * 597 for the United States (US) * 422 for Ukraine (UA) * 271 for Romania (RO) * 244 for Brazil (BR) * 243 for Republic of Korea (KR) * 184 for Poland (PL) * 166 for Bulgaria (BG) * 147 for Europe (EU) * 129 for Indonesia (ID) * 113…

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Avert Labs — Malware “Experience” – DON’T

With a huge surprize I’ve read here that McAfee is teaching people how to play with Malware. I do not think that everybody needs to know this. Already too many script kiddies are doing this with catastrophic effects. Avert Labs — Malware Experience (By appointment only) Tuesday, Oct. 6 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm You’ve often heard that the Internet is a dangerous place and you’ve probably read about threats such as botnets, keystroke loggers and drive-by installations of malware through rigged Web sites. But what is malware really? How do cybercriminals launch their malicious attacks? McAfee is offering…

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