The Return Of Cryptolocker

The return of Cryptolocker

Cryptolocker is arguably the worst virus we have ever faced. It first appeared last fall and caused havoc, then left the news for a few months.

It’s back. I’ve had two clients lose computers to Cryptolocker or a variation on it in the last month, and there are reports that it is spreading worldwide. […] continued

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Spam, Spam Everywhere

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Sometimes it seems as if we’re making progress against spam. Spam filters have improved and we don’t bother to check the Junk Mail folder any more because we know it’s all junk. Oh, sure, some crud gets through to the Inbox from the bad guys but on the whole complaints about spam have dropped way down. […] continued

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Computer Safety: Look At Links Before You Click

Computer safety: look at links before you click

Here’s a simple tip that might help you avoid an encounter with the bad guys trying to break into your computer.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of malicious email messages with links that lead to poisoned web sites. The messages might appear to be from Microsoft, from a bank, from UPS, from the IRS, or from your neighbor. […] continued

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Office 365 And Spam

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TAKEAWAY

Office 365 delivers all incoming messages to your mailbox. It does not hold messages in a spam quarantine.

[05/09/12 Update below]


DETAILS

Microsoft does thorough spam filtering on incoming mail for Office 365 subscribers – and then uses technology built into Exchange to make the experience with spam completely painless. […] continued

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The Dark Side Of Search Engine Optimization

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Previously:
Google Spam
Google Spam – Google Responds

If you are interested in Search Engine Optimization and the business of running web sites, the New York Times has published a must-read article, “The Dirty Little Secrets Of Search.” The paper launched an investigation to discover why JC Penney was ranking number one in Google search results for dozens of words or phrases – “dresses,” “bedding,” “area rugs,” and many more. […] continued

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Google Spam – Google Responds

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Previously: Google Spam

Although there had been many articles about the declining quality of Google search results in the last few weeks, Google finally issued its first official response within eight hours after my post last night. Coincidence? Well, I report, you decide, let’s leave it at that.

Google’s response comes from Matt Cutts, Principal Google Engineer, on Google’s official blog. […] continued

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Google Spam

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Google search results are becoming less useful. Have you noticed?

I started thinking about this last fall, when I noticed that most of the Google alerts coming into my mailbox led to spam sites – sites with no real content other than random snippets vacuumed up from around the web and surrounded by advertising. […] continued

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Annoying Checkboxes, HP Style

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Previously:
Annoying Checkboxes (Microsoft Office)
Ban The Check (Java, iTunes)

This week’s installment of Annoying Checkboxes comes to us courtesy of HP, always a reliable source of installation routines that take too long and bloat your system with too much crud. Now they’ve added a non-standard installation routine that seems designed to conceal the sneaky advertising and crapware that will be loaded onto your computer if you’re not careful. […] continued

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TIDAL WAVE OF MALWARE

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I cleaned up two malware-infested computers yesterday. Both of them had up-to-date antivirus software and responsible owners who had installed all critical Windows updates.

The only malware that I’ve seen for the last few months has been the kind that pops up phony security warnings, trying to get a credit card number.

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BLOG SPAM

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When I moved the bruceb news page to WordPress and opened it up to comments, there was an unexpected side effect: blog spam.

There’s a space at the bottom of each post for comments. I don’t have a big audience and there are few comments from real people. You, my family and dear friends and clients and any of the rest of my fourteen readers, you are always welcome to add a comment. […] continued

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PREVIEW SPAM WITH EXCHANGE DEFENDER

exchangedefenderlogo2Exchange Defender has a new tool for previewing quarantined messages.

Exchange Defender is the service used by many businesses to quarantine spam and scan incoming and outgoing mail for viruses before delivering mail to the company server. Exchange Defender sends a daily report listing all quarantined spam, as well as providing add-in software for Outlook and an online control panel for reviewing quarantined messages. […] continued

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THE GOOGLE BIZ KIT SCAM

Desperation leads to scams. Here’s one that turned up today after an investigation by my loyal staff. The “Google Biz Kit” has been around for a while, promising money for working at home. Other names turn up sometimes – “Google Money Market,” “Google Home Business Kit.”

It’s just a scam, just as sleazy as all the other scams over the years. […] continued

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SECURITY UPDATE 2009

trojanSeveral people have asked me about the most recent variations on old, old themes. Email warnings about dangerous messages, like the one on the right. Newspaper articles about the latest virus.

Nothing is new. The latest threats are the same as the old threats. Let’s go through the basics of PC security in 2009. […] continued

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SPAM HOST CUT OFF

The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide plummeted on Tuesday after a company providing the servers for the spammers was taken offline.

The bad guys install malware on computers that they can control in vast networks, primarily to send spam for counterfeit pharmaceuticals and designer goods, fake security products and child pornography. […] continued

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HOW SPAMMERS MAKE MONEY

Spam spam spam spam Spammers can turn a profit even if they only get one response from every 12 million emails they send. When you see a ridiculous spam message and think, who in their right mind would respond to that?, the answer is, almost no one – but it only takes a handful of responses for the spammers to think their campaign was worthwhile. […] continued

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