7/25/2008

Google Blogger hosts 2% of world s malware

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google s Blogger service is responsible for 2% of the world s malware hosted on the web, according to a new report from security firm Sophos.

The security firm claims hackers are setting up pages on the free blogging service to host malicious code, or simply posting links to infected websites in other bloggers comments.

Blogger accounts for around 2% of malware, according to Sophos s senior technology consultant, Graham Cluley. It s head and shoulders above the rest [of the blogging services].

Cluley says Blogger is worse than other blogging services because of its close ties with the search behemoth. The attraction for the bad guys in targeting Blogger is that things pretty much get spidered instantly into Google, because it [Blogger] is part of Google, he says.

More than three-quarters of bank Web sites Insecure

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

More than three-quarters of bank Web sites have design flaws that could expose bank customers to financial loss or identity theft, according to a University of Michigan study that will be presented this week at the Symposium on Usable Security and Privacy.

The study, “Analyzing Web Sites For User-Visible Security Design Flaws,” examined 214 bank Web sites in 2006. It was conducted by University of Michigan computer science professor Atul Prakash and doctoral students Laura Falk and Kevin Borders.

The vulnerabilities identified by the authors aren’t fixable with a simple patch. Rather, they are issues like login boxes, information submission forms, security information, and contact information placed on insecure pages; redirections outside the bank’s domain without warning; allowing insecure user IDs and passwords; and e-mailing sensitive information insecurely.

“To our surprise, design flaws that could compromise security were widespread and included some of the largest banks in the country,” Prakash said in a statement. “Our focus was on users who try to be careful, but unfortunately some bank sites make it hard for customers to make the right security decisions when doing online banking.”

‘Spam King’ One Of 3 Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The man who escaped from a federal prison in Florence after being convicted for sending spam e-mail killed his wife and one of their children before killing himself in an apparent murder-suicide on Thursday.

Eddie Davidson, 35, was serving a 21-month sentence for illegally sending spam over the Internet and escaped from a minimum security prison in Florence on July 20.

At around 11:15 a.m. Thursday, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department received a report of shots fired in the area of East Arkansas Place, at Davidson’s former home.

Around the same time, according to the sheriff’s department, a female teenager arrived at a neighbor’s house with a gunshot wound to the neck. She was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the house, located in the 43000 block of East Arkansas Place, they found a dead woman and a dead man lying next to a silver Toyota Sequoia in the driveway. They also found a dead 3-year-old girl inside the SUV.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says the man, Davidson, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Davidson’s wife, Amy Hill, and their 3-year-old daughter were the other two who were killed and they both died from gunshot wounds.

Their infant son, about 7 to 8 months old, was found unharmed inside the back of the SUV still in a car seat. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for dehydration.

All of the deceased suffered from gunshot wounds, as did the teenage girl.
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‘Wallace & Gromit’ to become episodic video game

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“Wallace & Gromit” are going on a new adventure.

Telltale Games is creating an episodic video game based on Aardman Animations’ Oscar-winning animated film series titled “Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures.” The popular stop-motion clay animated franchise stars the cheese-loving, hair-brained inventor Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis) and his long-suffering loyal pooch, Gromit.

“Grand Adventures” will allow gamers to play as both Wallace and Gromit, engaging in zany entrepreneurial schemes and tinkering with kooky contraptions. Connors said “Grand Adventures” will feature more physical and situation-based comedy and would likely follow the distribution model of Telltale’s episodic video game series “Sam & Max.”

Hackers get hold of critical Internet flaw

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Internet security researchers on Thursday warned that hackers have caught on to a “critical” flaw that lets them control traffic on the Internet.

An elite squad of computer industry engineers that labored in secret to solve the problem released a software “patch” two weeks ago and sought to keep details of the vulnerability hidden at least a month to give people time to protect computers from attacks.

“We are in a lot of trouble,” said IOActive security specialist Dan Kaminsky, who stumbled upon the Domain Name System (DNS) vulnerability about six months ago and reached out to industry giants to collaborate on a solution.

“This attack is very good. This attack is being weaponized out in the field. Everyone needs to patch, please,” Kaminsky said. “This is a big deal.”

Two “exploits,” software snippets that take advantage of the vulnerability, have been unleashed on the Internet in the past 24 hours, Securosis analyst Rich Mogul said during the conference call.

China says has more people surfing the Web than US

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

China’s booming Internet population has surpassed the United States to become the world’s biggest, with 253 million people online despite government controls on Web use, according to government data reported Friday.

The latest figure on Web use at the end of June is a 56 percent increase from a year ago, the China Internet Network Information Center said. It said the share of the Chinese public using the Internet is still just 19.1 percent, leaving more room for rapid growth.

The United States had an estimated 223.1 million Internet users in June, according to Nielsen Online, a research firm. The Pew Internet and American Life Project puts U.S. online penetration at 71 percent.

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