PSI 3.0: Auto-Patching for Dummies

A new version of the Personal Software Inspector (PSI) tool from vulnerability management firm Secunia automates the updating of third-party programs that don’t already have auto-updaters built-in. The new version is a welcome development for the sort of Internet users who occasionally still search their keyboards for the “any” key, but experienced PSI users will … Читать далее

Feds Request DNSChanger Deadline Extension

Extradition of Accused Masterminds Moves Forward Millions of computers infected with the stealthy and tenacious DNSChanger Trojan may be spared a planned disconnection from the Internet early next month if a New York court approves a new request by the U.S. government. Meanwhile, six men accused of managing and profiting from the huge collection of … Читать далее

How Not to Buy Tax Software

Scott Henry scoured the Web for a good deal on buying tax preparation software. His search ended at Blvdsoftware.com, which advertised a great price and an instant download. But when it came time to install the software, Henry began to have misgivings about the purchase, and reached out to KrebsOnSecurity for a gut-check on whether … Читать далее

Zeus Trojan Author Ran With Spam Kingpins

The cybercrime underground is expanding each day, yet the longer I study it the more convinced I am that much of it is run by a fairly small and loose-knit group of hackers. That suspicion was reinforced this week when I discovered that the author of the infamous ZeuS Trojan was a core member of … Читать далее

Flash Player Update Nixes Zero-Day Flaw

Adobe has issued a critical security update for its ubiquitous Flash Player software. The patch plugs at least seven security holes, including one reported by Google that is already being used to trick users into clicking on malicious links delivered via email. In an advisory released Wednesday afternoon, Adobe warned that one of the flaws … Читать далее

Java Security Update Scrubs 14 Flaws

Oracle has shipped a critical update that fixes at least 14 security vulnerabilities in its Java JRE software. The company is urging users to deploy the fixes as quickly as possible. Java flaws are a favorite target of miscreants and malware because of the program’s power and massive install base: Oracle estimates that Java is … Читать далее

Microsoft AV Flags Google.com as ‘Blacole’ Malware

Computers running Microsoft‘s antivirus and security software may be flagging google.com — the world’s most-visited Web site — as malicious, apparently due to a faulty Valentine’s Day security update shipped by Microsoft. Microsoft's antivirus software flagged google.com as bad. Not long after Microsoft released software security updates on Tuesday, the company’s Technet support forums lit … Читать далее

Critical Fixes from Microsoft, Adobe

If you use Microsoft Windows, it’s time again to get patched: Microsoft today issued nine updates to fix at least 21 security holes in its products. Separately, Adobe released a critical update that addresses nine vulnerabilities in its Shockwave Player software. Four of the patches earned Microsoft’s most dire “critical” rating, meaning that miscreants and … Читать далее

Collaboration Fuels Rapid Growth of Citadel Trojan

Late last month I wrote about Citadel, an “open source” version of the ZeuS Trojan whose defining feature is a social networking platform where users can report and fix programming bugs, suggest and vote on new features, and generally guide future development of the botnet malware. Since then, I’ve been given a peek inside that … Читать далее

Crimevertising: Selling Into the Malware Channel

Anyone who’s run a Web site is probably familiar with the term “malvertising,” which occurs when crooks hide exploits and malware inside of legitimate-looking ads that are submitted to major online advertising networks. But there’s a relatively new form of malware-based advertising that’s gaining ground — otherwise harmless ads for illicit services that are embedded … Читать далее