Annoyance for Consumers Malicious software is becoming tougher to remove because more virus writers are including components that conceal the malicious files deeper within the operating system. Most of these intruders cannot easily be removed without re-installing the operating system.
A virus infection is the basis to rebuilding the infected machine with a known safe copy of Windows and any other needed applications. Alot of today‘s infections are extremely hard for the average user to remove completely.
An increasing reliance on generic detection also has made it more difficult for consumers to find instructions on-line for eliminating an infection that can‘t be completely eradicated by anti-virus software.
Swatting – the new age hackers favourite past-time
A new kind of telephone fraud has recently emerged and is taking on a rapidly increasing role in many a teen hacker’s daily plots. It is called: Swatting. What Swatting entails is exploiting a weakness in the way the 911 system handles calls from Internet-based phone services.
These attacks are called “swatting” because armed police SWAT teams usually respond to these online threats. Swatting seems to be virtually unstoppable, and an Associated Press investigation found that budget-strapped 911 centres are essentially defenceless, unless they go through a complete overhaul of their computer systems.
By entering bogus information about their location, the hacker is able to make it seem to the 911 operator as if they are calling from inside the ‘targets’ home. According to prosecutors familiar with this new style of hacking, perpetrators tend to pick targets at random.
Last March, a teenage hacker was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to five felony counts, including computer access and fraud, false imprisonment by violence and falsely reporting a crime.
Brace yourself for the newest social network – possibly FaceSpace or MyBook…
Yes, you heard correctly, FaceBook and MySpace – long time social network rivals – have apparently been in talks to possibly join forces and enter into a partnership.
According to FaceBook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, FaceBook “would like to have (MySpace’s) content, as we already do with many other sites, shared across our network because it is good for our users” and “we are open to working with MySpace and are in talks with them at the moment.”
Cyber crime and how these criminals keep reinventing their methods of attack… Cyber crime is being propagated by the fact that cybercriminals are leveraging new technologies, as well as reinventing social engineering forms, so as to coerce and entrap consumers.
Due to this very fact, the last six months has seen an increase in Web threats, and a steady decrease in Adware and Spyware, as a combating force, as these types have outdated technical methods, and cannot compete with the high-level security of the newer malware.
While Nigerian phishing scam and the Spanish prisoner scam have been around for quite some time now, cybercriminals are continually refreshing and modernizing this standard form of trickery. A recent example, according to Trend Micro (a global leader in Internet content security), “a new form of phishing warned potential victims about phishing emails as a way to legitimize that email and then tricked them into clicking on a link that leads to a fraudulent site”.
When Microsoft unveiled societal networking to the world, as a new service, most computer users were extremely excited with the prospect.
Not long after the news was made known, Redmond Company began allowing testers of Microsoft Vine to access and download the Microsoft Vine Diagnostic Tool.
The label tells you exactly what this application was designed to do: harvest diagnostic information on the users’ Microsoft Vine installations.
This Diagnostic Tool is designed to streamline the troubleshooting process associated with resolving eventual Vine-related functionality issues.
According to a Microsoft spokesperson, regarding the Microsoft Vine Diagnostic Tool, “The Vine diagnostic tool (vinediag.hta) collects diagnostic information of your installation of the Microsoft Vine beta, and stores it in a file on your computer.
When you are discussing a problem in the Vine beta on the discussion forum, the support team might ask you to run this tool and share the file it creates. The information in the file could help the support team identify the issue and propose a solution,”