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We can't say we're surprised that the Storm Worm is sending a new squall of spam through our inboxes. In fact, Storm has shifted spam campaigns numerous times in the past few weeks alone.
If you follow security news, you may be familiar with the Domain Name System (DNS) security issue, discovered by researcher Dan Kaminsky, that was disclosed earlier this month. DNS is responsible for translating host names to IP addresses. The vulnerability allows hackers and phishers to redirect DNS queries; if a server is compromised, attackers could potentially redirect the traffic from that server to malicious websites.
How safe are your kids as they navigate the Net? According to a new study, while parents are trying to talk to young family members about computer safety, many kids are still engaging in risky online behavior, like posting personal information about themselves on social networking sites.
From a PCMag.com article on the study -
Far too often, we come across websites that attempt to piggyback on the name "Lavasoft" or "Ad-Aware" in order to take advantage of you and your credit card.
We've recently been alerted to a site, new-official.com/adware, which charges a fee for the service they provide to consumers: offering a collection of links to free software, such as Ad-Aware 2008. Often times, these types of sites are designed to look similar to the program's original download site in order to fool consumers into believing they are paying for the legitimate software.
Today, we learned truly tragic news about the founder of Webroot, the company behind Spy Sweeper anti-spyware software. According to reports, the body of Steven Thomas, who had been missing in Hawaii since June 30, has now been found.
From all of us at Lavasoft, our hearts go out to Thomas' friends and family at this time and we send our sincere condolences.
A U.S. district judge has ordered Google, the Search Engine, to release information about users that use their YouTube service. The major entertainment corporation Viacom won the legal battle against Google, resulting in access for Viacom to information about YouTube users and their "tubing" behavior, i.e. which videos they watch on the YouTube site. The verdict will also give Viacom access to the login-names and IP-addresses of the YouTube users, even though Viacom says that they will not use the information to frame individuals.
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