If you are a Windows XP user running Kaspersky anti-virus and you can’t connect to the internet from your computer, you are not alone. The latest update to the AV software is preventing many users from being able to connect to the internet, causing users to swarm to the Kaspersky forum to grumble.
Bots generate at least 10% of all online traffic, according to data released today by Solve Media, a company that provides security authentication solutions through CAPTCHA-based advertising technology. Solve Media indicates that they have seen a 400% increase in what they term ‘aberrant’ traffic across web-based services such as commenting, voting, registration, contact and commenting.
The court in the case of the Lower Merion School District in Pennyslvania that was spying on its students – in their homes – via webcams and software installed in the students’ school-provided laptops – has been ordered to let the students see the photos that the school surreptitiously took of them. As it turns out, the photo of Blake Robbins was just the tip of the iceberg; according to reports, there are nearly 58,000 photos taken by the school district, all by remotely accessing the webcam in the students’ laptops while spying on their students in the students homes and in other places off the school premises.
PhoneSnoop is software developed for the Blackberry which allows you to turn any Blackberry into a snooping device. Much like Flexispy at least claims to do, you just load PhoneSnoop on any Blackberry, activate it, and then you can listen in on whatever is happening in the room in which the Blackberry is placed.
Stupid users are the worst problem on the Internet, according to this survey of more than 600 Internet users.
If your computer is suddenly doing strange things such as running very slowly, or you are suddenly getting pop ups advertising various products such as the notorious Winfixer, along with others such as Storage Protector, Sysprotect, and AntiSpywareMaster (that are really spyware, not anti-spyware), your computer may be infected with the Vundo virus. Known also as the Vundo Trojan, Virtumonde, or Virtumondo and sometimes even as MS Juan (which Vundo leaves in your registry), the Vundo virus was first discovered back in 2004, but has recently made a reappearance, infecting countless PCs. And it’s darn hard to eradicate.
Firefox and IE both have site blocking (or at least, site warning) built into their current iterations. Google also does site blocking now. All do site blocking based on some metric, known only to them, that tells them that a site is more likely than not to be a malicious site, such as a phishing site, or a site loaded with spyware. The problem with site blocking browsers and site blocking search engines such as Google is that sometimes they get it wrong.
We’ve been getting complaints of “Classmates.com email trying to take over my computer” and “I clicked a link in a Classmates .com email and my computer froze”… or “..and my computer told me I had a virus.” This is because Classmates.com has fallen prey to spyware called XPOnlineScanner (XP Online Scanner). XPOnlineScanner claims to be an XP antivirus software, but is really spyware, and Classmates.com currently has some advertising banners are acting as a conduit for XPOnlineScanner to download itself on to your Windows PC.
Microsoft has filed a patent to allow them to scrape your hard drive, searching through the contents of your files, to serve you targeted advertising that they just know you’ll want to see because it will be based on the contents of those files. It’s kind of like having Bill Gates reading your computer over your shoulder and saying “Ooh, I have just the thing for you!”
Are you one of the countless people whose Windows PC has been affected by Winfixer, ErrorSafe, WinAntiSpyware, WinAntiVirus, SystemDoctor, or DriveCleaner? A class-action lawsuit has just been filed by attorney Joseph M. Bochner against the makers of Winfixer (which is the same as ErrorSafe, WinAntiSpyware, WinAntiVirus, SystemDoctor and DriveCleaner), and you may want to get on board!
Consumer Reports has released their recommendations for the best anti spam software, the best anti spyware remover, and the best anti virus software.
Did you know that your innocent-looking little cell phone can be used to listen in on your regular conversations – conversations which aren’t even taking place on your cellphone but just in the room in which your cell phone is sitting – without you even knowing? Known as a “roving bug”, this technology can be used for eavesdropping even when your mobile phone is turned off!
If your search results during a Google search turn up sites which Google has reason to believe may attempt to shove malware (spyware, adware, etc.) onto your machine – and if you click on one of those result links – Google now serves up an intermediate page warning “the site you are about to visit may harm your computer!”