We have in the past told of our friend, Amal Graafstra, who has an RFID chip implanted in his hand. Now a British scientist has done Amal one ‘better’ – Dr. Mark Gasson has given the RFID chip that he has implanted in his hand a virus, and he has passed the virus from his flesh-embedded RFID chip to external systems
If you get an email supposedly from Facebook (top addresses have been email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) , asking for a “Facebook Password Reset Confirmation”, don’t panic thinking that someone has reset your Facebook password (that’s exactly what the bad guys want you to do), and whatever you do don’t download or open the attachment that is in the email! The attachment, named either facebook_password_139.zip or facebook_password_239.zip, is actually a Windows malware file, facebook_password_139.exe or facebook_password_239.exe.
With April 1st come and gone, many people are wondering “How do I know if I have the Conficker worm?” How do you know if you have the Conficker virus? (Also known asDownadup.) Here’s how to tell if you have the Conficker virus. With the Conficker Eye Chart. Now the answer to how to know if you have the Conficker worm is just a link-click away!
The Conficker worm or Conficker virus (also known as Downadup or W32/Downadup), which has been in the news a lot lately, is currently estimated to have infected more than 9 million Windows computers the world over, and continues to spread at an alarming rate. With a $250,000 bounty on its head offered by Microsoft, and set to activate on April 1st, nobody yet knows what the millions of PCs infected by the Conficker worm will be ordered to do, but it’s a sure bet that if and when it happens, it will be nasty. Fortunately there are ways to combat it and even a free Conficker removal tool.
Stupid users are the worst problem on the Internet, according to this survey of more than 600 Internet users.
A devious new method of getting unsuspecting users to download Trojan malware to their computers takes the form of a fake parking ticket placed on their car’s windshield. The ticket, reading “PARKING VIOLATION This vehicle is in violation of standard parking regulations,” contains a web address to download a “toolbar” to view images of the car that is the subject of the “ticket”. Of course, the ‘toolbar’ isn’t really a toolbar at all – it’s the Trojan.
The Waledec botnet is using spam that claims that “Obama Quits”, explaining that “Barack Obama abandoned sinking ship” and that Obama doesn’t want any more to be president, in order to lure unsuspecting users to add their PCs to its group of zombied computers that it uses to do its dirty work. Other subject lines include “Who Will Be Our President Now?”, “End time for the USA”, and “Haven’t you heard latest news about our president-elect?”
A new computer worm called Downadup – also known as the Conficker worm – is spreading like wildfire across personal computers, even though it has only been on the scene for a relatively short time. First spotted just weeks ago, in November, the Downadup worm is estimated to already be resident on at least 3 1/2 million PCs.
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.
A new worm is raising havoc for Facebook and MySpace users. Called Koobface (and alternatively the Facebook Worm, MySpace Worm, Facebook Virus, or MySpace Virus), the MySpace and Facebook worm posts messages on Facebook and MySpace with links to what it claims to be a video. When the users follow the Koobface MySpace or Facebook worm link, they are told that they need to update their video player, and to “click here”. Of course, what they download isn’t really a video player update, it’s a trojan called “codecsetup.exe” which allows their computer to be taken over and controlled remotely.
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.
Hewlett Packard has issued a Security Bulletin detailing a security vulnerability with two types of optional HP USB drives intended for use with some of the ProLiant family of servers. This vulnerability could cause a local ‘W32.Fakerecy’ or ‘W32.SillyFDC’ virus infection. Yes, HP is unwittingly distributing malware.
Those Valentine greetings that you are receiving, often in the guise of free e Valentine cards, may be sending you more than “Happy Valentines Day” greetings. In fact, they may contain a virus or two. Phony trojan Valentine greetings include subjects such as “Sent with Love”, “Our Love Will Last”, “Our Love is Strong”, “You’re the One”, “A Toast My Love”, “Falling In Love with You”, “Special Romance”, “Your Love Has Opened”, “Heavenly Love”, and “You’re In My Thoughts”.
You know that you live in the 21st century when your picture frame can give your computer a virus. It sounds like something out of science fiction, but it’s true. The SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute has said this week that Best Buy’s Insignia brand digital picture frame can infect Best Buy customers’ PCs with what it is terming “an older computer virus.” Best Buy is now recalling the picture frames.
New Stripper Virus Entices Windows Users to Break Captchas for Spammers – If Melissa Asks You to Help Her Strip, Just Say No!
In a new twist, web spammers are using images of a stripper named Melissa to dupe naive Windows users into helping them break CAPTCHAs – those “enter this text” images that websites rely on to keep spammers from posting spam on their site. Dubbed the CAPTCHA.a or Captchar.a virus, an infected Windows computer will display a picture of Melissa, who promises to remove an article of clothing for each “puzzle” that the user solves.