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Current News / SpyHunter anti-malware maker files lawsuit over bad review
« Last post by Bugbatter on February 06, 2016, 07:48:17 PM »
Instead of changing their ways, or fixing their product, Enigma Software turned to their lawyers

"...It's a common trick, or a clever use of wording, and Enigma Software isn't the only company that does it. Enigma Software offers a scanner, and tells consumers so up front.

However, because other vendors (Malwarebytes, Panda, Norton, Kaspersky, Avast, etc.) offer removal options alongside their scanners at no cost, most people would expect the same from SpyHunter.

But that isn't what you get, and Enigma Software admits as much in their complaint against Bleeping Computer..."


Complete Article:
http://www.csoonline.com/article/3029975/techology-business/spyhunter-anti-malware-maker-files-lawsuit-over-bad-review.html
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Current News / Windows 10 subscriptions aren't happening. Here's why
« Last post by Bugbatter on February 06, 2016, 03:27:53 PM »
One of the most persistent questions I hear about Windows 10 involves what happens when the free upgrade offer ends. Is Microsoft going to start charging subscription fees? After a close look at the company's financials, I'm convinced the answer is an emphatic no.

Continued:
http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-subscriptions-arent-happening-heres-why/
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Current News / Malware gets hacked... with an anti-virus!
« Last post by ky331 on February 05, 2016, 10:21:35 PM »
Unsuspecting victims of a nasty piece of malware [the Dridex online banking Trojan] have found themselves with a brand new anti-virus install [a clean, signed copy of Avira] instead of having their keystrokes recorded and banking details stolen...

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/unknown-hacker-infects-malware-with-anti-virus-program/

http://venturebeat.com/2016/02/05/hacker-hijacks-dridex-botnet-to-serve-free-antivirus/

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Remark:   Taking these reports as accurate, while it might be admirable to see "the bad guys" hacked, it still raises the question as to what will happen to one's existing/preferred anti-virus --- the potential for conflict is certainly there --- and how easy it will be for the user to completely uninstall avira (or their original a/v, should that be their choice) if both somehow get installed.  Indeed:  “While what they are doing [might be] fundamentally helpful, it is also technically illegal in most countries..."
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Current News / The IRS says it has resolved a computer system outage
« Last post by Bugbatter on February 05, 2016, 12:05:09 PM »
The IRS says it has resolved a computer system outage, which it blamed on 'hardware failure.'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS says it has resolved a computer system outage and is again accepting electronically filed tax returns.

In a statement on Thursday, the agency says it had resumed processing individual and business tax returns at about 5 p.m. Eastern, a day after a "hardware failure" forced the shutdown of several tax processing systems, including the e-file system.

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-02-04/irs-resolves-computer-problems-after-outage
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Current News / Watch out! Your kid's internet-enabled teddy bear might be hacked
« Last post by Bugbatter on February 04, 2016, 04:26:07 PM »

Internet-enabled toys pose a serious risk to children's privacy if the proper precautions are not taken...
Complete article with video:
https://www.grahamcluley.com/2016/02/internet-teddy-bear-hacked/
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Current News / Spike in WordPress hacks silently delivers ransomware to visitors
« Last post by Bugbatter on February 04, 2016, 04:06:25 PM »
Mysterious spike in WordPress hacks silently delivers ransomware to visitors
Researchers still aren't sure how the sites are getting compromised.

It's still not clear how, but a disproportionately large number of websites that run on the WordPress content management system are being hacked to deliver crypto ransomware and other malicious software to unwitting end users.

Continued:
http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/02/mysterious-spike-in-wordpress-hacks-silently-delivers-ransomware-to-visitors/5:04 PM 2/4/2016


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Clever "JSF**K" technique allows hackers to bypass eBay block of JavaScript.

eBay has no plans to fix a "severe" vulnerability that allows attackers to use the company's trusted website to distribute malicious code and phishing pages, researchers from security firm Check Point Software said.

The vulnerability allows attackers to bypass a key restriction that prevents user posts from hosting JavaScript code that gets executed on end-user devices. eBay has long enforced the limitation to prevent scammers from creating auction pages that execute dangerous code or content when they're viewed by unsuspecting users. Using a highly specialized coding technique known as JSFUCK, hackers can work around this safeguard. The technique allows eBay users to insert JavaScript into their posts that will call a variety of different payloads that can be tailored to the specific browser and device of the visitor.

Continued:
http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/02/ebay-has-no-plans-to-fix-severe-bug-that-allows-malware-distribution/
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Current News / Google to warn users about deceptive download buttons
« Last post by Bugbatter on February 03, 2016, 10:20:27 PM »

The company will begin warning users if they ever enter such places on the web with a message stating "deceptive site ahead", once they click on an ad it suspects contains "social engineered" content.

See:
http://www.neowin.net/news/google-to-warn-users-about-deceptive-download-buttons
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That browser has no security at all. That's a definite jaw-dropper.  :i
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