Monthly Archives: May 2011

Launch a Cyberattack, receive a Cruise Missile as a reward

The Wall Street Journal has two articles today that are on-topic for Information Technology (IT) Security.  The first is that the U.S. Defense Department has concluded that a cyberattack can constitute an Act of War, and thus be responded to … Continue reading

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Why you need more than one Anti-Malware product protecting you

I recently downloaded a file that I knew would be Malware.  It was called document.zip and was attached to a piece of mail that allegedly came from someone at FedEx.  The email headers were forged, and the mail itself wasn’t … Continue reading

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Malware or Not?

I’ve been doing an interesting experiment, in a virtual machine on a separate PC with no personal information  at all on it.  I’ve been going through SPAM emails and clicking on every link to see what happens.  It is an … Continue reading

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Expect a slow Q3 for Windows Phone 7 Apps

I fully expect the pace of new apps coming out of the Windows Phone 7 marketplace to decline over the summer before accelerating wildly this fall.  The reason is pretty obvious, developers are going to be turning their attention to … Continue reading

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Adobe Reader installing McAfee Security Scan Plus Scareware

When I recently upgraded a couple of computers to the latest version of Adobe Reader I discovered something very disturbing.  The download installs software from McAfee (of all people) that amounts to Scareware (a type of Malware that tries to … Continue reading

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How long does it take to get infected with Malware? About 5 minutes

Having a freshly setup PC, and virtual machine, I went looking for trouble.  I did a search for “medical forum” and up popped a link for medhelp.org.  I went to the site and created an account and then started navigating … Continue reading

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SenderID Followup

I wanted to do a bit of a followup to my earlier SenderID post both to better capture the comments and make another observation.  First I wanted to bring John Scarrow’s comment to the front of the discussion.  John is … Continue reading

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