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Comments for The FORWARD project blog http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward blogging on emerging and future threats Mon, 11 May 2009 05:55:01 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1 Comment on First Mac botnet by zarras http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/first-mac-botnet/comment-page-1/#comment-1265 zarras Mon, 11 May 2009 05:55:01 +0000 http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/?p=143#comment-1265 Also discovered a new Mac OS X email worm. According to ZDnet the worm propagates through emails harvested from infected hosts, and has a backdoor functionality allowing its author to perform the following actions if a successful remote connection is established - attempts to create a botnet, has keylogging functionality, and can also perform DDoS attacks as well as send spam. Also discovered a new Mac OS X email worm. According to ZDnet the worm propagates through emails harvested from infected hosts, and has a backdoor functionality allowing its author to perform the following actions if a successful remote connection is established – attempts to create a botnet, has keylogging functionality, and can also perform DDoS attacks as well as send spam.

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Comment on First Mac botnet by sfakiana http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/first-mac-botnet/comment-page-1/#comment-1250 sfakiana Sun, 10 May 2009 16:52:29 +0000 http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/?p=143#comment-1250 As far as Mac malware is concerned, an email worm <a href="http://www.sophos.com/security/analyses/viruses-and-spyware/osxtoreda.html" rel="nofollow">OSX/Tored-A</a> was discovered. According to <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3346" rel="nofollow">ZDNet</a>, the worm propagates through emails, has a backdoor functionality and can be used for botnet creation, keylogging, DDoS attacks and spam mail. Finally, <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10234535-83.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1009_3-0-20" rel="nofollow">cnet</a> predicts that within the next 18 months, Apple will begin recommending that Macintosh users install Internet security software on all systems. As far as Mac malware is concerned, an email worm OSX/Tored-A was discovered. According to ZDNet, the worm propagates through emails, has a backdoor functionality and can be used for botnet creation, keylogging, DDoS attacks and spam mail. Finally, cnet predicts that within the next 18 months, Apple will begin recommending that Macintosh users install Internet security software on all systems.

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Comment on Twitter worm strikes again by zarras http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/twitter-worm-strikes-again/comment-page-1/#comment-1044 zarras Sat, 02 May 2009 11:12:28 +0000 http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/?p=135#comment-1044 Twitter still hasn't come clean, but it appears yet another administrative account on the micro-blogging site has been breached, giving world+dog an inside peek at the accounts of Barack Obama, Ashton Kutcher, and other celebrities; as theregister (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/30/reported_twitter_admin_account_breached) mentioned. Twitter still hasn’t come clean, but it appears yet another administrative account on the micro-blogging site has been breached, giving world+dog an inside peek at the accounts of Barack Obama, Ashton Kutcher, and other celebrities; as theregister (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/30/reported_twitter_admin_account_breached) mentioned.

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Comment on ICT Fair for Trust & Security Research by sotiris http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/ict-fair-for-trust-security-research/comment-page-1/#comment-1014 sotiris Fri, 01 May 2009 08:17:07 +0000 http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/?p=159#comment-1014 Sounds like a very interesting event. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend. Sounds like a very interesting event. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend.

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Comment on Twitter worm strikes again by sfakiana http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/twitter-worm-strikes-again/comment-page-1/#comment-1011 sfakiana Fri, 01 May 2009 03:21:13 +0000 http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/?p=135#comment-1011 As far as Twitter's security is concerned, yesterday there was another incident. A French hacker, having been successful in a social engineering attack against one of Twitter’s employees, claimed to have gained access to Twitter’s administration panel. Taking into account all the above, the site recently posted online ads looking for software engineers who specialize in application and infrastructure security. Sources: <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3292" rel="nofollow">ZDNet</a> , <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/30/reported_twitter_admin_account_breached/" rel="nofollow">theregister</a> As far as Twitter’s security is concerned, yesterday there was another incident. A French hacker, having been successful in a social engineering attack against one of Twitter’s employees, claimed to have gained access to Twitter’s administration panel. Taking into account all the above, the site recently posted online ads looking for software engineers who specialize in application and infrastructure security.
Sources: ZDNet , theregister

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Comment on The day has come! by sfakiana http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/the-day-has-come/comment-page-1/#comment-384 sfakiana Tue, 14 Apr 2009 03:09:29 +0000 http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/?p=100#comment-384 According to <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5glHoytrRzwnvGp8sAaLo7L4skvowD97GPM6G0" rel="nofollow">Associated Press</a>, University of Utah officials say a computer worm (Conficker) has infected more than 700 campus computers, including those at the school's three hospitals. University health sciences spokesman Chris Nelson said that patient data and medical records have not been compromised. Moreover, Nelson said that the worm is mainly attacking personal computers and could be siphoning login and password data, credit card numbers and banking information, reinforcing the beliefs that the motivations behind Conficker are financial. According to Associated Press, University of Utah officials say a computer worm (Conficker) has infected more than 700 campus computers, including those at the school’s three hospitals. University health sciences spokesman Chris Nelson said that patient data and medical records have not been compromised. Moreover, Nelson said that the worm is mainly attacking personal computers and could be siphoning login and password data, credit card numbers and banking information, reinforcing the beliefs that the motivations behind Conficker are financial.

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Comment on Microsoft’s PowerPoint zero-day flaw by sfakiana http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/microsofts-powerpoint-zero-day-flaw/comment-page-1/#comment-382 sfakiana Tue, 14 Apr 2009 02:43:02 +0000 http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/?p=108#comment-382 By the way, today is the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms09-apr.mspx" rel="nofollow">April's Patch Tuesday</a> for Microsoft. In an attempt to fix remote code execution and denial of service vulnerabilities (affecting Windows, Office and Internet Explorer), Microsoft will ship 8 security bulletins five of which are rated “critical”, meaning they can be exploited by hackers to take complete control of Windows machines. According to <a href="http://www.h-online.com/security/Eight-updates-for-Microsoft-s-forthcoming-April-Patch-Tuesday--/news/113048" rel="nofollow">h-online.com</a>, despite the fact that the hole in Excel (reported in February) will be patched, this hole in PowerPoint (reported in early April) will indeed remain unpatched. By the way, today is the April’s Patch Tuesday for Microsoft. In an attempt to fix remote code execution and denial of service vulnerabilities (affecting Windows, Office and Internet Explorer), Microsoft will ship 8 security bulletins five of which are rated “critical”, meaning they can be exploited by hackers to take complete control of Windows machines. According to h-online.com, despite the fact that the hole in Excel (reported in February) will be patched, this hole in PowerPoint (reported in early April) will indeed remain unpatched.

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Comment on The day has come! by zarras http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/the-day-has-come/comment-page-1/#comment-342 zarras Sun, 12 Apr 2009 11:47:57 +0000 http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/?p=100#comment-342 The Conficker botnet has stirred to life, using its peer-to-peer communication system to update itself and download scareware (fake anti-virus programs) to millions of infected Windows machines. The Conficker update comes a week after a heavily-hyped April 1st activation date and provides the first sign of the motivation behind this malware threat — financially motivated cybercrime. The Conficker botnet has stirred to life, using its peer-to-peer communication system to update itself and download scareware (fake anti-virus programs) to millions of infected Windows machines.

The Conficker update comes a week after a heavily-hyped April 1st activation date and provides the first sign of the motivation behind this malware threat — financially motivated cybercrime.

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Comment on EuroSec Panel: Thoughts and Anecdotes by zarras http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/eurosec-panel-thoughts-and-anecdotes/comment-page-1/#comment-214 zarras Tue, 07 Apr 2009 07:48:13 +0000 http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/?p=114#comment-214 Herbert Bos story is just an anecdote but take a look at http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/22/obama.blackberry/index.html . Found something familiar? Herbert Bos story is just an anecdote but take a look at http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/22/obama.blackberry/index.html . Found something familiar?

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Comment on FORWARD future threats panel at EC2ND 2008 by George http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/forward-ec2nd08-panel/comment-page-1/#comment-26 George Fri, 27 Feb 2009 08:23:24 +0000 http://blogs.ict-forward.eu/forward/?p=56#comment-26 Nice to know about a panel discussion on emerging threats. Will there be any more FORWARD panels in the near future? Nice to know about a panel discussion on emerging threats. Will there be any more FORWARD panels in the near future?

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