October 23, 2009

It’s NOT the Tax Man – It’s ZEUS

It’s NOT the Tax Man – It’s ZEUS
The biggest email phishing scam on the internet is aimed at Americans, but might even pull in a few Canadians who do business in the US. It asserts that US Internal Revenue Service is contacting you about unclaimed income. Most of us are afraid of those “two certainties” – death and taxes, so the letters “IRS” get our attention. The payload is Zeus (see the last Security Corner posting) – a nasty virus that could cost you more than back taxes.
Beware Dangerous Websites – Like Google and Yahoo!?
Banner ads can kill (at least kill your computer). Over the last few days, it has been reported that malicious banner ads have been displayed on major sites, including Google and Yahoo. Of course these ads exploit unpatched versions of flash. If you are using the latest version of Firefox, it will warn if you are running a vulnerable version of Flash.
Think Before You Tweet!!
Apparently, some medical students are not sufficiently thoughtful about their tweets, and some have even been expelled as a result. As consultants, we are often in possession of sensitive client information, so THINK BEFORE YOU TWEET, and remind clients to do the same.
Conficker STILL Not Dead
Sad, but true. Conficker is still a source of concern. It goes undetected on systems that have antivirus software running because it disables the protection. This virus is still evolving, but it is also still easily detected if you use the proper tools.
Dennis H in West Virginia, US
September 26, 2009

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