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  • Blog Post: Doctor Who calling–on Skype, with malware

    Earlier this week, I received a phone call via Skype on my laptop, the caller’s ID was “ dralerthelpzc8 ” as in Dr Alert Help ZC8 . The voice on the other end was automated, computerized and otherwise non-human, and alerted me that I had a virus that affects Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 7 and...
  • Blog Post: Keep your Facebook friends close and your antivirus closer

    Facebook malware attacks are not new. Scams spreading via status updates have been around for a long time, but in recent weeks one threat has been getting creative in terms of social engineering. Backdoor:Win32/Caphaw.A can intercept URL requests in both Firefox and Internet Explorer and it has been...
  • Blog Post: Scam emails - the cost of response

    Recently, I received an email in my personal inbox with a subject line “MYSTERY SHOPPER ASSISTANT“ (the message did not filter to my junk folder and was not marked as spam). Image 1 – “Mystery shopper assistant” spam I’m familiar with the hobby of mystery shopping – a service provided under contract...