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Search Biz Makes $1.1 Billion Off Risky Links

Sites that pay to have their links pop up on search engine result pages are nearly three times more likely to harbor spyware or adware, or hassle users with spam than URLs generated by the engine’s algorithms, research released Friday claimed. And search engines are cashing in, reported McAfee’s SiteAdvisor service. By its estimate, the [...]

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MS Researchers Tackle Automated Malware Classification

Researchers from Microsoft’s anti-malware engineering team are working on an automated way to sort through the thousands of malware families and variants attacking Windows computers. The company unveiled its plans at the EICAR (European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research) conference in Hamburg, Germany, proposing the use of distance measure and machine learning technologies to come [...]

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Rootkit-Spreading Spyware Shop Shuts Down

A spyware distributor noted for an extensive use of rootkits that make its software difficult to delete has closed shop, citing unspecified practices of its distribution partners as the reason. ContextPlus, which spread spyware and adware, including software that hijacked searches and programs that leveled systems with egregious numbers of pop-up ads, has posted a [...]

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Spyware, Rootkit Maker Stops Distribution

LOS ANGELES—A co-owner of a Hollywood video game store that caters to celebrity clients on Wednesday pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to violate federal copyright laws by selling Xbox video game consoles modified to play pirated games. Jason Jones, a co-owner of ACME Game Store, entered a guilty plea in federal court in [...]

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Vista Bad News for Anti-Spyware Market?

The extra security features in Microsoft’s upcoming Vista operating system could negatively affect smaller security firms, according to a new report. The report, from the Yankee Group, suggests that as Microsoft users get a welcome security boost when the new Vista operating system is finally available, aftermarkets for anti-spyware and desktop firewall applications will be [...]

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Doom for Anti-Spyware Software?

UPDATED: A Yankee Group report published today predicts imminent doom for anti-spyware makers with the release of Windows Vista. But don’t plan a funeral for WebRoot and Ad-Aware just yet. First, Microsoft has to sell the darned operating system. Microsoft (Quote, Chart)still has not spelled out the system requirements for Windows Vista, with less than [...]

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Smarter Spam Could Mimic Friends’ Mail

The next generation of spam and phishing e-mails could fool both software filters and the most cautious people, Canadian researchers said Sunday, by mimicking the way friends and real companies write messages. John Aycock, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Calgary, and his student, Nathan Friess, presented a paper Sunday at [...]

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New SocketShield Stops Zero-Day Exploits

A start-up security company on Friday unveiled a beta of zero-day exploit protection software that it claims will protect users’ PCs until they can apply patches from the likes of Microsoft. SocketShield, which can be downloaded free-of-charge from the Web site of Exploit Prevention Labs, is a signature-based monitor that detects and blocks vulnerability exploits, [...]

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97 Percent Fail Spyware Sniff Test

Just 3 out of 100 Internet users are able to sniff out sites ready to drop spyware or adware onto their computers, security company McAfee said Wednesday. In an online quiz run by McAfee’s recently-acquired SiteAdvisor, a service that alerts users of possible spyware- and adware-infecting sites via search results at Google, Yahoo, and MSN, [...]

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Spamming Malware: Parite.B and IRC Backdoor Disable Anti-Spyware Programs

I got a spam this morning with a subject line of “yahoo send you postcard” from “postcard”. Of course all the alarms went off in my head, but there was no attachment and I have a nice little freeware app called PocketKnife Peek that lets you preview an email in plain text, view the html [...]

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