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NEWS - November 24, 2006

Hackers debut Mac OS X adware

By John Leyden
Published Friday 24th November 2006

Miscreants have created a proof-of-concept sample of adware that targets Apple Mac OS X users. iAdware might, in theory at least, be silently installed onto Macs, running itself each time an application is loaded, anti-virus firm F-Secure reports. The malware takes advantage of unspecified security weaknesses in the OS to load itself as a system library without prompting users about what's going on.


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Security firm warns of Christmas spyware

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Malware from China and Russia targeting information for identity theft

Clement James, vnunet.com 24 Nov 2006

Security software developer PC Tools has said that up to 50 per cent of new spyware threats coming from China and Russia target specific information for identity theft.

The warning comes amid a flood of dire predictions, as fraudsters and malware writers gear up for a busy Christmas.

Michael Greene, vice president of product strategy at PC Tools, believes that 90 per cent of holiday threats come from spyware rather than viruses, as hackers focus on looting vulnerable companies and stealing personal identities.


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Phishing site offers 'job' at children's charity

In reply to: NEWS - November 24, 2006

Bogus offer requires 'cash up front'

Will Head, vnunet.com 24 Nov 2006

A website that purports to help underprivileged children is actually a scam to dupe users into laundering money, a security company has warned.

A mass email detected by PandaLabs offers jobs at a supposed organisation committed to helping deprived children, but is actually a strategy to find unwary people to launder stolen money.


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2006 busiest year for zero-day attacks

In reply to: NEWS - November 24, 2006

Some code still exploiting vulnerabilities that were patched years ago

Tom Young, Computing 24 Nov 2006

This year has been the busiest in history for zero-day attacks, according to security vendor Websense.

The Windows Metafile attacks at the start of the year that carried over from late 2005, the CreateText attacks, and more recently, the Vector Mark-up Language (VML) attacks, all have contributed to the situation.

All of these vulnerabilities were being actively exploited in the wild long before patches were released to address the vulnerabilities, says Websense.


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