Jan 29 2017

Top 5 excellent Antivirus Protection of 2017

Excellence is achievable but perfection is not. Find an excellent anti-virus product based on your requirements.

 

Malware are evolving faster than ever, so it’s encourging to discover that the latest generation of antivirus (AV) are better equipped to handle this evolving pace of change. Information security best practice recommends that every PC should run at least antivirus (antimalware), antispyware, and a firewall, and you keep it up to date. So if you’re not running an anti-virus, or may feel your anti-virus could do a bit more, take a look at the list below  and find an anti virus solution which fulfill your current needs based on the modern day threats.

 

All five antivirus solutions below includes On-Demand Malware Scan, On-Access Malware Scan, Website Rating, Malicious URL Blocking, Phishing Protection and Behavior-Based Detection.

 

1) McAfee Antivirus plus

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2) Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus

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3) Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

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4) Symantec Norton Antivirus Basic

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5) Kaspersky Antivirus

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Jun 29 2011

The weakest link in computer hacking?

Category: Security AwarenessDISC @ 10:30 am
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The weakest link in computer hacking? Human error
By Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif,Michael Riley, Bloomberg News

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ran a test this year to see how hard it was for hackers to corrupt workers and gain access to computer systems. Not very, it turned out.

Staff secretly dropped computer discs and USB thumb drives in the parking lots of government buildings and private contractors. Of those who picked them up, 60 percent plugged the devices into office computers, curious to see what they contained. If the drive or CD case had an official logo, 90 percent were installed.

“There’s no device known to mankind that will prevent people from being idiots,” said Mark Rasch, director of network security and privacy consulting for Falls Church, Va.’s Computer Sciences Corp.

The test showed something computer security experts have long known: Humans are the weak link in the fight to secure networks against sophisticated hackers. The intruders’ ability to exploit people’s vulnerabilities has tilted the odds in their favor and led to a spurt in cybercrimes.

In real-life intrusions, executives of EMC Corp.’s RSA Security, Intel Corp. and Google Inc. were targeted with e-mails with traps set in the links. And employees unknowingly post vital information on Facebook or Twitter.

It’s part of a $1 trillion problem, based on the estimated cost of all forms of online theft, according to McAfee Inc., the Santa Clara computer security company.

Hundreds of incidents likely go unreported, said Rasch, who previously headed the Justice Department’s computer crime unit. Corporate firewalls costing millions to erect often succeed in blocking viruses and other forms of malware that infect computers and steal data such as credit card information and passwords. Human error can quickly negate those defenses.

“Rule No. 1 is, don’t open suspicious links,” Rasch said. “Rule No. 2 is, see Rule No. 1. Rule No. 3 is, see Rules 1 and 2.”

A full report on the Homeland Security study will be published this year, Sean McGurk, director of the department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, said at a June 16 conference in Washington.

Tactics such as spear-phishing – sending a limited number of rigged e-mails to a select group of recipients – rely on human weaknesses like trust, laziness or even hubris.

That’s what happened in March, when attackers used a clever ruse to exploit their discovery that RSA – the company that provides network-access tokens using random secondary passwords – was in a hiring campaign.

Two small groups of employees received e-mails with attached Excel spreadsheets titled “2011 Recruitment Plan,” the company said in April. The e-mails were caught by the junk-mail screen. Even so, one employee went into the folder, retrieved the file and opened it.

The spreadsheet contained an embedded Adobe Systems Inc. Flash file that exploited a bug, then unknown to San Jose’s Adobe, that allowed hackers to commandeer the employee’s PC. RSA said information related to its two-factor SecurID authentication process was taken.

Banks may be forced to pay $50 million to $100 million to distribute new RSA SecurID devices, according to Avivah Litan, a Gartner Inc. research analyst.

“The team that hacked us is very organized and had a lot of practice,” Uri Rivner, head of new technologies at RSA Security, said at a June 17 conference in Spain. “I can compare them to the Navy Seals Team Six, which hit Osama bin Laden.”

The FBI began warning in early 2009 about a rise in spear-phishing attacks. To succeed, they require the target to open a link presumably sent by someone they know or trust.

Total phishing attacks increased by 6.7 percent from June 2010 to May 2011, according to Symantec Corp.’s State of Spam & Phishing monthly report. The number of non-English phishing sites increased 18 percent month over month.

Spear-phishing is evolving into what Rasch calls whale phishing: Targeting senior-level executives whose computers may have access to far more sensitive information that rank-and-file workers.

Technology executives are attractive targets because their positions give them access to a trove of information, and they tend to believe they’re better protected from computer hackers than their employees, Rasch said.

Hackers research decision makers by browsing social networks, reading up on news about the company, and creating e-mails and links that appear to be genuine and come from people that the targets know.

“Phishing is on a different trajectory than it’s been in the past,” said Malcolm Harkins, Intel’s chief information-security officer.

This article appeared on page D – 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle on June 28, 2011

Hacking: The Art of Exploitation

Tags: hackers, International Monetary Fund, McAfee, phishing, RSA SecurID, RSA Security, RSA The Security Division of EMC, SecurID


Feb 10 2011

China-based hackers targeted oil, energy companies in ‘Night Dragon’ cyber attacks

Category: cyber securityDISC @ 8:34 pm
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From the LA Times

China-based hackers may have been stealing sensitive information from several international oil and energy companies for as long as four years, cyber-security firm McAfee Inc. said in a report Thursday.

The company said it traced the “coordinated covert and targeted cyberattacks” back to at least November 2009 and that victims included companies in the U.S., Taiwan, Greece and Kazakhstan. McAfee has dubbed the security breach “Night Dragon.”

McAfee said the hackers, using techniques and tools originating in China and often found on Chinese hacking forums, grabbed details about company operations, project financing and bidding that “can make or break multibillion dollar deals.”

Operating through servers in the U.S. and the Netherlands, the company said, the hackers exploited vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system. Techniques included social engineering, spear-phishing, Active Directory compromises and remote administration tools, or RATs.

Although elaborate, Santa Clara-based McAfee said the hacking method was “relatively unsophisticated.” And because most of the Night Dragon attacks originated between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Beijing time on weekdays, the cyber-security firm said it suspects that the hacking was not the work of freelancers.

Tags: Active Directory, china, Greece, Kazakhstan, McAfee, Microsoft Windows, phishing, Taiwan


Sep 12 2010

‘Here You Have’ worm and who takes the credit

Category: MalwareDISC @ 11:16 pm
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Malicious Mobile Code & How to Protect from Malware

If you receive an email with the subject ‘Here You Have.’ or ‘Just For You’ delete the message without clicking the link. Do NOT forward the email to Security or anyone else.

One version of the spam e-mail simply says, “Hello: This is The Document I told you about, you can find it here” and includes a link that appears to be a pdf document.

Another version of the worm includes the subject “Just For you” and says “This is The Free Dowload Sex Movies, you can find it Here.”

If a user clicks the link and downloads the virus, it spreads to contacts in that individual’s e-mail account and continues to propagate. McAfee also said that it attempts to stop and delete security services.

Organizations including NASA, Comcast, AIG, Disney, Proctor & Gamble, Florida Department of Transportation and Wells Fargo are just a few of the organizations apparently affected by the worm.

Who Takes the Credit

The hacker, known as Iraq Resistance, responded to inquiries sent to an e-mail address associated with the “Here you have” worm, which during a brief period early Thursday accounted for about 10 percent of the spam on the Internet. He (or she) revealed no details about his identity, but said, “The creation of this is just a tool to reach my voice to people maybe… or maybe other things.”

To read more “Who takes the credit”

Tags: Comcast, Computer worm, Email, McAfee, NASA, Procter & Gamble, Spam, Wells Fargo


Apr 19 2010

Google warns off fake Anti-Virus programs popping up online

Category: MalwareDISC @ 1:15 pm

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Security researchers at Google are warning that a particular type of scam is gaining momentum: fake anti-virus programs.

In a blog post previewing a 13-month study on the prevalence of fake anti-virus programs on the Web, Google said that more than 11,000 individual domains were involved in the distribution of these scams. According to Google, that figure accounts for roughly 15 percent of all malicious software on the Internet.

Google will release the full results of its study at a security workshop later this month.

Also known as “scareware,” fake security programs often appear to simulate a real infection as pop-up videos in malicious Web sites. A message then prompts the user to fix the problem by purchasing the fake anti-virus software.

The damages can be twofold: Not only do victims give away their financial details when they are asked to register and pay for the fraudulent product, but they also unwittingly do the criminals’ dirty work and install malicious software into their computers that can steal more data or enslave their machines to send spam.

Such fake programs have already caught the attention of authorities and other security experts. Last month, security firm McAfee noted in a consumer threat alert that scareware has more than doubled since the first quarter of 2009, “affecting around 69,000 people in the U.S. alone.” In December, the FBI issued a warning related to these scams.

McAfee recommends that computer users do research on an anti-virus company before purchasing its products, be careful when responding to pop-up ads and keep their security software up to date.

A new Verizon Droid: Google’s Nexus One is still not available on Verizon Wireless, but it may not be that important now that the HTC’s Droid Incredible is available through the carrier.

The Droid Incredible uses much of the Nexus One’s stellar hardware and throws in a better camera (8 megapixels to Nexus One’s 5) and HTC’s awesome Sense UI.

Like the Nexus One, the Droid Incredible sports a 1-GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch screen and the latest Android 2.1 operating system. It should perform much like the Nexus One because they’re both made by HTC, but without some of the Google-centric feel.

The phone will be available April 29 for $200, after a $100 rebate and with a two-year contract.

This is Verizon’s third Droid phone after the Droid from Motorola and Droid Eris from HTC. The Nexus One won’t be sold in Verizon stores, so the Droid Incredible is really the top Android device for Verizon.

This article appeared on page D – 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle Read more:

Symantec Security Response – To Fake AntiVirus
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Tags: DroidIncredible, Google, HTC, HTC Sense, McAfee, Motorola, Nexus One, scareware, Verizon Droid, Verizon Droid: Google, Verizon Wireless


Mar 26 2009

Conficker C worm and April fool

Category: MalwareDISC @ 3:24 pm

My creation! (APRIL FOOL)
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Worm like conficker is a digital time bomb which is hard coded to trigger on April 1 (April fool’s day). Antivirus companies are doing their best to minimize the impact of conficker worm. Conficker first variant was introduced few months back and have already caused significant amount of damage to businesses. Conficker is using MD6 hash algorithm, first known case where this new algorithm has been used. Across the globe, there are about 15 million computer infected with conficker worm.

“In computer, a worm is a self replicating virus that does not alter files but resides in active memory and duplicates itself”

This happens to be third variant of conficker in the wild which is named “conficker c” which pose a significant threat to businesses and security expert are still trying to figure out the potential impact of this worm. In new variant, the worm has tendency to morph into something else which makes it harder for antivirus software to detect it. What is known about this worm so far is that at a predefined time on April 1st the infected machine will execute the worm which will be later be exploited by the worm originator. The originator or controller of the worm will control the infected machines and it’s anybody’s guess right now what commands will be given to these zombies. It can be to steal private and personal information, spam, DDoS, or simply wipe the infected machine hard drive. Also bad guys don’t have to give the commands to zombie machines on April 1st, it can be any time after April 1st.

Possible countermeasures:
• Keep up-to-date patches (Microsoft Ms08-067 security update)
• Keep antivirus signature files up-to-date (latest DAT)
• Disable Auto run
• Try different antivirus software to verify and take advantage of McAfee free online scan services
Free Sophos Conficker clean-up tool
• Make sure your machine is not infected with “conficker c” then you don’t have to worry about April 1st

Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the conficker worm’s makers.

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