Guest blog

I spy with my private eye..

Regular visitors will be familiar with the case of Ruth and Michael Haephrati, the husband-and-wife team who wrote a Trojan horse and then sold it to detective agencies in Israel who used it to help business rivals spy on each other.


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Virus-writing contests are still a bad idea

There has been a right hoohah in the media and blogosphere about the “Race To Zero” contest being arranged for the next Defcon conference. In a nutshell, the “Race To Zero” organisers think it’s a good idea to encourage people to create new malware variants in order to test anti-virus products.


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Facebook, trolls, temples and death threats

Thanks to those of you who have dropped me a line in the last week or so following this story on The Register, “Facebook Troll sends mob against Cluley.”


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Alleged webcam peeping tom charged in Canada

A 27-year-old man who has been charged almost 60 times with allegations that he used malware to take over victims’ computers and intimidated young women into posing nude for him.


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German spooks deploy spyware against Afghan ministry?

An interesting news story broke this weekend in Germany. According to reports in Der Spiegel, the BND – Germany’s foreign intelligence service – used spyware to monitor the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Afghanistan.

Confidential documents, passwords and email communications are said to have been compromised by German spies, and sent to the BND’s headquarters in Pullach, Germany.


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Shifting sands in the P2P landscape

Some new research published by the Digital Music News Research Group has revealed some interesting changes in the use of peer-to-peer file-sharing applications.


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Will you be wishing Trojan Horses a happy birthday tomorrow?

If my maths is right (and it probably isn’t), Trojan horses will be 3193 years old tomorrow.

Yes, according to military historians the city of Troy fell to the Greeks on April 24, 1184 BC, following a ten year siege.


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BBC TV identity fraud documentary now online

BBC One has now broadcast the TV documentary we told you about yesterday examining the problem of identity fraud.


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Anti-virus company Trend Micro: Our website has been hacked, risk of Trojan horse infection

If you have visited the website of anti-virus company Trend Micro this week there is a chance that your computer has been exposed to malware.

According to reports in the Japanese media, a number of webpages on the firm’s Japanese and English-language website were altered by hackers on Sunday 9 March, who used a malicious iFrame exploit to deliver a Trojan horse onto surfers’ computers.


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29A virus-writing gang shuts down

A notorious virus-writing gang has announced that it has ceased its operations.


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Last day for UK citizens to petition for central e-crime police unit

It’s February 29th. If you’re a single man that means you’re living in mortal fear that your girlfriend will realise that you have been ignoring her hints for the last 4 years, take advantage of the Leap Year, and propose marriage to you.


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PayPal recommends surfers don’t use Apple Safari to browse the web

Michael Barrett, PayPal’s chief information security officer, is reported in the press today as recommending that surfers use Internet Explorer, Firefox or even Opera in preference to Apple’s web browser, Safari.


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20 hippos trying to get through a revolving door

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have been hitting the headlines more than normal in the last week following a number of high profile news stories.


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Petition Gordon Brown for UK e-crime unit

An online petition to Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been set up to call for the creation of a central e-crime police unit, as proposed by the Metropolitan Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers. The petition is growing in momentum, and signatories include members of the House of Lords Committee on Personal Internet Safety.


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Botmasters herded up by the FBI

Last week the newspapers were full of stories about the teenager arrested in New Zealand, accused of heading up an international hacking ring that broke into millions of computers around the world. The arrest came about following the successful co-operation between the FBI and the crime-fighting authorities in New Zealand and The Netherlands.


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Lost child benefit CDs: Have they looked down the back of the sofa?

It’s appalling. The loss of millions of people’s personal information by the HMRC shakes the trust that people need to have with government organizations to its foundations. Worryingly, new research conducted by Sophos has found that 58% of those polled believe the Government’s data loss was “inevitable”. Yes, we know that to to err is human, but to really screw things up it seems you need a Government department.


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