Guidelines for Anti-Spyware Makers Finalized
The Anti-Spyware Coalition, of which Lavasoft is a member, has finalized a new set of documents designed to provide vendors with guidelines in their development of anti-spyware software. The “Best Practices” documents were released in January, but readers were given one month to offer feedback. Read the documents in their entirety on ASC’s website.
China Becomes Home of the Botnet
The world’s most populated nation is also the world’s botnet epicenter. China has pushed Britain out of top spot, hosting the highest number of compromised, zombie computers. According to a new report by Symantec, China accounts for 26 percent of all bot-infected PCs; the city of Beijing alone has just over five percent.
ID Theft Rampant in NY & California
Residents of New York City and Los Angeles are more likely to be victims of identity theft, according to a new study by an American fraud security firm. ID Analytics found that the states of New York, California and Nevada have the highest incidence of attempted ID theft, compared to Wyoming, Vermont and Montana, which have the lowest rates. Urban areas had higher fraud rates. Read why at Reuters.
Anti-Scam Scam Makes the Rounds
Security firms are warning of the latest phishing scam which uses new bait to lure its victims – other phishing scams. E-mails claiming to be from the Anti-Scam Department of the British Secret Intelligence Service have been “warning” computer users that they may have been victims of a scam and encourage them to reply with their personal details, offering free investigative services.
Possible Hole in IE7’s Phishing Filter
Microsoft is investigating a possible hole in Internet Explorer 7 that could aid the creators of phishing scams. An Israeli developer writes on his website that cyber crooks can actually use an error message displayed by the browser to send surfers to malicious websites disguised as trusted sites. IE 7 on both Windows Vista and XP are reportedly affected. (Microsoft had not provided a security patch at the time of publication).
Mapping out Risky Domains
One in 10 websites that end in .tk, the domain for the island of Tokelau, either spread malware or warrant a warning due to pop-ups. Security firm McAfee has mapped out where it is safe to surf the web and where it is risky. It looks like domains ending in .gov are the safest on the Net. The riskiest large country domains are Romania (.ro) and Russia (.ru); they are also the most likely to host sites that try to exploit security holes in web browsers.