Security Shorts: Holiday Edition

by News Editor on November 30th, 2012 in Industry and Security News.

Lavasoft News has compiled a list of "security shorts" - summaries of other online security stories making news around the world this past month.


Trojanized Thanksgiving-Themed Screensavers Lurking Online

A screensaver named Thanksgiving Day.scr, a malware created by cyber crooks was being offered for download during the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a prime example of how malware can be bundled up with seemingly innocuous software in order to fly under the users' radar. What did this malware do? Read more


Online marketers behind weight loss spam ads to pay $2m to FTC

Remember those ads posting falsely depicting reporters from major news sites that supposedly tested the Acai Berry weight-loss products and colon cleansers with positive experiences? Well, those companies were accused of allowing affiliate companies to deceptively market commonly spammed products... Read more


Hungarian Woman Admits to Conspiracy in $550,000 eBay Card Fraud

Hungarian woman admitted to conspiring to steal $550,000 in an eBay card fraud together with her male partner, according to the US Department of Justice. In total, 36 victims were lured into sending money to fake accounts, 17 opened by the woman with bogus Hungarian passports... Read more


Facebook policy change results in hysteria — and a hoax

If you're confused over a recent email from Facebook regarding its data use policy, you're not alone. The email with the subject line, "Updates to Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”, sparked an online hysteria which divided the Facebook world into two factions… Read more


Attackers hijack the Romanian domains of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, others

The Romanian domain names of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab and other companies were hijacked on Wednesday and were redirected to a hacked server in the Netherlands. The DNS records for the affected domain names were modified, suggesting a possible security breach at the .ro registry... Read more