Tag Archives: PandaLabs

Report Indicates Trojan Threats Increasing

A new report tracking the number of IT threats in the first quarter of this year shows the number of threats has increased 26 percent since March of 2010. PandaLabs published the report and concluded the majority of IT threats came from Trojans. The virus comprised 70 percent of the …

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Two New Malware Strains Attack Facebook, IM

New scams conducted via Facebook and Twitter have been wreaking havoc on users in the last several days, PandaLabs reported. The first one, Asprox.N, has been identified as a Trojan sent via email informing users their Facebook account is being used to distribute spam. For that reason, the user’s login …

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Scary Movies, Halloween Popular Topics for Cyber Miscreants

Hackers are taking advantage of popular Hollywood scary movies, such as “Paranormal Activity 2” and “Friday the 13th,” to implement blackhat SEO attacks that target unsuspecting web users through search results, according to PandaLabs. In a blackhat SEO attack, cyber crooks place links to malicious sites in the search results …

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Anonymous Strikes Again; DDoS Attacks Spain's Copyright Society

After recently cyber assaulting anti-piracy advocates and threatening to attack until it “stops being angry,” hacker collective Anonymous has struck again. The target this time: the Spanish copyright protection society. PandaLabs reported how Anonymous yesterday launched a DDoS attack against the Spanish copyright protection society. As of 2:30 p.m. EDT …

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Top 7 Most Common Online Scams of the Decade

With 2010 drawing to a close, PandaLabs has released a ranking of the decade’s most widespread scams on the Internet, including 419 scam, ploys involving beautiful foreign women, and money-mule schemes based on too-good-to-be-true job offers. “As with all the classic scams that predate the Internet, many of the numerous …

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Cyber Crooks Crank Out 57,000 New, Fake URLs Weekly

Every week, cyber criminals are developing around 57,000 new fake web addresses, which are placed and registered on search engines in hopes of tricking innocent users to click on them, according to PandaLabs. PandaLabs has examined malicious URLs placed online during June 2010 to August 2010, by scammers to trick …

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10 Tell-Tale Signs of PC Infection

While many of today’s cyber threats have been designed to go unnoticed , there are still some tell-tale signs a computer system has been compromised. PandaLabs has released a guide for identifying those signs of computer infection, including sluggish performance, missing files, and disabled security components. The guide encourages computer …

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Safe Summer Surfing: Tips from PandaLabs

PandaLabs yesterday published its annual security tips for consumers to stay safe and prevent their falling prey to Internet scammers this summer. “This year we ask users to take particular care with the information they share across social networks,” said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs. “This applies particularly to …

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Cyber Hygiene Tips for Vacation

As summer draws into its second month, many people are traveling to various locations for vacation. However, that doesn’t mean cybersecurity considerations should fly out the window. PandaLabs has compiled a list of cybersecurity tips to remember when preparing for vacation. “The main advice I usually give is to use …

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Past Year Outstrips Previous Levels in New Malware

In the past year, 25 million new strains of malware have been developed according to a recent report by PandaLabs. This represents a significant increase in new strains of malware; prior to this year on 15 million strains had been developed in the past 20 years. The largest increases in …

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New Fake Anti-Virus Program Forces Users to Download

Researchers at PandaLabs have discovered a new fake anti-virus program that forces users to purchase the software. The program, using a combination of techniques, hijacks the target computer and keeps the computer from functioning until the victim purchases the fake program. The program forces infected users to pay around $120 …

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