Cybersecurity Bill Grants President Obama Emergency Control of Internet

While you may think that the government is attempting to take charge of everything from the automotive industry to healthcare, there is another battle that could lie in the hands of our government in the cyberworld when it comes to cybersecurity. Surprisingly, according to CNET, the president of the United States, President Barak Obama, could seize temporary control of private sector networks in the case of a cybersecurity emergency. In such an "emergency" or attack, the president would be able to appoint the national defense and security to take needed action for the restoration of the affected infrastructure or network. The president's ability to control affected networks in the case of an emergency is made possible due to a bill, worked on by West Virginia's Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller. Within the bill, it states, "In the...

Posted on August 28, 2009 in Computer Security

Spyware Crusade

Spyware Crusade (also known as SpywareCrusade) is a rogue anti-spyware application sponsored through the use of affiliated trojans and browser hijackers. Once active, Spyware Crusade will begin generating fake system scans that display fictitious and overly exaggerated infection results, along with fake security alerts, in order to trick the user into believing that the computer is infected. The user is then prompted to purchase and download the commercial version of Spyware Crusade in order to combat these threats.

Posted on August 28, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Toolbar.MyWebSearch

Toolbar.MyWebSearch, also called W32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch, is issued in fake security alerts and fake desktop pop-up windows, generated by the rogue anti-spyware application known as Antivirus XP 2008. This method is used to intimidate the user into believing that the computer has been compromised, and is then prompted to purchase and install the fake spyware remover Antivirus XP 2008 in order to solve the problem.

Posted on August 28, 2009 in Fake Error Messages

Trojan.Renos

Trojan.Renos (also known as Trojan.Renos.G and Trojan.Renos.M) is a Trojan virus that infiltrates the computer via security exploits, and typically without the user knowing of the intrusion or being able to detect it. Once active, Trojan.Renos begins downloading additional malware onto the already compromised machine, and also allows an unauthorized user to gain remote access to the system.

Posted on August 28, 2009 in Trojans

Live-virus-scanner7.com

Live-virus-scanner7.com is a browser hijacker promoting the distribution of the rogue anti-spyware application known as Personal Antivirus. Due to affiliated trojans infiltrating the computer via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activities are redirected to the Live-virus-scanner7.com domain. Once here, the computer is subject to a fake online scan that displays fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection results, all in order to intimidate the user into purchasing and downloading the fake spyware remover Personal Antivirus.

Posted on August 28, 2009 in Rogue Websites

Live-virus-scanner7.com

Live-virus-scanner7.com is a browser hijacker promoting the distribution of the rogue anti-spyware application known as Personal Antivirus. Due to affiliated trojans infiltrating the computer via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activities are redirected to the Live-virus-scanner7.com domain. Once here, the computer is subject to a fake online scan that displays fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection results, all in order to intimidate the user into purchasing and downloading the fake spyware remover Personal Antivirus.

Posted on August 28, 2009 in Rogue Websites

SaveDefense

SaveDefense (also known as Save Defense)is a rogue anti-spyware application. Once active, SaveDefense will begin generating fake system scans that display fictitious and overly exaggerated infection results, along with fake security alerts, in order to trick the user into believing that the computer is infected. The user is then prompted to purchase and download the commercial version of SaveDefense in order to combat these threats. SaveDefense, that is another member of the family, is sponsored through the use of affiliated trojans and browser hijackers, much like its predecessors

Posted on August 27, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Safety Center

Safety Center screenshot

Safety Center is a rogue anti-spyware application originating from the same family as Secret Service and Privacy Center. Safety Center must be installed manually, and once active, begins display fake infection results in order to trick the user into believing that the computer has been compromised. The user is then prompted to purchase the commercial version of Safety Center in order to combat these threats or fix the various problems.

Posted on August 27, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Green-av.com

Green-av.com is a browser hijacker promoting the distribution of the rogue anti-spyware application known as Green AV. Due to affiliated trojans infiltrating the computer via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activities are redirected to the Green-av.com domain. Once here, the computer is subject to a fake online scan that displays fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection results, all in order to intimidate the user into purchasing and downloading the fake spyware remover Green AV.

Posted on August 27, 2009 in Rogue Websites

Green-av-pro.com

Green-av-pro.com is a browser hijacker promoting the distribution of the rogue anti-spyware application known as Green AV. Due to affiliated trojans infiltrating the computer via security exploits and modifying the browser settings, web-surfing activities are redirected to the Green-av-pro.com domain. Once here, the computer is subject to a fake online scan that displays fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection results, all in order to intimidate the user into purchasing and downloading the fake spyware remover Green AV.

Posted on August 27, 2009 in Rogue Websites

ACLU Chapter Raises Awareness Regarding Facebook Privacy

For those of you that use Facebook, you are more than likely aware of the numerous quiz applications making the rounds lately. "What is your real eye color?" or "Which reality television show are you?" are just two out of the multitude, and while they are an entertaining past time, how safe are they really? Apparently, these applications are not safe at all, according to the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who are presently campaigning to raise awareness of the privacy implications of Facebook's developer platform. In addition, this campaign appears to be focusing primarily on the popular "quiz" applications. Now according to the ACLU, the developers of these third-party applications, including the quizzes, end up having almost limitless access to your personal information once you begin using...

Posted on August 27, 2009 in Computer Security

VBS.Runauto.G

VBS.Runauto.G is a computer worm that propagates by copying itself to removable storage devices that execute when connected to another computer. It may also spread via network shares. VBS.Runauto.G provides an unauthorized user remote access to the compromised computer by creating and establishing backdoor ports. This may lead to identity theft.

Posted on August 27, 2009 in Worms

Packed.Generic.245

Packed.Generic.245 is a detection method for malicious files intentionally encrypted in order to avoid detection from antivirus programs and software security, and remain concealed on system processes. Packed.Generic.245 is packed using illegitimate software.

Posted on August 27, 2009 in Malware

Green AV

Green AV screenshot

Green AV is a rogue anti-spyware application that infiltrates a computer system with the aid of affiliated trojans and security vulnerabilities. Once active, Green AV runs fake system scans that display fictitious and sometimes grossly exaggerated infection results, along with fraudulent security alerts, in order to trick the user into believing the computer has been compromised. Green AV even goes so far as to claim monetary donations towards the environment for each product the user purchases in order to combat non-existent parasites.

Posted on August 26, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Virus.Wixud.A

Virus.Wixud.A is a virus that may infiltrates the computer covertly, without user knowledge or consent. Once active, Virus.Wixud.A may then seek out shared folders and peer-to-peer sharing applications in order to spread, infecting executable files and .exe files in folders that are associated with file sharing programs.

Posted on August 26, 2009 in Viruses