Last week AV-Test entered the 50 millionth piece of malware into its malware database. The newest threat is a PDF file that exploits a vulnerability in Adobe Reader in order to infect Windows systems, furthering a trend of attackers exploiting third party applications instead of operating systems or browsers.
Gartner released the new Magic Quadrants for SSL VPNs in December, ranking vendors based on their performance in 2009 and 2010. Gartner focuses on influential and highly visible remote access vendors, and identifies strengths and cautions for each vendor in the full report.
A Twitter worm is in wide circulation this morning, leading users to the "Security Shield" rogue antivirus. The worm uses Google's goo.gl redirection service to get users to the scareware site and trick them into downloading a fake antivirus program.
The New York Times reported that the Stuxnet worm may be a joint project between the U.S. and Israel with the goal of undermining Iran’s uranium enrichment program.
Nuclear equipment identical to Iran’s facility at Natanz is said to have been built in Israel to test the effectiveness of the Stuxnet worm. Though it is still unclear who exactly created the worm, Stuxnet is credited with putting a huge setback in Iran’s ability to create their own nuclear bomb.
Scareware, an FBI term for fake antivirus alert pop-ups, has been around for a while, but convincing graphics continue to trick people into giving out credit card information and installing fake antivirus software. Scareware is often embedded into popular sites or on banner ads, and creates a pop-up warning that your system has become infected.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 6, 2011 – OPSWAT announced today the official release of the Citrix Endpoint Analysis Portal at citrix.opswat.com, which provides Citrix Access GatewayTM customers free tools to generate custom compliance policies for endpoints and to scan user devices for malware.