Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

January, 2010

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    New Facebook worm

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    This morning, I was once again browsing through my Facebook lists (man, Facebook really is a gold mine of material for the cybersecurity world, isn’t it?).  I came across something a friend of mine posted, it is entitled “My ex-girlfriend of 2 years...
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    Australia booting infected computers off their networks

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    The Australian has a good article describing the efforts some of their ISPs are making in an attempt to clean up their act: the government is encouraging ISPs to detect computers on their network that are infected and part of botnets, and to communicate...
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    More on Google and the cyberattacks

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    The Financial Times has an update on the cyberattacks that targeted Google last week and caused Google to threaten to pull out of China. Hackers target friends of Google workers By Joseph Menn in San Francisco Published: January 25 2010 23:47 | Last updated...
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    More Facebook spam

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    This morning, I logged into my Facebook account to see what all of my various friends were up to.  Is anyone having a birthday?  I shall write on their wall some warm wishes.  Is anyone doing anything interesting?  Perhaps I could...
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    Spam is solved, we can all go home now

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    The NewScientist has an article on an interesting new antispam technique.  Here’s an excerpt: SPAMMERS' own trickery has been used to develop an "effectively perfect" method for blocking the most common kind of spam, a team of computer...
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    My new Best Buy $1000 Gift Card

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    Yesterday, I was browsing through Facebook.  I never really look at the ads on the right hand side of the page.  Or rather, I should say that I never click on them.  However, yesterday, my curiosity was piqued.  There was an ad that...
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    How low can you get?

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    A colleague forwarded me the following scam today, spammers taking advantage of the recent earthquake in Haiti.  It sure didn’t take them long to prey on people’s emotions.  Here’s an excerpt: Human Relief Foundation 755 Romford Road Manor Park...
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    Google and the cyberattacks

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    Well, we’re barely two weeks into 2010 and already we have some interesting geopolitical stories about cyber security. In a one-two punch combination, Google this past week threatened to pull out of China, ostensibly over the issue of censorship. At the...
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    An adventure in Peru, part 7 – Finale

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    This story is (mostly) fiction.  But it’s quite entertaining if you use your imagination.  And who knows?  It could have been true. If you’ve been following my story for the past few posts, you’ll know that I was in dire straits. ...
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    Google’s rocky relationship with China

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    The following article is a reprint from Stratfor (subscription required). I am re-posting it here because it illustrates the difficulties that foreign companies have when attempting to make a profit in China. In case you are unaware, on Tuesday, Jan 12...
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    Another botnet taken down

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    A few weeks ago in the beginning of November, I posted a blog post about the highest number of spamming botnets that we see on our network.  In roughly the following order, the worst botnets were the following: Rustock Bagle-cb Cutwail Darkmailer...
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    Analysis of a spam message using extensive spoofing techniques

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    Today, I came across a spam message pushing Asian porn.  The body of the links contained a redirector from google.com.tw and yahoo sites to the sites containing the payload.  It’s a pretty standard technique for spammers to exploit known trusted...
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    An adventure in Peru, part 6 – The Showdown

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    This story is (mostly) fiction.  But it’s quite entertaining if you use your imagination.  And who knows?  It could have been true. Continuing on from my previous post (which I last wrote two weeks ago… where have I been?), I was facing...
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