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YapBrowser has returned

Yesterday I gave a talk at VB 2011 on the history of rogue web browsers – browsers that have been built from the ground up to cause end-users trouble. They often imitate the real thing, use similar logos to legit browsers, claim to be incredibly secure and offer...

Thank you, Steve Jobs

I can’t speak on behalf of all the folks on this side of the globe who loves technology, specifically from Apple. Who knows how these nifty gadgets have impacted their business and personal lives, but surely, the impact is hugely positive and lasting. Thank you,...

Charitable Results

One of our researchers noticed that searches in Yahoo! for popular programs will result in Yahoo! placing their own link as the first result, effectively bumping the official program links down into second place. Click to Enlarge Clicking the first link takes you to...

Green Card Lottery Spam

Here’s a curious bit of spam mail involving the well worn subject of Green Card Lotteries: Click to Enlarge Did you know the “Department of State” send out random emails from a free MSN address? No, neither did I. This multicoloured monstrosity...

More bad ads in Bing

Bad adverts in Bing leading end-users to Malware downloads first popped up on our radar on the 16th of September, and we covered them again on the 19th. Well, they’re back again – this time promoting fake Firefox downloads whose ads are displayed when...

The fake BBC video Facebook scam returns

It seems scammers have a bit of thing for spoofing BBC websites at the moment. Yesterday it was work from home scams, and last month it was a Facebook wheeze which (in a nutshell) went like this: “Lady Gaga is dead and here’s a BBC video to prove it, also...

Bioshocked

Just a quick heads up that there’s a Twitter spamrun targeting mentions of the videogame Bioshock Infinite. The promise: “My friend got Bioshock Infinite free”.  Click to Enlarge The reality: Click to Enlarge A woman doing aeroplane impressions....

Another round of bad ads in Bing

We’re seeing some more bad adverts popping up in Bing – just like the original attack, these results are served with very basic search terms so it’s pretty easy to stumble into one of the bad URLs. The results below appear when searching for...

Lucas Ex Machina: I never asked for this

In-game advertising has been around for a long time (specifically since 1978, when the Scott Adams game ‘Adventureland’ placed a promotional message in the game for his next release ‘Pirate Adventure‘, which involved crackers, a parrot and...

DeepSafe

I keep getting asked for comments on McAfee/Intel’s new Deepsafe. So what the heck, here goes. This is a great marketing pitch.  But remember that the platform that the technology is based upon, Intel VTx, is an open archictecture that any antivirus company can...

Touchpad? Touchbad.

Hands up: who wants a cheap HP Touchpad complete with charging dock and bluetooth keyboard? Yep, you all do. However, not only does this prospect look a little unlikely due to the ultra scarce stock, you may well find you end up with a little more than you bargained...

Rootcon 5: A Summary

I’m not saying all of my trips go horribly wrong, but exploding toilets, 1984 style televisions, badges that make no sense, surprises in alleyways and emergency fuel dumps could perhaps convince you otherwise. You’ll be...