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Massive Increase in Boot Time Malware is Reported by Researchers

By |August 24th, 2011|Categories: NetSec, Security, Technology, Virus / Malware|

In the August 2011 Symantec Intelligence Report, the company noted there have already been as many new boot time malware threats detected in the first seven months of 2011 as there were in the previous three years. Also known as MBR (master boot record) threats, the malware infects an area of the hard disk that makes them one of the first things to be read and executed when a computer is turned on. This enables the threats to effectively dodge many security defenses.

Thousands of compromised WordPress blogs infect Google Image Search

By |August 9th, 2011|Categories: NetSec, Technology, WordPress|

Google Image Search been known to lure users to compromised sites before. A large contributing factor is that these sites often use the WordPress, which is infamous for the great number of security bugs that make it such a perfect target. This once again was pointed out by security researcher Denis Sinegubko, who found over 4000 WordPress blogs hijacked by unknown attackers and filled with popular search keywords and images that redirect users to sites which contain drive by mal-ware download exploits.