Top Cricketer Likes Snails. Top Footballer Scores Goals. Idiot Tweeters Spam.

Here are a few links to some of the best articles I’ve come across on my internet travels this week –

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Its a total hoax but this story about Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s new house is a good read – apparently it’s shaped like a snail!

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The Register has uncovered a new tactic which may soon be seen in all those emails you get from ‘your bank’. Whilst directing people to a fake website that looks like their bank is nothing new this new tactic incorporates ‘live chat’ into the mix, unsurprisingly with a fraud investigator who needs the answers to your secret security questions.

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Sans.org asks why fake antivirus programs are so successful? The answer, it would seem, is all in the presentation. Oh, that and the fact that they make the scammers a boat load of cash.

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Pick Your Poison: KOOBFACE or FAKEAV? is a post by the guys over at VirusExperts.org that shows a new twist in how those behind the virus will attempt to ensnare Facebook users into their growing botnet.

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Are you on Twitter? Are you following more people than you thought you were? Are you receiving @reply and DM spam from people you don’t know? If so, John Chow may have stumbled upon the reason why.

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The Koobface worm has been around for a while now, especially on Facebook, but it would seem that the worm has now turned. The latest version would appear to have gone down the scareware route, much like Conficker, and also installs a Click Fraud Trojan. Scary stuff indeed.

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The Day Before Zero talks about the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), botnets and ISPs and how the latter could alert their customers if they have been entrapped into a botnet.

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Wired.com reported on a hoax about a supposed suicide bombing in America that just happened to be around the time of the 9/11 anniversary. The ‘bombers’ were, it was claimed, a rap group known as ‘The Berlin Boys’ and the hoax extended to Wikipedia entries and California phone numbers that were actually being answered via Skype. An embarrassingly large number of Germans believed it all.

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Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Liverpool beat West Ham today with the ‘unfit’ and ‘poorly-performing’ Fernando Torres scoring his 4th and 5th goals in just his sixth game of the season. Just wait until he hits top form…. “This year could be our year”….

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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