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C-level employees targeted in trojan attack

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 26, 2007

C-level employees targeted in trojan attack
Liam Tung, ZDNet Australia

25 September 2007 01:43 PM

C-level employees of publicly listed companies are being targeted by cybercriminals using malware-infected RTF (Rich Text File) documents disguised as recruitment letters.

Security vendor MesssageLabs reported that 1,100 e-mails containing malware-infected RTF attachments have been recorded over a 16-hour period this month. Four separate waves appeared between 13 and 14 September, the company said.

“All [the emails] were going after C-level management. The e-mails included the company name in subject field, purporting to be a recruitment company. What it had in the attachment is an executable RTF file,” a MessageLabs spokesperson said.

Similar e-mails were noticed in June this year, he said.

The e-mail, which contained no body text, included an .SCR screen saver dummy file within an executable RTF file, the spokesperson said. When recipients attempt to open the file, a message is displayed stating: “Microsoft has encountered an error and had to close.” The recipient is then advised: “To view this, double click on the message.”

Once activated, the RTF file starts a chain of downloads which establish a secure connection between the attacker’s server and the infected computer.

The C-level nature of the targets clearly indicates that the attackers are after information, MessageLabs spokesperson said, but the greater concern is the social engineering technique used to spread the trojan-harbouring e-mail.

“The way that this works has the potential to be so effective. You are getting that top down approach — if they forward that e-mail on internally, that e-mail is coming from a trusted source,” he said.

The spokesperson added that all the e-mails were addressed to a single person, which helps diminish their conspicuousness.

F-Secure security expert Patrik Runald recently postulated that the perfect attack would be a zero-day attack using a rootkit-cloaked trojan sent to an HR manager who, due to company policy, would be compelled to open the document.

He told ZDNet Australia: “These are scary cases because it’s really hard to protect yourself against. We have to run Office and we have to allow Word, RTF, PowerPoint and Excel files through. It shows that signature based antivirus is not enough; you need more technology than that.”

Runald said there is little organisations can do to protect against these threat types besides educating users of the risks because banning the receipt of common file types is impractical.

Heuristic or behavioural-based monitoring is proving to be more effective at blocking these attacks since the behaviour of the file remains the same despite different signatures being used, he said.

Source : zdnet.com.au

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More Bizarre (International!) Signs

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 25, 2007

and today’s winner is…

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Man Finds Oyster With Image of Jesus

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 24, 2007

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Bizarre Greek Signs (Part 3)

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 24, 2007

(Athens,El.Venizelos airport)

(Outside an Byzantine Monastery in Ithaki)

(Unknown location)

(Korinos)

(Inside Santorini’s airport)

(…)

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Drug Dealer calls cops after pot stash stolen

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 24, 2007

Drug Dealer calls cops after pot stash stolen
September 7th, 2007 by Nick

A marijuana dealer telephoned police after armed thieves stole his quarter-pound stash of pot. The 19-year-old Felton man told police that two men, one of them armed with a handgun, robbed him at gunpoint as he sat in his car on Tuesday night.

“It was unique to have people who were dealing drugs calling us when they’ve been ripped off,” police spokesman Zach Friend said.

After the thieves made off with his stash, the dealer telephoned police. When police arrived, the dealer’s story became progressively confused.

First he showed officers a medical marijuana card and told them he bought the pot at a medical marijuana dispensary. Then he said he got the pot from a friend. Eventually the dealer admitted he had arranged to sell the marijuana to the men who stole it from him, investigators said.

The Felton dealer wasn’t arrested.

“From our standpoint, it’s more important to address the fact there are individuals out there who are willing to use a weapon to commit robberies,” Friend said.

Source : wastednews.com

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Police Taser Man With Chicken in Car

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 24, 2007

Police Taser Man With Chicken in Car
Sep 18, 6:18 PM (ET)

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) – A man faces a number of charges, including drug possession, after a traffic stop in which he was stunned several times with a Taser and police found a live chicken.

Richard D. Brown, 34, was charged with cocaine possession with intent to deliver, maintaining a drug trafficking place, resisting an officer, obstructing an officer, second-offense operating while intoxicated and operating after revocation.

According to Sheboygan police, the incident started about 2 a.m. Friday when an officer spotted Brown involved in a potential drug deal and tried to stop him. The man threw a pack of cigarettes out of his car window and tried to run. The pack was found to have contained more than an ounce of cocaine, authorities said.

An officer pursued Brown, caught him, punched him in the head and knocked him to the ground, authorities said, but he tried to run again. A second officer zapped both men with a stun gun as they were struggling, and Brown again before he was handcuffed.

Brown told the officers he got the fowl from a local fast food restaurant, police have said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he received six stitches for two cuts on his face. The chicken was taken to the Sheboygan County Humane Society.

He faces up to 26 years in jail if convicted on all charges.

Source : apnews.myway.com

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TV Show of the day

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 23, 2007

They don’t get to sleep in Japan…

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Bizarre Greek Signs (Part 2)

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 23, 2007

(Amorgos)

(Athens)

(Samos)

(“Boxes for [human] bones on sale”)

(A Butcher’s sign : “By eating Basilis meat you don’t get fatter,you get prettier”)

(Crete)

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Accidents in Greece

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 22, 2007

Some really great videos…

When some kids are having fun…

When you’re trying to impress…

When you don’t pay attention…

…and the winner is…

When you must praise God for being lucky!

 

 

 

 

 

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(Bizarre) Video of the day

Posted by ILL Natured_gr on September 21, 2007

Pizza Pan Virgin Mary?

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