Monday, August 22, 2011

Cyber criminals are now using fake Microsoft update website to launch fake Antivirus attack targeted at users of FireFox on Windows.  Chester Wisniewski, a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada is warning of the new “distribution model” of a fake antivirus which attempts to fool customers into thinking they’re actually downloading and installing a security solution from Microsoft Update. 
Cyber crimials have created a fake page which looks like original Microsoft update page but the property of this web page is that it only comes when you are surfing on firefox on windows. This type of social engineering has been used many times to launch this type of attacks. In this attack a warning is shown to users with a message that Critical update is needed.
Users update their system to protect from attackers but they are actually infecting their system with a malicious software.
There are millions of people worldwide who use Facebook every day for uploading pictures, videos, and information about where they are, what they're doing, and how they're feeling. There is one group of people, however, who has decided to make a stand against the privacy, or lack thereof, that Facebook has given its millions of users.

The matter of a user's privacy on websites like Facebook has been an ongoing debate among a very large number of people. Despite the fact that the vast majority of Facebook itself can be set to only allow your friends to see anything at all except your name and a picture, the applications that millions of people use through Facebook are constantly getting your information and using it for any number of things -- everything from deciding which ads to show on sidebars to gaining your computer's location based on your IP address.
Certain members of the hacker group known as Anonymous have decided to make a stand against Facebook; through a message sent to Internet users all over the world via YouTube, the group has declared it is going to "kill Facebook" Nov. 5, 2011. Strange that an organization devoted to finding, getting, and using your information is concerned about the privacy that Facebook offers.
Information from states that this comes after the group's Google+ account, called "Your Anon News," was banned. The group also has plans to create its own social networking website at They state that this networking website will be "a new social network where there is no fear of censorship, blackout and nor of holding back." 
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Again a big hacking news and this time it came from Canada. This time hackers hacked the website of a prominent Canadian newspaper early on Tuesday and posted a false news item alleging Quebec Premier Jean Charest had died of a heart attack. This false entry was on the page for more than a hour and it was re tweeted by many users before deletion. But this false news was spreaded among thousands of Internet users.
"We offer our most sincere apologies to the premier. Measures are being taken to find the person responsible for this crime," the newspaper said on its website.
Nothing about the hacking is disclosed by the newspaper. It said that engineers are working to find flaw and the hacker who did this.
According to report on StatCounter, StumbleUpon has beaten facebook and drive traffic to over 50% websites in U.S. StumbleUpon was rival in this field but lost market to facebook. As on the month August,  facebook has fallen down to 38% in US. Stumble upon has only 12 million users while facebook has more than 750 million users. This is really a great achievement for the company.
But if we consider the worldwide traffic, facebook is still market rival and makes upto 60% web traffic on the web while stumbleupon is on 2nd with 28%.
StatCounter’s measurements do not include HTTPS traffic though. The service is unable to track social sharing with HTTPS security and it’s possible that Facebook’s drop in traffic is a result of users turning to HTTPS to protect Web browsing.  
StumbleUpon recently passed a milestone of 25 billion clicks of the Stumble button which translates to an average of about 2000 clicks of the Stumble button per user.