Facebook CAPTCHA fail

SophosLabs: Facebook has taken security to a whole new level. I think this speaks for itself.

August 4, 2011 · 1 min · 16 words · Omid Farhang

Are You Smarter Than John?

How not to manage your passwords… John, and his unique approach to security is part of an F-Secure Internet Security 2011 campaign. You can find more at besmarterthanjohn.com.

October 21, 2010 · 1 min · 28 words · Omid Farhang

Messages from Malware authors in Malware

During our analysis of the different malware families we sometimes stumble upon some messages inside the viruses placed there by their authors. For example, the TDSS Trojan family is known to contain random strings from “Hamlet” and from the Bible. Also there is the Koobface family which contains random sentences – mostly taken from Wikipedia articles, like in the last variant we discovered, about the Tower of London. TDSS: Koobface:...

October 2, 2010 · 1 min · 189 words · Omid Farhang

A little note to the guys at ESET

Alert reader Joe Fernandez over at the MalwareUp forum (http://malwareup.org) sent us a tip on this one. He was checking out the scripting in a rogue security product and found a little note to the guys at ESET anti-virus company (which makes ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 referred to below): Cute!

May 24, 2010 · 1 min · 50 words · Omid Farhang

RIP Windows Vista RTM

Avid readers of the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Blog (and really, how can you not be?) know that yesterday, April 13th, marked the end of support for Windows Vista RTM, also known as Windows Vista SP0. We’d like to say that we’ll miss Vista RTM. We’d like to say that… but, well… Ctrl+Alt+Del On a related note, Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will reach its end of support this summer on July 13th....

April 14, 2010 · 1 min · 154 words · Omid Farhang

Malware humor

Every once in a while, you find some odd piece of text in a piece of malware. Debugging the TDL 3 rootkit yields some interesting results. Here are messages that dump in the debug window at various times: Fri Apr 9 09:02:37.495 2010 (GMT-4): You people voted for Hubert Humphrey, and you killed Jesus Fri Apr 9 09:03:01.900 2010 (GMT-4): Ah Lou, come on man, we really like this place...

April 12, 2010 · 2 min · 231 words · Omid Farhang

Hacker Fail

Very funny: The story starts with an guy insulting everyone on the IRC channel. Most people there believed it was rather funny, but it got even more funny. For information: The dangerous hacker is called bitchchecker and the one being hacked and original author of the comments, who is talking here, is known as Elch. 127.0.0.1 is always the IP-adress of the computer you’re currently using, any request there will return to your computer....

March 2, 2010 · 1 min · 78 words · Omid Farhang