August 24, 2010

Malware May Have Caused 2008 Plane Crash

While this isn’t real­ly gam­ing relat­ed, Mal­ware makes a big impact on the mod­ern com­put­er world and this real­ly goes to show how dev­as­tat­ing Mal­ware can be.  Author­i­ties inves­ti­gat­ing the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have dis­cov­ered a cen­tral com­put­er sys­tem used to mon­i­tor tech­ni­cal prob­lems in the air­craft was infect­ed with Mal­ware. An inter­nal report issued by the air­line revealed the infect­ed com­put­er failed to detect three tech­ni­cal prob­lems with the air­craft, which if detect­ed, may have pre­vent­ed the plane from tak­ing off, accord­ing to reports in the Span­ish news­pa­per, El Pais. The flight of 172 crashed short­ly after take off and left only 18 sur­vivors putting the death toll at 154 pas­sen­gers.  The infec­tion could of entered the plane in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways include to a VPN con­nec­tion, USB dri­ve or an infect­ed file already on theRead more…

April 12, 2010

Fake Facebook Ad

“A mali­cious adver­tise­ment has been found with­in an appli­ca­tion for Face­book that redi­rects users to fake antivirus soft­ware, accord­ing to a secu­ri­ty researcher.  The ban­ner adver­tise­ment for greet­ing cards is inter­mit­tent­ly dis­played with an appli­ca­tion called Farm Town, which has more than 9 mil­lion month­ly users accord­ing to infor­ma­tion pub­lished on Face­book. If the bad Shock­wave Flash adver­tise­ment is dis­played, the user is redi­rect­ed from Face­book through sev­er­al domains and ends up on a Web site sell­ing fake antivirus soft­ware, said San­di Hard­meier, who stud­ies mali­cious adver­tise­ments and blogged about the issue.(See also “How to Remove Fake AV Soft­ware.”)” Says PC World.  You can read the full art­cile here.  The Ad itself is said to be harm­less but it is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed that users NOT click on any of the ads claim­ing to clean their sys­tem.  It’s sort of fun­nyRead more…

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