The Dark Knight

by Wolfa on April 30th, 2009 in Everyday Life at Lavasoft.

Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs) have become a massive industry over the last decade. World of Warcraft alone has approximately 10 million active users. (1) That's more than Sweden’s total population! A lot of users and money involved means that malware writers have a good opportunity to earn some "easy cash".


We’ve all heard of the basic ways that we can each do our part to help the environment: plant trees, use less electricity, recycle.  According to a new study, we may soon be adding something not quite so mundane to that list: use a spam filter.


While traveling in Asia, I recently experienced extremely low security levels at an Internet café. I went in to check my e-mail and made a security check on the Windows OS. I opened Windows Task Manager and looked for suspicious applications running, thinking that probably thousands of users must have used this machine.


New Rogue!! WiniBlueSoft

by Albin on April 23rd, 2009 in Rogues.

Yet another rogue anti-spyware application has been released. This time it's called WiniBlueSoft. 

 


Google Street View has now - starting Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - been launched in Sweden. Google's 360 degrees horizontal and 290 degrees vertical filming may catch you in action when you are taking your daily walk on the boulevard! Google Street View, a feature associated with Google Earth and Google Maps, was first launched in May 2007, when Google´s Chevy Cobalt units with roof-mounted cameras became part of the city images.


Zango, a long-time adversary for Ad-Aware, is closing the doors. There is thus far conflicting news out there. The Register said yesterday that they are bankrupt. NetworkWorld said on Monday that they were purchased by Blinkx. There is also the personal blog posting of Zango co-founder Ken Smith that is worth the read if you are really interested.


The nature of malware infections has changed during the past years. A long time ago, malware and viruses were spread in much less sophisticated ways. (1) Times are not the same anymore because malware authors constantly invent new intellectual ways to compromise machines.


New rogue: HomeAntivirus 2009

by LS Anders on April 21st, 2009 in Rogues.

HomeAntivirus 2009 uses many of the normal rogue behaviors. First and foremost, it puts plenty of garbage files on the system that it then detects as malware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


You may have seen the headlines last week about a series of worm attacks on Twitter. As we know that many of you use the site (and maybe even follow the team here at Lavasoft on it) we’d like to take a moment to clarify what it was and how you can stay safe.

 


The men behind The Pirate Bay were today found guilty of aiding and abetting illegal downloads of copyrighted materials via their BitTorrent Tracker site. The accused were all sentenced to one year's imprisonment by the Stockholm District Court.