This week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that it has identified ‘widespread data breaches’ on peer-to-peer file sharing networks. The FTC notified nearly 100 organizations, including large and small businesses, schools, and local governments, that the sensitive personal information of employees and customers was available on P2P file sharing networks.


There’s long been disagreement surrounding the topic of the rights of organizations to monitor the activity of their computers or those on their networks.  An alleged invasion of privacy case centering on a high school in Pennsylvania, USA has revived the debate this past week, and brought in a new angle to it – what rights do students and school administrators have?


DesktopSecurity2010 is a new rogue anti-spyware application. It is a clone of DesktopDefender2010.
















Ad-Aware 8.2 Update

by Erin on February 19th, 2010 in Support, Lavasoft Products.

Following this week’s release of version 8.2 of Ad-Aware, Lavasoft became aware of an issue with scanning that affected a limited number of our Ad-Aware users. This has only affected users of Windows XP (Home and Professional).

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or concern this may have caused.  Lavasoft’s developers prioritized this issue in order to promptly resolve it, and a software update to fix the issue has now been released. In order to resolve the issue, please update Ad-Aware by clicking “Web Update.”


A new study released by fraud analysis firm Javelin Strategy & Research found that identity fraud rose to record rates this past year. According to Javelin’s “2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report”:


Today, we updated our anti-malware software, bringing you new features that will give a boost to your security whether you use Ad-Aware Free, Ad-Aware Plus, or Ad-Aware Pro.


SecurityEssentials2010 is a rogue anti-spyware application. It is a clone of InternetSecurity2010.















Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend. While you likely associate it with chocolate, flowers, and romance, those of us in the security world also identify it with something entirely different – malware. As we’ve approached February 14, there has, not surprisingly, been a rise in Valentine’s-related online ploys.


A new clone from the MalwareCatcher rogue security software family has now been released. 

The fraud tool is called SecurityAntivirus and will add hundreds of registry keys within:


Today, February 9, is Safer Internet Day. Organized by Insafe (the European Safer Internet awareness-raising network co-funded by the European Commission), Safer Internet Day is part of a global awareness-raising campaign to promote a safer Internet, especially for children and young people.


PaladinAntivirus is a new rogue anti-spyware application. It is a clone of ProtectionSystem.















New Rogue: Antivirus

by Albin on February 8th, 2010 in Rogues, Security Alert.

A new rogue security product was found by Lavasoft Malware Labs this afternoon (UTC+01:00 - Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna). It's called Antivirus and will show a long list of false positives to entice victims into buying the fraud tool.