Tag: malware

PDF malware targets 2012 Olympic Games fans

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A Finnish security firm has come across a London 2012 Olympic Games themed PDF which contains malware. As is often the case, the exploit targets older versions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat.

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New major malware attack for PDF users

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Security companies alerted PDF users today of a new malware attack that hopes to exploit users of PDFs by using an unpatched design flaw in the PDF format. Mary Grace Gabriel, a research engineer in CA Inc.’s security group, stated on her blog, ‘CA ISBU recently received spam emails disguised as a legitimate email from ‘your Company System Admin’. The spam mail informs the recipient about a recent change in mailbox servers and requires the user to check the malicious PDF attachment containing the instructions to update mail settings.’

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Security firm Finjan reveals more cybercrime with PDFs

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Security firm Finjan has released its ‘Web Security Trends Report Q4 2008’ (N.B.: the report requires registration), findings from its Malicious Code Research Center, identifying and analyzing the latest trends in cybercrime.

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This week in PDF: Adobe warns of critical” bugs in Acrobat and Reader”

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The big news this week in PDF is being made by several security vulnerabilities affecting Acrobat and Adobe Reader that could be used to hijack a user’s system. Planet PDF talks about the nature of the vulnerabilities and their current status.

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Ubiquitous PDF: Falling off a blog…

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Blogs are all around these days, and can be a great way to stay in the loop on everything from the lives of friends to market trends and even inside scoops in the case of corporate blogs. As highlighted in a talk at the recent Black Hat security conference, the bad news is that web-based feeds such as RSS and Atom, which quickly send updated blog information to subscribers, are not without their risks.

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Ubiquitous PDF: Malware responses

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Malware attacks are at best an annoyance and at worst, can ruin your day and harm your business. TechWeb’s Ross M. Greenberg has written a guide to minimizing the impact of malware attacks on your site, system or business. Best of all, the guide, entitled ‘Malware Responses: What To Do Before, During, And After An Attack‘ has been made available as a free download!

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Adobe patches security hole in Reader, Acrobat

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Last Wednesday, Adobe Systems acknowledged a vulnerability in both Adobe Reader and Acrobat that could be exploited using malware to release sensitive system information. Under certain circumstances, it is possible to discover the existence of local files on an end-user system using XML scripts.

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