Apr 26 2010

iPad Users on Windows Targeted with Virus

iPad users on Windows computers are being targeted with malware, according to BitDefender. The users have been receiving emails with the subject line “iPad Software Update” that have a link to a page that looks like a legitimate download page where the user can download what is allegedly an iTunes update. However, the download is actually Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, which opens a backdoor allowing hackers to take control of a system whenever they want. The malware also tries to read the keys and serial numbers of software installed on the computer and logs passwords to the user’s ICQ, Messenger, and POP3 mail accounts.

There are some things Windows users can do to keep themselves safe: most importantly, they should realize that when Apple releases an update, it always releases a lot of documentation pertaining to the update. Windows users should search the Internet for information about their updates and download them from the Apple website (that is, do not click any links—just go directly to apple.com).

Mac users are not affected by this malware. As an Apple fan, my response will probably be pretty predictable: this is yet another reason to switch to Mac.

Via CNET News, image via BitDefender.

Mar 8 2010

In Windows XP, Only Hackers Can Hear Your Cries For Help

It should come as a surprise to no one that I have a very low opinion of Windows XP; I still maintain that any other modern OS is better.  It seems like Microsoft’s security bulletins are only looking to further my point.

Latest in the XP Bug Saga: F1, the universally known help key, has fallen victim to malicious hackers on the internet.  Evidently pressing F1 on certain websites in Internet Explorer exposes the user to any code a person seeks to run on their PC.  The detailed security bulletin from Microsoft is as follows:

“The vulnerability exists in the way that VBScript interacts with Windows Help files when using Internet Explorer.  If a malicious Web site displayed a specially crafted dialog box and a user  pressed the F1 key, arbitrary code could be executed in the security context of the currently logged-on user.”

Microsoft’s current advice? Don’t press F1 if a website tells you to.  My advice? Ditch IE and Windows XP. The Internet and web developers around the world will thank you.

Via Gizmodo, image via Wikipedia.

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