1. Editor's Dossier - Adding an Extra Layer of Protection
2. Interview with ClearCloud Product Manager Curt Larson
3. Eyes Only Your Viewpoint on Security Issues - Firefox Add-ons - Bank Rapport
4. Operations: What You Need To Know - VIPRE Antivirus Achieve Gold Level OESIS OK Certification - Threat Level Elevated - Recent Updates
5. This Week's Top 10 Spyware Threats
6. Dirty Tricks - Spam volume plunges in wake of Pushdo takedown - A quarter of worms designed to spread via USB - Attack of the Flash cookie zombies - Spam scheme spreading via Facebook chat - How to Disable Facebook Places
7. Zone - Cool Products & Other Stuff - Your Car's Data Port Comes in Handy - Going Solar Economically - Plastic to Oil - 1200 Yard Gong Shot
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Our new ClearCloud is creating quite a stir. I had to sit down with Curt the Product Manager and ask him a bunch more questions, which he was kind enough to answer. One thing that is really neat is that ClearCloud updates malicious sites in real-time so that is always current and there is no download to wait for, a distinct extra layer of your defense.
VIPRE was recently awarded Gold Level Certification from OESIS. That service monitors updates of signature-based security applications and enables technology vendors to check the exact update status of applications detected. Enjoy the latest issue of SunbeltSecurityNews. And remember stay safe out there.
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Interview with ClearCloud Product Manager Curt Larson
The interest in our ClearCloud Beta Program has been astounding and the program is still open. If you are interested, simply click on the links at the end of the interview.
SSN: If VIPRE 4.0 premium blocks websites, why would I need ClearCloud? CL: ClearCloud is available to anyone and everyone. ClearCloud has the advantage of being updated faster than VIPRE Premium, so the latest malicious web sites are blocked before your definitions may have been updated. CL: ClearCloud is available to anyone and everyone. ClearCloud has the advantage of being updated faster than VIPRE Premium, so the latest malicious web sites are blocked before your definitions may have been updated.
SSN: Will ClearCloud be marketed as a separate product? CL: Yes.
SSN: How much will it cost? CL: ClearCloud is a free service to everyone.
SSN: How does ClearCloud differ from OpenDNS? CL: OpenDNS is content filtering. It filters content based on categories of sites, such as gambling, pornography, lingerie, social networking, humor, and more. These sites may not be malicious, but they are generally considered unacceptable types of content. OpenDNS is often used in place of parental control software, and that's perhaps its best description. ClearCloud does not do content filtering. It performs security filtering. If a site is malicious, which means it's downloading a malicious file to your computer, capturing personal data, or enticing you to spend money on an illegitimate product (the software con), ClearCloud blocks it. If a gambling or porn site is not a security threat to your computer, ClearCloud won't block it. It's really that simple.
SSN: When ClearCloud goes into production, what will happen to my web browsing if the ClearCloud site goes down? CL: The ClearCloud service is hosted at 11 locations throughout the world, at facilities that host internet services for thousands of companies, plus a back- up. In the unlikely event that all 11 locations go down simultaneously, it will be bigger problems than just ClearCloud.
SSN: Will it have a user-friendly interface like VIPRE, where I can disable it temporarily on a specific URL through a left click, etc. CL: Yes, there is a simple little utility that enables or disables ClearCloud at the click of a button. Unfortunately however, browsers don't necessarily recognize the change immediately. Browsers will "cache," or save in memory, the most recent settings. We've found that Firefox, Chrome and Safari will "accept" the change in ClearCloud, but Internet Explorer will take as long as 45 minutes before it recognizes the change. There however, will not be a "left-click" or "right-click" option to continue to a particular site when we release for production.
I am surprised not to read anything about BetterPrivacy for dealing with .sol cookies, and FlashBlock for dealing with flash objects. Both of these are simple and reliable add-ons for Firefox. -- JD
My bank wants me to add Rapport software as extra security against identify theft. They say it's compatible with other anti-virus software. I would like to get your opinion on this before I add any additional anti-virus software.
I also want to thank you for mentioning Secunia PSI and Malwarebytes in your Sunbelt Security News. Both of these are outstanding additions of security to any computer. I found numerous outdated and security risk, unpatched software with Secunia PSI and I discovered 2 malware bugs on my computer which Malwarebytes quickly deleted. Many, many thanks! - NH
Editor's Note: We spoke with Sunbelt Support Engineer Nick Hallin who told us the following: "I have actually spoken with the QA manager from Trusteer. We do see issues when running Rapport alongside our Sunbelt Personal Firewall but there are no known issues running Rapport alongside VIPRE Premium. Also, I don't believe Rapport is actually an anti-virus as this customer states. I believe it's just something like an anti-key logger for use when logging onto banking websites."
Operations: What You Need To Know
VIPRE Antivirus Achieve Gold Level OESIS OK Certification
GFI Software announced that its security business unit has completed certification from the OESIS OK program founded by OPSWAT, a provider of development tools that power software application manageability. This certification provides enterprise and consumer prospects and customers with independent verification that GFI VIPRE(r) Antivirus products operate seamlessly with thousands of compliance, manageability assessment and support solutions.
Threat Level Elevated
A vulnerability has been found in Apple QuickTime (for Windows) that could be used to run arbitrary code. (Secunia advisory here: http://bit.ly/cq2vts) RealPlayer has updated its video player for all operating systems to fix a variety of vulnerabilities. Bulletin here: http://bit.ly/aVv05o Microsoft has posted an advisory that explains the "DLL preloading attacks" and offers a work-around tool that "allows customers to disable the loading of libraries from remote network or WebDAV shares.
Adobe has posted Shockwave Player version 220.127.116.112 for Windows and Mac to fix critical vulnerabilities in version 18.104.22.1689 and earlier that could allow an intruder, to run malicious code on the affected system. Microsoft is warning that users who have failed to update their Java Runtime Environment (running versions up to 6 update 18) are vulnerable to drive-by downloads of Trojan Win32.TrojanDownloader.Unruy.
ACROS Security Company is reporting that Apple iTunes for Windows is vulnerable to a malicious dynamic linked library file that could be loaded and run from local drives, remote Windows shares or Internet shares.
Google Chrome version 5.0.375.127 (Linux, Mac and Windows). Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 8.2.3 and 9.3.3. Opera 10.61 (PCs, Mac and Linux).
This Week's Top 10 Spyware Threats
INF.Autorun (v) (fs): Trojan
Trojan.HTML.FakeAlert.e (v): Trojan
Trojan.HTML.FakeAlert.d (v): Trojan
Trojan.Win32.Bamital.c (v): Trojan
Spam volume plunges in wake of Pushdo takedown
A botnet responsible for frequent malicious spam campaigns has been reduced to a whisper. At least for now. Thanks to efforts by LastLine, makers of malware analysis tools, the Pushdo botnet has been crippled, which has resulted in the near immediate plummet in spam. http://www.sunbeltsecuritynews.com/M0AHSF/100901-spamplunges
A quarter of worms designed to spread via USB
A quarter of new worms this year specifically have been designed to spread through USB storage devices, researchers at Panda Security said Thursday. This malware typically is designed to copy itself to any device capable of storing information, including flash sticks, cell phones, external hard drives, DVDs, and MP3 players. The malware is highly effective and typically runs automatically when a USB device is connected to a computer, silently infecting the system. Make sure you have VIPRE set to scan devices! http://www.sunbeltsecuritynews.com/M0AHSF/100901-usbworms
Green Ray Solar has a solar panel that puts out alternating current, rather than direct current as most solar photovoltaic panels do today. AC panels can be simpler to install and wire together than traditional panels, which makes a piecemeal approach easier. http://www.sunbeltsecuritynews.com/M0AHSF/100901-solar
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