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Anonymous posts decompile of Stuxnet worm

Stuxnet is one of the more infamous worms we've read about in recent times, and it now appears that the rapscallions who are Anonymous have gotten hold of a copy of the Stuxnet code. Stuxnet, for those who aren't aware, drove attacks which crippled Iran's nuclear program. The code was pilfered from HBGary Federal after CEO Aaron Barr poked the beehive one time too many -- along with more than...

Microsoft removes Autorun from Windows Vista, XP, 2000

Last night, on Patch Tuesday, Microsoft distributed a security fix that disables Autorun with USB drives and other forms of removable storage on Windows Vista, XP and 2000, and Server 2008 and 2003. Windows 7 by default has Autorun disabled for removable storage, so this is just bringing the older OSes into line. This marks the end of an era, at least as far as worms like Conficker are...

Microsoft disables active links in Messenger 09 to halt spread of worm

The Inside Windows Live blog has announced that Microsoft has temporarily disabled active links for Windows Live Messenger (WLM) 2009 users. Its motivation: to prevent the spread of a malicious worm plaguing users of the instant messaging program. An infected user who is chatting with someone else could unknowingly send a poisoned link to other users -- who then click the link and download its...

Facebook "likejacking" worm tricks you into posting fake "likes"

If you click on an interesting Facebook link and find yourself redirected to a page with nothing but "click here to continue," close that window. You've been suckered by a popular Facebook worm that's spread to a reported 100,000+ users, generating fake "likes" on people's profiles. The fake likes link to those same "click here to continue" pages, perpetuating the cycle. One security firm is...

Jailbroken iPhones in Australia getting Rickrolled by a worm

If the possibility of having your jailbroken iPod Touch or iPhone held ransom for 5 Euros wasn't enough of a scare to make you change your root password, maybe this will. Users on an Australian forum site are reporting a new attack - one that's no stranger to love. You guessed it, the newest attack on jailbroken devices is a wallpaper Rickroll. Along with Rick Astley's devilishly handsome...

Peripheral maker Razer ships trojan with software updates

If you are looking for a good reason to have antivirus software on your machine even though you 'don't do anything dodgy on the internet', then here it is! Infected files drivers hosted at peripheral manufacturer Razer USA's website have been found by researchers at antivirus company Trend Micro after investigating reports received from concerned customers. Trend Micro confirmed that at least 8...

Wordpress under attack, upgrade your blog now

Several sites are reporting that a major attack on Wordpress blogs started yesterday. The latest version of Wordpress, 2.8.4, is not vulnerable to this particular worm, so upgrading now could save you a lot of headaches. The worm creates a new, hidden administrator account on your blog, allowing whoever's behind this thing to access the guts of your blog, databases and all. How do you know if...

1 million viruses, worms, and trojans on the loose

The internet is a scary place. No, we're not talking about predators out to rob you or offer candy to your kids. We're talking about malware like viruses, worms, and trojans. According to security company Symantec, the amount of malware on the internet has reached an all-time high, with over 1 million malicious programs in circulation. A surprsingly large number of those threats were developed in...

New OpenOffice bug affects Mac, Linux, as well as Windows

ZDNet UK is reporting that a just-discovered bug in OpenOffice can victimize versions of the software running on Mac and Linux in addition to Windows. The bug allows an attacker to use malformed TIFF images to run malicious code on the user's computer, ostensibly for the purpose of spreading the malicious code like a trojan. The official explanation of a heap overflow exploit can be found here....

Skype worm spreading quickly

If your'e a Skype user, be aware that a worm is spreading across the Skype network. The worm sends you a short chat message from a buddy's Skype client, asking you to open a malicious file, ostensibly sent to you by your buddy. They're calling this trojan "Ramex" or "Skipi", and, at least as of last night, Symantec and F-Secure both contain updates for their anti-virus software to block it, so...

If fish eat worms, what do worms eat? Music

If you're like most computer users, you probably have nearly 900 MP3s on your computer. If you're like most Download Squad readers you probably have closer to 9,000. Either way, they could all be gone in the blink of an eye. A new worm called W32.Deletemusic is moving from computer to computer in search of tasty MP3 files to eat (ie: delete). That's pretty much all this worm does. It won't steal...

Mario ate too many mushrooms and became a virus

Do we really need to tell you not to open e-mail attachments from unknown sources? No, I didn't think so. But while you've probably learned by now not to check click on messages promising images of naked starlets, you may have a soft spot in your heart for classic video games. Well, there's a new worm going around with a slight twist. It promises to let you play a classic Super Mario Bros. game....

Email worm infections declining

Fishermen may love worms, but Email readers sure dread them. Could 2007 be the year that all email viruses just stop? Highly unlikely, but they have dropped off quite a bit this year. A study just released by a security vendor found that mass emailing worms have been declining by 5% each month since the start of this year. Users have been educated and are more aware of the way to treat un- trusted...

3D Worm - Today's Time-Waster

Remember back in the day when the coolest feature on a cell phone was Snake? Today's time waster is that fantastic cell phone hit from ten years ago with a twist, this version is in 3-D. You play 3D Snake just like cell phone snake. The goal is to eat the apple and not run into a wall or yourself, the more you eat the longer you get and the harder the game becomes. If you thought it was...

Zotob writers jailed in Morocco

Farid Essebar and Achraf Bahloul were jailed after a court ruling in Morocco for creating and spreading the Zotob worm last year which did a lot of damage in the United States. They were convicted of conspiracy, theft, using forged credit cards and illegal access to computer systems. Along with Nathan Peterson of iBackup.net, these guys are the latest we've heard on computer criminal rulings in...