Opinion

Blogging bad for you?

Weblogs are springing up all over the place, on every topic under the sun. And not surprisingly, blogs have drawn the attention of virus writers as a new way of infecting computers. A recent report shows that blogs are being used to install viruses, keyloggers and other malicious code.

So should we close our blog? Or tell you to stop reading weblogs altogether?

I don’t think so. But weblogs are a potential threat, so here are our guidelines on how to protect your computer.

  • Anti-virus software is a must!
  • You must keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. Choose a vendor that provides frequent updates and make sure that you download the latest update.
  • Don’t trust any information from unknown sources: this includes email, instant messaging programs, FTP, and the Internet [e.g. weblogs!].
  • Be very wary of unusual or strange information, even if you seem to have received it from a trusted source.
  • Pay careful attention to information from reputable anti-virus companies. We’re able to give prompt warning about new threats.

In short: use the latest anti-virus protection and be very very careful who you trust…

Blogging bad for you?

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Reports

The SessionManager IIS backdoor

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APT ToddyCat

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WinDealer dealing on the side

We have discovered that malware dubbed WinDealer, spread by Chinese-speaking APT actor LuoYu, has an ability to perform intrusions through a man-on-the-side attack.

APT trends report Q1 2022

This is our latest summary of advanced persistent threat (APT) activity, focusing on events that we observed during Q1 2022.

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