With no actual Halloween-based security threats to report, it looks like the security vendors have had no choice but to start reporting scary stuff that might happen to your data instead. While I have no qualms about genuine warnings to 'be careful out there' this Halloween, a little reminder about not clicking like an idiot on something stupid just because it is seasonally apt is never a bad thing, I do have a bit of a beef when that advice is wrapped up in a press release in order to get some column inches for the vendor concerned. I will …

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You probably call it Halloween, for myself and other pagans it is [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain"]Samhain[/URL], but for the cyber-gangs it is phishing time. Seasonally-themed spam is on the up at this time of the year, Halloween related messages accounting for 0.5% of the daily spam traffic by volume in mid-October according to the latest [URL="http://www.messagelabs.com/intelligence.aspx"]Symantec MessageLabs Intelligence Report[/URL]. Currently, with the 'Witch's New Year' Sabbath itself coming this weekend, there are some 500 million emails circulating worldwide and the majority of the Halloween spam is originating from the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19931/53/"]Rustock[/URL] and Donbot [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/24603/1231/"]botnets[/URL]. Most of this would appear to be pointing towards pharmaceutical …

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Hands down, April Fool's Day is an IT worker's favorite "holiday" because there are so many [URL="http://www.aprilfoolzone.com/computer.htm"]ways to mess with an unsuspecting computer[/URL] user. Halloween runs a close second, though, because its the one day out of the year when we can fly our geek flag with pride. For instance: [URL="http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2008/07/31/comic-con-best-star-wars-costumes/"]Star Wars costumes[/URL] -- Even though some of us still dress up in our finest Star Wars regalia on other days during the year, Halloween is when we can really let our hair down and roam the streets as a Ahsoka Tano or a Rebel pilot without anyone batting an …

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