My van was built 15 years ago by Mazda in Japan as a multi-purpose 'people carrier' vehicle with the unlikely name of a Bongo. It has survived the years well, and I have now converted it into a camper van. Another 15 year old that travelled across the globe has not survived the passage time, and we can be thankful for that because I'm talking about the Love Bug. No, not Herbie the talking VW Beetle from those candy-sweet Disney films but rather a computer worm that spread like wildfire in May 2000. Also known as 'ILOVEYOU' thanks to the …

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Fast food chain KFC has had more than its fair share of Kentucky Fried WHAT? myths busted over the years. However, some of the stories turn out to be genuine such as the [breaded and deep fried kidney](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/ibrahim-langoo-brain-kidney-kfc_n_2425917.html) that was discovered by Ibrahim Langoo in a KFC in Colchester, England recently. I was therefore intrigued to learn that a worm had been found inside a KFC product. When I spotted that the press release detailing this came from the PR people at Internet security specialists McAfee I kind of started to realise that this was no food story, but rather …

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Hi all, I wanted to create a computer warm which create a file all over a network for learning purpose. But have no idea where to start. Can anyone guide me through how to create a simple one?. Any examples would be great.. thanks..

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I would like to open this thread by saying that the anti-virus industry is a SCAM ! SCAM ! I say. The proof is in the pudding. My PC is the pudding. The pudding has gone over three months now with NO Snortin' $ NORTON $, no $ Smackabee $ , et al ad infinitum ................. It's called, Hegelian Dialectic. CREATE THE PROBLEM, SELL THE SOLUTION. I DON'T HAVE ANY VIRUSES on my PC. It is used every day on the WORLD WIDE WEB ! The anti-virus problem was created by the $$ anti-virus $$ people. $$$$$$$$$$ Apprximately every 2 …

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A cyber weapon grade piece of malware, some twenty times the size of Stuxnet, has apparently been fired at a number of countries in the Middle East. This highly complex piece of code which takes screenshots of any open 'programs of interest' such as email or IM, records audio and sends large volumes of compressed sensitive data back to base, was uncovered thanks to research from Kaspersky Lab and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Described as being far more functional and far more complex than previous nation-state sponsored attacks such as Stuxnet, Flame has been found to be actively deployed …

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Hi, I recently got a virus which will not let me run any of my programs. I read the sticky thread about what to do before you post, but I cannot access the internet. I do however, have a USB which I can transfer over the programs requested, however, I will not be able to run any of those. My computer will not even let me use Ctrl+Alt+Del to view the processes. I have another laptop handy to download any files and transfer the via USB to my laptop. I have no idea what to do and would greatly appriciate …

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A couple of days ago i turned on my computer and it kept restarting every few seconds. Once i finally got on different programs said that they were failing and had to shut down. Sometimes i could not connect to the internet too. I also noticed that my computer was running slower then it usually does. So i did a virus scan with my symantec anti-virus but it didnt find anything. I had avira installed too but i didnt do a virus scan with it. None of them found any viruses when i was downloading stuff so i didnt know …

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Over the weekend news broke that a worm had started infecting Jailbroken iPhones in Australia. Nobody really took the exploit too seriously as all the 'ikee worm' did was change the phone wallpaper to a picture of 80's pop singer Rick Astley in a kind of warped tribute to the RickRolling Internet meme of last year. However, [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/11/08/warning-iphone-worm-starts-rickrolling/"]I warned[/URL] at the time that "as code variants continue to appear it is only a matter of time, and probably not that much of it, before a malicious party uses it to deliver a payload that is a whole lot more troublesome …

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Remember Conficker, the virulent worm which caused such havoc at the start of the year? No, well maybe news headlines such as '[URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22716/53/"]Virus sinks Royal Navy fleet comms[/URL]' and '[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220128.html"]Windows worm infects millions[/URL]' might help jog your memory. Well hold onto your hats people, Conficker is back. And this time it comes with a new twist. According to security specialists BitDefender the worm has not turned, but returned. Looking at the e-threat statistical report the company produces, I could hardly believe my eyes: sitting ugly on top of the most infected by charts was Conficker. In fact, of all the …

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I have seen a.exe in process list and killed it but couldnt find program itself, when i try to run a scanner it kills it (avast!, hijack this, maulwarebites, MRT.exe all killed once scan started) and i have tried renaming M-bam.exe to xxxxx.exe and varations of this, i just had to format my c:/ drive because this same virus! please if you can help, help me! ( i also tried all scanners in safemode)

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It has not exactly been the best of weekends for [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/04/03/google-to-buy-twitter/"]Twitter[/URL], and for those whose tweeting has been hijacked by not one but two worms it could easily be considered the worst of times. It all started when people noticed that a lot of their followers seemed to be recommending the same website. OK, so that's not exactly unheard of after all a lot of people use Twitter to pass on details of interesting finds to their social network. However, when those recommendations take the rather juvenile form of "Wooo, www-dot-StalkDaily-dot-com :)" or "Dude, www-dot-StalkDaily-dot-com is awesome" then eyebrows start …

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Some school kids in Louisiana got a surprise last Monday when sitting at their computers: the floating head of Barack Obama on-screen. They were amongst the first to be infected with the Obama-head worm which spreads via USB memory sticks courtesy of the Windows Autorun feature which is causing widespread problems for victims of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3810.html"]conficker worm[/URL] right now. Obama-head has not infected millions of computers though, nor has it [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22716/53/"]sunk the Royal Navy[/URL], in fact it has hardly made an impact at all. Yet. Which is hardly surprising seeing as all it seems to do is float that disembodied …

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If you are a Windows user and have not installed the [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-067.mspx"]MS08-067 patch[/URL] from last October, then perhaps you had better pull your finger out. Of course, it could well be too late, and you could well be one of the nine million or so users who have already fallen victim to one of the most widespread of worms to hit Windows for a long time. If you are a Linux or Mac user, of course, you can sit back and relax. Known by various names such as Conficker, Downadup and Kido, the worm is exploiting the double-edged sword that …

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Computerworld is [URL="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9071638&source=rss_news6"]reporting the possibility[/URL] of a worm or bot in the wild that is specifically targeting D-Link branded routers. It refers to a three year old vulnerability which Symantec security researchers believe is being exploited by a new exploit. Apparently, the Symantec security response team has seen an increase in attack activity as it relates to D-Link devices. Oliver Friedrichs, director of the Symantec security response team, is quoted as saying that it looks like hackers are "exploiting the SNMP vulnerability to reset and reconfigure the administrative password on the routers" after scanning TCP port 23 for an active …

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The Fortinet [URL="http://www.fortiguardcenter.com"]threat response team[/URL] has reported a new and malicious Symbian OS based worm that is currently actively infecting mobile phone networks. According to Fortinet, the worm comes packaged in disguise as a multimedia file with a name such as sex.mp3 or love.rm and enables it to easily con the average mobile phone user into installing the software onto their handsets. The SymbOS/Beselo.A!worm, as it has been none too snappily named, can exist on several different Symbian S60 enabled devices including popular Nokia 6600, 6630, 6680, 7610, N70 and N72 handsets. Once installed, the worm gets to work harvesting …

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Kaspersky Lab has [URL="http://www.viruslist.com/en/analysis?pubid=204791980"]published its list[/URL] of the most prevalent viruses for the end of 2007, and although an email worm retains the top spot the more interesting stuff is happening immediately below it in the rankings of shame. Specifically, the second, fourth and seventh places which are all occupied by variants of the Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Diehard. The .dc modification of this Trojan dropper only appeared for the very first time on 21st December, yet on some days in December it proved virulent enough to account for some 80% of all the malicious traffic seen in email by Kaspersky users. Droppers are …

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My friends over at security specialists [URL="http://www.sophos.com"]Sophos[/URL] have warned me to be on the lookout for Sandra and her stiletto shoes when using [URL="http://www.skype.com"]Skype[/URL]. Usually it would be my mother offering this advice, but then she would not understand the implications of getting infected by the Pykse-A worm that exploits the Skype IM chat system to infect your PC. Of course, as always, it relies on a certain amount of user stupidity. In this case that would be just why Sandra would want to send you a picture of herself wearing nothing but high heels. Still, enough people will link …

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Security specialists [URL="http://www.sophos.com"]Sophos[/URL] has released a warning regarding the inevitable malware posing as a message of love on this, Valentine’s Day. The Dref-AB worm is said by Sophos to be spreading fast across the Internet, helped by a clever distribution campaign which saw it emailed to inboxes late last night so that unsuspecting office workers and home users alike would find it waiting for them first thing this morning. Needless to say, the con worked and since midnight GMT the Dref-AB worm has accounted for an astonishing 76.4 percent of all malware coming through the Sophos global network of virus …

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Just when [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft [/URL]had hoped things could not get any worse after the whole Windows Genuine Advantage phones home scandal, things have. Much worse, as the newly discovered Cuebot-K worm disguises itself as something called Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Notification. Intended as an anti-piracy measure, WGA has in fact been nothing less than a spectacular PR disaster for Microsoft and a huge pain in the ass for end users. So much so that Microsoft has issued a new less intrusive version just a month after the initial release, as well as publishing [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/921914"]instructions[/URL] for removing WGA completely. However, the WGA …

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I love CNN – it’s a great network, and although all Cable News Networks slant their news, it’s still very entertaining to watch. But today, I lost a great deal of respect for the network. Wolf Blitzer’s, “Situation Room

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The End.