August 2009 - Posts
On Thursday, a major DOS attack was launched where numerous flood attacks caused the site to be overwhelmed and inaccessible. Twitter eventually gained control and defended against these attacks. Facebook and Live Journal were also impacted by these attackers.
Twitter - Successful recovery from major denial of service attacks
QUOTE: Twitter was shut down for hours Thursday morning by what it described as an ongoing denial of service attack. In a one sentence statement on its status blog, Twitter said, “We are defending against a denial-of-service attack, and will update status again shortly.” The outage appeared to begin mid-morning, EST, and affected users around the world.
When Windows or other software products experience a fatal crash they cannot recover from, it is termed as a "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD). This latest attack simulates a BSOD and offers users a fake cleanup tool to fix the BSOD condition (after paying usually $39). Anyone infected must use a true AV product or standalone cleaning tool instead to remove this harmful software.
SUNBELT BLOG: New rogue tactic: blue screen of… whatever
QUOTE: a new online scare tactic page being used for the SystemSecurity rogue: Blue screen… clever.
MORE ABOUT SECURITY SYSTEM ROGUE FAMILY
Adobe has released two important security updates that all users should promptly apply to improve safety, as exploits are circulating on a few malicious websites.
Adobe - Reader and Flash Security Updates PATCH NOW
QUOTE: this update is for Adobe Flash Player. According to the Adobe Security Advisory this is a critical vulnerability in the current versions of Flash Player and affects Windows, MAC and Linux OS's. The information indicates that the vulnerability could crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
AFFECTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS
Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.1.2 and earlier 9.x versions
Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168 and 10.0.22.87 and earlier 9.x and 10.x versions
Adobe categorizes this as a critical update.
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