Tag Archives: Internet connections

Who Is Really Behind The Rogue Dialer Scams?

By | September 28, 2005

A tip from a reader (thanks, James) indicates we’re back on the trail of the rogue dialers. (Rogue dialers are pieces of software usually downloaded without the user’s knowledge, which then disconnect existing Internet connections and dial fresh connections via high-cost usually international numbers. The user doesn’t know much about it until the monthly phone bill arrives with… Read More »

InspectorBrown Responds

By | April 3, 2005

Here’s what Rick Brown said of his Inspector Brown anti-phishing toolbar in response to my questions about its failure to catch the cross scripting phish mentioned here: Our software works to protect our community of users and allow each user the ability to fight back against spam, phishers and online fraud. Yes, its true, not all smart people… Read More »

The Price of Worms

By | June 3, 2004

How damaging are worms? Very, says Sandvine Inc, a Canada based Internet security company. It says that the main damage is on ISPs who lose bandwidth to them, and face daily Denial of Service attacks. “In fact,” Sandvine says in one new report (PDF, registration required), ”Internet worms and the malicious, malformed data traffic they generate are wreaking havoc… Read More »

Keeping Out The Worms

By | April 20, 2004

Can we really keep out worms? An interesting piece from Information Security Magazine takes a look at a range of “antiworm” products which promise to contain worms by weeding out bad traffic. Among them: Mirage Networks, ForeScout, Check Point Software Technologies, Silicon Defense and IBM. They use different approaches, from looking for unfulfilled Address Resolution Protocol requests, to anomaly… Read More »

A Way To Stop The Keyloggers?

By | January 21, 2004

Here’s a program that may help you if you worried about the recent spate of viruses and phishing tricks that focus on keylogging — small, often invisible, programs that secretly capture what you type, especially when you’re entering passwords . System Mechanic 4, a collection of software tools from iolo technologies, includes parasite-fighting tool called SpyHunter(TM) which “seeks… Read More »