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Author Archives: Alex Eckelberry

Moving On

Moving On

on October 19, 2011

After 9 years of building Sunbelt Software, and then working for GFI, I have decided to move on. It’s been a great adventure.  I joined Stu Sjouwerman, who had built a distribution company, to start the “Software” part of Sunbelt …

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Interview with Rob Westervelt at Search Security

Interview with Rob Westervelt at Search Security

on October 17, 2011

On a recent press tour in Boston, I sat with Rob and chatted about security for small to medium businesses.  Audio interview link here. Alex Eckelberry

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Everyone Loves VIPRE, Even Those You Wouldn’t Expect

Everyone Loves VIPRE, Even Those You Wouldn’t Expect

on October 14, 2011

We know people love VIPRE. But sometimes, we’re suprised that our own competitors love it too! Symantec loves VIPRE so much, they’ve used the VIPRE snake! Webroot loves VIPRE so much, they are giving out a VIPER scooter. We like …

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Seen in the Wild: Slick New Google Adwords Phish

Seen in the Wild: Slick New Google Adwords Phish

on October 12, 2011

This new phishing campaign is trying to get Google credentials and it’s quite well executed.   Alex Eckelberry

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Seen in the Wild: 419 Scammers Now Using Calendar Invites

Seen in the Wild: 419 Scammers Now Using Calendar Invites

on September 29, 2011

Desperate to purloin money out of stupid and desparate people, 419 scammers are now trying Google Calendar invites. The pain of it is that if you’re using Outlook, the calendar invite is automatically accepted and you get a reminder popping …

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DeepSafe

DeepSafe

on September 15, 2011

I keep getting asked for comments on McAfee/Intel’s new Deepsafe. So what the heck, here goes. This is a great marketing pitch.  But remember that the platform that the technology is based upon, Intel VTx, is an open archictecture that …

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Here’s another thing that’s scary about Shady RAT

Here’s another thing that’s scary about Shady RAT

on August 4, 2011

A lot of chatter and breathless reporting about Shady RAT.  All the makings of an epically awesome story — the US is being taken down by Chinese interlopers to the nastiest degree, installing keyloggers and other badness on US government …

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Flickr continues to be a haven for porn/malware redirects

Flickr continues to be a haven for porn/malware redirects

on July 29, 2011

A few weeks ago, I blogged about porn/malware redirects being hosted on Flickr.  After a brief respite, it’s back and strong. Just a quick and trivial search shows over hundreds of porn redirect links, pushing “lolita porn” and redirecting to …

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The state of Typepad security

The state of Typepad security

on July 27, 2011

There are over 3,000 malicious sites on Typepad serving malware. I’ve put the list of malicious domains here.  I’ve also notified Typepad. Typepad — get a clear abuse or security contact on your site, and do some work to police your …

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Spammers and compromised accounts

Spammers and compromised accounts

on July 13, 2011

Our friends at Commtouch have blogged about something that is no surprise — spammers using compromised accounts vs. bots (their latest threat report is quite good and worth reading btw). While compromised email accounts (hotmail, yahoo, gmail, etc.) are not …

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