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SkyeTisTheSeasonWynters
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Spyware researchers picking apart one of the more notorious spyware programs have stumbled upon what appears to be a massive identity theft ring hijacking confidential data from millions of infected computers.
Yahoo! News Story Here!

After reading the entire story, I believe this is the one instance in which I believe "Cruel and Unusual Punishment" is almost a must. What a bunch of scum.

Skye

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Pork Chop
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Oh, I'd like to meet the NFBSK who created that and cut his/her head, hands, arms, feet, toes, and fingers off, then dump them in the amazon. Seriously. I'm a violent person.

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Pseudo_Croat
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OK, so are there any particular defenses one can take to keep this program from even entering your system? Not just detect its presence and delete it, mind you, but to keep this thing from ever getting aboard in the fist place.

- Pseudo_Croat

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RealityChuck/Boston Charlie
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Either Microsoft Antispyware or Spyware Blaster (if updates are applied) should do the job.
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SoToasty
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Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
OK, so are there any particular defenses one can take to keep this program from even entering your system? Not just detect its presence and delete it, mind you, but to keep this thing from ever getting aboard in the fist place.

- Pseudo_Croat

Firefox, Opera, Netscape.

Also, stop downloading junk for your computer. By junk I mean any "application/toolbar" that claims faster better searches, or will add cool smileys to e-mail.

It may sound like fun, but in the end, it will not be worth it.

Be careful about P2P Networks. That file/free application you download may not be what it seems.

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STF
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Webroot's spysweeper works pretty well in our environment.

Mostly like SoToasty said you just need to use your computer responsibly.

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Jon Up North
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I have found that no one tool cleans up everything. I recently got hit with a nasty. It was a combi package of trojan horses, Aurora, 180 Search, Cool Web, Bulls eye network, a keyboard logger, and it would seem that i was also hosting something.

I used Adaware SE, Spybot S&D, CWS Shredder, Ewido, Zone Alarm, AVAST, HijackThis, Regcleaner, Trojan Hunter, and was still unable to completely rid myself of the malware. It came down to a lowlevel format.

The best advice I have is keep at least 3 programs (more is better) to help battle the crap out there, and definatly switch to Firefox.

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Neffti Noel
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Can I just give a big round of applause to those who develop and distribute anti-spyware tools for free. I have Ad-Aware and SpyWare Guard, they work a treat and didn't cost me a penny (except my donation of course!)
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Originally posted by Neffti:
Can I just give a big round of applause to those who develop and distribute anti-spyware tools for free. I have Ad-Aware and SpyWare Guard, they work a treat and didn't cost me a penny (except my donation of course!)

I'll go with you on that. Kudos to those guys. I use both AdAware and Spybot, and have been happy. I'd also like to recommend Avast for anti-virus protection. Best of all, I learned about all of them from this web site!
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As the article says, not all anti-spyware will detect a malicious program that logs keystrokes. It sounds like a virus, actually, if anyone still cares about the difference.
Anyway, I found it reasonable to change my bank password every week. I do it very simple - same base word with a few numbers inserted in the middle. The numbers are changed based on a simple multiplier of the current week number. I have a reminder in Outlook to do it every Monday once I get into the office.
If my password gets stolen, the hackers will have to use it the same week only. Even if they log the next one, as I change it - they would still have a week. With thousands of passwords being stolen, i doubt, my little money is at risk.
I am thinking of running the same password change in my email accounts.

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Originally posted by eucrow:
As the article says, not all anti-spyware will detect a malicious program that logs keystrokes. It sounds like a virus, actually, if anyone still cares about the difference.
Anyway, I found it reasonable to change my bank password every week. I do it very simple - same base word with a few numbers inserted in the middle. The numbers are changed based on a simple multiplier of the current week number. I have a reminder in Outlook to do it every Monday once I get into the office.
If my password gets stolen, the hackers will have to use it the same week only. Even if they log the next one, as I change it - they would still have a week. With thousands of passwords being stolen, i doubt, my little money is at risk.
I am thinking of running the same password change in my email accounts.

You sure are giving a lot of clues to your password. You ought to be more careful; never underestimate a hacker.

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trevor
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Originally posted by Pseudo_Croat:
OK, so are there any particular defenses one can take to keep this program from even entering your system? Not just detect its presence and delete it, mind you, but to keep this thing from ever getting aboard in the fist place.

- Pseudo_Croat

Install ANY operating system by ANYONE other than Microsoft.

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Originally posted by eucrow:
As the article says, not all anti-spyware will detect a malicious program that logs keystrokes. It sounds like a virus, actually, if anyone still cares about the difference.
Anyway, I found it reasonable to change my bank password every week. I do it very simple - same base word with a few numbers inserted in the middle. The numbers are changed based on a simple multiplier of the current week number. I have a reminder in Outlook to do it every Monday once I get into the office.
If my password gets stolen, the hackers will have to use it the same week only. Even if they log the next one, as I change it - they would still have a week. With thousands of passwords being stolen, i doubt, my little money is at risk.
I am thinking of running the same password change in my email accounts.

The problem with this is that if someone knows your password for 2 weeks, then they can easily guess your password for consecutive weeks. Your system is much better than not changing the password ever. However, if you do something like multiplying with the weeknumber, shifting the numbers around and replacing certain numbers with others. Not that these codes cannot be broken. Anyone with a good enough eye for patterns or a fast computer can break the code if they have enough samples of your password. However, the more complicated you make your algorithm, the more harder it will be for someone to break it.

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