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StopBadware tells the **** network

StopBadware tells the **** network

StopBadware.org, a non-profit company funded by giants such as Google, Lenovo and Sun and dedicated to the fight against malicious software and threats that lurk on the global telematic network, has just released an all-encompassing vademecum of all the information you need to know about the dark side of the Net on its most hidden corners and on the strategies used by the usual suspects in their sordid criminal action.

The report, available for download in PDF format, analyzes the “trends in badware of 2007”, lining up phenomena such as identity theft through fictitious websites, the use of attack vectors based on on poisonous iFrames, connected to well-known Russian networks, malware shooters and other threats infamous to netizens less aware or informed about the latest trend in cyber insecurity.

Those notorious places for distributing adware, Trojans, keyloggers and the like are not left out. In this case the idea being passed on is that the security software available to the user is not as important as it is where it actually goes and clicks on the web . Considering the high propensity of telematic attackers to continuously evolve, only an adequate prophylaxis of surfing behaviors and habits can offer a degree of safety appropriate to the times.

Not that the software side is in any case neglected: it will not be the definitive solution against viruses & co. but a good mix of firewalls, antivirus and antispyware – without forgetting automatic operating system updates that are always active – certainly does its part in the defensive chain of personal and professional networking experience . Problem already taken into consideration, that of inadequate protection software, in the report by McAfee and NCSA that Punto Informatico spoke about last week. Problems that must be well known especially to those who have the operating systems most targeted by attacks, primarily Windows.

The StopBadware.org pdf also reserves some surprises when it addresses the issue of personal websites, small portals less conspicuous than the large collectors of attacks but no less worrying , rather. The list of minor sites to avoid – compiled by Google – is growing continuously, and currently includes 200 thousand “dark corners” silently waiting for the unfortunate victim who is not adequately defended or informed on the network paths that would be better avoided.

Alfonso Maruccia