Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Nov 2012

Reuters reported that US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said cyberspace battlefront is the future of wars.

Well, I agree with him. That is the natural path.

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab also shared similar thoughts when he said that “In the long run, cyber-warfare is where all parties lose: attackers, victims and even uninvolved observers,” said Eugene during his keynote speech at the ITU Telecom World 2012 conference. He pointed out that the viable solution is via international cooperation and advanced technology as the key requirements to survive the age of cyber-warfare. Kaspersky cited that causes of events like the 2003 blackout in U.S. and Canada were results of both a software failure and an inability to monitor the real state of energy systems.

Despite noble efforts of big companies like IBM who attempts to define perfection via its Smarter Planet concept or that of Fujitsu's Human-Centric Intelligent Society, the cyber security arena is getting messy on daily basis - anything can happen anytime and IT security software vendors are always running on hot water.

To start with, let's check out this summary on Malaysia Technology News so far.

It emerged that the following threats have been menacing.
  • Koobface
  • OSX.FalshBack.K
  • Flamer
  • Android.Opfake
  • Gauss
  • MiniFlame
  • Malnet

Malware targeting Android has a taste for Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich

More recently, analysis of mobile malware for Android OS by Kaspersky Lab experts in Q3 2012 revealed that the most popular targets among cybercriminals were Android versions 2.3.6, or ‘Gingerbread’, and 4.0.4, also known as ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’.

Sophos Recognized as “Champion” in Next-Generation Firewall and Endpoint Anti-Malware Vendor Landscape Reports

Info-Tech Research Group has positioned Sophos in the “Champion” quadrant of its latest vendor reports on Next-Generation Firewall and Endpoint Anti-Malware. The 'Champion' designation is Info-Tech’s top honor and is reserved for vendors that receive the highest scores for most evaluation criteria, offer an excellent value, have a strong market presence, are trendsetters in the industry, and provide appropriate solutions for small to midsized businesses.

Symantec Security Response: Millions Download SMS Spoofing Codes Found on Google Play

A few days ago, researchers from North Carolina State University published a video demonstrating how an app can simulate the reception of a text message from a spoofed source. SMS spoofing can be used for a number of malicious intentions, including SMS phishing attacks (SMSishing), which could trick someone into providing banking credentials or subscribing to paid services.