“You are in possession of child pornography” – Fake or Real?

Thousands and thousands of home computers in Germany and elsewhere getting blocked with the message from the headline or something simular to it. And no later than with the latest version of this kind of ransomware it is getting real. Responsible for this is a piece of crimeware – the so called police trojans. The latest mehr …

Ransomware goes for Spamhaus

Just a few weeks ago, we had seen attacks, heading for the DNS-structure of the anti-spam-organization Spamhaus. Although these had not by far the impact that some origins reported, delivery of legitimate e-mails was delayed and filtering of spam messages was significantly impaired. For cyber criminals, the non-profit organization might not be among the most popular mehr …

Heimdal PRO / FREE

The Danish Heimdal Security provides a piece of software that takes care of updating your vulnerable Windows programs. Heimdal, like the God in the Nordic mythology, is the guardian of your PC, keeping your software up to date, thus minimizing the risk of exploits that threaten your PC. Unlike Secunia´s PSI, Heimdal doesn´t want to keep mehr …

Cloud Service Provider “Evernote” hacked: Data stolen out of 50 million accounts

After a series of hacking attempts against big companies like EADS, ThyssenKrupp, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook, the next appears on the list: Evernote, a cloud service provider to store and organize personal data like pictures, webseites, video files and notes. Once stored on the cloud servers of the company, the user is able to access mehr …

HitmanPro.Kickstart – # 2
clean a ransomed PC

In the 1st part of our workshop “HitmanPro.Kickstart” we have created a bootable USB flash-drive, which we will use to scan and clean a PC in this part of the workshop. It´s important that the BIOS supports booting from USB devices, you will probably have to go to your BIOS settings and change the boot mehr …

HitmanPro.Kickstart – # 1
create a bootable USB drive

If your computer is locked by ransomware like the GVU / BKA or FBI-Trojan, there´s  a very nice solution to unlock it. The dutch company Surfright created the software HitmanPro, which is able to create a bootable USB-stick, to track down ransomware and unlock affected PC´s. With the botfrei.de-Edition of HitmanPro you can start your mehr …

Viruses,Worms,Trojans
what’s all about?

If you think about malware, you probably think about a big family of computer programs, which has been created to perform unwanted or dangerous operations on a users PC.  The term “virus” established itself, as – historically – the first malicious programs that arose in the wild have been called “virus”. By the time as mehr …

Is your PC part of the “Pobelka” botnet?

According to their press release some researchers of the netherland based security companies FOX-IT and SurfRight tracked down an average sized botnet a couple of weeks ago. Pobelka (the russian word for: Money Laundering) was focussed on German and Netherland banking customers. This financial fraud botnet was build to gathered very sensitive private data like mehr …

Browser and Plugin Check

Drive-by-exploits are one of the most common ways to infect your system. Old plug-ins and outdated Browsers are here the targets, causing the security holes. Malicious code, which is hidden in Websites or Ad-Banners can be started, once you access a website. Therefore, it is vital to keep browsers and plug-ins up to date. There´s mehr …