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your safety, security, sanity, and privacy is not a simple task.
We are trying to make it a bit easier for you to accomplish.
Latest Virus Threats
2005 by McAfee ,
US-CERT, and other advisory services. (US-CERT is the
operational arm of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) at the
Department of Homeland Security)
Full descriptions including virus characteristics, symptoms, aliases
and removal instructions are available by clicking on the
links. This virus alert is in addition to those posted in previous
month's News Reporter
issues. You can review previous Virus Alerts in the Archive files.
Virus Name for
descriptions and Removal Advice
And if you've been told that the
Apple MAC never gets a virus, consider this - Apple
Computer Co. released security patches early this month to fix
20 vulnerabilities affecting its Mac OS X operating system.
Read about it at InternetNews. The flaws could be
exploited by remote or local attacks. The company recommends
users install Security Update 2005-005
A hacker has created a virus
that targets music lovers by deleting MP3 files on
infected computers, according to antivirus company Sophos. The
worm, dubbed Nopir.B, spreads over peer-to-peer
networks and appears to have originated in France, security
researchers at Sophos reported. It's designed to look like a
DVD-cracking program, to fool people looking for a program
that will circumvent copy-restriction technology on the discs.
When the worm is downloaded and run, it attempts to delete all
MP3 music files and wipe some programs from the infected PC,
Sophos said in its advisory.
In its report covering security threats
during the first quarter, McAfee's Anti-virus and
Vulnerability Emergency Response Team (AVERT) stated that more
than 1,000 new attacks aimed at software vulnerabilities
emerged in the first three months of this year. The total
amounts to a roughly 6 percent increase, compared with the
same period last year. McAfee also noted that it received word
of more than 200,000 vulnerability-oriented attacks during the
Here's our usual reminder that you can download a
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The program fits neatly on a floppy disc - a perfect way to clean up
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you don't have an online anti-virus program yet, I suggest you use
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Dangers Haven't really diminished since our
first issue a year ago
This is our Birthday Issue -- The Anniversary of One Year of
"Security Alert News Reporter"!
A review of the past issues demonstrates how much, and yet, how little
the cyber jungle has changed.
In addition to SPAM and popups, Spyware concerns were beginning to
alarm even the most casual users of the Internet, even though the
majority of them were uninformed about how to avoid or minimize the
In our first issue, we addressed the seriousness and dangers of this
scourge. We outlined some of the related areas that should have been
of major concern to all web surfer and Internet users:
Latest Virus threats and variations
Latest Anti-privacy theft measures
Children, teens and other Family security topics
Latest Free resources
Excerpts and reviews of recent security
Answers to security related Questions
One of the biggest problems we recognized then, was that most of the
everyday email users, web surfers, etc, did not have the proper
software tools to protect their computer security and the more serious
threats to their personal identities, nor did they fully understand
what they needed.
And today, a year later, the purveyors of spam, spyware, malware,
adware, and viruses continue fiercely, to dump this stuff on us, with
even more sophisticated methods and tools.
There's a critical race ongoing between the software safety and
security writers and the more sophisticated criminal types to outdo
A little over a year ago, many of our family members and friends were
telling us about the problems they were experiencing
with their computers. They were really unaware of the reasons
why their computers were crashing, popups were popping up all over,
spam was inundating their mail boxes, and other odd things were
happening to them.
Virus Grief and Computer Rage often resulted from these frustrations.
To help them, and everyone else encountering the same difficulties,
the "Firewalls-and Virus-Protection" website was published.
A news letter can usually be more current and timely than a website,
"Security Alert News
Reporter" came into existence
to alert and advise of the current status of cyber world activities.
Subscribers are kept up to date through automatic mailings, which they
agree to receive.
Now, a year into publishing the
"Security Alert News
finds most of us still facing many of the annoyances and distraction
to safe and enjoyable Internet use. Just about all of last year's
defenses are actually out of date and ineffective. Being informed is
an urgent priority.
For the coming year, and for as many more as possible, the thrust and
purpose of these publications (including the new Security Alert Blog)
will be to inform and guide our friends through the ambushes and traps
in the Cyber Jungle.
Thanks to all of our readers and loyal subscribers. Your support and
interest during the past year are warmly welcomed and appreciated.
Family Security and Caring
Family Caring - Here's a
site I became aware of just recently. It impressed me so much
that I'd like others to benefit from the resources posted there,
At some time in our lives, family members and friends may need
caring support and special understanding. There's an outstanding
FREE manual published at the Senior2Senior.org website
titled "Care Giving/Care Receiving". I urge you to get
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You'll want to share this, I'm sure. The
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We post Kid Safe Sites, because like you, we care about
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we have personally reviewed and tested as safe for our Grandchildren.
Check them out and share them with the young people you care about.
Please note the 'AMBER ALERT" scrolling at the bottom of this
If you would like to help support the Code Amber project,
Family Safe Sites
beyond being just for Kids with its sections for Parents
and Educators, too. We wouldn't hesitate to send our children
and grandchildren here for entertainment and education. Here's
PBS Kids is a respected and trusted site.
We would not hesitate to send our children and grandchildren
very assuring. Families visiting the site can feel safe
regarding potential threats to family privacy and their children's
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Ask Jeeves for Kids
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Ask Jeeves for Kids has great Study Tools, Fun and Games and
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Visit Ask Jeeves
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Kid Safe Site from
A really cool Index to the Web for
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Check out the
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Parent Friendly Links
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Home Edition Features:
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E-mail notification to parents
Reviews both outgoing and incoming data
User defined library to prevent distribution of personal
Detects, captures, logs and reports violations
Works as a stand-alone application or with existing site
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Sitter, Net Nanny, etc.
Guard is an Advanced Internet Management (AIM)
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predators and pedophiles. In addition
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school information or other information that is essential for a
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and Family from Dangerous Chat Rooms and Instant Messages.
If you use them, you and
yours are the Hacker's newest targets.
Hackers are already taking advantage of problems with today's IM
systems. People not familiar with these new threats could easily
open a new, harmless looking IM message that pops up on their
screen. With one well intentioned click of their mouse on a Hackers
phony message, could get infected.
It's no longer just the teen age Chat Room users that are in danger.
Whole families are threatened
In case you missed this FREE report on the
you can read
it here. Please print the report and share it with your
family, friends and associates. Help them avoid the hidden
dangers and threats often buried in IM messages and of predators
lurking in Chat Rooms.
If you take your laptop computer with you on your travels, this
interview with the Author of "Travel Cheap-Travel Well" contains
tips and advice to help maintain your
Online Security while Traveling in the United
States and Abroad.
The author, Victor K Pryles, discusses computer security and
offers first hand advice on maintaining personal safety while on
the road, high seas and in the air.
Click to read it
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Down load it from this link (it's in PDF format):
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your internet activities are exposed in this 7 page report. This
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How Much Money would it cost you to
regain the use of your computer after a serious virus infection?
It cost one of our friends a whole lot of money, much aggravation
and lost time, lost records, and a major inconvenience to recover
from the havoc caused by the worms and viruses that had infiltrated
their computer over a period of many months.
In case you missed this FREE report on the
you can read
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family, friends and associates.
There are a lot more
Articles and Reports at the Firewalls and Virus Protection
website. Two of the most recent include a discussion about
● How to protect your privacy when using
computer cafes or public
computers. A strategy for maintaining online security
the risks of File-Sharing.
File-sharing is a popular way
for users to exchange, or "share," files. (and even spyware)
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
website with its many publications relating to protecting the security
of your family, both on the internet and off. They are FREE. You can go to their pages covering
You can easily have the latest Firewall, anti-virus, spam blocking, and spyware removal software installed on
your computers. Download all of these programs, and more, mostly for FREE, from our
Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website pages.
They're there for the taking. If you need to
check the links on the 'Spam and Spyware' page. Same thing for Cookie
Crumbling tools, Spyware protection, etc.
Most of them have a purchasable Up Grade option, and by trying the
free versions, you can upgrade the ones that worked best for you.
Browser Hijacking hasn't gone away. One of the outstanding
sources for information about browser hijackers and tools
to remove these predators is available on the
It's loaded with
powerful information and helpful advice that zeros in on the hijacking
problem. If you are experiencing any similar problems, be sure to
follow the link to their forum. There are literally thousands
of postings from which you will learn and possibly find the advice
that will help you resolve your own issues.
You can download HijackThis from the Software link on the
SpywareInfo website. Be sure to read and follow their instructions to
the letter if you want good results.
We learned about this program from the extraordinary website and
forums built and maintained by James Healan, webmaster of SpywareInfo.com.
DOWNLOAD latest cws shredder from Softpedia. It'll find and remove
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are A few more helpful resources
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Enigma enables you to Encrypt and store almost anything so that only
you can access the files through a master password chosen by you. Of
course, all or any of your Encrypted files can be restored to their
original state any time you choose.
You can even backup and restore the entire database to and from
CDs to ensure that you lose nothing even if your hard disk dies.
Ever since I found the
eBook, "The Hacker's Nightmare" that tells how to
really Keep Hackers, Worms and Germs out of my PCs, it has
received my highest recommendation to family and friends.
This is an eBook by
the 20 plus year veteran of internet security consulting ...Mr Bill
there's so much valuable information and just plain common
sense contained in this eBook, that we could fill this and
future issues of our News Reporter for the next
months just talking about it. Here are a few more things
In addition to the Free Anti-Virus program by
GRISOFT, we learned
that having just these three anti-spyware programs will
build a strong fortress against Trojan Horses:
Spybot-Search & Destroy,
Spybot S&D and AdAware scan and remove spyware from your
keeps spyware from being
Bill Hely has designed a webpage that describes many of the security
tricks and tools that will help keep that nasty stuff out
of your computer.
Review The Hacker's Nightmare Story HERE. Some
sample (Free) chapters are available to early visitors.
Here's a testimonial
Bill recently received -
"Bill, there is no way I can thank you enough for creating this wonderful
program. I have done little else since I got it
downloaded than print, read, experiment and learn.
You are truly a genius and a very kind person for
helping me 1-on-1 with my problem. The information
in that book is so all encompassing that it is far
more than a book on how to protect a computer. It
also gives all the basic information on different
concepts from Computer 101 to Advanced. My biggest
question is why you are not charging more?
All of that information would cost a fortune if it were sold
separately. At any rate, thank you again and again!!
I would love to be an affiliate as soon as I learn a
little more. It would be the only thing I ever sold
that I truly believed in. You are incredible!"
- Barbara Dingman (USA)
Nightmare eBook isn't just for Professionals and Small
Business Operators. Much of Bill Hely's information can
easily be applied to keeping even the less experienced
internet user out of the deep and murky depths of despair
resulting from Hacker attacks, virus grief and spyware
now and Learn the Truths About Computer & Internet
Security. (Bill expects to increase the price sometime in
the near future. Visiting now could avoid that price
I feel it's really worth it, even at a higher price. ... Richard
P.S. here's the link to
Grisoft's AVG anti virus software, in case you
missed it in a recent issue
of the News (some encouraging news
about controlling SPAM, pornography, and Consumer Personal
| Federal Bureau of Investigation
Cyber Investigation activities that we may not have heard about,
but are pleased to know are ongoing. (from the fbi.gov website
report on their current investigation activities)
Operation "Web Snare"
Operation Web Snare is a coordinated effort targeting
an expansive array of Cyber Crime schemes victimizing individuals
and industry worldwide. This initiative highlights numerous
investigations that have been successfully advanced through
coordination of law enforcement, and a growing list of industryand
The development of international resources is closely coordinated
with the DOJ, the U.S. State Department and a growing list of
E-Commerce industry partners.
Criminal schemes included in this initiative include: criminal spam,
phishing, spoofed or hijacked accounts, international re-shipping
schemes, Cyber-extortion, auction fraud, credit card fraud,
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Computer Intrusions (hacking),
economic espionage (Theft of Trade Secrets), International Money
Laundering, Identity Theft, and a growing list of traditional crimes
hat continue to migrate on-line.
Operation Web Snare has been coordinated at the Federal level
with the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the U.S. Postal Inspection
Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and
the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Numerous state
and local law enforcement agencies contributed significantly to this
nitiative as well.
Operation Web Snare includes more than 150 investigations, in which
more than 870,000 victims lost more than $210 million dollars. Through
these investigations more than 300 subjects were targeted, resulting
in 100 arrests/convictions, 116 indictments, and the execution of more
than 130 search/seizure warrants.
Although significant in number, these investigations represent only a
fraction of the Cyber crime problem, underscoring not only the need
for sustained law enforcement focus, but the continuing development
of expanded industry partnerships as well.
(We'll add more 'Good Guys' credits as the results come in, but here
'Good Guy Check Marks' to date )
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growing Instant Messaging threats?
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you can read
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As a P.S. to the above comment,
encourage your friends to check out our new "Security Alert Blog".
most recent Blog entries
include these helpful and timely posts:
2 posts on our experience to date
with the Mozilla Firefox Browser
▪ Updating to the
latest version of Firefox
How to protect against the latest Firefox vulnerabilities
Are PC users ready for another Operating System?
▪ Instant messaging - the
Hacker's newest target
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sure we obtain the necessary programs to protect our computers.
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