Zeus Spam Targets LinkedIn Users

The LinkedIn social networking site is being used as the lure for a spam campaign targetting UK and US businesses with the data-stealing Zeus/Zbot Trojan, according to Cisco & TechWorld.

After appearing on 27 September, by 6am EST, a bogus LinkedIn reminder email accounted for up to a quarter of all spam detected by the company in a 15-minute period.  Users are asked to review a contact request for a fictitious LinkedIn client by clicking on an embedded LinkedIn style link, taking the victim to a page that asks them to wait before sending them to Google.  Most are unaware that anything has happened, but by this point, Zeus will have attempted to load on to the target PC.

There is plenty of evidence that Zeus variants can get past many anti-virus defences, and if successful, this variant monitors browser entries for online bank account credentials.  The best defence against this attack would be anti-spam filters at gateway level of most businesses, fortified with antivirus, plus any other defences such as Trusteer’s Rapport browser plug-in which is offered to consumers for FREE by most Canadian banks.



RIM Intros BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

Research In Motion opened its annual developer conference on Monday in San Francisco by introducing its PlayBook, which it calls the first professional tablet.  

The playbook has a 1Ghz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.  It’s 9.7mm thick and has a 7-inch display.  It is “always on” and is intended to display HTML5 and Flash 10.1.  The playbook supports 1080p HD video with HDMI out connector for presentations, videos, and Web sites.  There is both a rear- and front-facing HD camera and it’s “enterprise ready, ready to go, compatible with your BlackBerry enterprise server, already being controlled by your IT department. It’s “an amplified view of what’s already on your BlackBerry.  No new software, security, or data plan needed.

CNET has a lot of content, including a summary transcript and additoinal links.