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13 April 2013, 16:04

Lost+Found: Keyboard taps, slow scans and Android security

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Too small for news, but too good to lose, Lost+Found is a compilation of the other stories that have been on The H's radar over the last seven days:

  • It is of course possible for port scans to avoid detection if they're performed slowly enough. But how slowly exactly? Someone has gone to the trouble of testing the threshold for port scan alarmsGerman language link in a range of different products.

  • News from our "No great surprise" department: according to AVG, nearly 90% of all hacks and cracks for games are infected with malware.

  • According to Fortinet, the herder behind the ZeroAccess botnet has updated the botnet 20 times in a 90-day period. Only Adobe's Flash Player is able to rival this kind of update frequency. The bot, which carries out activities including cracking Bitcoins and modifying banner ads, is reported to be extremely successful. Fortinet claims to have observed 100,000 new infections per week and three million active bots in total.

  • When laptop tracking software works a little too well – this cautionary tale from a tracking software user in London whose lost laptop turned up in Iran serves as a reminder that whoever took the laptop may well not have kept it.


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