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It's been a bit of a bumpy ride in the Dutch blogosphere over the last couple of days.
One blog - www.geencommentaar.nl - decided to set up something I like to call a 'web 2.0 honeypot' in the form of a petition. The idea behind this was to attract the attention of the biggest blog in the Netherlands - www.geenstijl.nl - and get GeenStijl readers to comment.
GeenCommentaar logged the IP addresses of users who made offensive comments on the blog and created a database. (A lot of the offensive comments came from GeenStijl users). Other bloggers could then check the database to see if a particular IP address had been tagged as offensive. Supposedly the idea behind this was to make life easy for other site/ blog owners, by offering an automatic way to filter out (probably) unwanted comments/ content.
Weblogs are springing up all over the place, on every topic under the sun. And not surprisingly, blogs have drawn the attention of virus writers as a new way of infecting computers. A recent report shows that blogs are being used to install viruses, keyloggers and other malicious code.
So should we close our blog? Or tell you to stop reading weblogs altogether?
I don't think so. But weblogs are a potential threat, so here are our guidelines on how to protect your computer.
In short: use the latest anti-virus protection and be very very careful who you trust...
Welcome to the Weblog. The world of malware is technically complex, full of incident and mal-innovations, and keeps growing. The computer underground is looking for new intrusion and infection technologies. On the other hand the anti-virus companies keep developing protection. The e-arms race goes on full speed. We are here to explain the details.
Welcome to the Weblog. Hackers have mastered social engineering, cheating, fraud and phishing. They want to watch you from inside of your computer - we are here to inform you about most "successful" ways they do that. We'll help you to be more protected today, than yesterday.
Welcome to the Weblog. The software giant(s) are under attack. The complexity and flexibility of networks, operating systems and applications are searched and abused by the hackers, virus writers, spammers and advertisers. The vendors do their best to release patched products, to install new and better walls against the flow of malware. We are here to present our expertise about these changes.
Welcome to the Weblog. You're looking for answers? You're afraid of being hacked? Our ideas will help.
Finally, we're here! A weblog from the international antivirus lab at Kaspersky, with news, interesting details, top level security information and from time to time, even pictures! :-)
While on the subject of blogging, I have to say that posting to this weblog is probably one of the most complex (and secure!) online processes I've seen. IP-based authentication, public/secret key pairs, passwords plus a few other extra security protocols which I cannot disclose. Just the way a proper security product should be. (grin)
Speaking of security and weblogs, there's a new popular exploit on the internet targetting WordPress, maybe the most powerful weblogging software out there. This vulnerability is fixed by the WordPress 1.2.1 release, so if you are an WordPress user, make sure you run the latest update.