Facebook Malware

June 18, 2015

Every year, there is a resurgence of Facebook malware and in some way or the other would result in this malware posting on your Facebook wall and to make it worse would either post on your friend’s wall or tag them.

This method allows the malware to propagate and to garner greater visibility even though these are the methods used by a malware specialized in targeting Facebook users. However the content in most cases are porn images and they may relate to some fictitious, eye-popping, attention grabbing news.

Fortifying user-accounts and strengthening their security has taken precedence, however when it concerns Social Networking, the entire ideology of “secured account” changes dramatically. Its not just about your own account, it is also related to those accounts which belong to your relatives, friends, colleagues and all.

We may consider splitting the issues created by Facebook Malware into two distinct parts

  • The Malware 

The malware spreads itself by posting links to a pornographic image or video from the account of previously infected users. The postings generally tag not more than 20 friends of the infected. If and when a user opens the link pertaining to the post, the video begins to play but then stops and asks the viewer to install a fake Flash player containing a Trojan downloader with the actual malware. This malware can even manipulate keystrokes and mouse movement.

  • It’s Propagation

In order to tackle the menace associated with Malware the following tips and tricks would ensure that you as the account holder do not get infected nor would your account assist the malware in propagating.

TIPS for Securing your Computer from eScan

 

  • Do not click on shortened or unknown links: Facebook spammers mostly disguise links to suspicious websites by using URL shortening service, which misleads you to think you are clicking on a legitimate article or blog. These links lead to sites that can eventually install malware or spyware on your computer.
  • Know what to look for: Facebook spammers get more creative on various tactics to make you fall for something harmful and how elusive they can be to get spotted. If you notice any one of the following traits on a Wall post, group or page, it’s recommended that you don’t click it.
  • Avoid giving authorization to wary games and apps: If you are enticed to permit a Facebook program to post on your own and your friends’ walls, then you should think twice. Close the game or app that can access your private information and networks any time. Why would you give access to all of that information to a real stranger?
  • Look for telltale signs of spam: If you see any of your friend posting multiple links or videos to multiple friends’ walls, then it’s possibly the work of a spammer. Eg. If you see a wall post from a friend stating Facebook finally offers a way to see who views your profile, then never believe it and click on it. Moreover, pages that warn they are not authorized by Facebook could be harmful to your computer.
  • Take action as soon as possible if you fall for a spam link or page: There are a few ways you can handle the situation if you find out you’ve been spammed:
    • Remove spam wall posts by either clicking the “X” to the right of the post, or marking it as spam via the same dropdown menu.
    • Get rid of games that may be spam by going into “Account Settings”, and then “Manage Apps”. There you can edit and remove permissions.
    • Change your Facebook password.
    • Consider enabling secure browsing via Facebook Security settings.
    • Install a trusted anti-virus software to perform a security check on your computer. After all, prevention is always better than cure!

However, the above mentioned tips would appear useless when one of your contacts on Facebook is affected by a Facebook Malware. Hence, you protect your self and to cease the malware from propagating, ensure that your Facebook account is configured as shown in the below mentioned screen-grabs.

Facebook Malware

Facebook Malware1These settings, when configured as shown above would not only safe-guard your Facebook timelines from the spam posts, but also those which might be posted through the accounts of any of your friends. Besides, it would also stop the tags from being displayed directly on to your timeline.

If you need more information, please feel free to get in touch with me.

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Perpetuuiti Appoints Sankara Krishnan as Vice President – Channels & Alliances

June 18, 2015

Mr Sankara Krishnan’s rich experience and strength in managing OEMs, Channels & Alliances, and IT Distribution will help accelerate the company’s growth and expansion into new markets

Pune, India – June 18, 2015 – Perpetuuiti TechnoSoft Inc., a leading Business Service Continuity and Availability Management solutions provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Sankara Krishnan as Vice President – Channels & Alliances. Mr Sankara Krishnan’s induction into the senior management team of Perpetuuiti will strengthen their position in the market as he brings with him a rich and diverse sales experience of over 20 years with 10+ years in managing OEMs, Channels & Alliances, and IT Distribution.

Mr Sankara Krishnan has earlier held various leadership positions in reputed IT companies namely Ilantus, Sanovi, Brocade Communications and Tech Pacific among others. The company hopes to leverage his strong insight and understanding of the Channels & Alliances space to accelerate their business growth and expansion into new markets.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Ashis Guha, Senior Vice President Sales (APAC & ME) said, “We are very excited to have a seasoned professional like Mr Sankara Krishnan with us. His presence will not only boost the confidence of the team, but will also accelerate our business growth. He can play an instrumental role in guiding the team members and charting out the future roadmap for the company.”

Mr Sankara Krishnan, Vice President at Perpetuuiti said, It is a privilege to be a part of Perpetuuiti’s leadership team. I am quite excited about my new role and the opportunities that lie ahead with Perpetuuiti. The company has performed extremely well in the Business Service Continuity and Availability Management space and has won many accolades among customers, partners, analysts and industry leaders in a short span of time. I would be glad if I can contribute to the growth of the company and take it to new heights.”

An Engineering Graduate from Nagpur University, Mr Sankara Krishnan comes with a combination of skills in technology, sales and IT distribution. He will be responsible for driving the strategic initiatives at Perpetuuiti through Enterprise and Cloud Partners. In addition, he will also manage business through partners by ensuring end-to-end deliverables. He will be focusing on entire Service Availability market through niche partners.

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About Perpetuuiti

An INTEL Capital PORTFOLIO COMPANY, Perpetuuiti is a global enterprise software company focused on building Software products that address Business Service Availability Assurance, Orchestration and Automation challenges for On-Premises or Cloud Deployments.

Perpetuuiti’s product family supports a combination of technologies enabling solutions (built in accordance with ISO 22301 standards) for Organizational BCP Automation, IT Service Continuity and Availability Management, Recovery Assurance, IT Workload Orchestration and Automation, Real-Time Auto Discovery of Application IT infrastructure and Application Interdependency Mapping.

Perpetuuiti’s solutions have been well-accepted and appreciated by customers, major System Integrators, Cloud Service Providers, Hosting services Providers and Consultants. Since inception, the company and its products have been receiving Industry Recognitions by leading Global Analysts, Forums and Entities. Perpetuuiti is named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Business Continuity Management & IT Disaster Recovery Management for 2015 and also is included in Gartner HYPE CYCLE 2014 Report on IT-SCM.

Perpetuuiti has a significant global presence with offices in USA, INDIA, SINGAPORE and UAE. The company’s customer base comprises Fortune 500 organizations from a diverse set of industry verticals such as Telecom, Banking, Manufacturing, Insurance and Consumer Products. To know more, please visit www.ptechnosoft.com


Allied Telesis Delivers an Evolution in Security with Next-Generation Firewalls

June 18, 2015

Networking Leader Expands Security Appliances Portfolio

BENGALURU, India – June 18, 2015 – Allied Telesis, a universally recognized innovator of smart technologies for an information-driven world, today announced the launch of its Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs), a new range of sophisticated security appliances for protecting enterprise and government organizations, remote offices, and embedded applications.

Cyber threats are continually evolving and becoming more sophisticated. Targeted and tailored attacks are increasingly defeating traditional defenses, and so require a solution with greater intelligence and insight. And it’s not just businesses that are at risk – an increasing number of embedded applications, such as those used for building management, surveillance and control, are being connected to the Internet. With the rise of the ‘Internet of Things’, the consequences of inadequate security are significant.

The new range of firewalls allows an enterprise to deploy next-generation security measures at the branch office, rather than relying on the firewall at the headquarters to protect everyone,” commented Mr Graham Walker, Product Manager at Allied Telesis. “These new products allow up-to-the-minute protection company-wide, and at a fraction of the cost of traditional firewall solutions.”

The new Allied Telesis NGFWs deliver a high-performance security platform with integrated application control, intrusion prevention, and actionable reporting. Increased protection is available by subscribing to leading security services that provide web filtering, anti-malware, and protection against advanced persistent threats.

These new products offer advanced security features in a manageable package that provides great value for money. Market feedback shows that three things are important to NGFW users: security, manageability, and performance. Utilizing best-of-breed security packages from industry-leading vendors means the new NGFWs can offer the best protection available. And with auto-updates, security never expires. Features such as application control allow security to be defined in terms of business rules rather than networking protocols, so policy enforcement is easier, and fewer mistakes are made.

The NGFWs offer simple management via a quick-start web-based GUI, and feature support for Allied Telesis Management Framework™ (AMF). AMF is a powerful technology that enables organizations to deploy networks in a fraction of the time, reduce operational expenditure, and enable their staff to focus on improving service delivery within their organizations. Packed with power from advanced multi-core CPUs, the new NGFWs offer blazing performance levels for sustained high traffic throughput.

Allied Telesis is no stranger to information security. The company has been developing security appliances for more than 20 years and was one of the first manufacturers to deploy VPN functionality within its devices. NGFWs are a revolution for the organization, and raise internal and external threat protection to a whole new level.

With the increased use of mobility, BYO technology, cloud-based services and the Internet of Things, the Allied Telesis NGFWs enable organizations to easily make the move to user-based authentication and application-based control. Features such as high-throughput threat prevention, easy-to-use management, integration with leading edge IP reputation, and anti-malware services make the Allied Telesis Next-Generation Firewalls a fiercely competitive solution.

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About Allied Telesis Inc.

Founded in 1987, and with offices worldwide, Allied Telesis is a leading provider of networking infrastructure and flexible, interoperable network solutions. The Company provides reliable video, voice, and data network solutions to clients in multiple markets including government, healthcare, defense, education, retail, hospitality, and network service providers.

Allied Telesis is committed to innovating the way in which services and applications are delivered and managed, resulting in increased value and lower operating costs. Visit us online at www.alliedtelesis.com.


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