Update not so Tweet for you

It's very important your computer, software and browser are running with the latest updates, but it's equally important to be discerning about where your updates are coming from.

A perfect example of the latest update scam: Recently, we observed malware writers using compromised Twitter accounts to post the fake tweets about the 'latest TweetDeck update' as mentioned on the TweetDeck Support portal. The tweet contains a URL that points to the fake TweetDeck update file called 'tweetdeck-08302010-update.exe', a small executable file 95KB in size. When the file is run, nothing appears to happen, but in the background, malware will infect the computer.      

Microsoft anti-malware solutions protect against this threat, detected as Trojan:Win32/Alureon.CT.

The lesson here: Don't respond to alarmist demands to update or else! Verify where your update is coming from; make sure you are getting updates from a reputable vendor.   

Happy tweeting!!!

- Hil Gradascevic & Jasmine Sesso

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