Thursday, October 09, 2008

Phishers are using economic problems to catch the unwary

It's hardly surprising, at least to anyone who's spent time looking at phishing scams, but the recent economic turmoil has led phishers to get creative. Here's an example email that preys on the unwary by exploiting the Wachovia/Citibank merger.

Once you visit the site you are asked to download an executable (which actually starts automatically downloading via an automatic refresh after 15 seconds.

The executable contains a nasty piece of work: Mal-EncPk/BU.

I didn't go further and actually unpack the executable to find out what kind of nastiness, but there's plenty of it to do around.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Introducing The Equationater

I had an itch that needed scratching... I needed to render equations on the web and I didn't want to rely on something like MathML because of poor browser coverage.

So, I created The Equationater. Type in an equation in LaTeX format and it is instantly turned into a PNG file that you can download or link to.

Here's a quick example:

Note. The Equationater is an equal opportunity renderer... it doesn't discriminate against inequalities.