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There's something strange in the neighbourhood!

31 October, 2007
Halloween shenanigans go global with on-line tricks that could leave you with more cleaning up to do than simply wiping the treacle off your door handle.
The Halloween craze is always particularly strong in America and Britain with hordes of children of various levels of mischievousness taking to the streets to collect sweets and deposit unsavoury articles through letterboxes.

However, despite the rather sinister overtones of the occasion, Halloween rarely gets beyond the stage of harmless pranks which tire the average 10 year old out by nine o'clock so we can all have some peace.

Peace is something we seem destined to have to live without as far as the internet is concerned though with the inevitable barrage of Halloween spam hitting our inbox and threatening to wreak all manner of havoc on our computers.

Coupled with that, the re-emergence of zero byte code obfuscation to hide viruses from many of the more popular anti-virus tools has left us significantly more vulnerable at the end of October than we were at the beginning.

According to Sophos, the most effective way of preventing falling victim to the Halloween hackers is to be vigilant. The message seems to be to muster up as much willpower as possible to resist the temptation of downloading the dancing skeleton game that also happens to be harbouring a Trojan.

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